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Stripped-down pole dancing

Ever thought about taking a fitness pole dancing class? I certainly hadn’t, and I was getting cold feet as I made my way into the Art Flow Tokyo dance studio. (corrects name of studio in original post)

I’m a free-weights guy, I thought; isn’t this pole dancing stuff for women? Is it too late to back out before I make a fool out of myself?


But I went ahead – and the class was a lot tougher than I expected, more gymnastics than dance. And pretty fun, too.

Pole dancing has been climbing in popularity among fitness enthusiasts as an alternative to mainstream workouts like aerobics and yoga, and in my debut lesson I could see why: it’s a serious full-body workout that combines cardio and strength movements to help fight fat and build muscle.