STAY­ING FIT: FROM POLE TO POLE

As ex­otic as it may sound, pole dance or pole fit­ness, if learnt and prac­tised cor­rectly, can work won­ders for your phys­i­cal well-be­ing. Learn all about it

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - LIFESTYLE - Etti Bali etti.bali@htlive.com

Want to add a lit­tle bit of dance, drama and piz­zazz to your work­out regime? Pole dance or pole fit­ness may be the thing for you. Re­cently, Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Jac­que­line Fer­nan­dez dab­bled in the dance form to prep for a role and seemed smit­ten.

In ad­di­tion to of­fer­ing a full body work­out, pole danc­ing also adds an el­e­ment of fun to your ex­er­cise regime. It is an ex­cel­lent form of aer­o­bic ac­tiv­ity. It not only strength­ens your up­per body and core but also im­proves flex­i­bil­ity. It burns a lot of calo­ries, helps in co­or­di­na­tion and bal­ance.

Here, fit­ness ex­pert Vicky Tulli and phys­io­ther­a­pist Dr Mi­nakshi Fullara de­code the art of pole danc­ing:

HOW IT WORKS

Pole danc­ing taxes the mus­cles in the en­tire body and you are al­ways mov­ing – mak­ing it a great iso­met­ric and car­dio­vas­cu­lar ex­er­cise wrapped into one. You can burn as many calo­ries in a 30-minute ses­sion as you would while do­ing aer­o­bics and cal­is­then­ics. A class usu­ally lasts any­where be­tween 60-90 min­utes and you can burn up to 400-500 calo­ries de­pend­ing upon the in­ten­sity of your work­out. It is a fun and phys­i­cally de­mand­ing form of ex­er­cise that can make you fit and feel sexy at the same time.

WHICH BODY PARTS DOES IT TAR­GET

Pole danc­ing fo­cuses on the legs, abdominals, arms and shoul­ders. The mus­cles in your up­per and lower legs in­clud­ing your hip flex­ors, ham­strings, calves and quads tend to move while prac­tis­ing it. The form also builds strength and en­durance in your triceps, bi­ceps and fore­arms.

WHO CAN DO IT

Men and women can pick it up eas­ily as their body is al­ready flex­i­ble, which helps them to do the moves with rel­a­tive ease. It is ideal for ev­ery­one, stu­dents from 18 years of age to 80 year olds and from size zero to 125 ki­los can try their hands at this ex­otic work­out regime. Stu­dents as young as 16 years may at­tend a ses­sion with signed per­mis­sion from a par­ent or guardian and stu­dents as young as 14 years may at­tend ses­sions if ac­com­pa­nied by a par­ent or guardian, no ex­cep­tions.

CAN IT BE COM­BINED WITH ANY OTHER

EX­ER­CISE FORM

Yes, it can be com­bined with any form of ex­er­cise. Strength train­ing will help you to mas­ter pole danc­ing as it will strengthen your up­per body quickly.

IS THERE ANY SPE­CIAL GEAR OR EQUIP­MENT RE­QUIRED TO DO IT

A pole Pole cleaner A crash nut or thick pillows Train­ing shoes Gloves and pow­der for grip Proper pole dance at­tire

POLE DANC­ING FO­CUSES ON THE LEGS, ABDOMINALS, ARMS AND SHOUL­DERS. IT ALSO STRENGTH­ENS YOUR TRICEPS AND BI­CEPS FROM 18 YEARS OF AGE TO 80-SOME­THINGS AND FROM SIZE ZERO TO 125 KI­LOS, EV­ERY­ONE CAN TRY THEIR HANDS AT THIS EX­OTIC WORK­OUT REGIME

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Ac­tor Jac­que­line Fer­nan­dez dab­bled in the dance form

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