Last night was my first beginner pole dance class, and tonight was my pole fit class (followed by belly dancing--included in the 'package' so I had to stay!) I feel beat up but it was awesome! I LOVED the pole dance class!!! LOVED!!! (I bet the warnings here helped me go in with little expectations and a very open mind--thank you all!) We focused mostly on basic spins and holds and the pole sit and pole stand. It was awesome and I just really loved it. The pole fit class was more of a primal workoutish thing (reps of different bodyweight stuff, some involving the pole, etc.). The teacher mentioned that the pole fit helps you with building the strength for the tricks in the pole dance classes.
So, I'm a believer, and I'm excited. And OUCH my frickin' hands were aching! And I can already feel places where I will probably have bruises. I asked the (cross-fitter turned pole dancer) girl next to me if her hands hurt and she was like, "well, I rock climb, so no." (She is awesome and totally rad--most of the people in my class are!) Anyway, it was great--highly recommended. I cannot wait to learn more!!! I'll keep you all posted.
Oh, and as someone who has taken a serious break from her primal workouts and yoga for like.......11 months (hey, I got separated and have been VERY 'gentle' with myself...that's my excuse!) I feel like I've been beaten up, which is probably a great thing.