Pole dancing requires a significant amount of athletic prowess. First off, the core and upper body strength needed to hold your body off the ground is substantial. And you need adept core stability in order to be able to control your movements at the same time. In fact, pole dancing is now openly considered such an athletic pursuit that it was granted observer sport status by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) in 2017 — a big step towards becoming an official Olympic sport.
YouTube trainer MattDoesFitness is always up for a challenge, whether it’s attempting the US Army Physical Fitness Test without any training, or trying the Victoria’s Secret model diet. But does he have what it takes to be a professional pole dancer? See for yourself:
Matt hit the studio with his sister, instructor Katherine, for a master class in pole dancing, and found firsthand just how challenging it can be.
They start with some stretching to warm up, before launching into the first move, which Katherine calls the “Hello Boys”. Thanks to his arm strength, Matt actually manages a fairly graceful version of the move , despite a somewhat messy dismount and, as he describes it, “a dislocated gooch.”
Then comes move two, “Head Stand Leg Waves,” which look like something you’d learn in an advanced yoga class and which require some assistance and support from Katherine before Matt can complete them.
Then there’s move three, “Iron X,” which requires a firm, dry grip on the pole as slipping can cause injury. Move four is the “Straddle”, which is exactly what it sounds like, where the dancer grips the pole using the strength of their legs, not their arms.
If you’re a pole dancing newbie, don’t try this at home. Katherine admits: “I’d never teach a beginner those things ever.”
“They were quite hard, to be fair,” Matt admits. “Let’s be honest, I suck at pole, but I guess I can brute strength some of the moves… loosely.”