First off, yep, we’re just like shocked while you that fitness pole-dancing competitions exist. Turns out, there is a whole community of pole dancing athletes vying for championship titles.
And while you might imagine it’s all regulated a lot of 20-somethings twisting and turning (company, there are plenty of these), gleam number of 40-plus competitors, too. The oldest woman in that category finally weekend’s BC Pole Fitness Championships was Lynn Wainwright, 60, a resident of Vancouver, B.C., in Canada.
And she’s legit.
A few years ago a buddy of Wainwright’s told her concerning the exercise perks to do pole dancing, and said it would be more challenging than her typical workout routine at the time-belly dancing. “She was so right!” Wainwright says.
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When visiting?another friend in Washington State, Wainwright walked passed a dance studio providing the class, and decided to take a look. “I was instantaneously intrigued through the grace, strength and fluidity of the moves but also the challenge, physically,” she recalls.
She returned home, and subscribed to a class at Tantra Fitness in Vancouver. Anyone would be intimidated entering a pole dancing fitness class. But for Wainwright, that feeling was compounded.
“I was at a room full of twenty-year-old ladies with fit bodies and that i felt like I had been the ‘older’ woman in the corner with weight to be shed and a not too perfect body image,” Wainwright recalls.
Her instructor walked her through what muscle groups she was using, and how to maneuver into each move without getting injured. Soon after, Wainwright was hooked-and now she would go to about ten classes each week. “I love music and I love dance so putting them together like a fitness regime is really much fun,” says Wainwright.
Photo: courtesy of Lynn Wainwright
Since starting fitness pole dancing, Wainwright says she’s lost 20 pounds, and it has noticed improvements with her levels of energy, flexibility, strength, as well as her confidence. “I recall the very first time I climbed all the way to the ceiling around the pole, I had been ecstatic,” says Wainwright. “All the moves may seem challenging, however, you just keep trying before you get it-which builds a lot confidence.”
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Wainwright competed in the B.C. Pole Fitness Championships last weekend, placing third within the Masters division (all competitors for the reason that group should be 40 or up), and loved every moment of it. “Completions permit you to train for your highest potential, and wish lots of dedication, hard work and commitment, plus choreographing your routine also allows you to make use of your artistic expression,” she says.
Pole dancing, albeit fitness pole dancing, is not without its critics, who can’t see beyond it’s connection to exotic dancing. Still, her family is starting to warm up to the idea of Wainwright’s passion. “They are very impressed, especially after seeing the athletes perform at the B.C. Pole Fitness Championships on Saturday,” she says. “The more they learn and understand by what it takes to lift your entire body weight to the pole in order to do inversions on the pole the more supportive and inspiring they become.”
Now that Wainwright has her first competition under her belt, she intends to master more moves, and compete again. “I appreciate it a lot, and for me, pole dancing fitness it is not only a hobby, it is a lifestyle.”
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