I’ve been overweight to super skinny. I’ve experienced both extremes. And like most women in this world, we all go through our ups and downs with body image, weight and food. In my case, I feel like pole dancing took away my low self-esteem and replaced it with a new, fitter, healthier, confident and happier me.
Before pole dancing, I used to do the same, boring, not-so-much-effective-workouts at the gym. I mainly did cardio and I was afraid of weight training because I thought it would make me ‘too bulky’. My metabolism was shit, I had no strength and I was afraid of food and getting fat. After taking some pole dancing lessons, I discovered that my body was changing and I was toning up and building muscle I never knew I had. I did not ‘bulk up’ but instead I was looking really lean yet more muscular. From there I changed and I started to do more weight training at the gym and much less cardio thinking that more muscles will help me have the strength to learn more pole tricks.
As I was gaining more muscles, I noticed I was shedding more body fat. I was gaining more weight but my clothes were fitting much looser! This is because muscle weighs more than fat! I no longer weigh myself. I’d rather not know because I think most women get too obsessed with numbers on a scale. And a number on the scale is not a good indicator of how fit you are.
And from there it just snowballed! More muscles upped my metabolism. I have to eat more food now that my metabolism is humming away due to my new found muscles. I no longer worry if I ate an extra slice of cake or if I eat some candy once in a while because I know my metabolism can handle it and it’s not going to go straight to stomach fat!!! I’m not saying that I eat more junk now, I just feel like I have found peace with food and I don’t worry anymore because my body can easily burn it off now. Before I used to eat about 1300-1500 calories a day, now I am eating 2000ish calories a day of good food and not getting fat.
Thank you pole dancing.
I think pole dancing should be made as mandatory therapy for women who struggle with body image, food and weight. I think pole dancing can cure all that.