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Pole Dance and Aqua Pole Dance are two very similar physical activities. The main difference between them is that one is carried out on land and one in water. These sports should not be confused with lap dancing, the typical dance performed in strip clubs which also involves using a pole to carry out the activity. As far as everything else is concerned, these are two real sporting activities that do not take the physical aspect of a person into consideration, only the quality and level of the sporting exercise he/she carries out.

These sports are practised by both men and women and they burn a phenomenal amount of fat, making them perfect for those who need to control their body weight, and tone all muscle groups, especially those in the hips and waist areas. It is for these reasons that pole dancing is so popular with women since it allows them to sculpture a curvy yet muscly body. The harmonious development of the muscles is ensured by the type of exercise carried out: no weights of overloading are used at all, just one’s body weight which is increased by the force of gravity.
Pole dancing is carried out on the ground using a pole that is anchored to the floor and ceiling and it is at least 2.5m in length. Aqua Pole Dance, on the other hand, is carried out in a pool that is 1-2m deep. The pole used is made of steel, is resistant to corrosion, is 2.5m long, has a 1m base and weighs 20kg. The pole also has suction pads which keep it attached to the bottom of the pool. This anchoring system means that it is very quick and easy to install and remove the pole and it also means that the pool where Aqua Pole Dance is being carried out can quickly and easily be used for the next activity.

Pole Dance
Pole dancing is a mix of gymnastics and dance and it requires great outbursts of strength, coordination and flexibility, as well as a lot of training. It is a very comprehensive sport because it can fully stimulate all muscle groups. The activities carried out on the pole work the arms, legs and core and the central part of the body made up of the abdominals, oblique muscles and lower back. Pole dancing is carried out in equipped gyms which usually offer other similar activities too, such as street fitness or street workout, thus wall and ceiling bars will normally be available as well. The physical strength needed to carry out exercises, such as pull-ups, handstands and the human flag, is very great and all movements are carried out using one’s body weight, which is what is used for overload together with the force of gravity. The final workout carried out by the individual is very intense from a muscular point of view and is very nice to watch. Depending on the exercise performed, either the top part of the body is worked or the bottom, however the centre of the body is always tensed in order to stabilise the position, no matter what it is.

This sport can be practised in a group or individually together with the help of some music and a teacher who leads the class. The lessons last 50-60 minutes and start with gentle movements that warm up the whole body, then, after 5-10 minutes, the rhythm of the class becomes slightly faster, as does the music. Music is very important in pole dancing because it accompanies the workout and provides the rhythm which corresponds to the intensity of the workout. The faster the rhythm of the music, the harder and more intense the workout is.

Aqua Pole Dance
Aqua Pole Dance is the natural evolution of pole dancing in a watery environment. Aqua Pole Dance reproduces the exercises carried out on the ground, but varies them slightly according to the new workout environment. Lessons are carried out in groups, led by a teacher and last 50-60 minutes, like pole dancing. Music is also very important for this sport as it decides the rhythm of the class, however, contrarily to pole dancing in a gym, the participants do not have to work against the force of gravity, rather they have to work against water which, on the one hand lessens traumas and tensions on tendons and joints during movement, but, on the other hand, increases the amount of work muscles have to do. Doing exercise in water is more intense when moving but easier when doing isotonic exercises, that is, during the static phase of movement. It is therefore more difficult to get into the position on the pole in water but it is easier to stay in the position since the bod is held up by the water because it has a higher density. Once the pole has been installed in the pool, it will be firmly attached to the floor so movements and exercises have be carried out securely and stably. Aqua Pole Dance is recommended for both those who want to do a highly intense workout and those who need to do exercise following an injury or joint trauma, and this is because the various types of lessons can be programmed using the same pole: lessons can be carried out centred around dance, choreographic sequences, cardio workouts, muscle toning workouts or rehabilitation workouts following injuries or traumas. If followed for toning purposes, the exercises can also be performed together with other aqua aerobic exercises that do not involve using the pole, or with balls, water tubes or elastic bands.


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