In the words of 2nd place titleholder of the 2011 U.S. Pole Dance National Pro Championship Gabrielle Valliere, “Pole dancing is a great workout because it encompasses so many things – resistance training and toning, cardio, flexibility, balance and stability, and coordination.” While I’m sure the new exercise craze attracts women looking to experience both their body’s potential and sexual empowerment, it is a legitimate sport that works your body as a whole. If you have a local gym, it’s likely that it contains a pole dancing class. Try it out and see if exotic dancers really have it easy. You’ll likely have a new respect for all professional pole dancers.