Pole sports , or poling , merges dance and acrobatics using a vertical metal pole. Athletes climb up, spin from, hang off, flip onto, jump off, and invert on poles. Poling requires agility, strength, balance, endurance, and flexibility. A study of 52 female pole dancers indicated that pole-dance fitness improves strength and posture. Poling developed into a fitness activity and sport during the s and s, with national and international pole competitions. Poling has become a dance, fitness activity and sport, and continues to evolve. Pole Fitness which holds its annual championship at Mr.
British competitor Katie Coates, president of the International Pole Sports Federation IPSF , has led the campaign to see the activity - which it refers to as pole - officially accepted as a sport. Pole dancing is a popular activity and competitions are held all over the world, including the World Pole Sports Championships, first held in You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium.
Pole dancing is close to becoming an Olympic sport. Which means, we might see a gold medal winning pole dancer in our lifetime. Jump to. Sections of this page. Accessibility Help.
The fitness activity, which has traditionally been associated with strip clubs, could now be set to be unveiled on the biggest stage in international sport. Katie, president of the international pole sports federation IPSF , is now aiming for it to become a part of the Olympic Games. She began the long road to getting pole dancing recognised as a sport in , when she started a petition to get it into the Olympics which attracted more than 10, signatures. Katie said: "In the early s people started doing it as fitness and taking away the sex stigma, so no high heels and making it accessible for average people. My goal initially was to make it more professional.