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Monday, August 4, 2014

[Living/Press Article] Make the best shape of your body with a new fitness craze, pole fitness

Pole fitness in Sangin dong



A new fitness craze,
pole fitness

-A good way to make the best shape of your body-

Every year it seems that there is a new fitness fad taking over the pages of magazines and talk shows. The most recent is the very misunderstood, Pole Dancing. When you hear ‘pole dancing’ most people’s minds will jump to strippers and seedy night clubs but this new fitness craze couldn’t be further from its preconceived image. Recently a new studio opened in Sagin so it was time for me to find out what pole dancing is really all about.

Free Pole Fitness in Sangin dong


An awarness of teacher at free pole fitness

The studio located a 5 minute walk from Sangin subway station and is called ‘Free Pole Fitness’. It is run by a young lady with a body to die for. She is a Korean body fitness award winner and has had many years of training. If her body can be attributed to pole dancing then I was ready to get on board. She spoke hardly any English but was kind enough to try and communicate with me in any way possible to explain the studio. She is warm and friendly and even without English the class is understandable.

Interior of Free pole fitness which makes leaners feel comfort

cozy interior of free pole fitness

Free pole fitness in sangin dong, Dalseo gu

The studio’s design is beautiful and made to make any lady feel at home. Its low lighting and purple design make it feel like an intimate, safe space where you can try something a little out of your comfort zone. The class combines cardio fitness (believe me an hour on that pole will have you sweating as if you’ve run a marathon), dance, weight training and a better awareness of your surroundings. One of the great things about pole dancing is it can be done by anyone of any fitness level.

Pole dancing academy in Sangin dong

Expert pole dancers such as world champion, Natasha Wang started pole dancing at 29 and say it has put them in the best shape of their lives.
This sport will help you build arm strength, core strength and balance. It is a complete body work out that will use almost every muscle and is of course really fun. The students in the class come in bare feet and wear a simple top and shorts (no heels in sight) The one caution for this class is you do have to bare some skin and wear shorts but this is purely for your safety since it helps you grip the bar.

People practice pole dancing at free pole fitness

The teacher is attentive and patient but really makes you want to work. The first twenty minutes are spent doing a high intensity workout on yoga mat’s that will help you get in shape before you even start the dancing.
This is almost a contact sport, but instead of a team it’s you vs. the pole. So in the first few weeks you can expect a few bruises but if you follow instruction soon you should be fine.
Obviously this is mostly, at the moment, a female sport and the studio is definitely aimed at ladies but men are very quickly becoming fans of this form of exercise. That statement may initially sound a little strange but when you see the strength required for this sport and you consider other sports such as the Chinese pole and Mallakhamb, which has been performed for hundreds of years primarily by men, you can quickly see why it’s gaining popularity and why it’s such a fantastic workout. In fact there is already a campaign to make it an Olympic sport.

There obviously is a stigma attached that will stay in society for a while but it is fantastic to see the Korean community embracing this fantastic fitness workout and being brave enough to open studios. Once you try you will ache for a few days but if you are like me you will be completely addicted.

The studio is located a 5 minute walk from exit 4 of Sangin station. Come out of the exit and walk straight, you will walk past some clothes shops, a pet shop and church. Located on your right (and with purple posters on the building) you will find Free Pole Fitness. It is located in the basement. It is quite pricey compared to joining a gym but with the small class numbers and level of fitness you quickly gain , you won’t need to do anything else to quickly see results. You will definitely get out of this what you put in.

 - The classes are:



Mon

Tue

Wed

Thur

a.m

9:00

9:00

9:00

9:00

10:00

10:00

10:00

10:00

p.m

6:30

6:30

6:30

6:30

8:00

7:30

8:00

7:30

9:00

8:40

9:00

8:40


 - The prices are:

  • 2 times a week – 180,000 won (cash) or 200,000 won (card) for the month
  • 3 times a week – 220,000 won (cash) or 250,000 won (card) for the month.
  • 4 times a week – 280,000 won (cash) or 300,000 won (card) for the month.

- For more information:

- Address:  Sangin dong 585, Dalseo gu, Daegu (대구시 달서구 상인동 585 번지)
(The owner doesn’t speak English so it’s best to talk to her in person as she is extremely patient and will try her best to communicate with you)

 







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