For those who want to give pole dancing a try, studios tend to welcome beginners with open arms, says Annemarie Davies, founder and chief executive of United Pole Artists. Many have introductory and beginner classes.
Scared you don't have the same strength and flexibility as those who competed in the National Aerial Pole Art championship? You probably don't, but Davies said that's no problem.
There are no strength expectations for beginners, Davies said. Men and women will build strength and improve as they move forward in pole, "just like almost everything else in life."
Nevertheless, a new student should expect to feel sore after the first few classes, likely working muscles never used before.
"A beginner student should expect to feel accepted no matter what size, shape or gender," she said. "Pole dancing can look easy sometimes, and a lot of people realize very quickly that it is actually quite hard, but not impossible by any means."