Carmen Electra does it. So does Kate Hudson, Paris Hilton and Terri Hatcher. Looking for some fun and to get into shape? Or, perhaps you are looking for your inner stripper . . . Pole dancing has become the hot ticket to getting in shape or adding a little spice to your relationship; dancer poles are showing up in thousands of homes across America. It’s fun, it’s sexy and it’s a fresh approach to working out while ncorporating sensual dance moves, strength, coordination and muscle toning.

A friend of mine just signed up for classes and is absolutely loving it. And, she says the health benefits are amazing. I think she is addicted at this point.

The basics: Pole dancing is a form of
dancing
/gymnastics. It involves dancing sensually with a vertical pole and is often used in strip clubs and gentlemen’s clubs, although more recently artistic pole dancing (Chinese poles) is used in cabaret/circus and stage performance in a non-erotic environment. Advanced pole dancing requires significant strength and endurance.

In a strip club setting, pole dancing is often performed less gymnastically and combined with striptease, and/or lap dancing between performers. The dancer(s) may simply hold the pole, or use it to perform more athletic moves such as climbs, spins, and body inversions. Upper body and core strength are important to proficiency, which takes time to develop. But, it’s not limited to the club settings. More and more, people are having them installed in their homes, which is why I’m posting where to get the poles and how to learn on your own.

The pole dancing “bruise chart” to the right cracked me up. It was found here, and definitely worth posting. It’s cute and a light side at looking at this sport.

Standard poles typically consist of a hollow steel or brass pole running from floor to ceiling. The diameter is usually around 2 inches, allowing it to be gripped comfortably with one hand. These are not portable pressured grip poles. These poles mount into the floor and ceiling.

Check out Keg Works for more information and all the supplies you need to have a pole installed in your home. You can also check out this pole dance site on Amazon.com which will help you find DVD’s, Books, Poles, the Shoes and whatever else you might need to get started. Um… except the energy : )

I just read a story about a 10 year old boy who died of “dry drowning.”  I have never heard of this before. We all know water is a hazard, but I didn’t know somewhat could die hours after a water incident on dry land.  The statistics vary, but somewhere between 15-20% of individuals who drown have what is called dry drowning. This is specifically a laryngospasm in response to water just starting to be taken into the lungs. It is a natural physiological mechanism for the larynx to spasm, stopping the water from entering the lungs. There is no evidence at this time to suggest that these individuals, since they do not have water in their lungs, would be better off treatment-wise, than others who do have water in their lungs, contrary to popular opinion. Treatment for these individuals remains the same as in a drowning incident, to get oxygenation to their lungs to get them to start breathing again.  In a nutshell, It’s basiclly a delayed reaction to aspirating a large amount of water while swimming.

Anyone else ever heard of this?