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More Reasons to Try Empowerment Fitness

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Yes, I enjoy pole dancing. No, I don’t wish to be a stripper.

A common misconception about people who participate in sexy empowerment fitness is that said people desire to be exotic dancers. In fact, most of the women I know choose to participate in these types of classes for a number of reasons, none of which are #strippergoals. This is not to say that there’s anything wrong with the profession, it just isn’t the reason we opt to take these classes.

Sexy fitness formats include, but are not limited to, pole dance, chair dance, heels, belly dance, salsa, aerial and even twerk. Like sex, these formats were once taboo, but thanks to third-wave feminism and social media, they’re more popular and mainstream than ever before.

The most alluring thing about these classes is that they provide a safe space for women to explore their sensuality and athleticism simultaneously, without being judged or slut-shamed. Participants feel a sense of empowerment from moving their bodies in ways that would otherwise be frowned upon. In a world where we’re constantly being told we’re not enough, these classes help us feel more comfortable in our own bodies and give us a boost of confidence.

These classes not only provide space for emotional healing but hold many physical benefits as well. They’re generally low-impact full body workouts and consistently participating in these classes can help develop core strength, tone the legs, arms, and back. It’s dance we’re talking about, so this means cardio, improved coordination, flexibility and posture, and increased caloric expenditure.