Pole dancing in church hall good for soul
A church hall usually used for cake sales and WI meetings has
become the location for something a bit different - pole
Mum-of-two Angie O'Shea has set up the fitness classes at St
Matthew's Church Hall in Borstal.
Women of all shapes, sizes and ages have already signed up to
give it a whirl. The classes are designed to help women get fit and
lose weight, while having fun.
Angie, 27, of Shorts Way, Rochester said: "Pole dancing has
moved away from its seedy strip club origins and is being more
"It is a huge fitness craze but there is only one other class in
Medway that I know of.
"After doing a class in Maidstone for three years I decided to
set up my own. The response has been brilliant.
"It is a great hobby for women of all ages to lose weight and
get fitter. I have women aged from 17 to their 40s in my class,
even a mother and daughter come together."
Pole fitness moves require you to support your body weight with
your arms and legs in turn, helping women to tone up and
increase their upper and lower body strength.
Angie, who is a qualified fitness instructor, explains: "There
are no sexy moves at all. That's not what it is about. It's a bit
like weightlifting because you have to use your strength to lift
your whole body weight and there is a cardio aspect to it too when
you put the moves together.
"It is also great for your mind because when women start they
see some of the moves, like being on the pole upside down, and
think they will never be able to do it, but when the can it really
boosts their confidence."
The next course at St Matthew's starts on Tuesday, August 23,
8pm to 9pm. Call Angie on 07527 436125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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