The Plus Side of Being a Plus Size Poler

The Plus Side of Being a Plus Size Poler

My mom recently asked me if my height is a benefit in poling…. I had to stop from laughing and saying, “Nothing about the way I am built is a benefit in poling.” Instead I said, “Well, really the ideal body in poling is that of a gymnasts.” Pole is essentially gymnastics so it stands to reason that the small, compact, muscular body of a gymnast is one most apt to take on pole moves with ease  – you could make an argument for more of a dancers body (which is also small and muscular, but maybe less compact) depending on how you like to pole.   What I wanted to say to my mom is kinda true, my body is not built for pole. I am tall (5’11”), a size 14 (and only after losing 25lbs recently), and curvy. When you have to pull your body weight up a 14 ft pole or support your body in a split grip, extra weight is not your friend. If you carry your weight in your hips, butt, and thighs, when you invert your bottom half is literally pulling you down. And being real here, sometimes I have to pull flesh out of the way when folding around the pole, getting ino side grips, or even just certain stretches. But don’t worry, my ladies of size (I like to use the term “ladies of size” because it makes me think of rich widows who own large estates at the turn of the century with an army of pugs at their sides…no? just me?) because there are definitely positives to being a plus...

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