Pure Pole Mackay instructors Bec Steele, Belinda Cook and Taija Kemp show their skills.
Pure Pole Mackay instructors Bec Steele, Belinda Cook and Taija Kemp show their skills. Chris Lees

Pole dancing is fantastic way to help upper body

IT MIGHT seem like an odd way to lose weight and get fit, but Pure Pole Mackay instructor Bec Steele says pole dancing could be the ideal method.

"It's a great workout for women," she said.

"Men are naturally upper-body dominant and they're weaker in the legs in comparison.

"That's why pole is such a great workout for women because it's so upper-body focused and it hits those weak points."

Steele has been teaching pole dancing in Mackay for about seven years.

"The sport is growing, it's not huge in Mackay at the moment though," she said.

"I think with our location, being off the road, it doesn't help but pole as a sport is taking off around Australia."

The Pure Pole Mackay studio has been in its present location, off Sydney St, in the arcade where Gecko's Rest backpackers is, for about two years.

"It's great having our own studio, we used to be in a gym, and we'd have to run around and take down and put up the poles all the time, which was a bit of a pain," Steele said.

The instructor said there was a stigma attached to the sport.

"A lot of the time people don't actually understand until they see one of our demos," Steele said. "They then see how physically hard it is, and they see it's not just shaking your arse."

Steele got into pole dancing through her older sister.

"She's been on Australia's Got Talent, she's one of those people when you see clips on TV, there's a chance it's her," she said.

Classes run Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.

"We cater for all abilities too," Steele said.

To learn more or take part email mackay@purepole.com.au or check out the Facebook page.



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