You Don’t Have to Be Skinny to Learn How to Pole Dance

by | Feb, 2016 | Pole Dancing

You Don’t Have to Be Skinny to Learn How to Pole Dance

Pole dancing is for strippers.

Pole dancing is just for men’s entertainment.

Pole dancing means wearing skimpy clothing.

There are an awful lot of beliefs about pole dancing that simply aren’t true, but the biggest myth surrounding pole dancing is that only skinny girls can work a pole. I’m here to tell you that simply isn’t true!

No matter what your size, pole dancing can help you lose weight, build lean muscle, all while helping you get back in touch with your feminine side.

But, if you’re overweight, there are probably a few concerns you have about giving pole dancing a try.

Hopefully, after you’re done reading this article, you’ll be ready to sign up for a Pole4Curves class!


One concern that many curvy girls have about giving pole dancing a try is whether or not the pole will hold their weight. After all, crashing to the floor in the middle of practice isn’t going to be good for your body or your self-esteem.

A professional pole dancing studio will have poles that are safe for nearly any weight, and your instructor won’t allow you to use a pole that isn’t safe for you. But, what if you want to practice at home? How do you know if a pole is safe when you install it yourself?

There are a few things you’ll want to consider when purchasing a pole:

  • Thickness of the pole
  • Diameter of the pole
  • Material used
  • One piece or multi-piece pole
  • Installation method

In general, the thicker and larger the diameter, the stronger the pole. If you want more advice, a pole dancing professional can answer all of your questions.


Pole dancers are known for wearing very little clothing. Whether you picture skimpy sequined bikinis or sports bras, neither option is very appealing if you’re overweight. Although many pole professionals prefer wearing less, it’s all about finding what’s comfortable for you.

In the beginning, you may feel more comfortable in functional fitness clothing that you would most commonly see at the gym. As you become more confident in your abilities, you may get brave enough to give something a bit sexier a try.

No matter what your style, you should avoid overly baggy clothing and long sleeves. Extra fabric can get in the way when spinning or inverting, which is both frustrating and unsafe.


Even basic spinning techniques require quite a bit of upper body strength. This can be intimidating if you have weak upper body muscles. The good news is, you don’t have to spend time in the gym working on your arms, back, shoulders, and chest before you visit a pole dancing studio.

Most pole dancing studios incorporate a wide variety of strength building exercises, drills, and additional classes to help you build muscle so you can try new tricks on the pole. Even if you’ve never worked out before, classes are catered to your fitness level, so everyone can enjoy some success.

Won’t I get made fun of?

After considering safety and fitness, many girls get worried about whether they’ll be judged when they visit a pole dancing studio. Here at World of Pole, we have a special class that’s made just for curvy girls so you can look forward to working out with women who look just like you!

Even if you don’t live in our area, it’s been our experience that pole dancing studios are some of the most accepting workout facilities around. We truly are a community of kind people that want to see women of every shape and age excel on the pole.

Still don’t believe that plus sized women can experience success pole dancing? Check out Emma Haslam rocking Britain’s Got Talent.

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Deb Roach is a 3 times International Pole Championship Ultimate Champion title holder, and the owner and founder of Stargazer Studios. Pole was instrumental in healing her relationship with her body and taught her to focus on what she CAN do, rather than those things she can’t. It’s a passion she’s determined to share.