The pole fitness industry has become very popular in South Africa, and it turns out that the sport does more than just boost one's self confidence.
Experts say there are a range of health and fitness benefits linked to this type of dancing, and shaping your figure is one of them!
Read: 10 things pole dancing can do for you
Because cardiovascular activity is a key element to pole dancing, it is a great way to improve one's fitness. The moves also improve strength, flexibility, body posture, and blood circulation.
It also serves as a stress reliever and is good for one's mental health.
We asked pole athletes Tarryn Knight, Sherry Bremner and Joanna Pawelczyk from X-Pole SA to show us some popular pole dancing moves and tell us how exactly each position sculpts their bodies.
Although these athletes show the perfected movements in the images below, easier versions of these movements - that target the same area, are available for pole-dancing newbies.
This is how pole dancing can shape your figure:
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David Rutherfoord-Jones' experience as a male pole-dancer
How pole dancing makes you fit and fabulous
Pole dance your way to fitness
Sources: X-Pole SA