All my friends are toned and blonde! Married father-of-two, 53, admits there are perks to being a pole dancing dad (but says it's the toughest workout he's ever had)
17:12 GMT, 29 March 2012
A father of two has found a clever way to watch pole dancers without getting into trouble – by becoming one.
Happily married Paul Bradley, 53, has made loads of new friends through his hobby – who all happen to be toned and blonde.
The IT worker, from West Wellow, Hants,spends hours in the dance studio working up a sweat with his super-fit classmates and says it's probably the best work-out he's ever had.
Paul, a former rugby player and competitive weightlifter, says pole dancing has boosted his strength
He said: 'I get so much stick over being a male pole dancer but I absolutely love it – let's just say, there are loads of benefits.
'A female friend of mine got into it. She knew how I like to stay fit and promised me I would be impressed with the workout. She was right.
'It is a great way to keep fit and I can honestly say it's one of the toughest workouts I ever done. I thought I was fit but I can't believe how much stronger I am since taking the class.'
Paul has even installed an eight-foot pole in his garage where he and his friends can practice.
The former rugby player and competitive weightlifter says pole fitness routines have boosted his strength and stamina so much he can outstrip men half his age for fitness.
'My 25-year-old son challenged me to a sit up contest recently. I did 50 sit ups with a 60kg kettlebell on my chest with ease – he didn't stand a chance,' he said.
Now Paul impresses family and friends by hanging upside by his legs and performing moves more commonly seen in strip clubs.
Posing with friends on the eight-foot pole he installed in his garage; practicing at a dance studio
Family man: Paul with his son Simon (left), wife Kitty and son Nick. Kitty says she does not mind his hobby
The fitness fanatic says his wife Kitty, 53, and sons Nick, 25, and Simon, 23, now brag about his pole skills to their friends.
He said: 'My wife loves dropping into conversation that her husband is a pole dancer. A lot of women might be jealous of how much time I spend with beautiful women, but she's fine with it – she thinks it's hilarious watching me.
'She has nothing to worry about, I'm now doing it because I love the sport of it. My sons tease me about it but they bring their friends over to watch me in the garage.'
He even has a framed pole dancing certificate in his office.
Despite the short amount of time having lessons Paul is just one move away from his advanced certificate.
'Most wives would be shocked if their husband learned to dance like a go-go girl, but Paul just loves working out. He is always up for trying a new sport – he loves to keep in shape,' Kitty said.
The fitness fanatic spends hours in the studio working up a sweat. 'I can honestly say it's one of the toughest workouts I ever done'