Sexy mama! How one mother lost 40lbs of baby weight by learning to pole dance – and now she’s taking on the professionals
18:13 GMT, 13 April 2012
Pole dancing is well on its way to disassociating itself from strippers and stilettos in seedy bars, as people take up the sport as a fun way to workout.
But for one mother in Roanoke, VA, pole dancing is more than just fun. It is the way she lost a staggering 40lbs of baby weight she had previously struggled to shift.
Jenni Waters was dismayed that three years after giving birth to her son she still weighed 180lbs and so after taking a few workshops decided to give pole dancing a go for real.
Slim and trim: Jenni Waters was still 180lbs three years after her son was born (right) but determined to lose the weight she took up pole dancing and shed 40lbs (left)
Thanks to the purchase of her own pole last summer, Ms Waters dropped the weight easily and discovered a new passion for what she refers to as an 'art'.
'It's strength, agility, you need to be graceful, and it takes a lot of technique to really master the pole dance art,' she explained to Wdbj7.com.
So taken by her new found skill she trained for certification and received her Basic Level 1 pole fitness qualification from Pole-Ology, an online resource for aspiring pole fitness instructors.
Taking her enjoyment to a competitive level, Ms Waters is also preparing to enter the Southern Regional Pole Dance Fitness Competition in Arlington on April 28.
Lithe: So passionate about her new hobby, the Roanoke, VA native trained for certification to be an instructor and is now competing in regional competitions
Workout: Pole dancing, says the mother and teacher, requires a great deal of skill, strength and agility and deserves to be recognised as more than just a stripper dance
These kinds of events she hopes will help shed the stigma that pole dancing is only for dancers in strip clubs, a stigma which fuelled her fear of disclosing her new hobby to her own mother.
'I was actually really nervous about telling my mom because I was afraid she'd be like 'oh my god my daughter is a stripper',' she recalled.
But she surprised to find a more open-minded response: 'She was really surprisingly supportive. I told her I was doing pole fitness. She asked questions.'
Pole dancing has indeed taken off in recent years and its popularity among women has been acknowledged by the creation of pole dancing contests across the nation run and judged by fitness professionals.
The sexy sport has also been touted as an effective and fun way to boost self-esteem and rediscover one's own sense of sexuality and empowerment.