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Plus Size Pole Dancing When You Are Overweight

by | Jan 26, 2013 | 5 comments

(Last Updated On: February 2, 2023)

There is no right body type in pole dancing, hence plus size pole dancing. Here we review the benefits of pole dancing for plus size and ways to achieve it.

If you think that pole fitness dancing is for skinny chicks think again. Plus Size woman can pole dance too! They don’t say that pole dancing is a great form of exercise so that the skinnier can get skinnier.  Pole fitness dancing when you are plus size or overweight is perfectly fine. It is a great way for any woman to gain confidence and learn how to pole dance regardless of your size.

It is true that people who are already in better shape to have some advantages. However, it’s all relative to your own ability to hold your own body weight. However not every skinny girl can do one pull on a pole.  In fact, most girls can’t hold their own body weight in the beginning pole fitness classes regardless of size. It is something you have to work into.  It takes time to develop the muscles and grip you need to hold yourself on the pole.

Do you think you are too weak for pole dancing because you are overweight?

Well that may not be true at all! Heavier girls sometimes have a lot of muscle in comparison to skinnier girls. This makes them strong in their ability to hold their own weight. Granted, there is more weight to hold but you can see that it’s still all relative to your ability to hold yourself up. You don’t need to have a low body fat percentage to be able to pole dance.

What do you need to start pole dancing fitness dancing and get a pole dancers body

Here are some important tips for Plus Size Men and Women:

Courage In Plus Size Pole Dancing

You get more confident and sexy by trying to pole dance. The very act of it allows you to practice loving your body and moving in sexy ways.  Just like any other sport, practice makes perfect.

Willingness In pole dancing for plus size

To learn, to grow in your ability to feel comfortable with yourself, and to become stronger over time.


Pole isn’t for the weak of heart. There are bruises, bumps, and slips.  At first, it seems impossible to do the most basic pole spin, especially when you are waiting for your muscles in your hands and arms to support your own body weight. EVERY girls struggles with this regardless of their size. You need to know not only in pole dancing for plus size but for all body types, it isn’t just physical strength you need either, its mental strength. You are challenged to believe in yourself and become sexy in front of other people in class who may automatically dance better than you. (Here some pole dance workout routines for a stronger core)

Plus Size Pole Dancing Classes

Not a lot of studios offer plus size pole dancing classes, what you are looking for is classes that are ultra basic or perhaps practicing pole dancing for plus size. You see, most beginnerspole dancing lessons are not truly beginner for a plus size girl or even the AVERAGE everyday American. Try to find more ultra basic classes so you don’t feel discouraged in a public class. And when you do go to class, remember, ever the skinny girls think they are too fat to pole dance.

I promise you are not alone. If you want some online pole dancing lessons you can do at home to get started, there are Ultra Basic pole dancing routines and step lessons in the PoleBody® Complete Home Edition Pole Lesson Course.

Pole Class can be a healthy environment for your attitude as well. Most girls who come in don’t feel sexy and they are afraid of being seen. Dancing in a class with other women who feel the same way and are trying to overcome the same insecurities helps you get passed this issue. (Here is a great article on best way to improve body confidence while learning to pole dance) Other girls in class become like family and you find yourself supporting each other in your efforts to become an empowered woman.

The biggest mistake most girls make is that they think they need to feel sexy before coming to a pole dancing class and this isn’t’ true at all.

Whether you are a big or small girl, pole fitness dancing is for you if you desire to feel confident and sexy.

Give It a Try! What have you got to lose…. besides maybe some extra pounds 🙂


  1. April Morgan

    Hey Dana

    Thank you for posting this….it is very encouraging to us thicker ladies out here..

    • Danna

      You are very welcome! <3

  2. ann

    im 200 pounds and I work out but I don’t have the strength as I will in the future I love my pole lessons , in fact I bought a XPOLE and practice at home But I intimidated because of my weight, but thanks for this article it helps.

    • Danna

      Hi Ann,

      Don’t worry, It’s normal to feel that way : ) Many heavier woman feel this way, that’s why I wrote the article. A little side tip: if you are using the dome for flat ceilings and you want that extra feeling of security but can’t afford to get the permanent ceiling mount, you can add four screws (or pieces of wood screwed into the ceiling) around the edges of the dome to help secure it into place. Make sure your screws hit something solid like a joist. If the pole was to slip, it’s always the dome the does it (usually because it wasn’t installed tight enough to begin with). I have never seen a base slip sideways, even in abusive use conditions.

      Hope that helps : )

  3. Pam Dowd

    I’m big pretty lady I weigh 295 the reason why I’m dancing is because I need the money I’m very intelligent and I buy all the rules


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