Just found this pole dancing video of me on youtube... for a reality show called Vertical Pole Challenge.

  • Mako_Shark

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    Aug 17, 2010 6:20 AM GMT
    So last December, I participated in this reality show called "Vertical Pole Challenge" and I wanted to share it with everyone, since it is a fitness activity that I teach. The most awe inspiring part of the clip actually is the female contestant featured after me, one of the best in the nation! Enjoy!

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    Aug 17, 2010 6:25 AM GMT
    I remember seeing that in another forum shortly after that video was uploaded.
    Never knew that was you. You go boy! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 17, 2010 6:28 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI remember seeing that in another forum shortly after that video was uploaded.
    Never knew that was you. You go boy! icon_biggrin.gif


    It's me sans mohawk! Gosh, its odd that it took so long to discover it. I was teaching class at the studio tonight when 3 strangers walked in (they ended up being incredible pole dancers) and found out about my studio because of this video... they were the ones who told me about it tonight.
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    Aug 17, 2010 10:49 AM GMT
    First thing I noticed was how much the camera loves you, then I paid close attention to the pole dancing. I'm afraid the best I could do is lean up against the pole and smile. I don't know how you manage to do it, but I'm impressed. You have to have some incredible strength to pull that off.

    Well done. icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 17, 2010 10:53 AM GMT
    wow mate thats awesome!

    congrats!

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    Aug 17, 2010 11:28 AM GMT
    Wow, great performance and such charm and poise.
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    Aug 17, 2010 12:09 PM GMT
    I have to agree.. the camera loves you.

    You don't see a lot of fitness routines based around pole dancing. Perhaps a nice non-traditional addition to the RJ family? icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 17, 2010 12:23 PM GMT
    YEAH! get it!!!!!!!
  • slimnmuscly

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    Aug 17, 2010 12:57 PM GMT
    Great stuff - very cool. And yes, that female contestant has amazing moves.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 17, 2010 1:03 PM GMT
    Definitely awesome. Thanks for sharing this. I have heard about this, but really haven't seen much before. You handled the interview very well and the woman after you was excellent as well.
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    Aug 17, 2010 1:38 PM GMT
    Dude, some of that stuff was really cool.
    Never really seen pole dancing before, didn't realize some people took it more seriously as a gymnastics/art form (I realize that should be obvious, just never thought about it).

    So, um, are there venues that cater towards the more artistic / athletic versions of pole dancing (versus stripper stereotypes)?
    I could imagine hanging out with friends and watching something like that.
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    Aug 17, 2010 1:53 PM GMT
    yes the POLE definitely LOVES you!! hahaha that is kick ass dude! what a talent and act of physical fitness!
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    Aug 17, 2010 1:57 PM GMT
    oh wow...that's REALLY amazing!!

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    Aug 17, 2010 2:51 PM GMT
    Mako_Shark said
    paulflexes saidI remember seeing that in another forum shortly after that video was uploaded.
    Never knew that was you. You go boy! icon_biggrin.gif


    It's me sans mohawk! Gosh, its odd that it took so long to discover it. I was teaching class at the studio tonight when 3 strangers walked in (they ended up being incredible pole dancers) and found out about my studio because of this video... they were the ones who told me about it tonight.
    If you were down in South Florida I'd hire you in a heartbeat. Been considering (and pretty much made up my mind) getting a pole and taking lessons. It's always looked fun...and profitability is always a nice plus. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 17, 2010 3:57 PM GMT
    neosyllogy saidDude, some of that stuff was really cool.
    Never really seen pole dancing before, didn't realize some people took it more seriously as a gymnastics/art form (I realize that should be obvious, just never thought about it).

    So, um, are there venues that cater towards the more artistic / athletic versions of pole dancing (versus stripper stereotypes)?
    I could imagine hanging out with friends and watching something like that.


    Hey! My studio focuses on the acrobatics/aeralist part of pole dancing, no stripper heels allowed! (Ok just kidding about the heels, some of my students need them). If you ever come to the Phoenix area, contact me for a complimentary class!
  • solak

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    Aug 17, 2010 4:02 PM GMT
    you are pretty damn HOT and pretty damn good..

    you're smooth and in control of the poll..

    not that being clumsy and crappy on a poll is any less hot icon_eek.gif

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    Aug 17, 2010 4:24 PM GMT
    Mako_Shark saidMy studio focuses on the acrobatics/aeralist part of pole dancing, no stripper heels allowed!

    Most impressive, the strength and disciplined coordination necessary to do that are very obvious, not to mention the artistry of the routines.

    By coincidence I watched a male pole dancer at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino last Friday. He was part of a rather risque 2-hour show that an HIV/AIDS agency put together as a fund raiser. A link to the show is below, to give you an idea, although I haven't found a pic of the pole dancer. But I know some of the photographers who worked it, who have already emailed me some pics, so I'll contact them and post any they send.

    His routine was very provocative, clearly aimed at a heavily gay male audience, but not tawdry strip club, either. And watching it, I thought to myself, these moves and the strength this guy has are comparable to an Olympic gymnast, only in many ways much more artistic & beautiful. I wonder if it could ever become an Olympic gymnastic event?

    http://www.browardhouse.org/bares/index.html
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    Aug 17, 2010 4:27 PM GMT
    The pole absolutely loves you! icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 17, 2010 4:29 PM GMT
    Wilton said
    Mako_Shark saidMy studio focuses on the acrobatics/aeralist part of pole dancing, no stripper heels allowed!

    Most impressive, the strength and disciplined coordination necessary to do that are very obvious, not to mention the artistry of the routines.

    By coincidence I watched a male pole dancer at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino last Friday. He was part of a rather risque 2-hour show that an HIV/AIDS agency put together as a fund raiser. A link to the show is below, to give you an idea, although I haven't found a pic of the pole dancer. But I know some of the photographers who worked it, who have already emailed me some pics, so I'll contact them and post any they send.

    His routine was very provocative, clearly aimed at a heavily gay male audience, but not tawdry strip club, either. And watching it, I thought to myself, these moves and the strength this guy has are comparable to an Olympic gymnast, only in many ways much more artistic & beautiful. I wonder if it could ever become an Olympic gymnastic event?

    http://www.browardhouse.org/bares/index.html


    There has been a petition going around to get the Olympic committee to consider pole acrobatics for the 2016 Olympics. Most people don't know this, but there is a Pole Dancing Federation that offers competitions for pole acrobats to compete in. It's no different of a sport as say, gymnastics.
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    Aug 17, 2010 4:48 PM GMT
    Mako_Shark saidThere has been a petition going around to get the Olympic committee to consider pole acrobatics for the 2016 Olympics. Most people don't know this, but there is a Pole Dancing Federation that offers competitions for pole acrobats to compete in. It's no different of a sport as say, gymnastics.

    Well I couldn't help but think that should happen myself, after I saw this guy perform, and now your clip. I suppose the greatest objection might be the association with strip clubs.

    As you know, the original ancient Greek Olympic Games were based on military skills, and our modern Olympic events in turn derive and evolved from them. Even much of gymnastic sports in fact has a military basis, in leaping, climbing, scaling and vaulting over obstacles. The further military connection with track & field events is even more obvious, and even pole vaulting is based on an ancient technique to defeat barricades, ditches, moats and low walls.

    Therefore, it might help the cause of pole acrobatics if a military connection could be found, perhaps something related to climbing trees or poles, instead of being mostly thought of as a form of erotic entertainment. Just a thought, because I like the idea of it becoming an Olympic event.
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    Aug 17, 2010 5:45 PM GMT
    Dayum, you're good!
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    Aug 17, 2010 5:49 PM GMT
    Wow, great job!

    And you're from Tempe???
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    Aug 17, 2010 5:51 PM GMT
    Wow that looks tough and I must say you have great strength in your body to pull that off so nicely.
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    Aug 17, 2010 6:17 PM GMT
    apart from the stigma with poles and our uptight society, your work on the pole (and the contestant also pictured) is not any different from what gymnasts do with the rings or pommel horse. it is every bit as athletic and the strength required to do what you do is incredible...your core must be like steel.

    two...no, wait...THREE...thumbs up!

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    Aug 17, 2010 6:25 PM GMT
    luvitohateit saidWow, great job!

    And you're from Tempe???


    Well, Mesa, but my studio is in Tempe, about 2 mile from the ASU campus!