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Calories Burned in an Aerobic Pole Dance Class

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Jake Wayne has written professionally for more than 12 years, including assignments in business writing, national magazines and book-length projects. He has a psychology degree from the University of Oregon and black belts in three martial arts.
Calories Burned in an Aerobic Pole Dance Class
A young woman is pole dancing. Photo Credit: Jeff Schear/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Exotic and pole dancing have become new fitness crazes. Like any other aerobic exercise class, the purpose is to lose weight while doing something fun that helps you feel more positive about your body.

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Kind of Exercise

Aerobic pole dancing is a form of group fitness aerobics which ramps up to a moderate level of exertion, both in the cardiovascular and resistance realms. According to information at, it works the body similar to a combination of yoga and Jazzercise.

Calorie Burn

One hour of pole dance aerobics burns approximately the same amount of calories as other group aerobics sessions. A 130-pound woman will burn about 350 calories in a one-hour class.

Body Weight

Body weight is a major variable in calorie burn. The more someone weighs, the more effort every activity requires. A 120-pound person in a pole dance class would burn only 320 calories. A 180-pound woman would burn 485 calories in the same class.

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