Updated: May 29, 2020
After J-Lo's performance at the Super Bowl this year, the spotlight was thrust upon a new sport. That's right, pole dancing is no longer just a form for scantily clad women to twirl about while horny guys toss half their paycheck onto the stage below.
Just in case my wife is reading this: I would never go to a strip club. But if I did, I'm sure that I would be impressed with the acrobatic maneuvers women are able to pull off on the pole.
Not that I've ever been, but I'm certain that my jaw would have dropped as I stood on the balcony at Blush with Steve watching women climb the pole just to turn upside down and plunge almost 3 stories down, stopping gracefully inches before their head hits the stage.
There's no denying that the moves these women do on the pole takes pure athleticism, strength, grace, creativity and a whole lot of confidence. This has lead many to push the sport into the conversation for The Olympics.
Personally, I don't know how the Olympics decides on what is, or isn't a real sport. I'm just a simple man. When I see someone pole dancing, I support them -- even if it's just one dollar at a time.
Jagoff Sports once again sent me out in the field to investigate, and Fitness with a Twist, Pittsburgh's top spot for all things pole dancing, was gracious enough to host me. I got to speak with Vanessa Russo, the owner of Fitness with a Twist, and I even tried my hand at a few moves on the pole. See the full video here: