1. First of all, there's no "ideal" body type for pole dancing. Instagram: @lekajunqueira / Via instagram.com You just need to be looking to build strength, flexibility, and to discover that you're powerful AF. 2. There's also no age limit. Instagram: @amarsousa / Via instagram.com The more you practice, the better. 3. And it's not even just for women. Instagram: @kadu_morfim / Via instagram.com Hello, boys! 4. Dedication to the sport isn't necessarily about being super into fitness per se. Instagram: @poledancerbr / Via instagram.com You could also just want to have fun and get strong. 5. And it isn't always about being ~sexy.~ Instagram: @issaozera / Via instagram.com (Although if you can manage to do that and stay on the pole at the same time, go for it.) 6. Going to a pole class isn't like going to a strip club. Most of the time, it's more like Cirque du Soleil. Instagram: @carinaverpa / Via instagram.com Check out the acrobatics! 7. And bruises are a big part of life for pole dancers. Instagram: @deboranis / Via instagram.com You exert a lot of pressure against that little pole. Expect bruises. 8. Just like yoga, all the poses have names. This one's called the "scorpion". Instagram: @mariianab / Via instagram.com And there's even superman, the butterfly, the martini, and more. 9. Tbh wearing short shorts and a tiny top make the moves a lot easier. It's not just about looking good up there. Instagram: @mariana_quintiliano / Via instagram.com After all, cloth slips... skin doesn't! 10. But it's totally possible to do it fully clothed. Instagram: @poledancerbr / Via instagram.com Go girl! 11. It takes years of practice and training to get to the most advanced levels... Instagram: @grazzybrugner / Via instagram.com 12. ...but a lot of the poses can be picked up relatively quickly, which is great for your confidence! Instagram: @raynha_ / Via instagram.com Your legs, back, and abdomen get stronger with every class. 13. Of course, being able to post incredible photos is one of the most gratifying parts for everyone. Instagram: @kathully / Via instagram.com And it gets easier to crack that big smile, despite the effort!