Kacie White can be thankful she has a low boredom threshold when it comes to conventional exercise.
Finding gym workouts tedious, the former gymnast took up pole dancing instead and is already making her mark in the fast-growing sport.
Mrs White won the professional category in a Pole Dance Academy competition at Sydney on December 8, her first competitive outing since opening a pole dancing studio in Springwood this November.
“I’ve never really enjoyed doing gym exercise or going for runs, that’s not my thing. I find it really boring so when this [pole dancing] became popular I thought I’d love to give it a go,” she said.
Her technique and fitness levels impressed judges at the Pole Dance Academy competition where White performed a four-minute routine to the Sia song, I’m In There.
“I had no idea how I would go. I thought I might get a place but it was big shock to win,” she said.
The judges would have been even more impressed if they had known the Springwood resident is also the mother of three-year-old triplets. She used pole dancing to get back in shape after giving birth to Oliver, Amelia and Maximilian at Randwick’s Royal Hospital for Women and has never looked back.
Mrs White said pole dancing is rapidly moving beyond “stripper-based” stereotypes still held by some people to be recognised as a highly skilled sport.
Competitors can test their skills at elite levels right up to the World Pole Sport Championships.
White and her business partner at Pole Body and Soul, personal trainer Lyndal Fewings, are attracting women of all ages to their Springwood studio where people quickly discover how intense the sport can be, she said.
“Most people struggle when they first have a turn . . . because you’re using muscles you don’t usually use on a day-to-day basis. Even if you’re an avid gym-goer you’ll find you will use muscles you might not normally use,”she said.
“It’s definitely easier the more you get into it though.”