A new mother has told how she allows children as young as two to attend her pole-dancing class – and says it is “cheaper than babysitters”.
Former professional ballet dancer Anna Milosevic, from London, started running pole-dancing classes exclusively for mothers following the birth of her daughter Faye in the summer.
She realised she wanted to shed her baby weight, but couldn’t go to the gym because she had a new-born.
So she noticed a gap in the market – pole-dancing with newborns. Her business venture, Pole Fit London, has proved a success with new mothers writhing on the pole while their offspring sit on the floor.
She has even added a soft play area so people of all ages can enjoy themselves.
The 34-year-old said she had “wanted to tone up” after the birth of her baby.
“I knew other new mums who wanted to lose their baby weight too,” Mrs Milosevic said.
“Having trained as a pole fitness instructor I knew the benefits attached to pole dancing. The point is, you can come and get fit but you don’t have to get a babysitter, just bring your babies with you.
“I don’t teach the mums anything that you would see in a strip club and don’t let the kids have a go because of the connotations,” she said. “It’s harmless.”
She said the girls who attended the class liked it, while the boys were less interested. Children as young as a few months old watch as their mothers writhe on the pole.
“They don’t care what’s going on,” she said. “It means their mums get to exercise without having to find someone to babysit for them.”
Miss Milosevic’s range of exercises are designed to help mothers build up and strengthen their core muscles, and improve their posture.
She said: “Most mums already have upper-body strength from picking up their babies.
“I spoke to my midwife to find out how soon new mums could exercise safely and what exercises were suitable.
“I learned that eight weeks is enough time for the body to heal following a pregnancy, including after a woman has had a caesarean section.
“So only mums whose babies are eight weeks and older, and are fit enough to take part, are allowed to join.
“Some of the classes I run are shorter as new-borns can get restless.”
Now Miss Milosevic holds classes for mums with babies up to eight months old, then up to 18 months.
Aside from the poles, the classes are crammed with toys for babies and young children to play with.
While soft mats and pillows help to keep the babies propped up and comfortable during the sessions.
The classes are tailored so that mums can tend to their babies at any point, to feed them or stop them crying.
She said: “My classes actually work better when there are lots of mums there. There are two people to every pole so while one mum is exercising the other can tend to their babies.”
For more information, go to Pole Fit London.