Jada Hudson is 25 years old and weighs 220 pounds. She has tried every exercise and fitness trend known to woman — and hated them all. But one day when trying to push herself out of her comfort zone, she discovered pole dancing. And LOVED it.
"I didn't know what to expect. I'm optimistic by nature, so I try not to go into things with the notion that I'm too big," she told Prevention.
"But the other women in the class were so welcoming and accepting—and my instructor happened to be plus-sized, too. Watching her hoist herself into different moves was amazing. I thought, 'If she can do that, then I can do that.'"
Hudson says she can't get enough of pole dancing, practicing three times a week at home, and even driving an hour to get to her favorite studio.
As for the workout itself? It's pretty intense.
"When I first started, I could not pick up my body at all. But one day my body was like, 'I got you!' To actually be able to lift yourself up, it's amazing. I've never been stronger in my life, and it's all because of this sport. Parts of your body are going to be sore that you wouldn't even imagine could be sore. But it's because you're working muscles that you never thought you'd be working, and you're building strength that you never thought you'd be able to build. I've always had a certain level of confidence, but pole fitness really boosted it: If I can be 220 pounds and support myself on a pole, I can do anything."
Pole dancing has become such a fitness lifestyle for Hudson that she created her own blog, Curvy Girls Pole, which started to see success after just a single day. She couldn't find a community of plus-size girls like herself who loved to pole dance, so she simply created her own.
"The first time you try pole fitness, you're going to feel a little uncomfortable," Hudson said. "No one wants to get up in front of a bunch of people and gyrate—but once you realize everyone in the class is equally as nervous, it lightens the mood. You may not nail every single move, but I guarantee 1,000% that you will have fun. You'll feel strong, you'll feel sexy, and you'll be able to do things you never dreamed were possible."
So... who's ready to try it? Share your thoughts in the comments below!