Pole Dancing as Exercise: Empowering or Exploiting? by ActiveRadioUK published on 2013-01-17T12:52:54Z Get your kit off and pick up your pumps, here is the first instalment of Active Radio's weird exercise stories. In this episode, we take a look at the newest exercise trend to take the world by storm; the acrobatic art form of pole dancing. Formerly ridiculed and said to be taboo, pole dancing classes have now sprung up all over the UK. It has been hailed as a great way for women to tone up their upper bodies and stomachs and feel sexy and empowered while doing so. So Active Radio have decided to investigate what has got all of these women so addicted.