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Shaking and snaking your body around a pole is no longer about the spectator.

"It's so individual, you can be whatever you want," explained Buttercup Pole Dance instructor Sarah Jade.

Pole dance has transformed from being a show for men to a way for women to achieve something for themselves -- a rock-hard body.

"I went to Florida Pole Fitness championship twice. I was most athletic both times," Sarah added.

Lynn Maxey is currently one of the first fitness professionals to be fully sponsored by the pole fitness community.

"Yes, it's very athletic. It uses everything from your core to your upper body, to your forearm, your neck muscles, your back muscles, your leg muscles," she explained.

That athletic ability is behind the push to make pole dancing an Olympic sport.

"I think it's a good idea because it brings credibility to our industry," she said.

However, not everyone thinks it's a good transition.

"I think it will help to mainstream the sport, but I think it may also take away from the sexy side of it," Sarah argued.

Taking the sexy out of it is actually part of the plan. Body rolls and grinding moves would not be allowed in the Olympics.

"I think when you take something that's more of a performance art and make it into something that's judged by like a point system, like gymnastics, sometimes it can take some of the soul out of it and make it a little sterile."

However, it doesn't mean that what the women do as part of pole fitness won't be worth watching.

"They're super flexible, they're super strong, they can keep up with any gymnast."

So while these pole enthusiasts have dueling views of the sport verses art, they both agree that the exposure to pole is a good thing.

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