KENNY Dunk started pole aerobics as a show of support for his girlfriend.
Now he is just one of several Launceston men who are spinning, climbing and inverting their way to fitness.
Mr Dunk's partner, Tasmanian state pole dancing champ Sheri Edmunds, has taught pole classes in Launceston for seven years, with about 80 women attending aerobic and burlesque sessions throughout the week.
Late last year Ms Edmunds introduced male- only classes on the back of a growing mainland trend.
She said it was initially a hard sell.
"It's natural for guys to be dubious at first - but we're not exactly going around shaking our booties," Ms Edmunds said.
"But once they are here, they see that it is very non- threatening and a good workout."
Beginner Pole Power classes introduce basic moves such as spins, climbs, inversions and holds.
The focus is on the core and upper body - as Mr Dunk can attest.
"I was happy to give it a go, and I tell you, it is a tough, tough workout," Mr Dunk said.
"You're pretty much lifting your own body most of the time."
Mowbray's Dan Hillas said he raised a few eyebrows when he told his friends that he had joined the group.
But in January, 12 months after starting classes, he will compete in the Tasmanian pole fitness championships.
"My skill level is still pretty basic, and I certainly never planned to get to this level," he said.
"It's just something that happened because I enjoy it so much."
Another newcomer, Rick Marton, said Pole Power classes had taught him to look at street signs in a different way.
"Walking through town, you just want to jump up, grab the signpost and do a trick," he said.
"You start seeing opportunities wherever you go."
Men's Pole Power classes are at the at the Brisbane Street Masonic Hall every Monday from 5.30pm.