Pole dancing-as-exercise is no longer strictly for women. Recently, the fitness trend has begun popping up in gyms across Beijing, 'Today' reports.

Gym owners say pole dancing is a great way to stay fit, and some Chinese men are embracing it as a way to build up abs, arms and upper-body strength.

But the workouts don't come cheap. Aspiring pole dancers can pay anywhere from $620 to $1,240 for a year's worth of classes.

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