While pole dancing is frequently associated with gentlemen's clubs, strip clubs, and the circus, it has actually become a recognized form of exercise in which participants receive both an aerobic and anaerobic workout. There are a number of pole dancing schools that offer classes from accredited instructors across the country. The artistic display of athleticism has taken a step beyond recreation and has become sporting, as pole dancing competitions have cropped up. While the contests have only been around for several years, a number of competitors are pushing for the sport to be included in the Olympics. The U.S. Pole Dance Federation's West Coast regionals just wrapped up in the Bay Area, and winners will advance to the U.S. Pole Dance Championships that will be held in New York at some point in March.