Well, kind of. It’s a pole fitness class that teaches the beginnings of doing crazy things like Cirque du Soleil. It combines a lot of stretches and contemporary dance with circus arts. It was fun, and my goodness, was it a work out.
A few summers ago, my friend Elizabeth said she was taking a pole dancing class at a studio in Rochester and asked if I wanted to join. Since classes were $20 a pop, I had to decline because I was a poor intern at the time.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, and LivingSocial had a voucher deal for a five class punch pass at the same studio, Aerial Arts of Rochester, a studio that also offers aerial yoga and aerial hoops (sign me up!). She texted me to see if I was interested, and I was game since I’m not a poor intern anymore.
We took our first class for the six-week session last night.
I will not lie when I say I went in all kinds of nervous. I don’t like the thought of hanging upside down on a pole. But that’s all the advanced stuff. Since this was a Level 1 class, we would be learning the basics.
I did get to see some of the more advanced moves during an open-pole session before our class. It was cool. I doubt I would be able to do it, but it was fun to watch!
Our class started right after the open-pole session, and everyone doubled up on the poles since class was filled to capacity. We started with a basic warm-up that included plies and forward folds. It reminded me a lot of dance classes back in high school, especially with music in the background.
Then our instructor, Jennifer (who was awesome!), took us through some basic spins and slides. We were given a lot of practice time, and having Elizabeth there helped. She’s taken the class before and could point out some things I could do differently.
Mostly I looked super awkward, but that’s par for the course in every aspect of my life.
We also learned how to do fireman spins, and I got dizzy from them, but I loved it. At one point, I accidentally got a little too into it and slammed my shin into the pole. That was fun.
We got a chance to practice on brass and stainless steel poles as well. The stainless steel pole wasn’t as wide as the brass, and the steel was a little more slippery. I could hold onto the brass better.
The last thing we went over was how to sit on the pole. This requires you to hop up onto the pole with your legs on either side while holding yourself up with your arms and leaning out to the side. When Jennifer demonstrated it, I thought it looked easy. I almost fell on my butt the first time I tried. I practiced it a lot, and could eventually hold myself up, but I couldn’t lean out too well. My arms and back are feeling it today.
We ended the class doing some back and shoulder stretches and finished in a child’s pose.
I’m already pumped to go back next week. I have a few bruises on my feet and my shin, but it was something new, and trying new things is never a bad thing. I have to remember not to wear running clothes. Anyone got some booty shorts I can borrow?
What’s the most interesting fitness class you’ve taken?
Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way to take this class, and this is not a sponsored post.