Pole dancing builds core strength, which comes in handy if you ever need to hold a sack filled with combination locks over your head for a few hours. Spin toward a six-pack with this Groupon.
$39 for Four Weekly Pole Fitness Classes ($80 Value)
Instructors lead students through a quintet of one-hour pole fitness classes once a week, introducing students to sensual choreography that incorporates turns, spins, and jumps. During the Pole Fitness 1 and 2 courses, the teacher introduces newcomers to foundational steps, and during the intermediate- and advanced-level courses, she acquaints them with more challenging choreography composed of inversions and climbs. The moves aim to build core and upper-body strength, as well as increase flexibility. See the schedule here.
DL Fitness Studios
For 40 years of her life, Lisa Lavoie went without a single urge to perform muscle-toning spins on every chrome pole she came across. Now, she can't imagine a life where she doesn't artfully maneuver around a smooth metallic post on a regular basis. Once she discovered the intense yet fun exercise form in 2009, she fell in love with it and opened her own studio less than four years later. Today, Lavoie dedicates herself to eliminating pole dancing's negative stigma and exposing it as the artistic strength-training workout that it truly is. With help from a team of certified instructors, she leads rigorous, one-hour classes that aim to build confidence levels, upper-body strength, and core muscles. In addition to leading pole fitness classes, instructors helm other out-of-the-box fitness classes, including aerial silks and belly-dancing classes.