Pole dancing offers a pole-based exercise more effective than 1920s pole sitting, more energizing than pole vaulting, and more sensual than polenta. Trade cornmeal for chrome with today’s Groupon to Studio Rio’s Twisted Fitness in Virginia Beach. Choose between the following options:
- For $40, you get a 10-class punch card good for 5 pole classes and 5 drop-in fitness classes (a $172.50 value).
- For $260, you get a four-month membership (a $523 value), which includes:
- Access to all drop-in and pole classes
- Unlimited access to the cardio room
- A sweatshirt, tank top, shorts, and water bottle
The staff at Studio Rio’s Twisted Fitness curates a comfortable environment where women can let loose during sassy fitness and pole-dancing classes. Pole classes follow a graduated curriculum that starts with basic spins and combinations in Level One—preparing students for inversions, climbs, and human tetherballing in later sessions. Amid the mirrored and spotlighted studio, which partners each lady with her own pole, workouts whittle core muscles, fortify upper-body strength, and boost flexibility. Similarly dance-centric, drop-in fitness classes teach choreography to women clad in high-heels, sneakers, or bare feet. The heel class, Video Vamp, re-creates moves from famed music videos, and the barefoot Stripper Stretch challenges ladies to practice splits for personal or pole-bound pliability. For workouts more traditional than bench-pressing lead-dipped quills, Twisted Fitness also hosts sessions such as cardio kickboxing, aerobics, and cardio-weightlifting. Check the studio’s schedule for a full list of morning and evening class times.
A four-month membership to Studio Rio’s Twisted Fitness unlocks a full calendar of sassy classes, as well as access to the gym’s cardio room. While a fleet of treadmills and ellipticals torch calories, resistance machinery and hand weights create strong muscles that can more easily tote toddlers, groceries, or toddlers toting groceries.
Studio Rio's Twisted Fitness
The instructors at Studio Rio's Twisted Fitness approach their job with sensitivity and expertise that earned them 2010 and 2011 Best of Virginia Beach Reader's Choice awards. But the staff refuses to rest on its laurels, pushing themselves every day during sultry dance and cardio classes to help women of all abilities ramp up their sensuality while getting fit. The more than 35 weekly classes range from kickboxing to the signature pole dancing classes, held in an all-lady, judgment-free environment for participants with experience levels from beginning to advanced. The pole dancing sessions target specific body parts including the core and glutes and incorporate strength training, choreography, and challenging inverted poses made hyper-feminine with the inclusion of inverted knitting. The instructors reinforce that sexiness is both ageless and timeless—all classes are designed to help women of all ages over 18 to not only reshape their bodies, but boost confidence as well.