Pole fitness dates back to the Hellenistic period, originating as an outlet for Olympic javelin throwers suspended for unsportsmanlike victory dances. Reap their ancient wisdom with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get a punch card good for five pole-dancing classes (a $110 value) and five drop-in fitness classes (a $62.50 value) at Studio Rio’s Twisted Fitness in Virginia Beach (a $172.50 total value).
Twisted Fitness incorporates the seductive stylings of pole dancing with hardcore dance-based workouts to tone bodies and improve inner confidence. Former professional dancers engage pole-disciples within a 6,000-square-foot facility complete with a pole room, cardio and weight area, and dance studio. Instructors divide pole classes into skill levels from one to five, with beginners enrolled in levels one and two. Initiates commence their studies with a series of spins such as the fireman, the pinwheel, and the particle accelerator. Level two introduces transitions, with a focus on stringing moves into combinations while coordinating with a musical piece and barber-pole swirls.
The studio’s pole-free fitness regimens, on the other hand, combine sultry dance moves with weight training to strengthen and firm the physique. Participants are invited to put on their most alluring pair of boots, heels, or glass slippers and try out the Hot Seat chair-workout routine. Strip Hop classes transform traditional hip-hop moves into a seductive sweat-fest with steps broken down for novice groovers. The current schedule boasts days and nights bedecked in an amalgam of courses and brass-polishing workshops.
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.