Pole dancing offers a pole-based exercise more effective than 1920s pole sitting, more energizing than pole-vaulting, and more sensual than polenta. Learn a little something with today's Groupon: for $45, you get an unlimited monthly membership at Apple Jelly Studios in Sarasota (a $90 value).
Despite its gooey-sounding name Apple Jelly’s friendly instructors are fully firm, and ready to tighten bodies and encourage female camaraderie through their dance-based fitness regime. Spend a month traversing the ab-aligning array of classes, starting with the pole foundation class, which teaches amateur artists the fundamentals of basic spin concepts, such as how to spin forward and backward, or backward and forward if vacationing in Australia. Next, the basic pole movement and tricks foundation classes will incorporate more complicated dance steps and pole maneuvers, building upper body strength, and arming students with the confidence to turn any street light or floor lamp into their own personal shimmy stick.
All classes at Apple Jelly are coed, allowing anyone interested in achieving a cutting board of a torso or terrifyingly perky pecks. Attend any combination of group fitness classes, including flexibility, ballet boot camp, Zumba, and chair fit, a class for Goldilocks enthusiasts. Developed by a Navy SEAL, TRXpress classes slam a total-body workout into 30 minutes for busy bodies who want to work out in less time than it takes to microwave 10 Hot Pockets.
Apple Jelly Studios
The quote “Everything seems impossible … until it’s done!” adorns the walls of Apple Jelly Studios, inspiring the women within the private studio to achieve their fitness goals. Drawn together by a shared love of pole dancing, a quartet of women decided to spearhead the private studio, where they continue to teach dancing and fitness classes today alongside a handpicked crew of certified female instructors. Reflected in wall-to-wall mirrors, they teach students of all shapes and sizes to twirl around eight chrome poles during beginner, advanced, and intermediate pole-dancing and pole-trick classes, boosting confidence, toning muscles, and burning calories. Certified instructors also lead a variety of yoga, Pilates, and boot-camp classes upon the studio’s hardwood floors.
The studio rents its facilities out for private events, providing pole-dancing instruction, sultry red lighting, and a professional sound system for bachelorette parties, birthdays, and brazen knitting circles.