In 2004, an independent study proved contemporary pole-based exercises are more effective than 1920s pole sitting, more energizing than pole-vaulting, and more sensual than polenta. With today's Groupon, $12 gets you one introductory “Teaser” pole dance class at Aradia Fitness's Cary location, a $30 value. Led by certified instructors, Aradia reinvents the workout with boredom-busting pole romps designed for women of all ages and skill sets.
Aspiring stationary baton climbers Christine Boyer and Tracy Gray took matters into their own hands when their attempt to find a sensual fitness session proved unsuccessful. After ordering a pole, studying exotic dancers, and daily practice, the twirlsome twosome officially began teaching Aradia classes in 2004. Today, the Cary location offers a variety of classes to strengthen, tone, stretch, and send the heart racing like a surprise rose parade in the Swiss Alps on Valentine's Day. This “Teaser” class provides newbies a warm-up to the racy routine with pole work and strength and flexibility training. You can view the current class schedule here.
Even wallflowers will feel at home with Aradia's holistic approach that focuses on the mind, body, and soul. Women of all shapes, sizes, and ages are celebrated in the studio's lighthearted sessions. Certified instructors help students feel comfortable and confident during the entire class, no matter how many "set me on fire" signs they have unknowingly taped to their backs. Evening classes offered as late as 8:30 p.m. make it easy for professionals, moms, and vampires to attend. Visit Aradia's website to reserve your spot ahead of time.
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Citysearchers give Aradia Fitness a perfect five-star average:
- Want your arms and shoulders to look great - this is the fitness class for you! It is amazing what tricks you can do on the pole - although they seem impossible when you see them - but the instructors are so patient and helpful that you pick it up quickly. – ccamann
- This studio is great for anyone looking for a new type of workout, a way to meet your more feminine side or just a night out with the girls. – vickis22
- The staff is extremely friendly and supportive. The classes are small. There are no mirrors for you to judge yourself in. – kyt0s
Laced with elements of yoga, Pilates, and gymnastics, the women-only classes at Aradia Fitness sculpt lean, toned physiques. And though physical fitness is a cornerstone of the studio, it's not the only one. Classes such as Striptease and Lap Dance foster a certain amount of unrestrained confidence that, as Aradia puts it, “teach[es] women to unapologetically love their body and themselves.” At 17 locations across the country, Aradia's staff of certified instructors, including world-record holder Amanda, lead women of all shapes, sizes, and experiences through sessions ranging from pole-dancing classes that teach aerial lifts and holds to Sexy Fit classes that forgo the pole for yoga fusion, boot camp, and lap dancing. No matter the class, the environment at Aradia is always light hearted, nurturing, and more supportive than a stainless-steel hammock.