Pole dancing offers a pole-based exercise more effective than 1920s pole sitting, more energizing than pole vaulting, and more sensual than polenta. Shimmy seductively with today's Groupon: for $15, you get one Intro to Pole Dancing class or two Beyond the Pole classes at Aradia Fitness in Cary (a $30 value).
The experienced instructors at Aradia Fitness set hearts racing with boredom-busting pole romps designed for women of all ages, shapes, and skill sets. The Teaser class warms up shy muscles with strength and flexibility training before a pole-dance routine equips them with enough confident and sensual moves to seduce an entire boardroom into investing in a chocolate-powered car. Alternatively, Beyond the Pole group classes tempt bodies with both tubular and nontubular forms of fitness. The Willpower & Grace class unleashes a combo of high-energy dance, callisthenic drills, and yoga postures on unsuspecting calories, and the Abtastic workout reinforces cores with intensive strength- and balance-building moves. Evening classes are scheduled as late as 8:30 p.m. to make it easy for professionals, moms, and vampires to attend. Other Beyond the Pole classes include Chairobics, Booty Box, and Cardio Striptease; visit Aradia Fitness's website to reserve your spot ahead of time.
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.