In 2004, an independent study proved contemporary pole-based exercises more effective than 1920s pole sitting, more energizing than pole-vaulting, and more sensual than polenta. Unleash your inner exhibitionist with today's Groupon: for $39, you get four weeks of Pole Basics, an introductory pole dancing class at Aradia Fitness (a $111.87 value). Your Groupon is redeemable at either the Queen Street West or Carlaw Avenue locations of the pole dancery.
Aradia Fitness provides a welcoming, supportive environment for women of every age and fitness level to explore their sexy side while simultaneously subjecting all sides to a total-body cardio workout. Pole Basics teaches basic sensual moves and pole work over the course of four weekly sessions, allowing students to build on what they've learned from week to week. Classes combine elements of ballet, yoga, and striptease (though you won't be shedding any leotards or turtlenecks in class) to strengthen your core, tone muscles, increase flexibility, and keep you limber. As the seductress embedded deep within makes her way to the surface, you'll engage rarely used muscles, sometimes resulting in day-after pangs of soreness, sudden Facebook friending of said muscles, and a confident new saunter.
Although initially met with doubt from friends and family, owners Christine Boyer and Tracy Gray danced on to create Aradia Fitness, a pole dancing fitness institution that empowers and strengthens women on the inside and outside. All you need is gym- or yoga-like attire and bare feet to make your first firm step toward becoming a music-video vixen or reverse-firefighter. Students must call ahead for pre-registration.
- So far, Aradia--named after the Italian goddess who offers guidance and protection for women--has taught more than 10,000 women the ins and outs of pole dancing and sensual fitness. – Andy Holloway, Canadian Business Online
- The classes are small and intimate, so everyone gets time and help as we spin on the poles. Everyone at Aradia, including the instructors and other participants, are nice, fun, and encouraging, making you really feel comfortable at letting that sexy woman emerge from your sexy self! – Nams, ChickAdvisor
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.