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 $49, you get one class a week for four weeks of either Level 1 or Level 2 Pole Dancing and Sensual Movement, introductory pole-dancing classes at Aradia Fitness (a $100 value) in Port Coquitlam.
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 Dancing and Sensual Movement 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 towards becoming a music-video vixen or reverse-firefighter. Students must call ahead or email for preregistration.
- 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
312-2071 Kingsway Ave.
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia V3C 6N2Get Directions