Today's Groupon offers a pole-based exercise more effective than 1920s pole sitting, more energizing than pole-vaulting, and more sensual than polenta: for $10, you get a one-hour introductory pole fitness course at Balera Studio ($30 value) on Ashe Road. All ages, skill levels, and body types are welcome to learn the fine art of holding oneself aloft alongside a slender, metal pole. At Balera, nothing comes off except shoes and excess inches through their acrobatic, aerobic workout. Bring a guest for free to learn basic climbing and holding techniques in a fun, friendly, and supportive environment. Pole fitness courses are on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at noon. Call ahead to reserve a pole.
Balera Fitness Studio
The instructors at Balera Fitness Studio assure future pole-dancing students that, although they will be engaging in a style of dance that’s known for its come-hither maneuvers, "Nothing comes off but your shoes!" That's because they hone in on the unique fitness aspects of pole dancing, guiding students through exhilarating spins and limbering stretches that improve strength, balance, and flexibility. They welcome students of all ages and body types to their fun, sweat-manufacturing workouts. At private parties, they teach core-firming moves to celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, future marriages, and Stop Sign Impersonation Day.
4300 Ashe Rd.
Bakersfield, California 93313