The pole was first invented in 1982, when H. David Werder needed something to sit on to protest the price of gasoline, and has since come into widespread usage. Merge the most thrilling aspects of being a firefighter and a circus acrobat with today's Groupon: $50 for five pole-dancing classes at Pole Pressure. Whether you're looking to spice up your love life or tone up your curves, Pole Pressure will have you arching your back as if you were a sexy long-haired wildcat, not to be confused with the long-eared hedgehog, which is really more cute than sexy.
Pole dancing is a heart-pumping workout that tones muscles, slims waistlines, increases flexibility, and boosts one's sexy-feeling, raising sexiness levels 12.5 Zeta-Joneses higher than the national average. Firewomen, batwomen, lady ghostbusters, and any gals looking to build upper body strength, burn calories, and discover the power of the pole can do it any day of the week at Pole Pressure. Drop in on any class on the schedule. The level one class teaches the basics of strength training on the pole along with introductory moves. Level two focuses on the mechanics of spinning and lifting oneself off the ground, then level three teaches intricate one-handed spins. The chair play class is a chair-and-floor workout that blends exotic dance moves with yoga postures. All Pole Pressure’s classes are ladies only, except the Monday mixers (the mixer focuses on aerial spins). A new bar-dancing class will start in January. Click here for a complete list of classes and descriptions.
Pole Pressure’s founder and lead instructor Jessalynn Medairy is a practiced twirler who has earned pro status (she is in the top 12 U.S. pole dancers of 2009 and will be one of only 15 women to compete at the first Professional Pole Championship in 2010.) Medairy fell in love with the workout after she dropped 25 pounds and saw her entire body tone up shortly after her first spin. Pole-dancing can burn more calories than the same amount of time spent unsexily treadmilling, stair climbing, lifting Aunt Gladys above your head, or attacking a punching bag made from recycled car batteries. It's a fun skill to learn, and it's even more fun to perform, unless you're performing outdoors in winter and get frozen to the pole, resulting in hours of sexy thawing.
Express Night Out writes this about Jessalynn Medairy's titillating classes:
- ...the hip circles, bumps and "tush-ups" are designed to be more than merely seductive. They're a workout — and even more of one if you're donning proper footwear... Constantly caressing the pole and grabbing it to spin your body around tires out the arms pretty quickly. And doing the sorts of tricks Medairy makes look so simple requires mucho muscles. But her distraction techniques — such as calls to fog up the pole with your breath, pretend your sports bra straps are suspenders and simulate grabbing dollar bills with your teeth — keep students going. There's no doubt pole dancing embraces eroticism, but it requires just as much silliness as sexiness. – Vicky Hallett, Express Night Out
Express Night Out's readers rave about the workouts:
- Jessalyn is an amazing instructor, and has been teaching woman of all ages self esteem [sic], confidence, and creativity for a very long time! I hope everyone gets a chance to take just one of her classes because she is a one of a kind girl! – J. Mangus, Express Night Out reader
- Pole dancing is really awesome exercise and so fun! I run, workout 5+ times a week, lift weights, and I could barely walk for days after my pole classes...A great way to shake up the routine, especially with cold weather coming. – Sarah, Express Night Out reader
Pole Pressure owner Jessalynn Medairy is an international pole-dancing performer, judge, and teacher. In 2010, she placed fourth in the US Pole Dancing Championship, she has appeared numerous times in Pole2Pole magazine, and she often performs for NATO. With these credentials, Jessalynn heads a team of certified pole-fitness instructors as they teach students the art of pole fitness in a variety of beginner, intermediate, and advanced pole-dancing classes. The instructors keep classes small to give students the one-on-one attention they need to master the sultry and muscle-toning spins, twirls, and climbs.
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