The pole was first invented in 1982, when H. David Werder needed something to sit on to protest the price of gasoline. Explore the many perks of poletivities with today's Groupon: for $50, you get five pole-dancing classes at Pole Pressure. This Groupon is valid for redemption at Pole Pressure's locations at Balance Gym Thomas Circle and City Fitness in Cleveland Park. The SomaFit location is closed as of 8/18/11.
Women of all levels 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 at the DC or Georgetown locations. 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, and Level Three teaches intricate one-handed spins. The Chair Play class blends exotic dance moves with yoga postures. All of Pole Pressure’s classes are ladies only, except the Monday mixers, which typically focus on aerial spins.
Pole Pressure’s founder and lead instructor, Jessalynn Medairy, is a practiced twirler with pro status (she was in the top-12 pole dancers in the 2009 United States Pole Dancing Federation Competition). Medairy fell in love with the workout after she saw her entire body tone up shortly after her first spin and has since continued to motivate core-tightening trainees of all shapes and sizes.
Must be 18 or older. All classes must be taken within three months of the first class.
Express Night Out profiled Jessalynn Medairy:
- ...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. – Vicky Hallett, Express Night Out
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.