Sometimes, late at night, firemen slip into heels and dance with their poles, spinning, dipping, and stripping away cumbersome fireproof coats and burdensome notions of masculinity. Achieve a fireman's acrobatic workout with today's Groupon: for $20, you get one month of unlimited pole-dance and fitness classes, along with unlimited tanning at Pole Worx (an $60 value).
Pole Worx is a women's-only operation that features a robust schedule of classes in disciplines such as pole dancing, Zumba, chair dancing, belly dancing, Pilates/yoga mix, booty bootcamp, kickboxing, and Balaties. Pole Worx has 5,000 square feet of studio space for instructors to divvy out a multitude of moves, providing ample open space to twist, contort, and tease gravity. The intense workouts can improve balance and coordination, which will come in handy when meandering into a tanning bed to achieve a similarly well-balanced hue. Call ahead to schedule classes.
Natalie Smith needed some excitement in her life, which at that point merely consisted of performing as a professional ballet and hip-hop dancer, posing as a model, and balancing atop speeding motorcycles as a stuntwoman. After stumbling across a segment about pole dancing on the Oprah Winfrey show, she decided to spice things up a bit and dive headfirst into the fun yet demanding exercise form. She lost 25 pounds in two months, inspiring her to open her own studio—where she draws upon her experience in dancing and cheerleading to lead classes that span the sultry workout spectrum from pole routines to booty boot camp. The studio boasts 30 poles and 5,000 square feet of floor space, evoking the feeling of walking into a chrome forest—which is an experience similar to walking into the Redwoods after governor Schwarzenegger's controversial act to silver plate every tree. In the studio, Natalie and her team of certified instructors—twirling under a hot pink tin ceiling.—lead spins, climbs, and drops during lessons and private parties. They welcome ladies of all ages and builds to the women-only locale, which offers bed tanning to supplement its body-toning programs.
At the new Pole Worx location, classes are held in one of three new classrooms that house over 33 different poles. The new location also has two changing room and two tanning beds.
1225 Union Ave.
Kansas City, Missouri 64101Get Directions