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. With today's Groupon, you get a fireman's acrobatic workout with twice as much confidence: for $39, you get five intro to pole dancing classes at The Fitness Loft in Manhasset (a $150 value).
The Fitness Loft’s fit-focused pole-dancing classes allow women to strut their stuff with pride while toning arms, abs, and glutes and incinerating excess calories. The vertically toning tutelage gives ladies of any dance and athletic aptitude a fun, flirty workout of hip swiveling and body flipping that is proven to be much safer than trendy lava-pit balance-beam regimens. During each class, attendants glean sultry dance techniques and exotic dance terms in a nonjudgmental setting featuring dimmed lights, no mirrors, and a notable lack of fellas. Nearly as flexible as the gym’s bendy instructors, the class schedule enables participants to shimmy into a day and time slot of their choice, as intro classes are scattered throughout the week.
The Fitness Loft
Under the direction of Cynthia Conde, gym founder and lead trainer on VH1's Bridal Bootcamp, The Fitness Loft's expert instructors offer classes that tone muscle, build stamina, and burn fat. The sprawling Fitness Loft—which features an indoor obstacle course—teems with activity, from camo-clad students scaling a wall of tires during indoor boot camps to a professional circus aerialist tumbling on free-flowing silks affixed to the towering ceiling during aerial-silk classes. Beneath the mélange of dangling gymnastic rings and resistance straps, students work with the expert instructors to figure out the right routines for their goals and fitness levels. They can work specific muscle groups on the cardio and strength-training machines, or swing Russian-style kettlebells. They can also participate in hot yoga classes, CrossFit, MMA Fit classes, and Latin-inspired Zumba dance classes.