Before pole-dancing classes, flirtation in fitness was limited to holding hands with a stairmaster or romancing Jack LaLanne. Learn more seductive exercises with today's Groupon: for $35, you get five pole-dancing classes at The Vertitude in Canoga Park (a $100 value).
Certified and spirited dance instructors at The Vertitude help build sisterhood, confidence, and svelte bods during pole fitness classes. The studio's schedule catalogs one co-ed workout a week in addition to ladies-only lessons and workouts for all abilities, letting students shake their tail feathers all the way to toned thighs and cinched waists alongside parties of peers and bold parakeets. The doyens of desire begin 90-minute pole classes with centering Pilates warm-ups to strengthen and align feminine physiques before limbs throw themselves into beginning stationary spins or advanced inversions performed in heels. Pole workouts kick off a sultry hour of resistance training and cardio with dance choreography and slowly expand to push students through brass-bound combos and inversions on poles fixed in place or spinning in hopes of one day decorating a barber shop. The value of your Groupon can also be applied toward other classes at The Vertitude, including Zumba, Pilates, salsa, or Krav Maga.
Beginners may dress according to comfort level in soft yoga pants, tank tops, and socks, though more advanced students will need to grip the pole for climbing and inversions with bare gams exposed by hot shorts or the Coppertone dog. Seven, 14-foot brass or stainless-steel poles stretch up to the studio's high ceilings, and yoga mats cushion appendages as they stalk the gleaming wood floor.
The Vertitude owner, 2013 US National Pole Champion Sergia Louise Anderson, and her certified and spirited instructors help develop adroit minds and svelte bods during an array of fitness and dance classes. Like a network sitcom’s therapist, the studio's schedule catalogs weekly sessions, including aerial hoop and burlesque classes. Students also build strength and flexibility during pole-fitness tutorials, which incorporate techniques borrowed from Pilates and strength training into dance routines. The Vertitude accommodates a wide range of ages, skill levels, and abilities, from seasoned athletes to senior citizens and postnatal moms to pre-molded David sculptures.