Today's Groupon offers a pole-based exercise more effective than 1920s pole sitting, more energizing than pole-vaulting, and more sensual than polenta: for $30, you get three hourlong pole-dance classes (a $75 value) at Twirl Fitness Lounge in Harlem.
Twirl Fitness Lounge provides confidence- and body-building pole-dance classes for women of all ages, experience levels, and body types. The dedicated instructors on the Twirl team know that a woman’s body is a temple, and that all temples should be able to lift their own weight with grace and ease. Beginner pole classes teach basic elements such as spins, pirouettes, and climbs, building upper-body and core strength. Intermediate and advanced classes build on the fundamentals with an added dose of sensuality, developing transitions and creating a flawless flow. Students will learn more challenging pole tricks, including inversions, combination spins, and intrawhirls. No men are allowed in the studio during pole classes.
Twirl Fitness Lounge's fully equipped dance zone facilitates twirling and toning with multiple poles, comfy seats for watching demonstrations, funky lighting, and spiral staircases for practicing dramatic entrances. The studio aims to foster a nurturing environment for all students, opening the studio for occasional private performances where women can show off their newly sculpted arms, legs, and self-assurance for friends and fellow twirlers. Classes are generally held in the evening (except Saturdays), and no classes are held on Sundays. Be sure to call ahead to reserve your pole space.
Although reviews are still growing for Twirl Fitness Lounge, more than 700 Facebookers are fans of the studio:
La Femme Suite
La Femme Suite specializes in pole-dancing classes. Sweaty ones. As outlets such as the New York Daily News and BET have noted, learning to climb to the top of a pole takes muscle and grit, especially when the goal is to look and feel sultry. The studio's classes build up to these gravity-defying feats slowly, of course. Beginners start with a six-week intro sequence that improves coordination and poise, before transitioning into tougher tricks that require more stamina and strength.
The studio's team, helmed by owner Carmen Victorino, has goals outside of fitness, too. Victorino initially imagined the studio as an "oasis for women," and it functions as just that. Classes cultivate self-confidence and camaraderie, and each one ends in something of a happy hour with free wine and fruit. Aside from classes, the studio also offers a full range of spa services and party packages. Groups can enjoy treats and pole-dancing instruction, or spring for the relaxing jacuzzi suite and finally discover whether the tub or a glass of champagne has more bubbles per square inch.
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