What makes it great: Muay Thai training facility owned by World Champion MMA fighter Anderson Silva, classes for children and adults, and instruction in disciplines such as Muay Thai, boxing, cross training, and jiu-jitsu
Equipment: Poles by X Pole and equipment by Lil Mynx, PoleDanzer, Cybex, Schwinn, and Hampton
Students should bring: Water bottle and towel
Average class length: 45 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Q&A with Sharon Polsky, Owner
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We are a private women's facility, and we offer both group fitness classes as well as one on one personal training. Our group fitness program offers classes ranging from pole fitness and burlesque chair workouts to yoga, step aerobics, and ballet. There is a little bit of everything to keep people interested.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
We keep our class sizes small to ensure a welcoming, safe, and fun environment for women.
Has your business won any awards?
Sharon Polsky, the owner and founder of Unleashed Women's Fitness Studio, has won first place in multiple fitness competitions.
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