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If you’re feeling a little cooped up during quarantine, right now might be the perfect time to channel those J. Lo Super Bowl halftime show vibes—especially when it comes to your workout. We’re talking about killer dance routine, rock-solid abs, and yes, sexy AF pole-inspired moves. Sound a little scandalous? Trust us, (virtual) pole fitness classes are a social distancing game changer.
Pole fitness can turn your at-home workout routine upside down, from a sweating inducing, confidence-boosting, muscle-burning perspective. Incorporating elements of dance, cardio, HIIT, and strength (just to name a few), pole fitness can help you work on everything from toning your triceps to feel-good flexibility. But do I need a pole to get started? What should I expect? And what will my S/O (or roommates) think of my new workout? We’ve got all your pole dancing insight so you’re prepared to slay the day—and your next virtual class.
Whether it’s a twirl or a curl, a crawl or a crunch, pole fitness taps into every muscle group. I mean you’ve seen J. Lo’s banging body, right? By blending elements of dance, acrobatics and athleticism, pole fitness offers a total body weight, cardio blasting workout, with or without a pole—because most of us don’t have one hanging in our home. Studios have pivoted their virtual classes to fit your equipment, your experience, and your routine. Through a variety of exciting coordinated movements versus isolated exercises, your body is working together as one. Plus, pole fitness is supposed to be fun and it’s suitable for all fitness levels, so you might just find yourself streaming a class with your momma in Montana.
Do you have two left feet? Worried you don’t own a pole? Girl, you can do these workouts, anywhere. Pole fitness is all about inclusivity, acceptance and a kickass challenge, no matter how you move and groove or what gear you own. If you’re looking to book a virtual pole fitness class, keep in mind most instructors have modified their routines to focus on floor moves that you’ll need a yoga mat, socks, and heels (optional) for. You’ll want to wear pants to cover your knees and whatever else has you feeling comfortable (and even a little risqué, because why not have fun with it?). Remember to read class descriptions before you book, though—some virtual workouts still do require poles. You could say a lot of studios are thinking outside the pole when it comes to shoulder rolling, twerking and twirling from the comfort of your hone.
Since we are practicing social distancing, traditional pole fitness studios are taking their classes online— and getting creative how we traditionally define a pole-dancing workout. On Mindbody, you can discover hundreds of virtual pole fitness classes around the world. From Syndey to LA, London to NYC, you can punch that travel ticket by streaming some of the best virtual pole workouts from top instructors. TIP: Change your location to anywhere you'd like to explore! Not sure what studio you want to start with? Here are a few of our favorite studios (and go-to classes) that are offering virtual workouts right now. So, are you ready to spin, tone, and smile?
Class: Work the Floor (Home Edition)
Try wearing heels for a little extra "lift” as you tighten and tone your legs and abs.
Rockstar Pole Fitness
Class: Floor Flow All Levels
Glide across (your) floor as you learn new techniques that will have you feeling extra fine.
Beehive Pole Studio
Class: Sensual Conditioning
A more mindful take on movement as you strengthen and lengthen.
ATX Pole Fitness
Class: Tone and Twerk
A cardio explosion where you’ll learn twerk techniques and a mini routine (that you can download!).
Ecole de Pole London
Class: Online Tricks (Beginner to Elementary)
Learn fun tricks for all levels, including flirty floorwork sequences that will have you feeling strong.
Positive Spin Pole Dance Fitness
Class: Freestyle and Flow
Pole-free movements are taught in a very small class setting of four people (max).
Class: Legs & Core Workout
Blast that booty and burn out your core as you focus on flexibility.
The best thing about pole fitness? It’s so much more than just classes to help you climb and glide a physical pole (even though that’s one hell of a workout). From learning new dance moves to finally nailing that split, pole fitness is a general term used to search a plethora of body confident classes. You’ll find yourself working harder than you might have expected as you move, stretch and flex to the beat. There’s also something empowering about bonding with other individuals (even virtually) as you learn to work your body in new ways. PS: Don’t forget to invite your friends! It’s about time you channeled your inner vixen, because it is about to go full-on Queen Bey during quarantine *as I flip my hair.*
It’s natural to feel nervous or intimidated before trying a new workout. Good thing pole fitness instructors are some of the best in the biz when it comes to welcoming all shapes, sizes and fitness levels. Whether you’re learning to glide, bend, grind, flip, flex, crawl—every move in pole fitness is created to challenge your coordination and focus, both mentally and physically. There’s no doubt that you’ll feel a new sense of accomplishment after your first class. Learning to love your body more is another amazing side effect of pole fitness. You’ll discover a sense of empowerment and pride for what your body is capable of, one J. Lo-inspired move at a time.
Staying connected to fitness during social distancing? Taking your first pole fitness class? Show us your new moves! Tag @mindbody so we can see how you’re powering your well-being, one shoulder roll, one fierce flip at a time!
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!