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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!
The hybrid-style of virtual and in-person classes has become the new normal for the majority of fitness studios across the world. While we all have augmented our workout schedules to accommodate in-person and online classes, I suddenly got the motivation (it could be because I am getting married soon) to get back into in-person HIIT classes.
Pre-COVID, I had just started getting into HIIT. Coming from a girl who grew up dancing and doing barre her whole life, it was a big adjustment for me, but I started to love the classes. And with studios near me reopening, I realized that I felt ready to go back into the studio to test out a new style of HIIT class.
I found Gemini Fit by Scott Baker on the Mindbody app. It’s a HIIT/ Tabata training studio in San Diego, CA that aims to create a unique, fun, effective group and personal training experience. What immediately sold me was the class sizes were limited to 5-6 people to allow for social distancing, so I signed up a week or so in advance and was ready to go.
Not going to lie, when the day came to go to class, I was a bit nervous—what was an in-person class going to look like in the new normal? Luckily, my fears subsided when I arrived.
Scott excitedly welcomed me and gave me the low-down on everything in the studio. I got there 10 minutes early to make sure I had enough time to go through everything and check in. I also got to meet the studio mascot, Alabama, Scott’s adorable dog! Scott explained that the class would be HIIT/Tabata style (like an F45 class), where you go from station to station for a certain amount of time. He explained the exercise at each station and equipment accompanying.
He then went over the several COVID-19 precautions they were taking:
• Limiting the classes to 6 people
• Sanitization wipes and hand sanitizer at each station
• 50-minute class times
• Masks required in the lobby areas (can be worn working out depending on comfort
• Optional gloves
• Extra cleaning between each class and station
I was a bit intimidated; my workout regimen had been less than optimal (thanks, COVID), so I was scared to get back into things. Once we got moving all my concerns disappeared, and I got into a groove. The music was blasting, the exercises were dynamic, fast-paced, and effective. Each station had different props and moves, and they all felt extremely safe and clean.
What stood out to me immediately was the personalization of the class.
I was so impressed with the way he personalized each move at the different stations for each person. He really gets to know his team and provides separate workouts for everyone based on their comfort level and what they want to achieve—it’s almost like a personal training session!
As the 50-minute class was drawing toward the close, I realized I didn’t want it to end! It had flown by due to the moving of stations and dynamic mix of exercises. I was feeling the burn and going to be sore the next day—but I loved it.
What I enjoyed most about the class was the fact that I felt so safe the entire time, and could go at my own pace and comfort level, which is especially nice coming back to an in-person for the first time since COVID-19. I can’t wait to go back and would recommend trying the class. The fast-paced style of HIIT may not be for everyone, but if you're looking for a new workout to mix up your fitness routine, it’s definitely worth a try.
Want to try it for yourself? Book a class at Gemini Fit! Not ready to go in person, browse virtual HIIT on Mindbody.