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Published Tuesday Apr 07, 2020 by Mindbody Team

Why You Need to Try "Pole" Dancing Fitness at Home

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Virtual Classes
Fitness

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

 
It’s a fun full-body workout. 

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.  

 
You don’t need a pole (or dance experience). 

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.   
 

Studios everywhere are turning up that sweaty sex appeal. 

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?  


 
Altitude Fitness
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). 
 
Sydney Pole
Class: Legs & Core Workout 
Blast that booty and burn out your core as you focus on flexibility.  

 

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Turn up the Cardi B., because you’re not about to be bored. 

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.*  
 

You’ll become more coordinated and confident.  

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!  

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Published Tuesday Jul 21, 2020 by Sara Lesher

How to Find the Best Gym or Studio Membership For You

Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’re a commitment-phobe like me, you probably understand the stress of searching for the perfect gym or studio membership. When offices were open and I commuted to and from work, I especially struggled. Do I find a studio near work or home? If it’s near my office, I can go after work, but what about weekends? I don’t want to do that commute when I don’t have to!  

Then, add on the fitness type decision and try not to let your head explode. What if I get bored of cycling and want to try something else? What if I get super sore after HIIT and need a yoga class? Do I need to become a member at multiple locations?  

Maybe this is just a me problem... but I don’t think it is. I mean, that’s why the Mindbody app exists in the first place—so you can try out different classes and studios, commitment-free. Although it’d be nice if one membership could cover multiple fitness types, at some point, picking your favorite and committing just makes sense. 

So, how do you choose the perfect gym membership for you? 

 

Identify your needs 

What are you looking for in a gym, studio, or health club? What do you care most about? Is it a smaller, intimate workout setting with instructors who know you by name? A larger studio with tons of fitness classes throughout the day, so you can always find one to fit your schedule? What about the staff? Are there certain qualities you’re looking for in your instructors? Do you prefer soft encouragement while you exercise, or instructors who aren’t afraid to push you harder during training? Think about your routine. Do you prefer morning classes or evening? Are you looking for 30-minute, high-intensity classes you can squeeze in on your lunch break? Or longer, slower-paced classes to wind down after work? There are so many different factors that can affect your choice in studio, and with so many options, you can get pretty specific. 

What do you want from a studio that you just aren’t quite satisfied with at home? Think about your fitness goals. Maybe you get your cardio in the form of running outside, and you need some help with strength training. Maybe you invested in a fully decked out weight room in your garage when COVID-19 hit, but now you’re looking for a yoga studio to help with recovery

With all those options out there, it can be hard to even know where to start. So, asking yourself questions like these is a good first step. 

 

Check your budget 

When it comes to picking a monthly membership, of course, budget is important. Sit down with your spreadsheet, or app, or whatever the hell you use to budget your monthly spending and see what you can afford to shuffle around. Wellness is an investment, not just a one-time purchase, and weaving it into your monthly budget will help you prioritize it. 

Once you’ve determined how much you’re willing to spend per month, decide if you want any of that to be left over for the occasional drop-in class. You may want to spend most of it on a membership but keep a little extra for those days you’re feeling adventurous and want to try a new workout. Or maybe you’re a creature of habit, and you’re fine with just sticking to your favorite. That’s fine too! Just be sure to make those decisions early and factor them in while budgeting. 

 

Try before you buy 

Lots of studios on Mindbody provide Intro Offers, or special deals for new clients only that allow you to try out some classes at a lower rate. For example, some studios (like VibeFlow yoga in San Diego) offer your first class free, and others give discounted rates for your first 2 weeks or a month. When I was looking for a yoga studio to join, I tried just about every Intro Offer in my area. It’s a great way to save money and try out local studios before committing. Plus, it got me out of my comfort zone! I got to try so many different types of yoga before deciding which I liked best. Every instructor, studio, and class is so unique and different—it’s fun to get a feel for all the different mini fitness communities within your own larger one.  

For those that don’t have any new client deals, you can check to see if they have Last-Minute Offers. These are drop-in deals for one-time classes, that fluctuate in price depending on timing, number of spots left, etc. So basically, if there’s a class in your area that starts in an hour and still has several spots left, odds are, you’ll be able to join that class for a lower drop-in rate!  

And if you’re not quite ready to head back into the studio—or if those in your area have not yet reopened—another great way to try before you buy is virtual classes. Many studios offer live stream and on demand workout classes on Mindbody, so you can get a feel for the classes and instructors from the comfort (and safety) of your home. 

 

Be flexible 

I know I told you to identify your needs in step one. Find out exactly what you’re looking for a studio to provide. But, when it comes to picking a membership, it’s important to be flexible (and I’m not just talking about your yoga class). While identifying your needs is a great first step to narrowing down your options, you may find that while trying out different studios, those needs totally change.  

In my case, I thought I really wanted a membership to a hot yoga studio, but when I branched out and tried one that didn’t offer heated classes, I found a different kind of yoga environment I really enjoyed (and, of course, this made it really difficult to choose).  On top of that, I was new to yoga and a little nervous about how I looked in class. I wanted a larger studio where I could hang in the back and try not to be noticed. But then, during my second or third week of class using an Intro Offer at a smaller studio, the man at the front desk greeted me by name, and my perspective totally changed. I went into class and laid out my mat in the front row, ready for the instructor to give me tips for improvement—and I’m better for it.  

All of this to say, you never know what you’re going to find when it comes to trying new things. Have your list of wants and priorities, but don’t be afraid to tear it up and start over—and enjoy learning about yourself along the way.  

So, if you’re ready to face your fear of commitment and settle down with your soulmate studio, now you have somewhere to start. Whether you’re trying to be more cost-effective, craving a community, or just need a good old-fashioned routine your life, a membership is a great way to consistently prioritize your wellness. Not only that, but you get the awesome benefit of joining a fitness community where you’ll see faces you recognize, meet some workout buddies, and be encouraged by instructors to keep improving in your practice. So where do I sign up? 

 
Book classes on Mindbody to get started. 

Sara Lesher
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Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s Marketing Content Associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).