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Fit Minute: Pole Fitness not what you might think it's for

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- When you hear the term 'pole dancing,' your eyebrows might raise a bit. While it seems a bit too risque for many, it's actually a great form of exercise.

When you walk into the exercise room at Flow Fitness in Wilmington you'll hear catchy music and see, well, poles.

"When you take a pole class, they're like, 'Oh what's that for,'” said Lindsey Bridges, who takes Pole Fitness classes.

But, it's definitely not for what you might think it's for.

"Usually, the first response you get is, 'What strip club do you work at?' We have to quickly turn that around,” said Tara Landis, a Pole Fitness instructor.

And, they have turned that around at the studio on Market Street. All the spinning, climbing and flipping the women do on the poles is for fitness.

"It's usually moms, people who are looking for something different,” Landis said.

That's why Bridges started.

"I've always had a hard time committing to going to the gym so I wanted to find a workout that was a lot of fun that I wanted to go to every week,” Bridges said.

And, Bridges is in class every week working every muscle in her body.

"You feel it every day. When you wake up the next morning, you feel it in your arms, your abs, it's an awesome workout all over,” Bridges said.

And, it's a workout, Landis said, they add onto every week.

"We start with basic spins. [Your] feet on the ground just slowly building up your arm muscles, warming and stretching your body out a little bit more. As you advance, you start to pick up your feet a little bit more, you do a little bit harder spins. Eventually you start going upside down, start doing harder tricks where you're barely hanging on and then flipping all over the place,” Landis said.

Landis said once participants advance to that level, they're ready to put together a routine.

"Not only are you working out every day, you're learning a new move every week. At the same time, you're learning an entire routine,” Bridges said.

And even though they're trying to end the stigma surrounding pole dancing, Bridges and Landis said they won't strip it of its sexiness.

"It really makes you feel sexy,” Bridges said.

"We want everyone to bring their sexy back,” Landis said.

Landis said she also focuses on safety. She always teaches participants how to get out of a move when they don't feel comfortable with it yet.

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I agree, if it's purely for

I agree, if it's purely for fitness then why have a routine at all.and you're right it is strippers teaching strippers. when they have shows there is money thrown at the performers. I guess its supposed to be like its raining money, like a strip club.
Good cause or not, its the wrong thing to do.

So, using the pole for

So, using the pole for exercise makes it less trashy? Any way you spin it, it is still trashy.

Did I miss something?

Maybe I missed something, is this a Stripper School? Or a place to workout?

I am not being funny or mean spirited. I can't tell if it's for learning or trying out to be a stripper.
We have those places in Vegas. I am surprised you would have one here if so. If it's a workout facility
then hey not my cup of tea. But whatever makes you feel and look better is fine by me.

Clearly you didn't

Clearly you didn't read/listen to the article/news story. It is a work out class, you are an idiot. There is no such thing as a stripper school. You sir, are an a**.

I bet none of those girls

I bet none of those girls are strippers... Not going to believe what some random guy who clearly frequents strip clubs and claims to "recognize them says." You probably wouldn't even recognize your inbred family members at the clubs you go to. It's not trashy to engage in an exercise that's wonderful to watch and perform but is also an amazing total body workout that requires physical and mental strength, endurance and dedication... in an environment that promotes individualism in women while at the same time allowing them the opportunity to let loose, relax, have fun and feel great about themselves. Instead of shooting an idea down so readily under the cover of anonymity, get out there and try it - now that would be classy. Also, on a side note... please don't insult strippers while also admitting that you are the one filling their bank accounts.

Pole Fitness

It is hard for me to believe in 2013 how closed minded people are. One of those girls is my daughter and I am very proud of her for working out and keeping a fit body! Rock on Lindsey and the rest of the girls in the class! FYI, none of them are strippers!

Good workout

Maybe it's a good workout but it's just trashy looking and gross.
Just do a normal workout. Why do we have to make things like this seem normal?

Strippers teaching wannabe strippers!
Awesome!! Go do something more classy!!

They are considering making

They are considering making pole dancing, a type of DANCING, an olmphic event. It's not trashy. Just because a type of dancing was adopted by strip culture, doesn't mean the whole thing is trashy. What's trashy is making ignorant statements towards a whole culture of art without researching it. Ignorance is bliss, my friends.

Wtf?

It is funny that those girls are saying it's not a stripper excersise.
Whatever!! I recognized a couple of them from the old Dockside dolls!

It appears that the sleeves of body art it showed some may still work in J-ville