I’ve mentioned on here a couple times over the past two weeks that I recently tried out my very first (and quite possibly my last) pole fitness class thanks to ClassPass Baltimore. (Shout out to ClassPass Baltimore! You rock and I love you!)
Don’t get me wrong; it wasn’t likely my last class because I hated it. It was fun. It’s just that although this blog may dictate otherwise, I’m not the biggest fan of making a complete ass out of myself in public. At least not anymore.
There are multiple Pole Pressure locations in Maryland, DC, Virginia, and North Carolina. I attended class in Ellicott City. It is located within the Quest Fitness there and I should have paid more attention to the directions where they specifically said it was within the Quest Fitness or I wouldn’t have been driving around the parking lot for 20 minutes all confused as to where I was supposed to go.
Shorts are encouraged for the class, but I did not know this ahead of time so I was dressed in my usual workout gear. There would be no crazy-high clear platform heels (thank goodness). The classes are 18 and over, and can be co-ed, but spectators are not allowed. Pole Pressure is technical dance and gymnastics based; basically two things that I am not. Don’t let the yoga fool you; my yoga mat is the only place on the planet where I might be considered somewhat graceful.
I got all checked in, dropped my stuff in a locker, and joined a small group of women in the studio. There was a mirror along one wall and 8 poles in the room. Maybe? Honestly I didn’ t count them. All I know is there were 5 of us including the instructor (who was wearing a very distracting pair of leggings that made it look like her muscles were on the outside of her body) and plenty of poles to go around.
The class began with a warm up where what little rhythm I have was put to the test. I felt uncoordinated right away and we hadn’t even gotten to the pole part yet. The instructor, who was extremely sweet and welcoming – as were all the other girls in the room – had choreographed a routine and we would go through it step by step. The first move – an easy swing around the pole – was doable for me. I looked somewhat in charge of my body and was pretty proud of myself! On the website they say that you’ll be “addicted from your first spin” and I can see how that would be true. Then it was all downhill from there.
But I still had fun. The class was relaxed and everyone was laughing and joking and I never felt judged. At the end we put all the moves together for a short little performance set to a Britney song.
One that involved even more dancing. I’m not sexy and I know it.
I did try everything with varying degrees of success and failure, but even more I watched in awe as these women tackled these crazy gymnastic moves. I guess I never really appreciated how beautiful this type of dancing can be and I DEFINITELY didn’t take into account the full-scale of flexibility and athleticism you have to have to achieve it. My arms were burning so badly the next day that I could barely lift them above shoulder height. Let’s not even talk about how bruised my ego was.
If you look at the website linked above there is a video on the top right featuring a girl named Jessalyn. She was my teacher and it’s pretty obvious from that performance how out of my element I was. She’s insanely talented.
I give myself a 0 for performance, but that workout was a 10. If you have a chance to take a class like this, I highly recommend it. As I was leaving everyone said they hoped to see me next week…which was last week. And yeah they didn’t see me last week because I was in Florida, but maybe I’ll go back again if I can get over myself.
Have you ever taken a pole fitness class or considered it? How do you think it would go for you?
Happy snowy Tuesday everyone!