Yes, I have taken the alternative-ways-of-fitness plunge in Los Angeles and signed up to take 3 pole dance classes for $15 through Save Local at Romance and Dance at their Carson studio. I did it on a whim through Lizadidall mostly because I am trying to keep up this routine of mixing up my workout routine every month and I am actually seeing results!
Romance and Dance is the largest studio with 14 custom made pink poles & the only pole studio with no weight restrictions
It is recommended that you vary your workout routine every couple of weeks to prevent plateauing in your weight loss and fitness goal plans. I used to stick to the gym everyday (elliptical, treadmill, swimming) routine and I knew I was getting my cardio in and whatnot but my body stayed the same. I also realized I was never sore anymore, maybe because my body became used to just doing all the activities I was always doing. I realized that I was not challenging my body anymore to get more toned and fit if I kept doing the same gym activities that my muscles and body were used to doing. So I took what I like to call the (insert your favorite discount website here i.e. Groupon / Living Social) challenge. I started buying a discount pass to some type of fitness activity for each month. Usually they are under $40 and either come with unlimited classes or several classes option. So far I have only done an unlimited pass of Level 2/3 classes at Goda Yoga (they are serious on the body! but I loved it!) and my most recent is Romance and Dance Pole Aerobics classes and Allure Dance and Fitness Studio.
Carson is a little out of my way but Romance and Dance has a variety of classes (including many beginner classes) scheduled throughout the day including later in the evening and on the weekends, so I found that convenient. I totally missed the memo that there was a difference between Intro and Beginner pole aerobics and my first ever pole aerobics class was in the beginner class (luckily some other newbies came to the same class). The music is bomb and raw - no censored rock n roll techno crap you hear at a cycling class at Gold's Gym Downtown. We did warm ups on a yoga mat that got the blood circulating and the heart pumping i.e. butt lifts, slight ab workouts, then the other half of the class is spent doing actual pole aerobics. The newbies learned a sort of routine connecting parts/basics of pole aerobics including prancing around the pole on your toes, doing uninterrupted pirouettes/turns on the pole and a spin with both legs wrapped around the pole where you spin all the way to the floor then get up with your own sexy move i.e. flip the hair back or open close the legs pressing up - both I do and did unsexily lol.
I think the layout of the class is pretty informal where the non-newbies spent time on one pole with a cushion on the bottom doing fun stuff like aerials and monkeying up and down the pole! Us newbies were kind of left to our own devices spinning around a pole with the few pole moves we just learned. I was expecting more of a work out but was pleased with the soreness in my upper body the next day. I still haven't developed the coveted callus on the inner part of my wrist, instead I got more of a pole burn on the backs of my knees from the spinning (maybe that is why they are wearing knee highs?). I am curious to see if other classes are set up like this because if they are I think I might just stick to going to my local gym doing some pushups to get the same type of soreness and save on the gas money.