get fit with pole dancing

If there's one manifesto quote I love, it's 'do one thing a day that scares you'. Whether it's skydiving, making that dreaded phone call, giving feedback to a colleague, or just sharing your big hairy audacious goal, setting our sights on anything out of the norm can be a daunting task. But treading uncharted waters can help each and every one of us expand our comfort zone so that we keep growing and yearning for more.

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lululemon athletica Ala Moana's Studio of the Month featured the pole-dancing studio Fit for a Goddess.

Recently lululemon Ala Moana featured a pole-dancing studio called Fit for a Goddess as our store's studio of the month. We had in-store pole dancing demonstrations and a complimentary introductory class just for ladies. Seeing these athletic women fly through the air in front of complete strangers inspired me to sign up for a series of pole-dancing classes.

I've always been more of a tomboy: ask any of my friends and they’ll tell you that the extent of my dance repertoire consists of the robot, running man, or any other goofy move you can think of. So walking into a class that focused on femininity was at first a little uncomfortable for me.

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Unleashing your inner Goddess with pole dancing.

Our teacher encouraged us to embrace our sexuality, to move our bodies with grace and strength, and to be comfortable with ourselves – no matter what age, shape or size. No judgments on ourselves or each other. At the end of our first class, our teacher told us it was "showcase time". We had to perform the dance number in small groups for the rest of the class. My heart started thumping and my palms started to sweat. We got up, did our thing, and it was over as quickly as it started.

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Teachers from Fit for a Goddess did weekly pole-dancing demonstrations at the lululemon athletica Ala Moana store.

After class I laughed to myself -- now THAT was doing one thing a day that scares you. At least for me. While a dance class might not be a big deal for some... we all have different fears, push ourselves in numerous ways, and in the end, our take away lessons vary. But hopefully trying something new fuels our hunger for more – out of ourselves, out of others, and out of life!

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When I took my first pole class, I was taken back to childhood, on the playground spinning around a tetherball pole. It was so free-ing and a total sense of empowerment at the same time!

Comment by Corey — December 15, 2009 @ 9:35 pm

I went to my first pole class at Fit for a Goddess a couple weeks ago and I was definitely apprehensive when I walked into the studio. But the instructor and her two assistants put me at ease as they walked us through the beginning to the Level 1 routine. It was so liberating to let go of my inhibitions, dance like no one was watching, and fly around the pole, even though I looked like an uncoordinated fireman!

Comment by Meredith — December 15, 2009 @ 10:53 pm

I was so inspired by the talk Ilana, the founder of Fit for a Goddess, gave us and also inspired by how our fellow educator Fabe was doing all these moves on the pole that I signed up for the classes!! I am in my Level 2 series and am so enjoying finding my feminine side which I thought had never existed in me!!

Comment by akiko — December 16, 2009 @ 1:58 am

I just want to say a BIG BIG THANK YOU to Lululemon for the Partnership and allowing Fit for a Goddess to be the studio of the month! I am so glad that I got the chance to head the demos and be apart of them. I had so much fun!
As an instructor of Fit for a Goddess I would like to welcome all women to experience this type of empowering, confidence boosting expression which allows women to reconnect with their innate and divine feminine all in the spirit of “Pole Dancing for Fitness”!
Again a BIG BIG THANK YOU to the entire WONDERFUL staff at Lululemon!!!!!

Comment by Gina Ogitani — December 16, 2009 @ 11:34 am

That looks like a lot of fun and a very challenging workout at the same time. Do they ever let the men take on the pole??? I’ve seen Cirque de soleil before where they have guys doing some crazy stuff on poles of pedestals and it is quite impressive their strengtha nd control.

Comment by Brian — December 16, 2009 @ 2:48 pm

I love pole dancing. Such a great workout that combines dance, core, strength, and femininity. It’s also nice to be able to workout with an awesome group of women that have all become my friends! It’s a great way to bring sexy back!

Comment by Fabe — December 16, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

Pole dancing is such an intense workout!!! I thought it would be so easy, but boy was I wrong. I used muscles in my arms that I didn’t even know I had!!

Comment by Shawna — December 23, 2009 @ 12:11 am

Thanks Lulu for all your support that month. Hopefully we can come back and set up a demo month next year.

Comment by Brandee Garcia — December 23, 2009 @ 6:08 pm

I’ve been taking pole fitness classes at Tease Studio in Denver for about six months. It is the most fun I have had working out in a long time! I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to mix up their workout routine and try something new, fun and empowering.

Comment by Christy — December 29, 2009 @ 6:35 pm

Such a great way to get fit. Very fun too.

Comment by poledancinglessons — May 12, 2010 @ 8:53 am

Is there a pole dance class in the Northern Chicago area or even in the Chicago area? This looks great!
Thank you~

Comment by edye gershman — July 13, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

Hey Edye,
Thanks for your question! I’m not familiar with studios in Chicago, so can’t help you out with a recommendation. However, our stores are an amazing resource for information on local studios and fitness centres. Next time you are in, ask one of our educators about a local pole dancing studio, and they should be able to help you out.

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Comment by GEC Online Community — July 14, 2011 @ 11:56 am

Pole dancing is an excellent way to get a good workout. You can even do it without leaving home! What a treat for yourself and significant other.

Comment by Belinda Nelson — August 4, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

I’m glad you decided to give pole dancing classes a try! It’s a safe space to explore and connect to your feminine side, as well get a great full body workout. Anyone can start pole, at any fitness level or any age!

I teach pole dancing classes in St Louis Mo at Pink Lemon Studio. For anyone interested in trying a class, I encourage you to come join us. We are a friendly and supportive group of women who are looking for a fun and engaging way to keep fit.

Comment by Jennifer — December 3, 2013 @ 11:04 am

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