Pole Sweat at Sweat Like A Girl
Being on the road, I’m always looking for an opportunity to get some physical fitness in my life. A few months back my sister showed me a Living Social deal for Sweat Like a Girl group fitness classes. These classes are just for women, in a women only atmosphere, with classes specifically geared toward women. I figured – eh, why not? So for $19 I purchased the Living Social deal which got me 5 classes. Since I was only going to be visiting for a week and realistically I’d be able to make it twice since Monday and Tuesday were holidays, I figured it was still a good deal. (Normal drop in rates are $12 a class).
So today my sister and I put on our shorty shorts, brought a towel, and Prince Grip Plus (stuff that makes your hands less slippery) and headed to Pole Sweat. This is the beginner class otherwise known as Intro to Pole. It was nice because there were only 5 of us ladies in there plus the instructor. Our instructor, Heather, who is also the owner of Sweat Like a Girl, was very knowledgable being ACE certified and having a background in dance and was a former NFL Eagles cheerleader. She was very friendly and welcoming. She didn’t make you feel foolish for not knowing how to do anything and was very encouraging and helpful. We warmed up and stretched to make sure we didn’t pull any muscles (because although it might not seem like it, it is a good muscular workout). She walked us through the fireman spin, martini spin, chair spin, pole inverts, and a couple other moves I can’t remember the names for. Heather demonstrated each move for us, took us through step-by-step, and then allowed us to practice over and over until we were comfortable with the move. She made sure that we practiced each side to keep things even. (even though I totally favored my right arm/side) She coached us through all the moves and had us put each of the moves together into a progression which would eventually turn into our big show (or our own little solos that no one watches but yourself).
I will say that I went in not knowing what to expect, but you’d be surprised how much muscle control you need to hold yourself up on the pole, the use of your core to control your spins, upper body strength to keep your distance between the pole and hold yourself up, and leg strength to keep you stable on the pole with no hands. I will definitely be feeling the affects of this class tomorrow! I think the best part about this experience was going in with an open mind and just trying to have fun. You’d be amazed at how quickly an hour goes by when you are tinkering on a pole and how much muscular endurance you use to repeat the moves over and over and over again.
My sister and I have already decided to go back on Friday for the morning double – Willower and Grace and Power Pole – stay tuned!