You’ve probably heard of pole fit, dancing in heels, strength holds, and general silliness in the name of fitness. What you probably didn’t know is that these can lead to one hell of a workout. My favourite Toronto studio for the aforementioned sexy sets is Brass Vixens. With over 300 classes per month and two convenient studios, Brass Vixens fits easily into my go, go, go lifestyle.
Brass Vixens is the brainchild of Shannon Crane, a red headed, tattooed, burlesque-loving hipster. Shannon is the perfect guide for the first time dancer, managing to make you feel comfortable even when your legs are wrapped around a pole and you’re desperately trying to hold yourself up.
For me, the Pole Beginner 1 class was a perfect introduction to the art of pole dancing. Even though I felt a little ridiculous at first, the welcoming staff made it a lot easier to let loose. While I was nervous in the beginning – and my core strength isn’t what it needs to be to hold myself up on the pole for any length of time – I plan to keep going, and from what I’ve heard the strength, tone, and flexibility will come sooner rather than later.
I love how sexy I felt after an intense sweaty workout. Normally after I hit the gym all I want to do is lay on my couch and wonder why I even bothered to go to there or why I spent yet another evening killing my shoulders on the damn battling ropes. But with Brass Vixens I felt sexy, confident, and flirtatious. It was a work-out for my confidence as much as it was for my body.
If you’re planning on heading to Brass Vixens, there are plenty of classes to try out if you’re intimidated by the pole. The next class I’m planning on trying is Aerial Fitness, which uses a “combination of strength, Pilates, inversions and yoga… this workout gives you a complete body workout using a sling suspended from [Brass Vixen’s] ceiling. Be prepared to fly!” Yeah, I definitely want to fly for fitness – Cirque Du Soleil style!
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