Swinging into Shape

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 7:06pm

EL PASO - After putting up with the daily grind... some women unwind by winding around a pole.

"Just name a profession and they've been here. Name an age...I think the most mature lady we had was 65 years old."

This no-boys-allowed approach to fitness spices up the typical workout routine while targeting all the right places.

"This is a lot of cardio and weight-training together and it also gives you that flexibility. when you go to a gym, you don't have all three classes together."

Since certified pole fitness instructor Shaka Spagnoletti opened Fit Pole in April 2009... about 800 women have pounced the pole in hopes of swinging their way into smaller dress sizes.

"The first thing they ask...will we be learning to strip? I said there's no stripping here. We get a lot that and that's when we first started and now we have a reputation and they know it's a legitimate workout. so now we're getting people...they're asking how much weight will you lose? Who will be in the class? So people are curious."

Spagnoletti wants to strip away a common misconception... her studio doesn't serve as a strippers' academy for these vertical actions don't imply any sort of horizontal wish.

"A lot of people think this started in the strip club. Pole fitness, actually the original...it originated in China and the original name for pole fitness is Chinese Poles and it's a form of gymnastics and acrobatics."

Spagnoletti says pole fitness could even become an Olympic sport by 2012 as the Pole Fitness Association continues to work toward this goal.

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