Last night I had the pleasure of taking a Sultry pole class at Flow Fitness studio in Wilmington, North Carolina. Sultry pole is a drop in class full of mixed level students. The class allows students of every level to experience pole fitness with a personalized perspective. There was a mix of ladies in the class- some who had never touched a pole before and me (who has been poling for the past four years). It was quite an experience. The class began with a warm up that started out with the basics then moved into sensual moves that could easily be incorporated into floor work for the routine. The warm up transitioned well from the basic warm up moves to conditioning exercises. Students were enjoying the movement that many didn't even realize the work out they were achieving. After our warmup/conditioning we began learning a dance sequence then practiced the new moves repeatedly while adding our own dance flow to individualize the routine to our particular feelings with the music. It was fun because I got to freestyle and let loose on the pole- something I've been itching to do ever since arriving at my vacation destination and realizing my home pole was not going to work with the beach house ceiling.
The studio was beautiful. The walls were a deep lavender and decorated with a large picture of Marilyn Monroe surrounded by tasteful images of women of every shape and size posing beautifully in yoga poses. The lighting of the studio were easily dimmed to allow a relaxed feeling. The front of the pole fitness room consisted of a large mirror while the back of the pole room had a ballet barre for different types of barre classes. The floors were a light hardwood theme that were easy of the feet. (I still wore my dance paws out of habit). The poles were static 50mm brass at a comfortable height that allowed me to aerial invert with ease. The main studio consisted of two fitness areas which allowed for the luxury of dual classes- pole and non-pole. Class pricing, which is always subject to change, was very reasonable for the area. Pole classes start at $140 for an eight week series. (Our eight week series at my studio I work at in the Midwest start at $240). My drop in class was only $15. A very reasonable price for those wanting to experience pole fitness without making an eight week commitment. I found the Sultry pole class to be versatile as it appears the curriculum would allow any student of any level to continuously learn from just attending that single class repeatedly as the class allows for so much variety. The location of the studio is on the outskirts of downtown Wilmington- which I found to be easily accessible on the main highway connecting vacation island destinations to the city. It was very easy to navigate to and from Topsail Island in Surf City. Approximately a 30 minute commute. Overall, I was very pleased with my experience and look forward to revisiting Flow Fitness in the future. I highly recommend if you are vacationing in the area, that you check out this great studio. From the owner to the staff and students in the class, I found my entire experience very welcoming and can't wait to return!
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