Love your body—exactly as it is!
The history of Miss Pole starts in early 2005. Allow me to set the scene. I have two small children to feed, I can't find my laptop, I forgot about my homework, my pants don't fit, and I'm late for work.
As I head to work, I start to evaluate my priorities. Physical Health, mental health, general well-being, and exercise; none are at the top of my list. They aren't even on my list. I finally arrive at work, sit down at my desk, and immediately Google 'fun exercise'. The search results forever change my life. No, I'm not dramatic. Okay, maybe a little. Discouragement sets in as I scroll past kickboxing, Jazzercise, Insanity, Tae Bo, Curves, and P90X. Then, at the bottom of the second or third page, I finally find it—a "stripper" class. Every Tuesday, in the back room of a small gym, an exotic dancer was offering classes. I was apprehensive, nervous, and preemptively embarrassed.
A few weeks of classes go by, and things start to change. I know it's not my body because my pants still don't fit. Yet, so many things are different—my walk, my stance, my interactions, my relationships, and even the way I put away groceries (that's a story for a different day). I'm giving myself pep-talks and becoming more confident! Are all of these changes a direct result of dancing on a pole and shaking my booty? At this point, I'm getting my MBA, and I know there are far too many variables to draw that conclusion.
For my Thesis, I used multiple regression analysis to determine if or how pole fitness was related to my new-found confidence and well-being. Guess what I found out? NOTHING! I may never know the "how" behind my transformation, but I know the "why." I was finding myself and falling in love with myself, forming strong and supportive bonds, and figuring out how to accept and appreciate my body—exactly as it was. I was determined to make sure that every woman had an opportunity to experience what I felt.
With my lifelong savings of $1,912.18, I opened the first Miss Pole studio. Miss Pole may never be the largest, fanciest, or most profitable studio. Still, the doors will always be open to women looking for a safe, supportive, and encouraging environment where they can get a great workout, let loose, and learn to love and appreciate their bodies.
Our students are at the center of everything we do, and our commitment extends well beyond offering a total body workout. Our focus, every single day, is to provide a transformational and supportive experience, an outlet for expression, an opportunity to do something new and beautiful, and a place to fall in love with your body—exactly as it is.
We are devoted to fostering relationships, experiences, and an environment built upon honesty, transparency, authenticity, integrity, and genuine passion. Whether focused on health and fitness, confidence and self-esteem, sense of community and acceptance, or just having a great time—women of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels will find a home at Miss Pole.
We have designed our Signature Six-Week Series to lead you through introductory, beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of pole fitness. Each class starts with a level-specific warm-up to target cardiovascular fitness, endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility, and ends with a targeted cooldown. Our routine-based methodology, coupled with easy-to-learn choreography, provides an adventurous fitness experience while still allowing students to gauge their progress and success from week to week.
To maintain the quality of instruction and integrity of our Signature Six-Week Series, all Miss Pole Instructors have been trained and certified through the Miss Pole Instructor Training + Certification Program.