Pole Positions

Last week I covered a rising form of aerobic workout that takes its cues from erotic dancing. “Strip Fitness,” as the class was called, is advertised as a way to “tone your booty, legs, arms and abs with style.”

Instructor Shannon-Elise Tietz on a pole at Wolf Studios in Minnetonka, Minn.

Lighted platforms, poles, folding chairs, suggestive moves and thumping music mix to create a sweat-inducing, heart-rate-raising session that can be a serious aerobic jolt.

“It’s a ton of cardio, your heart rate going up and down through different fat-burning zones,” said one instructor.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.


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