What’s pole fitness, you ask? It’s a workout that engages the entire body, Elle says, using low impact techniques that challenge both the body and brain. Elle’s Studio Steel houses seven floor-to-ceiling steel poles where an instructor will lead you through a unique, aerial-arts-inspired workout.
Elle became interested in pole fitness three years ago, after attending a class in Austin on a dare. She immediately fell in love with the sport, and on a trip to Alabama not long after, she fell in love with our state. Elle’s newfound interest coupled with her business-owning dreams eventually led her to Birmingham, a city she had heard offered the CO.STARTERS program. She moved a few days before classes started in spring 2016 and jumped right in.
Elle hopes to make Studio Steel Birmingham’s destination for the aerial arts, and a place where everyone can come to get a workout that boosts not only their health but also their confidence.
“Pole is for everybody,” said Elle, “Studio Steel is a welcoming space for all body types, ages, and gender affiliations.”
Studio Steel has daily course offerings and a $10 “Taste of Pole” first-timers class, which is a 30-minute sample to provide a taste of what pole is all about. Each course is led by an instructor who works one-on-one with the students and strives to make sure everyone is having a good time.
“Anyone of any age or size can pole; it is an emerging sport without limitations,” said Elle. “Challenge your preconceptions and try pole!”
Learn more about Studio Steel at studiosteelbham.com.
If you’ve been following REV for a while, you probably remember The Big Pitch Competitions we used to hold back in the day. The Big Pitch presented by PNC was essentially our own little version of Shark Tank. And a lot of your favorite local businesses that participated in this competition now have active retail storefronts that you can go check out. Let’s start with some of our finalists that are based in the City of Birmingham and see what they’ve been up to!
We’re so excited to welcome yet another new business to the Woodlawn Community! Thrive Wellness Lounge is a plant-based health and wellness store in the heart of Woodlawn owned by Tish Fletcher (a veteran Woodlawn Street Market vendor – whoop whoop)! You can swing by and check out Woodlawn’s newest addition on Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. It’s always a good time to support a female, black-owned local business! We talked to Tish a little bit more about her journey to opening her very own brick and mortar store. Keep reading to learn more!
It’s our favorite time of the month again – Woodlawn Street Market time! Woohoo! This month’s market will be held on August 13, 2022, from 5-9 p.m. and it’s a night market – because we all know how bad that Alabama heat can get! Keep reading to check out the vendors that will be featured at this month’s market.