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.
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