Fun Pole Fitness was recommended to me by a good friend as her favorite studio in the city, so I made sure to take a class during my short weekend trip to San Diego.
Fun Pole Fitness focuses on making sure their students have fun while they get stronger. "We let them dance and learn new tricks, but we really emphasize the basics that build the strength to do the more advanced moves" the owner, Marie, explains. The studio focuses on inclusivity, and creating a safe space for anyone to get in shape.
Another way I categorize the studios I visit is by whether they are more focused on a pre determined curriculum, or catering to individual students. No studio I've visited has been completely on one side without elements of the other, but all of them lean toward one end of the spectrum.
A major telling point about which model the studio values, is the level of customization in classes and events. Fun is eager to adapt to their students' individual needs. Marie explained that after many years as a personal trainer, she opened the studio to focus on fun and fitness, but "the ladies wanted to also do recitals for their significant others, so we do that now too!"
I appreciated how easy everyone made it for me to come try out the studio.
Even though I was a one time drop in visitor, my experience was taken equally into consideration during the class. There were only 3 of us in the class, which made it easy for everyone to have the experience they were looking for.
I took their Saturday morning "Combos of the Stars" Class. Each month, they focus on a different pole star's signature moves. This is a fun idea from a students perspective, and also from a teaching perspective. It can be easy to get caught up teaching the same moves over again, or the same moves everyone else is teaching. Having a unique framework to plan classes from is a great idea.
In class we worked on Michelle Shimmy's Bohemian, a twisty trick out of a handspring, pictured to the left. I was surprised that I was able to get into it, which was a good sign of progress during my trip!
The only downside was that the class started at 8:45 in the morning, which is about an hour earlier than I like to get out of bed!