Patch Pole Dances: What Else Needs to be Said?
A calorie-torching workout, and a return to where "Try This, Morristown!" began.
This week, "Try This, Morristown!" returns to where it all began.
While technically the first article looking at the different things people can try around town took Morristown Patch to The Running Company, it wasn't until the following week, at Wellness on the Green, that the series "Try This, Morristown!" was officially branded. Stevie Cohen showed us how hula hooping could be a fun way to burn off some of those calories accumulated from eating at one of our many restaurants.
This week, Kim Henry, owner of Wellness on the Green, shows us another unusual fitness regime.
"You can burn 700 to 1,000 calories an hour depending on how hard you work," said Henry, who opened the studio in 2009. "We started with one class, and then it exploded to nine, 10 classes a week. It's just really popular."
But, really ... pole dancing? Isn't that what ...
"I do something for fun people do for money, without taking my clothes off," said Morristown resident Hannah Olsen, a regular attendee to Henry's Pole Dancing classes. "It makes me feel strong."
Henry said interest in pole dancing for fitness has only been a recent occurrence. "It's just now becoming popular to do pole dance for fitness," she said. "It makes you feel strong, capable, it's a great stress reliever. It's just fun, and anything that's fun is going to make you happy."
Sounds pretty wholesome to me.
Like hula hoop, a lot of what makes a pole dancer successful (no laughing, children) lies in the core, your abdominals. Unlike hula hoop, there also is a lot of strength required of your forearms. Spinning, stabilizing and trying to look sexy, if you're not half-spinning, half falling.
Henry said a lot of what makes pole dancing a good fitness routine is not just your physical strength, but also your mental approach to it. And it's an exercise a lot of people are trying, she notes.
"It's mostly women, but we are starting a pole dance for men class," she said. "We have a pole dance for teens class. And, I have grandmothers coming in for pole dancing. I have hot grandmothers coming in here and pole dancing."
If hot grandmothers are giving it a try, why not news website editors?
Classes are held at Wellness on the Green, 26 West Park Place. $20 for walk-in attendance; package rates available. For more information, contact Kim Henry at email@example.com, call 862-485-1233, or visit wellnessonthegreen.com.