INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - 24-Hour News 8's Jessica Hayes went to Pole Up Indy, a studio for pole dancing and other classes on the city's northeast side, and met with students and instructors.
"I'm 42, and I've never danced, I've never done gymnastics," student Susan Peterson said.
Peterson's been a student at Pole Up Indy for about a year, and says she's noticed changes she never saw with her other workouts.
"You become muscular in areas that you never thought you'd be able to get stronger, and you thin in the waist," she said.
For many, pole dancing may be synonymous with strip clubs. But in this studio, students and instructors agree, it's closer to Cirque du Soleil.
Instructors say students can expect a challenging workout regardless of their fitness level.
"The first day you walk in, I don't expect you to have any level of strength," instructor Marcy Kerr said. "I will build that up in every class. We will do conditioning, and I will make sure you're strong enough to do whatever move I ask you."
Classes start slow, with floor work or spins, and build to climbing. They're tailored from beginners to more advanced students.
"It's different every class, and there are some moves that you have to work on for a week and some moves that you have to work on for a month," Kerr said.
"You're going to get all the fitness benefits out of it that you would from weight lifting, from a cardio class," Peterson said. "It's kind of all of that combined. And it's fun."
Click here for more information on Pole Up Indy.
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