A DANCE school owner has unveiled fitness sessions with a difference.
Kim Ross, who owns and runs KR Dance in Dalton Street in Hartlepool, has launched weekly pole fitness classes.
She explained: “We are trying to take the stigma away from this. It is very much fitness based.”
The classes started in the last two months and Kim said: “I have got complete beginners who come along. They have never done it before and they find it completely addictive.
“This is not pole dancing, it is qualified fitness instruction and anyone is welcome to come along.”
Kim explained her aim behind setting up the new courses which run on Mondays, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, and 8.30pm to 9.30pm, as well as hourly sessions on Fridays, starting at 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm.
She added: “I want to create a really good workout. People do not realise how good a workout this can be and I already have clients who are coming to two or three of them each week.
“This is one of those things where you do not realise you are getting a workout until the next day when you are really aching.”
The classes are based at people over 18, or anyone aged 16 and over if they are accompanied by a parent, and the cost is £5 per class.
“I am getting people of all ages and up to people in their 50s,” said Kim.
“There is no upper age limit. You do not have to be massively fit or flexible or strong to do this. Just come along and try it.”
Kim runs the beginners classes while another teacher runs intermediate and advanced sessions.
Pole fitness novices will first learn how to do spins and how to support their own body weight. Kim estimates that people will need between four and five months to advance to intermediate level.
She added: “It is a full body workout but it mainly works your arms, your core muscles, and your lower back and legs.”