Alternative fitness becomes the new wave of exercise for women

Jessica May

Most women go to the gym. They lift weights, do the elliptical, run on the treadmill and let’s be honest, it’s boring.

When two local women’s favorite pole fitness studio closed down, they took action and opened their own.

Lorien Anderson and Jamie Clark are revolutionizing the way women work out: pole fitness.

AltFitJax  is a fitness studio that provides a workout experience unlike any other. Many would find this type of fitness taboo: ariel, dance and strength and conditioning for all levels and all types of people.

“I think we’re always going to struggle with people taking us seriously,” Lorien said. “Thankfully Jamie and I have a good partnership and we work well together and we support each other. We have strengths and weaknesses both of us and we complement each other.”

All while women get in shape, there is something extra that AltFitJax provides to those who take their classes. They give a sense of confidence and empowerment to everyone who touches a pole or even walks in the studio.

“I think you can’t help but to empower people doing it. In the community of women there is empowerment,” Clark said.

The close and intimate experience can also be found in private group classes. People celebrating a birthday, marriage and anything in between can get a private group lesson accompanied with snacks and drinks.

Carol Cullen, 56, has been poling for about 3 years, in fact, she has even competed in the sport.

“It sounds very simple like I’m going to be in a competition, but it’s so much more than that,” Cullen said. 

Cullen said that poling is something that she loves and will continue to do as long as she can.

“To me, it’s a very mindful practice. It’s athletic, it can be sexy if you want but you don’t have to be sexy. You can be very focused on the athleticism of it. You have to know where you’re putting your hand. You have to know where your head is. If you’re upside-down, you better know where your feet are,” Cullen said.