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Pole AerobicsStep 1,2, 3,4 and grapevine 2,3,4 and march it out! Sounds like the gym instructor echoing those painfully familiar words into my head. Is there anything anyone can do to make a work-out enjoyable…. educational…. something out of the ordinary? I think we may have located an alternative, so read on about Crunch, and the wildly popular S Factor…..

How about Pole Aerobics and exotic dancing for starters! You might know it as Pole Dancing, what the girls do at the Vegas strip clubs to entertain the guys. You’ve seen it in movies at least, and it’s the newest, hottest thing since Tao Bo. Plus, you can seduce your man rather than kicking his ass. And this class strengthens it all, makes it flexible and makes it sexy. Sheila Kelley, owner of S Factor in Los Angeles, found a way to interconnect the body and soul while researching her role in the film “Dancing at the Blue Iguana”. After filming, she decided to put a pole in her house and work on her instruction of the S Factor, and we’re glad she did.

Sheila has been a dancer for over thirty years and is also an actress. Now she shares her inspiration with women all over the world. Sheila tells us “I couldn’t get over how strong and lean and long my body got from this movement; my body is better than when I was a ballerina.You’re using muscles you never use, muscles that have been corseted into not moving because we live in such a linear and square society. I am trying to teach women to move into a more serpentine S-shape of their bodies, moving your body into that natural curvature, instead of keeping square, stretching muscles you never use and your body just goes, ‘Oh my God thank you!’” The S Factor is a combination of stripping movements and pole dancing, pilates and yoga, strengthening and lengthening, all put together in one to make this amazing, really fun, kick-ass work-out.

Of course, “young women of all ages” want to know if this enhances a woman’s sexual life and Sheila tells us “yes”. And the men will appreciate it as well. “Women feel like they inhabit their body for the first time 100%, instead of living 65%. Instead of hunching and tucking and being apologetic for their natural movement, they are exaggerating the natural movement. I had one student who came to me and said after one day in class she called her boyfriend and said ‘Get in bed, don’t move, we’re staying there all day!”

What more reason do Dish Women need to get on-line and check out Sheila Kelley’s website (you can purchase a pole!) at, and you can find information on ordering the S Factor video “Stripping for the Everyday Woman” as well as her book Sheila Kelley’s The S Factor: Strip Workout’s For Every Woman”.

WorkoutCrunch, another extremely Dishy gym takes you to other worlds with an elaborate mix of classes including Afro-Brazilian Cardio where you learn the traditional dances of these exotic countries, accompanied by live drummers. Also, there’s Belly Moves, Broadway Dance, Fight Club, Knock-Down-Drag-Out, and they mean drag, honey. Pumping blood into the veins of Manhattan’s East Village in 1989, Crunch’s instructors were made-up of drag queens, rappers, artists and professional athletes, which brought in a very diverse group of members. With classes such as Cardio Striptease and Kama Sutra Yoga, you can figure out for yourself why its techniques have spread across the US like the repercussions of a one-night stand.

Donna Cyrus, Fitness Director at Crunch, tells Dish “there’s a lot of buzz about cardio strip tease; all the classes tend to be full and it’s going on its’ third year. It’s a class designed around stripping movements, using chairs and boas.” The age of the class ranges from 20-40, but there are no age limitations to being sexy!

“Live drummers, no shoes and the class ends with a limbo contest”, is what Donna tells us about the Afro-Brazilian Cardio. “This is big in the Atlanta market, as well as Bring It On, a class in which you learn cheerleading moves and end with a pyramid. Cycle Karaoke, also very popular is “indoor cycling, where members get a chance to sing a little bit of their favorite song and then everyone sings together. The person who sings the best rendition of their song receives a prize at the end of class.” This is definitely NOT the Y, and that’s what we like!

In Los Angeles, Crunch has a Showgirl Work-Out where you learn “big dance Las Vegas numbers, ballet-jazz combinations. In New York, there’s Broadway Dance based on famed Broadway shows, taught by Broadway dancers. Some of the shows are Hairspray, The Producers and A Chorus Line.” “We’ve also had Spoken Word Yoga Class which is focused around Def Jam Poetry Jam.”

Best of all, you don’t even have to leave your one true love out of the exercise ring. You and Scruffy can meditate and find your inner core together at Ruff Yoga, an instruction for you and your dog. Maybe you’ll be able to finally figure out what he’s been trying to tell you all of these years. And best of all you can jam out to a Crunch Compilation CD that’s got a funky urban beat at home. (

We hope we haven’t discouraged you about your five o’clock weight-lifting class. Our only hope is that Crunch Fitness and S Factor spreads to your neck of the woods, so you too can become toned, sexy and cultured all in one hour! / Issue 158 - September 2018
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