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Pole Power Studio offers new exercise options for women

(Sept. 19, 2014) The Pole Power Studio is back in the Herring Creek Professional Center, on Route 50, putting a new spin on fitness.

Angela Houck, owner and trainer at The Pole Power Studio, stands in her new space in the Herring Creek Professional Center on Route 50, where she has nine poles and new aerial equipment for classes. (Clara Vaughn | Ocean City Today)

Owner Angela Houck made the move from West Ocean City Fitness Labor Day weekend, bringing nine poles and new aerial silks and Fly Gyms to the ladies-only studio.

“I like to call it an aerial playground,” said the master trainer for pole.

A former nurse, Houck discovered her favorite workout in 2007, when she tried a pole class for the first time.

“I was just looking to try something new and different to get back in shape,” she said. “I took a pole class and fell in love with it.”

As she puts it, the class is a head-to-toe workout combining elements from Pilates, yoga and dance.

“I’ve tried many, many classes and a lot of times I felt like I was doing the same thing,” she said. But “pole has never been boring. It’s always challenging.”

Whether it’s personal training on the aerial silks or a bachelorette or birthday party, all of Houck’s clients start “grounded,” she said. They gradually move off the floor and to the pole, silks or Fly Gym — not an easy task since it requires lifting your own body weight.

“That’s what’s unique about aerial,” Houck said. “You utilize your body differently.”

Whether they are 18 or 80 years old, most new customers arrive anxious about the workout, she said.

“Everybody comes in and thinks, ‘There’s no way I can do that,’ and when they do, it’s really exciting,” she said. “They feel strong physical, but mentally as well. They build confidence.”

Group classes of up to nine women (one per pole) help clients build friendships, too, as they advance through the stages together.

That’s where the name ‘Pole Power’ came from, Houck said. “That’s our job: to make people strong.”

Visitors to The Pole Power Studio can register by the class, purchase multi-class packages or pay a monthly fee for their time at the studio. The first class has a special $10 introduction rate. Passes are good at the West Ocean City studio as well as the Salisbury location.

The West Ocean City studio will offer its full schedule of classes starting Oct. 1, Houck said.

Find the studio in the Herring Creek Professional Center on Route 50, beside Byte Size Computer & Internet, at the end of the row, or on Mount Hermon Road in Salisbury. The Pole Studio is open Monday through Saturday for classes or private lessons.

Visit www.thepolepower.com for a schedule of classes, prices, to book events or for more information. The site’s FAQ’s cover questions such as what to wear and what takes place during the classes.

Visit The Pole Power Studio on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ThePolePowerStudio.

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