A recently opened fitness studio in downtown Beaufort is offering a new way to get a workout in the Lowcountry -- pole fitness.
Owner Liz Hagy-Rosario has opened Devout Pole & Aerial Fitness at 920 Bay St., suite 26.
"It's not stripping, not that there's anything wrong with that," Hagy-Rosario explained. "It's a new, fun way of fitness, and it really does give you a full-body workout."
Hagy-Rosario said she got involved in pole fitness about 10 years ago and has earned certifications to teach levels one through three, and is working on advanced certifications.
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Her studio includes four poles -- with a fifth made of nickel in case someone is allergic to the chrome poles -- and she plans to expand and add aerial fitness, in which people exercise while hanging from fabric slings.
Classes range from $15 for an introductory session to monthly memberships of $60 for once a week, $115 for twice a week and $160 for unlimited sessions.
Although new to the Beaufort area, pole fitness studios have been in more urban areas for several years, Hagy-Rosario said.
Tanya Christopher, owner of Amorous Dance Pole and Fitness in Charleston, opened about three years ago. She said it's a fun way for people -- including those with little experience and muscle strength -- to work out their whole bodies, improve flexibility and gain confidence.
"It is the best workout you will ever have," she said.
Hagy-Rosario has been a client at Amorous, and while the two studios are not affiliated and the owners went through different certifications programs, Christopher said she wishes Hagy-Rosario luck with the new venture.
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