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New Beaufort business offers pole fitness classes

Alex Cheyney, left, of Beaufort, and Liz Hagy, right, of Beaufort, practice a move the morning of June 19, 2014, at Devout Pole & Aerial Fitness, LLC on Bay Street in downtown Beaufort.  Hagy is the owner of the studio and Cheyney is apprenticing to be an instructor at the studio.
Alex Cheyney, left, of Beaufort, and Liz Hagy, right, of Beaufort, practice a move the morning of June 19, 2014, at Devout Pole & Aerial Fitness, LLC on Bay Street in downtown Beaufort. Hagy is the owner of the studio and Cheyney is apprenticing to be an instructor at the studio. Delayna Earley

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.

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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