Various forms of dance have made their way into the fitness studio in recent years as we’re always looking for fun and different ways of getting a workout.
And there is a new(ish) one on the block; making a difficult transition from stigmatised beginnings into the realm of a gymnastic sport, is pole fitness.
Personally, I love it in the way I love to watch gymnastics – incredibly beautiful feats of strength and flexibility, with both men and women practising it. So when I heard about a new pole fitness studio opening at Newbridge, I was very excited to go along and have ago.
Run by Melissa Jamieson, JamQueen offers a range of classes from absolute beginner to advanced. The classes are designed to be a fun workout in a relaxed atmosphere, with Melissa’s eclectic range of music thrown in! You don’t need to be already flexible and strong to try this – everyone is welcome to come and have a go.
Melissa is a full time mature student at Edinburgh Napier University, studying biomedical science at the same time as running the JamQueen pole studio. There are classes three evenings a week plus Saturdays, as well as special events, pole parties and….corporate teambuilding! There is a second instructor, Maz (known as Big Maz) who also has a varied taste in music and a high calibre of coaching knowledge and experience.
Having first tried pole fitness nearly 10 years ago, Melissa says “Joining the pole community has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. I love how everyone I’ve had the pleasure to meet has been empowering and supportive. My passion for teaching started as a cover teacher in November 2017 and I haven’t looked back since!
I love introducing this addictive sport to new people; showing them that they can own their bodies and watching their confidence grow, week by week. Pole really is for every body and I hope that you will feel inspired to give it a go.”
See www.jamqueen.co.uk for details of memberships and to book classes.
Drop in classes are £8.50 per session, or there is a range of membership packages available for all levels depending on how frequently you can come. There is plenty of parking near the studio.
JamQueen Pole Fitness
2 Harvest Road, Newbridge, Edinburgh, EH28 8LW
Published in Konect December 2018
Author: Helen-Jane Shearer