Should I be nervous? Absolutely not! It's very common to feel nervous when trying something new and pole dance is no exception. Please know that we are a fully inclusive and supportive studio. We always strive to make new students feel welcome.
Are there any deals for new students? We love new friends! Check out our deal for new students here: Pole Newbie 4-class Pass Special!
I have no upper body strength. Can I still do this? Yes! This is one of the most common questions we receive. You will be surprised at how much you can do during your very first lesson.
Where are you located? We are located on the South Side at 1911 East Carson St. two stores away from the Rite Aid. Click here to see the street view. We are to the left of the green pavilion and two stores away from the Rite Aid.
Where can I park? There is metered and non-metered street parking. We suggest leaving some extra time to find a spot especially on weekends.
What should I wear? For pole classes, form fitting shorts and tank tops are best in order to allow your skin to grip the pole during certain moves. Wearing longer shorts, tops or leggings is not recommended because the fabric will get in the way and can cause you to slide on the pole. Leggings or sweatpants are okay for off-the-pole classes.
What about shoes? For your first pole lesson, plan to go barefoot. You may also wear “grippy” socks if you prefer. Regular socks are not allowed as they could cause you to slip. Heels are permitted as long as they have a strap.
Do I need to register every time I take a class? Yes! We do not allow walk-in's. Please register in advance to secure your spot in class. If you are attending a drop-in class as a make-up, please be sure to register and select "Make-up Class" from the list of options. Register here! Note: Registration closes 2 hours prior to class start time. You must register at least 2 hours in advance to join the class!
How can I pay? We accept PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, GooglePay, major credit cards and cash. We do not accept personal checks.
Will I share a pole? You may share a pole depending on which class you are taking and how many students are present. Sharing a pole allows time for observation and recovery, which is important especially if you are new to pole. We have procedures in place to properly clean the poles in between usage.
Is it co-ed? FWT 2.0 began as an all-female fitness studio in 2006. Fifteen years later, pole dance and fitness has exploded in popularity and has become more mainstream. We now offer co-ed classes every Saturday so that everyone can have the opportunity to give pole fitness and dance a try!
Can I take videos & Pictures? Of course! For public classes, you will be allotted time at the end to take pictures and videos. Please be mindful not to obtain video or pictures of other students attending the class just in case you go viral on Tic-Tok! We must protect everyone's priva!cy and only post approved pictures and videos to social media.
Is alcohol permitted? Alcohol is absolutely not permitted in public classes! You will be asked to leave if consuming alcohol during a public class, and/or if you are visibly intoxicated.
What else should I know? Please be sure to read our policies below.
Lateness: For your safety, please arrive to class on time or 5 to 10 minutes early. The warm-up is a vital part of class and missing a proper head-to-toe warm-up can lead to injury. If you are more than 5 minutes late, you may be denied entry. Please note that late students can also be disruptive to the class in progress.
Attendance: If less than 4 people are signed up for a class, it is subject to cancellation. You will receive notice 24 hours in advance if class is cancelled and you will be able to use your class credit towards another class.
Students teaching during class: While it is tempting and encouraging to help a fellow student learn, please refrain from doing so. Our instructors are properly trained and have over 25 years of combined experience. Please leave the teaching to them.
Please keep with the current pace of the class and do not skip ahead. Doing so can cause new students to try and “jump the gun” by copying you and trying moves that are beyond their ability. Open pole sessions will be offered periodically so that you can work towards your individual pole goals.
Missed Classes: If you need to cancel or reschedule a drop-in class, please do so 24 hours in advance of the class start time. If you notify us 24 hours or more in advance of the class start time, you may use the credit for a make-up class within 2 weeks. If you sign up for a class and are a no-show, you have automatically forfeited the payment/class credit on your account.
Class Pass Usage & Expiration Dates: Newbie 4-class passes will expire after 60 days. Ten-class passes will expire after 90 days. Passes are non-transferable and cannot be shared. If you register using your class pass and are a no show to class, or a late cancel, you have forfeited the class. To avoid losing the class, please be sure to cancel your registration at least 24 hours prior to the class start time.
Canceling a Class: If you register for a class and cannot attend, please go to your dashboard in Momence and cancel so someone else can use your space.
Refunds: WE DO NOT OFFER REFUNDS FOR ANY REASON! PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN SELECTING YOUR PURCHASES!
Attire: Please remember that while this an all-inclusive studio where we accept personal expression, it is very important for safety, hygiene, professional and personal reasons to wear appropriate clothing that provides complete coverage of personal body parts. For everyone’s comfort level, we ask that you strictly adhere to our no nudity policy.
Spacing & the Dance Floor: Please do not wear street shoes on the dance floor. Only 6 students should be on the dance floor at one time for pole classes. No food or drinks are permitted on the dance floor at any time!
Spotting: Teacher spotting of students during new or advanced moves is currently limited due to Covid unless a fully vaccinated students wishes to be spotted.
Injuries: If you have any injuries we need to work around, please let us know in advance so we can provide a modified or equivalent move that will not exacerbate your injury.
Caring for the Poles & Equipment: For your safety and for the longevity of the poles, jewelry is not permitted during class. Rings in particular can scratch up the poles and earrings could get caught and cause injury. Please do not wear lotion before pole class.
The poles can become slippery with sweat and oils. To keep the equipment in its best shape and sanitize in between participants, please clean the poles by wiping them down with the alcohol solution provided. If you would like to bring your own spray bottle, we will fill it up for you. If you use the crash pad pole mat, please be sure to wipe it down with the appropriate solution marked “Mats” before the end of class.
Individual Fitness Levels: Everyone's pole journey is different. It is imperative to work to your individual fitness level and to not compare yourself to others. If you are new, please be advised that moves are taught in a particular order for your safety. Individual progressions and regressions may be offered to you depending upon skill level.
If you are joining us from another studio and have pole experience under your belt, we may ask you to “test into” a more advanced class to ensure your ability matches the level of the course. Instructors make the final decision as to what moves you are permitted to do. If you do not follow this rule, you may be asked to leave.
Atmosphere: Fitness With a Twist provides a positive and encouraging atmosphere to all. Please no hate speech, bullying or discouraging others in any way. This is a judgement free zone and we are very happy to have you as part of our Pole & Aerial Family.
Alcohol: Alcoholic beverages (BYOB) are only permitted during private parties IF all guests are at least 21 years of age. Please do not attend class intoxicated or you will be asked to leave. We do not serve alcohol.
Intoxicated Party Guests: We want you to have fun, but we need to keep you safe! If you’ve had a few too many during your private party, we will ask you to refrain from additional time on the pole. Note that illegal drugs are not permitted and will not be tolerated.
Party Start & End Times: Please note that if you are late to a party, it will still end at the originally scheduled time. The same is true for private lessons.
Make-Up Classes: If you are enrolled in a 4 or 6 week session and need to miss a class, you are permitted to take one drop-in class at no extra charge if you notify us in advance. Students have one week from the end of the 4 or 6 week session to use the make-up class. Note that you still must sign up for the make-up class to secure your spot. Just select "Make-up Class" when registering for any of the following options: All-level's Pole, Chair Dance, Twerk Out Workout, Pole Choreo, Pole Prep and Conditioning.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: As of May 1st, 2021, Fitness with a Twist is under new management now operating as Fitness with a Twist 2.0 (FWT 2.0). All class passes, gift certificates and any other class or package sold before May 1, 2021 will be honored for the period of 90 days until August 2, 2021 with a proof of purchase or with the physical gift card/class pass. After August 2, 2021, any of the aforementioned items purchased under previous management will be null and void.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: As of January 1st, 2022, Fitness with a Twist uses a new registration system called Momence (formerly known as Ribbon). You must register for all classes and sign our electronic waiver using this system. If you are not sure how to get into your account, please click here to reset your password. We are no longer using physical class pass punch cards. All classes will be stored on your account in Momence.