I’m facing my pole-dancing fears and learning to strip at S-Factor — the same place where Teri Hatcher, Kate Hudson and Marisa Tomei got their sexy moves and dropped some serious weight
The last thing I ever thought I’d be doing was learning how to strip, especially for a job. Showgirls I’m not. But S-Factor founder Sheila Kelley convinced me to give the pole idea one final shot. After telling me about all of the benefits of Hollywood’s hottest stripping workout — namely confidence and weight loss — I realized if Martha Stewart could do it, then I had nothing to be afraid of.
I walked into S-Factor’s Los Angeles location feeling like it was my first day of kindergarten and I was the only girl without a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper. Sad face.
The first thing I saw upon entering the studio through an ultra-private alley entryway? Dominatrix stripper heels (thankfully not of the Lucite variety) and sexy undies. Oh, boy.
The butterflies didn’t last long, though. My super-friendly (and beautiful) instructor, Janel, couldn’t have been more patient with a first-timer like myself. Plus, all of the studios have hardwood floors, low lighting and no windows or mirrors, making it easy (ish) to let go and have a sexy, good time. And, since I’m a total stripper newbie, Janel kept it simple and focused on floor work for our first lesson. No poles yet! Sigh of relief.
Check out the video above to witness clips from my first (of four) lessons at S-Factor. But first, a disclaimer: A. This is totally embarrassing for me. B. Sorry about the lighting — we were trying to keep to the integrity of the classes, so it’s kind of hard to see some of the moves!
P.S. Dad, don’t worry about watching this one!