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Marlo and Tia: Two Women Rising to the TOP of the POLE (**SEXY GIVEAWAY**)

Fashion/Gift - Fitness

Valentine's Day has now passed but why not celebrate it everyday when it comes to your relationship with your body? Own what you see in the mirror with attitude and pride. Like Marlo and Tia, 2 women who have gone against the grain to inspire women to feel sexy, uninhibited and energized by their sexuality. What they're doing for women is incredible, and even more fascinating is that they've made careers of it. Meet these extraordinary ladies who are pioneers of pole fitness culture and enter my BOOTYFUL GIVEAWAY( courtesy of Vertical Edge) at the end of this article.


Marlo Fisken had been a dancer for years before she started "poling", which is the accurate term for the sport of pole. Calling it "pole dancing" makes it sound like stripping, and poling is by far more dynamic, beautiful and challenging than anything you'd see at your local strip club. Although, Marlo does admit that the naughty correlation of poling to stripping did initially draw her to the sport, in addition to hearing it was very athletic.

Marlo has been in the fitness industry since she was 18, working as personal trainer and group exercise instructor. She received a B.S. in Anthropology which she uses to structure class warm-ups and pole routines taught to her students. She tells me:

Key concepts about locomotive patterns among monkeys, apes, and early humans have shaped the way I understand human movement potential. Swinging by the arms is quite important as a pole dancer. My studies have enriched my relationship with what I do. Anthropology has helped me understand how we should eat, how music has developed and disseminated over time, and how that cross-culturally influences dance movement.

You could say Marlo is intellectualizing a practice of movement tied to many stereotypes (good and bad) that have intrigued both men and women for years. By making poling smart, cool and relevant, Marlo is helping women get in shape and connect with their bodies in a sexy-fit way, unapologetically.

The path to poling, though, isn't so simple. Marlo spent years doing yoga, pilates, dance, high intensity interval training and gymnastics-style conditioning to prep her body for this next-level sport. The physical and often brutal challenge of poling compelled her to be one of the best in the world:

I suddenly wanted to be known as an innovator in this field. It was an opportunity to combine all of my strengths from fitness in dance into something novelty that you can climb and spin on.

I recognize assertive words like this because they come from ambitious people who make it to the top. And that's exactly where Marlo is headed. She currently teaches at the popular Body & Pole studio in NYC while traveling worldwide for pole performances. Marlo also appears regularly in films, commercials, music videos and on the stage, showing off her craft as if it takes no effort. But as a student of poling myself (video), I can tell you this: IT AIN'T EASY! Marlo's amazing strength and skill allows her to stay up for jaw-dropping periods of time.

Like any performer, she feeds off her audience and says:

Nothing else compares to the adrenaline rush of finishing a routine, and knowing that I was able to stir the emotions of my audience.

When I ask Marlo about the real workout behind poling, she explains it to me as an inner strengthening routine because of all the confidence it brings out in the people who try it. It's also a workout where the allure of sensual movement blends with unconventional body-building that doesn't require weights...except for your own body weight ('cause you better believe you're lifting that when you get on the pole).

(photo by Little Shao Photography)

I had to ask Marlo how she tells people what she does for a living...because we live in a society where people love to judge. She says people most often inquire when they fully see her physique at the gym (fyi she's ripped) or when she's jump-squatting into handstand hops for fun.

I usually just say that I am an acrobat/dancer. I know that I could raise awareness by telling people about the art and sport of pole dance, but it's quite hard for many people to understand unless they are able to see a performance right away.

When she's performing, less is always more as far as clothes go. During warm-ups, Marlo prefers stylish cover-ups and funky sweatpants because it's better for your skin to be warm before you take to the pole.

Marlo aimed to be the best and that's the category in which she now finds herself. Need proof? WATCH THIS! She has a self-branded workout in development but will continue teaching her local NYC classes because she enjoys teaching women (and men!) the luxury of "taking care of themselves" through poling.

Her post-Valentine's day advice?

Whether you are trying to give love to others or one special person -- you should pay attention to yourself first.

Pole with Marlo! Find her here: Marlo Fisken on Facebook and Body & Pole studio/classes.



Tia Robinson is the founder and designer of Vertical Edge, a pole-wear collection that caught my eye at IDEA FIT last year. I fell in love with both the cutesy and romantic features of Tia's line. Her use of mesh paneling and ruffles is fun and feminine rather than overtly sexual.

Tia's fashion design lends a sweet and positive vibe to poling, which makes sense considering how she fell into the sport.

About 4 years ago I was traveling and eating out a lot because of my corporate job and decided I needed to get back into shape. I started off with more traditional forms of exercise before hearing about pole fitness on a TV show.  I thought this would be a great way to “liven-up” my workouts, so I found a local studio that offered intro classes and fell in love! This sport has not only helped me lose weight, increase my flexibility and build muscle, it has also help me with my confidence.

Her only issue with poling was finding the appropriate clothes to wear for class. At that time there wasn’t a pole fitness active wear brand, so Tia decided to create her own. Opening the door of opportunity to Vertical Edge was just the beginning for Tia because, as you know, 1 open door leads to many more. Tia coaches and speaks on the topics of empowerment, resilience, entrepreneurship and healthy living. She's not just a pole fitness enthusiast, she's living proof that exercise can inspire you and take your life in new, exciting directions.

Tia wants all women to feel this way, especially plus size fitness women. She's currently hard at work producing pieces that range in size from XS-XXL.

The pole community is full of women of all sizes and they should have clothing to accommodate them. I created styles and silhouettes for various different body types, so there is something for everyone.


Vertical Edge apparel fuses function and style. Tia brilliantly weaves "less is more" into her designs without stripping it down too much. No one wants too feel naked in class as body-baring active wear is already a big step for most.

Typical workout wear is too bulky and loose for pole fitness, dance and other fitness disciplines like bikram and aerial yoga. Too much fabric interferes with your body and skin from making direct contact with the pole, and sticking to it. That's why Vertical Edge features gathered straps, drawstring side and cut-out details. It's also constructed with breathable fabric that wicks away moisture because SWEAT, YOU WILL during pole fitness class! Especially if you go see Marlo.

So what's Tia's post-Valentine's Day advice considering she's a self-help guru?

Being yourself IS sexy! There is nothing more appealing than a woman that is comfortable in her own skin. Own THAT confidence and you are guaranteed to exude sex appeal on any day!

Get started with this love yourself treat: Tia is offering a special promo code to MizzFIT readers! MIZZFIT2013 gets you 20% off your purchase at Vertical Edge at checkout.



Stick to the pole bootyfully in Vertical Edge Pole-A-Rina Bottoms. See the butt shot above? You can recreate it with your own bottom by entering my Bootyful Giveaway. Here's what you need to do to win these Pole-A-Rina ruffled bottoms in a size medium:

  • Like both MizzFIT and Vertical Edge on Facebook
  • Leave a comment below telling me if you think fitness is a good way to unleash your sexy side. Are you too shy OR ready to give it a spin?

I'm picking a winner on March 4th, 2013 and it could be YOU! Good luck!


written by Bianca Jade a.k.a Mizzfit


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Say what's on your mind!

Samantha February 18th, 2013 5:29PM

Fitness is a great way to unleash your sexy side!

Krissykiki February 18th, 2013 8:13PM

I think that being comfortable in your own skin is sexy and fitness helps you get there. :)

Liz Stark February 18th, 2013 8:33PM

Fitness is definitely a good, healthy, fun way to feel more confident and to unleash one's sexy side. For me, workouts always make me feel better and happier - I can look in the mirror and say, "Liz, you're rocking it today!"

Eliza February 18th, 2013 9:18PM

I love this! I think poling seems to be a great way to not only get a work out, but become comfortable in your own skin. What a fun and fresh way to stay fit. Thanks so much for sharing!

MizzFIT February 19th, 2013 4:04AM

Hi Samantha,

So GLAD you think so! It takes courage but once you take the plunge it isn't so sexy. Personally I think we all need the practice...or maybe I just do??? LOL!


MizzFIT February 19th, 2013 4:06AM


Agree. You have to love who you are and what you are before developing your sexy attitude. Sexuality without self-love first is a bit backwards and could get you into trouble, in my opinion.


MizzFIT February 19th, 2013 4:07AM


From all your dance experience, you prob have mad sexy ballroom skilzz!!!


MizzFIT February 19th, 2013 4:08AM

Hi Eliza,

Have you tried POLING? If so, where and what was your 1st impression. What did or would you wear to class?


Heather February 19th, 2013 7:25PM

I am not too shy and I definitely agree a fit woman is a sexy woman :)

Jessica February 20th, 2013 1:42AM

Fitness can be a good way to unleash your sexy side...especially if it's poling in heels :)

MizzFIT February 20th, 2013 2:10AM

Hi Heather,

Love that you're a brave soul. I was a little shy my 1st time poling but now I'm stripping off my layers like it's my job! Love feeling sexy as long as I'm wearing cute workout clothes that flatter my curves. I usually go for drawstring boy shorts :)


MizzFIT February 20th, 2013 2:11AM

Hi Jessica,

I've only taken a poling class in heels once! The rest has been barefoot at Body & Pole and a few other studios outside NYC. Do you prefer lucite heels to barefoot? Curious to hear your thoughts on this!

Thanks for leaving a comment!

Jessica February 20th, 2013 4:03AM

I started off barefoot but now wear heels in class. My preference really just depends on my mood. Barefoot used to be my preference, but now I'm beginning to appreciate the sexy side of poling in heels :) Would love to take a class at Body & Pole. Enjoy your classes there!

Kathia February 20th, 2013 11:11PM

I started a month ago to do poling and I pretty much have switched sneakers to Pleaser heels and mighty grips! I was going through a breakup so my self-esteem was beaten down. I am so happy to report that now by finding my own strength by lifting my body on the pole, I am loving who I am and getting fit in the process.

MizzFIT February 21st, 2013 5:51AM

Hi Jessica,

I have 2 pairs of great shoes I'd love to go poling in but Body & Pole, my fave place, is more of a barefoot studio. They do have 1 heels class but I believe it's more for advanced students (which I am nowhere near, lol). A girl can dream though ;)


MizzFIT February 21st, 2013 5:55AM

Hi Kathia,

Isn't it funny how a little sexy-fit therapy can erase a bad relationship? I love when fitness comes to the rescue. I've gone through the same, babe. Check out this video:

I was going through some pretty heavy emotions but I forced myself to work out...and work through the pain in the best way I knew how. It took my mind off things and then eventually guided me to a better place.

Thanks for leaving such an amazing comment. Makes me feel good that you are feelin' empowered & strong!


Jessica February 22nd, 2013 4:05PM

Hi MizzFIT,
I'm sure you will get up to the heels level soon! Keep up the good work. My studio is the opposite. We wear heels usually, and I find myself longing for barefoot sessions! Love your site btw. Lots of great info and very organized :) Happy Friday!

MizzFIT February 22nd, 2013 4:30PM

Hi Jessica!
Innnnnteresting! What studio do you go to and where? Thank you for commenting on the organization of my site. I really strive for that. I'm just happy to hear you like it and it's so nice to chat with you. Hope for many more conversations here!


Jessica February 25th, 2013 2:27AM

Hey Mizz Fit,
i take at Vertical Joe's in Atlanta! I'm in love with their aerial hoop/Lyra class as well. All of the aerial arts get so addicting ;)

MizzFIT February 25th, 2013 6:18AM

Hi Jessica,

I have always wanted to try the aerial HOOP class! I've only worked with the aerial sheets/drapey things...grrr, whatever they're called! The name escapes me! Guess it's late, lol. I'll let you know once I get myself to an aerial hoop class. Keep dancin'!


Teri February 25th, 2013 8:54PM

Hi MizzFIT,

I believe you're thinking of the aerial silks? I love those! I don't think poling is for me though. I went to a class once but all we did was walk around, crawl on the floor and spin around the pole a little bit ... it was so boring and not a good workout at all. :/ Personally I like my activities to present a little physical challenge. I do think the Vertical Edge clothing is super cute! I would wear it in hot yoga.

Rana February 25th, 2013 11:16PM

Pole dancing is an amazing workout and it can truly be life changing. I appreciate that everyone has different interpretations of how they like to express themselves on the pole, but I am partial to the sparkly, sultry, sexy side!

MizzFIT February 26th, 2013 5:47PM


How do you translate "sparkly/sultry" into your pole-wear. Curious to hear what you wear (brands/types of pieces, etc). Thanks!


MizzFIT February 26th, 2013 5:50PM

Hi Teri,

I hear you completely. I've been to pole classes that have been super rigorous and some that I felt were a waste of my time. I think 1) you have to be in the mood to pole and 2) you have to find a great instructor or studio. And yes, Vertical Edge activewear is fantastic for hot yoga and a ton of other workouts as well! Thanks for being so honest. I appreciate that you share how you really feel because I can relate to your words based on some experiences I've had.


Rana February 26th, 2013 10:04PM


I have trouble finding sparkly and sexy things for myself since I have to try something on in person to even consider buying it and I have big boobs so it has to have some kind of support while being stylish. I have been happiest with two sports bras I got from Victoria's Secret but otherwise cute tops are really hard for me to find. I love my Brazil cut PoleFit bottoms and I wear those along with several colors of side tie bottoms from Pole Dance Playground (all sold in my studio so I could try them on). I would love a one-piece romper and I'm hoping to find some new pole wear when I go to PoleCon in June. Cost is a major factor for me and I have to LOVE what I am buying, so I have a really hard time buying something online that may not fit, may not look good on me, etc.

I usually get the sparkly and sexy factor from wearing shoes and some makeup. I have "bedazzled" a bra to wear for a performance, but otherwise haven't added sparkle to my regular pole wear.

MizzFIT February 27th, 2013 7:03AM

Hi Rana,

Totally makes sense. I like trying on in person too! Which is why I love shopping at fitness conferences like IdeaFIT (when it happens in California every year). My difficulty is that I am short so I need to know that things hit me at the right spot, aren't too long or too much fabric. I wish I had your booby problem ;) I'm usually padding my bras! A bedazzled bra? That sounds ridiculously amazing! BodyRock Sport also has bedazzled attire. But I love your DIY style. Thanks for getting back to me and inspiring me with your response.


MizzFIT March 5th, 2013 7:30AM

Hey Girlzz,

TIME TO PICK A WINNER FOR THE BOOTYFUL GIVEAWAY! Had such a hard time choosing because I loved all of your responses. But here's JESSICA! Congratzz to Jessica and to everyone else, please continue commenting because eventually everyone wins!!!

Much love, MizzFIT

Jessica March 6th, 2013 3:01AM

Yay!! Thanks so much! Will post a pic soon :) Can't wait to try them in class!