West OC Studio Offers Unique Workouts In Intimate Setting

West OC Studio Offers Unique Workouts In Intimate Setting

WEST OCEAN CITY – Bored with your workout? Looking for a fun way to stay in shape?

Pure Power Studio might be the place for you. The studio, located in West Ocean City, offers pole and aerial fitness classes as well as the popular POUND workout.

“I think people need to step out of their comfort zone,” said studio owner Angela Houck. “They’d be surprised what they can do.”

Houck opened Pure Power Studio in 2007 as Pole Power Studio. At the time, Houck’s focus was on pole fitness classes. In recent years, however, she’s become more interested in aerial fitness. In May she decided to change the studio’s name to reflect that.

“Over the years, we’ve gotten into a lot of things,” she said. “Pole didn’t necessarily represent all we do. Pure Power sums it up.”

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The studio now offers classes in pole, POUND, aerial/FlyGym, silks and Lyra.

“The same old same old gym setting starts to get monotonous,” Houck said. “This is a workout that’s different. Your body never gets bored.”

Aerial fitness, which involves the use of silk hammocks extended from the ceiling of the studio, brings to mind the acrobatics of Cirque de Soleil.

“All of these things are like what you’d see in Cirque de Soleil but these are average everyday people,” Houck said.

Though the thought might be intimidating to some, Houck points out that upon coming to the studio none of her clients have experience in the art.

“Everyone starts the same because they’ve never done it before,” she said.

Studio owner Angela Houck is pictured during a recent POUND workout.

Studio owner Angela Houck is pictured during a recent POUND workout.

POUND classes are the most recent addition to the studio. The new workout is based on the use of lightly weighted drumsticks.

“You’re pounding the floor and pounding the sticks,” Houck said. “It’s a great stress reliever.”

She said the classes are relatively easy to get the hang of and are not as choreographed as some workouts.

“It’s easy to follow,” she said, “and you feel like a rock star when you’re done.”

Regardless of the workout, Pure Power Studio maintains a small group setting with no more than eight people in a class. The studio has four instructors and has classes — and even private lessons — for any schedule. Houck says the studio’s women-only atmosphere puts customers at ease.

“People are always a little nervous when they come in but we have a supportive environment that makes us popular,” she said.

The studio is also available for private parties and even kids’ lessons. Houck says she started offering children’s workshops — the next of which is July 5 — after seeing the interest shown in aerial fitness by the children of her clients.

“The kids love it,” she said.

For more information, visit www.purepowerstudio.com or call 877-653-3482.

About The Author: Charlene Sharpe

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Charlene Sharpe has been with The Dispatch since 2014. A graduate of Stephen Decatur High School and the University of Richmond, she spent seven years with the Delmarva Media Group before joining the team at The Dispatch.