Builder installs exercise poles inside homes - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

Builder installs exercise poles inside homes

A Mid-South homebuilder is marketing a unique way to get in shape as added feature in his newest homes.

From the outside, it looks like any other home, with fresh flowers and beautiful furniture.  It's only after a trip upstairs that visitors see a surprise- a brass dance pole in the exercise room. 

"We had one customer who thought it was distasteful," Tony Terhune with Apex Home Builders said. "Everyone else has loved it, but a lot of them ask us to go downstairs before they try it."

Terhune put the pole inside his model home because of high demand.  Along with its typical use in nightclubs, Terhune said, more and more customers are using such poles to get into shape.

Video from YouTube shows just how strenuous the workout is.  According to Terhune, most people who use a pole will certainly feel the effects the next day.    

"They were so sore they could hardly lift their arms the next day, and it got their abs, chest, and arms sore," he said.

Scott Cooper and his wife are putting a pole inside their newly built home.

"We came here to talk to the builders about the house and people are upstairs swinging all the time," he said.

Cooper's wife is a dance major who recently took a pole exercising class. 

"They learned how to twirl on poles and different things like that," he said.

Cooper says he can't wait to move in and try the new routine himself.  "I don't know if I'm quite in shape enough to try it yet, but I'll try to do it."

Cooper is certain the exercise trend will continue.

"Not everybody has an exercise pole yet, but I'm sure a lot of people will, he said. 

The exercise poles come in brass, chrome, or stainless steel and you can even get them with lights.  It costs around $850 dollars to get one installed.


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