Church Gone Wild: Fitness Routine Combines Pole Dancing, Jesus

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — What does pole dancing have to do with Jesus Christ?

One fitness studio in Texas says “everything” — which is why they have combined a unique workout routine with traditional worship on the second Sunday of every month.

While pole dancing as a form of exercise has surged in popularity recently, “Pole Fitness for Jesus” invites female church-goers to slap on a pair of high heels and dance around a pole to upbeat Christian music.

“I decided to take the part that I liked about [exotic dancing] and bring it here, but it’s so much fitness, I don’t teach women to be strippers,” said Crystal Deans, former exotic dancer and owner/instructor of “Best Shape of Your Life” fitness studio outside Houston.

Deans offers the classes for free to women who bring in the bulletin from their Sunday church services — but there’s no prayer beforehand, and the walls are free of crosses or any other religious symbols.

Critics say the class is sacrilegious and goes against the teachings of the Bible.

But Deans contends she holds herself to a higher standard than popular opinion.

“God is the only person that judges so anybody who wants to judge me, feel free to but I’m good with God, so that’s what’s important to me and I really don’t care what people think,” said Deans.

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    Nice philosophy. This should motivate me to goto church. The question lies ahead if the church goers can get to pick which girls to dance on the polls.

  • sad

    So who’s watching, if it is just the women, it is a great form of exercise although a llittle unorthodox.

  • Jack

    Just looking for her 15 min of fame & CBS gave it to her.deport her back to Mexico!

    • Crystal Deans

      Wow, You think New Mexico is in a different country? It’s right next to Texas, and I am an American citizen. WOW!

  • Laughing in el monte

    It’s like the idea of having a DJ at a youth group worship service. The idea will start to look incredibly tacky and embarrassing. Fundamentally, a pole dancing class for church women is no different than a televangelist: the attention whore profits (or gathers marketing leads) from the church demographic by offering empty promises, soon followed up with an upsell for another product or service. As I recall, the only time the Bible mentions Jesus getting violent was when people tried to profiteer in the church community. Let Him sort this one out. LOL

  • D. Michael

    Where in the Bible does it preach against pole danincg?

    • Laughing in el monte

      1 Thessalonians 4:3-5; Colossians 3:5; Titus 2:4-5

  • concerned

    So true GOD can only judge….. BUT NEVER GIVE THE DEVIL ROOM TO CHANGE OUR WALK WITH JESUS TO…..TIP TOEING FOR JESUS or in this case pole fancing for Jesus

  • Tim

    @D. Michael … The bible doesn’t preach against pole dancing, or against boxing, or against under-water-basket-weaving. And why would you be concerned about that anyhow?

    Please don’t misunderstand me; I’m not asking that question to provoke you. It’s an honest, legitimate question. If I were to be asked that I would answer how I understand that God is not a rule book. I would say that if comparing God to either the extreme of being a list of dos and do nots to the other option of being a live human being that I would say he is closer to the latte.

    But though he is closer to being human I know that what He is, is so far above me that my comparing him to humanity is not too unlike me comparing an amoeba to the most advanced life-form any of us might ever know.

    So “Where does it say that God is against ______ “. Well, that’s not the right question if you understand the kind of care and concern that God has given to each and every one of us. If you are like me, and I’m assuming that you could very well be, then you would know just as well as I that the question is “What can I do or say in response to such a great love that has been demonstrated to me?”

    So we see here two camps of thought. Those that say “What will God let me do?” and those that say “God, how can I possibly repay what you have done and given, and continue to give? And since I know I can never repay it; what might I be able to do to at least respond correctly to that great love that you have shown me today?”.

    I have a few related thought that I wrote in my journal dated February of 2005. You can go to this link if you would like to check those out –> … be sure to click on the blue links in that post for the appropriate references.

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  • Crystal Deans

    Ready, set, judge! I am not perfect, I am human, just like all of you. If we were perfect, Jesus would not have had to die on that cross for our sins. My family is happy and we love each other. None of that, nor my Fitness Studio would be possible without God. I will face my “accusers”, just as I am told to do in the bible. Jesus said: Love each other, love each other as I have loved you. I have no idea what God’s plan is for me, but regardless of what ANY person says, I trust Him completely. And for all of the “Good Christians” out there, put your service where your scripture quotes are and get out to downtown this Sunday, April 17th at 3pm. We will be bringing sandwiches, water, and clean socks to the homeless. Bring yours out and give something back! If you are not in Houston, do it where you live!

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