LOS ANGELES (CBS) — What does pole dancing have to do with Jesus Christ?READ MORE: Several Small Burbank Shops Targeted In Early Morning Burglary Spree
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.READ MORE: Kings Lose To Flames 3-2, Markstrom Makes 40 Saves
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.MORE NEWS: Statements From Los Angeles Community College District and California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
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