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Get Your Fit and Sexy On: K.I.S.S. Opens in Florissant

If traditional gyms aren’t your thing, this Florissant business might just have a very sensual solution for you.

Since 45 percent of Americans admit to making New Year’s resolutions, it’s not hard to believe that losing weight is the number one New Year’s resolution made by Americans. And staying fit and healthy is number five, according to Statistic Brain.com.

That means that you (or someone you know) has probably made one or more of those resolutions once, and if you’re like many, the fitness part of that equation can be even harder to swallow than the diet part.

The truth is that a lot of workouts just aren’t that much fun. But there’s good news for open-minded exercisers looking for something a little more exciting: there’s a new alternative in town, and it just opened.

New Florissant Business: The K.I.S.S. Fitness Café & Spa

K.I.S.S. stands for “Keep It Sexy Sistas,” according to the company’s website, and Smith said she was inspired by her mother’s battle with obesity. In addition to starting her own workout program when she was just 15, Smith said that after seeing her mother lose her life due to weight-related health issues, she vowed to make a difference in the lives of others who struggle with obesity.

“Our approach to fitness is we make fitness fun,” says the company motto. “Lose the Excuses and Lose the Weight. If you are alive you can get stronger, healthier and sexier.”

The K.I.S.S. Fitness Café & Spa is unique in several ways.

  • Sexy Workouts—You know all those stripper workouts you’ve been dying to try? They’re all here—and some you probably haven’t heard of yet. Here’s the schedule.
  • Internet Café Smoothie BarFeaturing real fruit-blend smoothies, signature shakes and custom add-ins with protein, fiber and more, the café smoothie bar also offers free Wi-Fi and a gift shop.
  • SaunaInfrared saunas, good for natural healing and prevention, according to the K.I.S.S. website.
  • SpaK.I.S.S. offers affordable massage packages.
  • Private TrainingPersonal trainers offer one-on-one personal training and even private pole dance instruction.

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

While the studio opened on Jan. 2, the K.I.S.S. Fitness Café & Spa was joined by the Greater North County Chamber on Monday for a special ribbon cutting ceremony on its new location at 2318 N. Lindbergh in Florissant.

Chamber president Carolyn Marty and City of Florissant Mayor Tom Schneider presented owner Kem Smith her chamber membership plaque.

Have you been to K.I.S.S. yet? What did you think? Will you go now? Share your thoughts in the comments section, below!

Tameka Green January 10, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Congrats to Kem Smith for bringing more than a roomful of exercise equipment to North County!! I have attended classes and I LOVE IT!! So good to have the encouragement of others working towards the same goal and have fun doing it!!
Elizabeth O'Fallon January 10, 2013 at 06:13 PM
I'm all for getting healthy and working out, but "stripper workouts?" Really?
Angela Atkinson (Editor) January 10, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Thanks for sharing your experience, Tameka! I am seriously considering joining. I love this kind of stuff! :)
Angela Atkinson (Editor) January 10, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Haha! I don't think anyone gets naked, Elizabeth. It's all related to the pole-dancing craze, I think--but really it's just a more fun way to workout. And I'm pretty sure the classes are all female, but I could be wrong.
Chris Charboneau January 10, 2013 at 11:51 PM
lets see how long this lasts when gene simmons gets wind of it.
Elizabeth O'Fallon January 11, 2013 at 04:13 PM
I've lived in Florissant all my life, and have considered it a very family-friendly place. I don't know that I'd classify this kind of business as family-friendly. I'm not talking about participants being naked or anything, but I oppose these kind of classes from a moral standpoint. I'd say this fitness trend speaks to the moral degradation of our society more than getting healthy. I'm surprised that the Florissant City Council didn't take issue with it. I've seen them question establishments who waned to play "jazz music" and were concerned about how music might negatively impact the surrounding neighborhoods. Personally, I believe these kinds of classes are not empowering, but degrading to women. We live a society where women are valued for their sex appeal above most other things. Watch any movie blockbuster and this becomes readily apparent. Even young girls at earlier and earlier ages are trying to appear "sexy." In middle school girls are engaging in sexual activities, and things like "sexting" are becoming commonplace. A friend's daughter recent told her that "50 Shades of Grey" is the "in" book to read a school right now. I have three daughters, and call me old-fashioned, but I wouldn't want them to participate in a class such as this one. We need to send a positive message for the next generation of women that emphasizes that who you are, your mind, your passions etc. is vastly more important than whether you can strip-tease or pole dance...even for fitness.
Angela Atkinson (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 05:18 PM
You make some very valid points, Elizabeth. I guess it's about perception. I would not send my daughter to a class like this either, but I think that it could be empowering for adult women in some ways. It's not necessarily something they'd do in public--but participating in a safe environment and all in fun, to me, doesn't seem immoral when adults choose to do so. With that being said, I agree that we need to send a positive message to the next generation, and it's definitely got to be about more than looks.
Elizabeth O'Fallon January 11, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Angela, I also couldn't help but picture the look on some of our senior ladies faces if we'd offer "pole dancing" or "sexy classes" through something like the Civic Center. You have to remember I've seen so much "grilling" in the Council Chambers toward business owners, I'm just rather surprised this one got a pass. Like I said, I remember "live jazz music" being controversial. LOL!
Angela Atkinson (Editor) January 12, 2013 at 02:22 AM
LOL, I hear you on all counts! :) I have had similar thoughts haha.
Neisha Eleby January 15, 2013 at 02:55 AM
I was going to keep quiet, but I feel like you are focusing on one aspect of KISS. Have you ever even taken a class? Yes, you had valid point about society & women, however KISS approaches it's classes from a place of class. The classes are about teaching ALL women no matter what size or age you are to love yourself & love your body. There are both teaching of healthy eating habits as well as fitness. Moreover, there are more than just pole classes. There is Zumba, Slide classes, kickboxing, yoga, African dance, belly dance, bootcamp & much more. There is something for everyone & there needs. If someone is offended by a class, they don't have to see it or attend it. Also as a woman of strong morals myself and who considers my body a temple, alcohol offends me, but that doesn't keep me out the grocery store. The bottom line is this KISS is more than a workout, it's a community of women that come together to support & encourage each other.
Angela Atkinson (Editor) January 15, 2013 at 04:50 AM
Neisha, I haven't attended a class yet personally, but I totally agree with you on the sentiment. I didn't get the impression that KISS is negative at all--quite the opposite. I love the concept and am even considering joining. :)
Luisa A. January 15, 2013 at 05:12 AM
Pole fitness vs. STRIPPER CLASSES. Pole fitness is a fun alternative to going to a regular gym to lift weights. If you REALLY take the time to understand what it is, and the technique involved, perhaps you wouldn't go off on a tangent about topics and ideas that may have held weight back in the day. I could see if the gym was going out in the community directly promoting FAMILIES to come into the gym and learn to swing on a pole and shake their behinds. HOWEVER, this fitness center markets to MATURE ADULT WOMEN who are willing to step outside of their comfort zones to explore their sensual sides, burn a few calories and have some fun. O' Fallon, I think you are generalizing, making crazy assumptions, completely ill informed, your response does not fit the situation, and perhaps YOU should lighten up a bit and have fun. Im sure your companion would appreciate it too.
Angela Atkinson (Editor) January 15, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Luisa, you make some excellent points. The only place I'd differ with you is regarding Ms. O'Fallon--she did come back and explain her initial reaction. She said: "I also couldn't help but picture the look on some of our senior ladies faces if we'd offer "pole dancing" or "sexy classes" through something like the Civic Center. You have to remember I've seen so much "grilling" in the Council Chambers toward business owners, I'm just rather surprised this one got a pass. Like I said, I remember "live jazz music" being controversial. LOL!" She's just coming from a different perspective, and knowing how some people might feel about this, she sort of took that stance. With that being said, I still love the idea, and as I mentioned, I agree with all of your other points. :)
Elizabeth O'Fallon January 15, 2013 at 02:47 PM
I've seen videos of pole dancing exercise online. My point is that there no matter who the class is tailored for, it promotes a particular kind of lifestyle. It's great that there is a "fun, new" exercise style for women, but I don't like the association it makes with strippers and women in general. I'm all for teaching women to have good self esteem, especially young women who are making their way into the world, but I wouldn't support doing so in this manner. There are lots of fun, exercise trends that don't utilize these techniques. The owner is actually a good friend of a friend, and I'm told the owner knows it's a controversial type of gym. I was also told by my councilman that this business didn't have to appear before the City Council, so now I understand why there were not concerns raised by the City Council.
Keianna Price January 15, 2013 at 03:15 PM
I agree with the points about society and the sexualization of young girls. However, KISS markets to adult women, promotes a love of your body and also holistic health. It is a nurturing environment of women with similar goals and I would recommend anyone to try a class. The pole classes are a small segment of the studios offerings. I have belonged to quite a few gyms, but KISS is the only one I felt motivated to attend on a regular basis. Come by and attend a Boot Camp, Zumba, Pilates, Kettle Bell, Spin or Sculpting class. Your opinion of the place will definitely change.
Renita Rhodes January 15, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Pole classes are taught in Clayton. Pole classes are taught in most areas. It is a form of exercising. It promotes muscle strength and endurance. It works out the entire body. It's exercise like all dancing.
Resident January 15, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Apparently my comment deleted but I'll try again. I think one of the members of the board of the Florissant Chamber of Commerce commenting on Facebook asking if there was a viewing window proves the degradation that Ma. O'Fallon references and I found it disgusting and not at all funny like Ms. Atkinson did. Is there an age limit imposed on the class? I would hope that women under 18 are not allowed so we don't encourage our youth to be overly sexual or teach them that stripping is a good idea. That all being said, I can see where this type of workout would be empowering and hopefully spice up relationships. I would not personally take it but that does not mean I fault women that do. I have heard its an excellent workout. Perhaps the classes could be marketed differently so as not to offend more conservative residents. I do also fault the article because "stripper workouts" just makes it sound tacky and does not give a good impression to anyone reading it.
Gail Waisanen January 16, 2013 at 07:37 PM
The web site indicates that 13 is the minimum age for classes, apparently including pole dancing and stripper workouts. Oddly, the web site doesn't include any information about the staff. Are trainers and massage therapists licensed and certified?
Keianna Price January 18, 2013 at 09:19 PM
This is located on the site under studio policies: "Pole classes are offered to those 18 years and older only; however, for maturity reasons, we highly recommend that those only over the age of 21 consider enrolling."

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