Flight Fitness Studio

Flight Fitness Studio

5.0 (8)
1 employee
5 years in business

About this pro

Our goal is to build awareness in the general public of the pole fitness and dance industry and its future as a recognized sport. We wish for others to see its physical, emotional, and conceptual benefits.

Each of our pole instructors has been certified by a program that is sanctioned by the Pole Fitness Association (PFA), approved by the Pole Dance Community (PDC), and recognized by both the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Aerobics & Fitness Association of American (AFAA).

Everyday we teach and inspire people. Maybe it's to try something new or meet new people. Maybe it's to get stronger or become more flexible. Maybe it's to increase self-esteem or have a more positive body image. Whatever the reason, we see people grow, and that is what motivates us to do what we do.

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Palatine, IL 60074
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8 Reviews


  • Jamie, Elgin

    Your performance at the showcase makes me want to sign up for pole now! So pretty.

  • Mona, Palatine

    What an adrenaline rush the showcase was. Everyone killed it. Happy to be part of the Flight family!

  • Chanelle, Wheeling

    Love it and Michelle! Very comfortable and accepting environment, no matter what your fitness level is...this is a fun and great way to get in shape. Come fly with us!

  • Paula, McHenry

    Molly gives me a great workout; my arms are so sore the next day.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

New students may sign up for an intro class on our website, or contact us to schedule private lessons.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Certified Discoveries Dance Pole Instructor, PDC Approved 3 Star Instructor, PFA Registered Pole Fitness Instructor, National Council on Strength and Fitness Member, Founding Member of Men's Health Fitness Council, Ambassador for Pole Sport Organization (PSO)

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Classes begin at $10. Private lessons begin at $60.

How did you get started teaching?

Michelle Heller graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Education and a goal of becoming an elementary school teacher. A golden opportunity arose the summer after graduation, and Michelle entered the corporate workforce. With her passion still in educating, she began tutoring after work. Michelle's drive and entrepreneurship have always been responsible for leading her in new directions. She quickly began adding to her career-focused life and became a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant. This was when she was first introduced to pole.

In 2011, at one of her social networking events, Michelle met a talented woman who would forever change her future. A dedicated pole enthusiast named Divine Em, spoke about the benefits of pole dance. Michelle was instantly intrigued, bought her first pole, and started attending classes.

Coming from a non-fitness background (i.e. she only exerted herself if she had to get to the mall on the last day of a sale before the store closed), Michelle was quite discouraged in her ability to grow as a pole athlete as many of her classmates had dance and gymnastics roots. She soon realized that everyone can pole! Michelle furthered her training by attending classes out of state whenever she traveled for business or pleasure in cities such as LA, Miami, and Las Vegas.

In 2013, Michelle performed in her first ever showcase and danced in a second one later that year. It was time for her to decide where to take this and if it was going to remain strictly a hobby. The next step was obvious, and with her education background, Michelle became a Certified Pole Dance Instructor through Discoveries Dance. Teaching was her passion, and pole dance was her new found love. It was only a matter of time before both connected. She taught pole dance and fitness at two studios before opening Flight Fitness Studio in Palatine in the summer of 2014.

What types of students have you worked with?

We work with students of all ages, genders, shapes, sizes, and ability/fitness levels.