— Karri Mae

As an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and ACE and AAFA Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Karri taught several different class formats in fitness centers in across Northern Virginia and San Francisco.  As an extension of her fitness training Karri was introduced to pole fitness 9 years ago and quickly became dedicated to the sport of pole fitness. She has been teaching and performing pole fitness for over 8 years and opened her own pole fitness studio - Pole Pressure® of Leesburg in 2009.  Karri owned a successful Pole Pressure® Studio in Northern Virginia for 4 years before closing its doors to relocate to San Francisco where she continues to spread the love of pole.  Currently, Karri is a Regional Group Fitness Operations Manager for Crunch Gyms in San Francisco as well as an aerial instructor for SF Pole and Dance and Poletential.  

In addition, Karri has the following business ventures...

When Karri was introduced to Pole Fitness she was 30 lbs overweight and and a self proclaimed “Insecure Wallflower”.   Karri’s favorite part about teaching pole fitness is fostering the same changes in her students that she personally experienced while seeing them develop both physical and inner strength!

Karri has won the following titles: 

  • 2017 1st Place Winner Pole Sport Organization - Dramatic Level 4
  • 2012 Peoples Choice Champion, Pole Dance America
  • 2011 Miss South Carolina Pole Champion, Pole Dance America
  • 2011 Miss Echo Award, Pole Dance America
  • 2011 Miss Technical Award, Pole Dance America

Karri has performed in other competitions:

  • 2012 Pole2Pole Cup USA, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2012 SRPDF Championship, New Orleans, LA
  • 2011 Battle of the Pole Studios, Washington, DC.  

Karri has performed in showcase performances:

  • Volare Variety in San Francisco, CA
  • Rock the Pole Showcase in Hollywood, CA
  • The Susan G. Komen Pole-A-Thon in Northern Virginia
  • The Eye Candy Burlesque Troop in Buffalo, NY.   
  • Gonzo Nose Band in Sterling, VA
  • Toxic Mouse Band in Sterling, VA
  • Charm City Showcase in Baltimore, MD
  • DefyinGravity Cirque du Pole in Sterling, VA
  • other private corporate performances

Karri has organized the following events:

  • DefyinGravity Pole Show in Sterling, VA (300 people attended)
  • DefyinGravity: Cirque du Pole Showcase in Sterling, VA (370 people attended)
  • Performing Arts Showcase in Sterling, VA (300 people attended)
  • Susan G. Komen Pole-A-Thon in Herndon, VA (350 people attended)
  • Tri-State Pole Competition in Washington, DC (250 people attended)

Karri has the following fitness certifications:

  • NASM Personal Trainer Certification
  • ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification
  • Zumba Instructor Certification
  • Aqua Zumba Instructor Certification
  • BASI Pilates Certification
  • YogaFit Certification
  • Pound Fitness Instructor Certification
  • Schwinn Spinning Instructor Certification
  • Les Mills BodyPump Certified Instructor
  • Les Mills BodyCombat Certified Instructor
  • Les Mills BodyAttack Certified Instructor
  • Les Mills CX Worx Certified Instructor
  • Urban Kickbox Instructor Certification
  • Urban KicksAss Instructor Certification
  • Pon de Flow Instructor Certification
  • DISQ Instructor Certification
  • AntiGravity Yoga Instructor Certification
  • AntiGravity AirBarre Instructor Certification
  • HoopnoticaFIT Certified Instructor
  • HoopnoticaFLOW Certified Instructor
  • Vertical Dance Instructor Certification
  • Discoveries Dance Instructor Certification
  • AfHo Certified Instructor
  • Axle Certified Instructor