STAMFORD - A pole dancing fitness class is gaining popularity in Stamford.

Vertical Addiction is a new fitness studio in Stamford that offers fitness classes based around pole dancing.

Ashley Popoli, 25, opened the studio after years as a gymnast and winning a competition based on her pole dancing fitness.

"It's a lot of core, it's a lot of upper body," says Popoli. "You're toning your body and strengthening your body and there's a cardio element."

Popoli says she's taken on about 40 students of all ages since opening the studio a month ago.