The S Factor: Strip Workouts for Every Woman

Overview

Hipper than Taebo, sexier than Pilates, The S Factor—stripping—is the hottest new fitness trend. Created by actress Sheila Kelley (LA Law, Sisters, and a host of film and Broadway roles), S-Factor classes are wildly popular and generating an avalanche of attention from Extra, Entertainment Tonight, The Los Angeles Times, Allure, Us magazine, Fox News, and CBS's 48 Hours, which proclaimed: "Women don't even know they're working out until two months later when they say, 'I've never had a better body in my life. I'm...

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Overview

Hipper than Taebo, sexier than Pilates, The S Factor—stripping—is the hottest new fitness trend. Created by actress Sheila Kelley (LA Law, Sisters, and a host of film and Broadway roles), S-Factor classes are wildly popular and generating an avalanche of attention from Extra, Entertainment Tonight, The Los Angeles Times, Allure, Us magazine, Fox News, and CBS's 48 Hours, which proclaimed: "Women don't even know they're working out until two months later when they say, 'I've never had a better body in my life. I'm strong, I'm limber, I feel great.'" Sheila even convinced Barbara Walters to try a pole dance on The View.

No wonder. Combining yoga, dance, and erotic movements, The S Factor is a program that tones muscle, firms the body, increases flexibility, promotes weight loss, and gives you a few new tricks for the bedroom. Illustrated in hundreds of photographs that show step by step how each move is done, the exercises are sensual yet demanding, requiring a balance of strength and finesse. There are slow, rounded warm-ups, the Spine Circles and Hip Circles. Strenuous motions, like the Rocking Cat-Cow. Peels and rolls, grinds, pounces, arches. And pole work, from the Firefly to Descending Angel.

Something else happens, too: These exercises and routines boost self-esteem and give women a new way to think about their bodies. Stripping is a liberating act, out of which comes a new look, new body, new confidence, new you.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Forget Gypsy Rose Lee! Modern strippers-otherwise known as pole dancers and lap dancers-get up close and personal with their audiences. Researching a film role, actress Kelley got to know these dancers and learned their routines. Impressed with both the physical improvement and the emotional high they inspired, she began teaching these routines to her friends and ultimately opened an exercise salon. Her book breaks down the basic moves, many of which are similar to yoga and/or ballet, then puts them together in a variety of routines. She compares the workout to the fertility dances of early matriarchal societies, citing the body awareness and feeling of empowerment that result. The suggested music could have included a few more bands familiar to those of us who aren't Gen-Xers, but the workouts themselves are good exercise and will be more fun for many women than a more traditional workout. A 20-city author tour is planned; buy for demand.-Susan B. Hagloch, formerly with Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761130635
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,408,900
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

A remarkable talent who brings experience and grace to all her projects, Sheila Kelley is a performer who embodies the very femininity actresses covet and strive for. Inspired by her role in Dancing at the Blue Iguana, a gritty, unapologetic story about women who make their living as strippers (which she also co-wrote and produced), Sheila discovered the natural sexual power of stripping. In April 2001 she began teaching her stripping technique in a class called the S Factor out of her home. So successful were these classes that Sheila was forced to hire more instructors and move the classes to a new, larger studio, which opened in June 2003 in Los Angeles. To spread the movement to women across the country Sheila has written The S Factor: Strip Workouts for Every Woman. With an acting career spanning television, film, and theater, Sheila made her mark on the entertainment industry. Her longest television stint was four years on NBC's L.A. Law; Sheila also had a recurring role in the network's cornerstone series, E.R. Ever busy, she conquered Broadway in 1995 in My Thing of Love at the same time playing long-lost sister Charlie Bennet for the final season of Sisters. Her long line of film credits includes Cameron Crowe's Singles, Neil Labute's Nurse Betty, and a co-starring role alongside Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney in One Fine Day. Sheila can next be seen alongside Nicholas Cage in the new Warner Brothers film Matchstick Men. Sheila Kelley lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Richard Schiff (of The West Wing) and their two children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2009

    Not what I was searching for!

    I was looking for a book that would help me with a workout rutine in the morning and would also help me in bed with my husband at night. This book did neither. The workout rutines are basically streaches that I could do in yoga, and are not actually a workout. The strip rutines are okay though. I have not tried any of them yet, but i think they could work, just not as a workout. I like the fact that she gives you a five min. strip, a 45 min. strip. and a valentines day strip, i think that those could be useful in spicing things up in a marriage, but as for the workouts, they are not a workout.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2006

    Good Instruction

    This book is a good beginning for women who want to learn some basic erotic or strip moves. The photos are sequential and the info on how to do the moves is easy to understand. I'd recommend this book along with her videos/dvds on the same topic. (No nudity)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2004

    I Love This Book!!!

    I picked up The S Factor after seeing Sheila on the Oprah show and haven't been able to put it down. The instruction is clear and concise. The photos are beautiful and informative. I have never felt better about myself in my entire 36 years of life. I've been doing the exercises for about three months now and my body looks and feels lighter, leaner and stronger. I highly recommend The S Factor to every and any body who ever wanted to experience the pure joy of living in a female body. It's inspirational. It's transformational. Thank you Sheila! I only wish I had an S Factor studio down the street from me!

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