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Remember the Love

While listening to a sportscaster talk about how a hockey player, 10 years into his career seemed to have lost his love of the game, I started thinking about this in relation to pole.  I still love pole but I do see some major differences in it since my humble beginnings.  Believe it or not, back in 2007 when I started as a student, Instagram did not exist!  There was no comparing myself to another pole dancer half way across the world and wondering if I would ever be that good or how many hours I would need to train to get there.  It was a simpler time and it really kept you focused on your own development.  It was a blessing of sorts as it kept me working on proper technique and not just doing something once and moving on to the next big trick.  The pole climate feels very different from those days but there are some benefits to it as well such as a larger community and more and more friends around the world that you connect with.

“I’ve got to take flexibility, gymnastics, dance and 6 or more pole classes to keep up!”

“I’m not progressing fast enough to continue on with classes”

“I’ll never be able to compete or be as good as I want to be”

Any of these sound like something you’ve said to yourself?  We’ve all been there and felt that way at some point.  Are you getting discouraged or are you losing balance in your life?  When I started, the only measuring stick I had were my friends in class.  It was pretty great given that we all had our different strengths and we all excelled at different things.  I believe our class environment still feels that way…  we all cheer each other on, we are excited for one another but what happens when we see a competition or a crazy trick on Instagram?  Do we start feeling bad about where we are in pole or are we still proud of our achievements?

When I got back after almost 2 months off this year, I had those feelings of insecurity as my strength had diminished and I felt bad about where I was at.  At Pole Expo, I struggled to keep up at workshops where previously, I would have rocked it.  I got back from Vegas feeling a bit down on myself.  I over did it trying to keep up and I could barely lift my carry on luggage into the overhead bin.  I had those feelings of “why bother” but I decided to dust myself off and I called Erica a few weeks later.  I talked about getting back to loving pole so we decided to meet up, just play and do a poleflow from Magnus Labbe that I had learned in his workshop over a month before.  We spent a Sunday hanging out, laughing and just having a good time.  We learned the flow in about 40 minutes and stayed for another hour taking videos of us doing it in tandem.  It became FUN again and I had an epiphany.  I had lost the fun in it all.  I forgot about laughing until I cried when I fell out of a move, enjoying just learning and not taking myself so seriously.

Pole should help self confidence and self esteem.  If it is developing insecurities, you need a reset and remember the love.  Pole should make you happy and be FUN.  It did when you started and you can get back there trust me!  We support you in your journey and anything we can do to help, just know we are there for you!!

Lots of POLE LOVE!

Demetra

 

Aradia Fitness Calgary – Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight, March 2017

Introducing, the lovely Sasha!

Every month we will feature an Aradia Fitness Calgary student who we feel embodies our community of positive, supportive, powerful and fabulous women!  For the month of March we are featuring Sasha!  Her commitment, strength and beauty, inside and out is undeniable and we are so proud to be part of her pole journey!  Even with her busy lifestyle, Sasha is at the studio working hard and taking at least one to two classes per week.  She has been our student for over 2 years and a VIP Member for over a year and a half!  Here’s her story.

In our student spotlight for March 2017, the lovely Sasha demonstrates her gorgeous Gemini pose at Aradia Fitness Calgary.

Student Spotlight for March 2017, SASHA! Here she demonstrates her Gemini with strength and grace.

Why did you decide to start pole dance and fitness?

A friend of mine wanted to try it for fun.  I had always wanted to try it because it looked like a blast but I had just never found anyone who was motivated to go with.  I also knew that I needed to take better care of my body and that I needed to find a fitness activity that felt more like play than work.

What has kept your interest in pole?

I’ve stayed interested in pole fitness because it’s always challenging and there is always something to work towards.  There’s always another move or combination that may seem impossible at first but is completely achievable with practice.  The rewarding feeling of mastering a tricky move feels awesome too!

What would you say it has helped you the most with?

The classes have helped me develop coordination, confidence and strength.   It’s a great stress reliever, pushed me out of my comfort zone and into a place where I got more comfortable with taking risks and believing in myself.  It’s also helped me learn a lot about myself and how my attitude sometimes holds me back or pushes me to achieve something great!

What advice would you give new students?  

I would advise new students to take risks and not shy away from a challenge.  You need to be goofy, just go for it and don’t hesitate to make friends along the way!

FAQs – Aradia Fitness Calgary

We thought doing a quick blog on the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) would be helpful to our existing students as well as those thinking of joining Pole Dance and Fitness with Aradia so here are some of the top questions and answers!

I’m brand new to Pole Dancing.  Where do I start?

We ask that students who are brand new to Pole Dancing start with our “Teaser: Intro to Pole Dance class”.  After completion of your Teaser class, you will then be ready to begin with our Pole 1 classes!  You can sign up for any Pole 1 class (even mid or end of month) as our curriculum rotates every month and so even if you missed the first couple of weeks of that month, you’ll still have an opportunity to learn and review those moves next month while you get started right away on the current curriculum.

How do I sign up for a class?

The best way to sign up for a class, is to visit our Class Schedule and click on the class that you would like to sign up for (best viewed on a computer).  Pre-payment is required to hold a spot in the class.  All class registrations and class payments are accessible through the Schedule House Registration portal (you can also download the Schedule House App if you prefer to manage your registrations on your phone!  You can find the app link under Class Schedule).

       

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How do I advance or progress through the pole levels?

Pole dance fitness is a form of movement that is unlike any activity you have done before. After your first class, you will feel how sore your new “pole muscles” are.

At Aradia Fitness, safety is a top priority. While we appreciate the enthusiasm of students who want to advance quickly to do “that cool trick”, we urge you to keep the age-old saying in mind – “You can’t run before you can walk!”

Depending on the time students are prepared to invest in their pole fitness journey, we have found it takes anywhere from 8-16 classes before they can safely & properly perform the techniques, tricks & spins of each level.  The last thing we want is for a student to injure herself attempting a technique that her body is not yet ready for.  Students must attend at least eight (8) classes of each level before being eligible to assess to the next level (exceptions can be made based on previous experience or fitness levels).

For safety reasons, Aradia Fitness requires all students to pass an assessment prior to advancing.  When you believe you are ready, please ask your instructor at the beginning of your class to complete an assessment for you at the end of class.  You can also ask for an assessment at a practice session.  Students are welcome to attend any Pole Dance Level class at their current approved level or any lower level with their Class Packs or Membership.

Should I take more than one class per week?

The more classes you take each week, the faster you will progress and reap the fitness benefits.  Based on many studies, a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise per week can put you on the road to weight loss and/or increased fitness levels however 300 minutes per week will accelerate your progress.  Based on Aradia’s structure of multiple class options per week, it is easy to accomplish along with other physical activities you may take part in.  As an example, taking one class every other week, will be a slow process as your body is not getting used to or keeping up with the workout however taking two or more classes per week will help you advance much more quickly.  Check out our Class Packs and Memberships to decide what the best option is for you!

What do I wear to a class?

We wear normal workout clothing- what you feel comfortable to move around in. As you progress to the higher levels, shorts are encouraged (especially for inverting). We dance barefoot or wear Foot Undeez. After Pole 2, students are welcome to bring in their dance shoes (they should have straps on the front of the foot so they don’t slip off).  On the day of class, please refrain from applying hand lotion, this makes hands slippery.  At the time of class, please remove rings, bracelets and watches.

I don’t have any coordination and I have no upper body strength!  Will this work for me?

Of course it can!!!  The beauty of pole dancing and fitness is that it trains your upper body (as well as the rest of it) to build the strength necessary to progress and it all begins from the FIRST class you take!  You also might be surprised to find out how coordinated you are after a few classes!

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Have more questions?  Please visit our FAQs and please do not hesitate to email or phone us with any questions!

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