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Student Spotlight – Jordanna

Student Spotlight, May 2017

Introducing our amazing student Jordanna!

Every month we feature an Aradia Fitness Calgary student who we feel embodies our community of positive, supportive, powerful and fabulous women! For the month of May we are featuring Jordanna!  This amazing woman is at the studio all the time and we can’t get enough of her!  The commitment she has and shows is an inspiration to instructors and students alike! She is an absolute joy to have in class, works so hard and always shows support and encouragement to her peers.  Here is her story.

Aradia Fitness Calgary Student Spotlight Jordanna

Student Spotlight for May 2017, JORDANNA! Here she demonstrates her Bridge with beautiful technique.

Hometown:  Calgary

Favourite Pastime (outside of pole):

Baking

What gives you the motivation to come to classes consistently?

I think what motivates me is just how much fun pole is. I’ve never felt like it was a chore or a burden and there’s always something new I need to master.

What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?

What surprised me about pole is really just how challenging it is physically. Pole dancers make it look effortless and it is absolutely not effortless by any means!

One word that describes how you feel after a class?

One word I’d say that describes the post pole feeling would be PUMPED.

How has pole bettered your life?

Pole has bettered my life in numerous ways, but I would say that most importantly it has improved my overall confidence and self esteem. When you have something you’re incredibly proud of, and that you can consistently work towards, it adds so much value to your life and it simply makes you feel amazing. I’m so grateful pole is now a part of who I am.

What’s your favourite class and why?

My favorite class, oddly enough, is probably spin pole now. I say oddly because I used to hate it and how difficult it was/is! Now that I’m a little stronger and have improved it’s definitely made spin a lot more fun. I also enjoy challenges and spin has no shortage of those!

What advice would you give to first time polers?

The advice I would give first time polers would just to be consistent. The more you pole (or anything really) the better you will be! Something will seem impossible for weeks and then suddenly, it won’t be impossible anymore. Working on your flexibility also doesn’t hurt! 😉

 

Student Spotlight – Karen

Student Spotlight, April 2017

Introducing our amazing student Karen!

Every month we feature an Aradia Fitness Calgary student who we feel embodies our community of positive, supportive, powerful and fabulous women! For the month of April we are featuring Karen!  She is so much of an inspiration to our instructors, that she was the overwhelming favourite this month!. Karen took her first pole class with us in June 2016 and since then has been committed and focused on her progression (which is outstanding by the way). Even with her busy career in property management in real estate, she manages to take at least one if not two or three classes per week. She is an absolute joy to have in class and always has a smile on her face.  Here is her story.

Aradia Calgary Student Spotlight Karen

Student Spotlight for April 2017, KAREN! Here she demonstrates her Swan with beautiful technique.

Hometown:  Calgary

Favourite Pastime (outside of pole):  Cooking and doing Hot Yoga.

Where were you in life before you joined and became a student at Aradia?  How were you feeling?

I was so bored!  I was literally running and not going anywhere, but more than that, I was desperate for something new.  I wanted a change and I had ALWAYS wanted to try pole (I tended to hang off of door frames and twirl around – even as a kid).  I have my own pole now so at least it’s more legit!

What was your turning point when you decided to take action and come to your first pole class?

I was actually lacing up my runners when it hit me how much I needed to do something different, something that was fun and completely for myself.  I googled Pole Dance Calgary and found Aradia – that was nearly a year ago and I have loved every single week since that intro class!

What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?

I felt like I had finally found the “tribe” I had been searching for – like maybe these fantastic women who came here and the amazing instructors also hung off of door frames as kids and pretended to pole dance!  It was fresh, it was fun and it fit perfectly.

What keeps you motivated to come to classes consistently?

I can challenge myself – the harder I work and the more I am willing to push myself, the better I am.  I like that it keeps me focused.  I love it! 🙂

Cross Training for Pole Fitness

Even though Pole Fitness provides the benefits of a full body workout there are plenty of reasons why cross training is important. Any one activity repetitively can result in overusing some muscles which can cause injury.  Also, if you include a few other activities it can improve your overall performance in pole!

Here are some of my favorite activities that can improve your performance:

Running: This is a great way to improve your cardio! I personally love running however I do have a tough time when it’s cold but there is nothing better than running in the spring, summer and fall.  If you are new to running start with a 20 minute walk/run where you walk for 4 mins and run for 1 min.   Adjust these times to what works for you and each week increase your run time by 30 seconds.

Barre: Ballet Barre is one of those activities like Pole Fitness that combines a few fitness areas such as strength, flexibility and endurance.   Most barre classes are inspired by ballet, yoga and Pilates. It focuses on isometric strength training combined with high reps of small range of motion movements.  I personally love this workout because it also helps with graceful movement.

Weight Training: Lifting weights that are heavy enough to do only between 8 -12 repetitions is the best starting point. I find that working on shoulder strength is a big benefit for pole. Shoulders are typically not strong for most people and safe weight training can really help build your strength and stability.  Also, squats, lunges and deadlifts are great for your legs!

Yoga: There are so many benefits to yoga but among them are improved flexibility, increase in muscle strength, improved posture and wellbeing. I’ve never left a Yoga class without feeling great.

What does my typical week look like during the winter months?  (Keep in mind I teach seven pole dance, pole fit and/or sexy fit classes a week)

  • 8 hours of pole
  • 1 to 2 hours of barre or yoga
  • 3 hours of weight training

At Aradia Fitness Calgary we have classes over and above Pole Dance that can help with some of the fitness areas above such as:

  • Pole Circuit – Strength training, endurance and cardio
  • Flexibility and Conditioning – Conditioning and flexibility
  • Yogalicious – Flexibility and muscle strength

So how much pole should you do a week?   Well that’s tough to answer based on everyone’s busy lifestyle however doing more than 1 hour a week will help you advance faster in pole.  When I was a student I usually did 2 – 3 classes a week and I felt my body changing in a positive way within a month.  It didn’t just feel like a workout for me, it felt like a fun evening out!

Check out all of the Class Descriptions and start having fun while getting fit with Aradia!