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Student Spotlight – Melissa

At Aradia Fitness Calgary, we love all our students. To show them our ongoing appreciation, we choose one every month for a special student spotlight. The choice is based on dedication, commitment, attitude, and general sparkliness. This month, we have chosen Melissa. She came to us in Pole 1 with a great sense of humour and wicked smile. Now in Pole 5, Melissa flies on the pole with so much grace and confidence, that she inspires us all to do the same.

Melissa flies in the Daphne pose.

1.  Where are you from? Hometown?

I’m from Calgary.

2.  Favourite pastime (outside of pole), including any other dancing you do….

Outside of pole, my husband and I coach a salsa dance performance team. We used to teach classes, but find with two young children it’s more time efficient to focus on a choreography with a set group of dancers. We also love to social dance at the local salsa events.

3.  What do you love most about pole? 

When I was a kid I was really into gymnastics, so getting to flip upside down and do tricks & combos again is like food for the soul.

4.  What keeps you motivated to come to your pole classes consistently?

The instructors and other students are so inspiring!  I was just saying in class last night that I thought I would be satisfied now that I’m in level 5.  However, I’m surrounded by these physically strong, talented women in my classes who inspire me to keep working through the levels.

5.  What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?

There’s a few surprising facts:
A. It’s shocking how much strength and control is required to make things look polished.
B. It hurts, which in turn makes you tough.
C. There’s a misconception about what pole fitness really is. I feel like that’s partially because of class attire. I know I was taken aback myself in the beginning…..seeing girls in sports bras and shorts. I didn’t understand why that was necessary. Can’t we just wear leggings? No! Because you really need bare skin contact with the pole.

6.  Why should someone join Aradia Fitness Calgary and start pole today?

Try it and feel your strength increase. Do things with ease that in the beginning were so hard. Talk about a serious fitness challenge as well as learning balance, coordination and endurance. I tell everyone to try it!

 

Student Spotlight – Robin

Student Spotlight, June 2017

Introducing our awesome student Robin!!!

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 June we are featuring Robin!  She is so inspiring in class, works super hard and we all love her strength and energy!  She loves rock climbing and so of course climbing or inverting a pole is no problem for this amazing woman!  She is at the studio 3 to 4 times per week and we can barely keep up with her!  In fact, she sometimes finishes class and goes hiking after!   A truly inspiring person and we just love love love that she is part of our pole community!

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Our student spotlight for June, 2017, Robin in an inverted crucifix. Great work, Robin!

Hometown:

Guelph, Ontario.  Moved to Calgary in 2001.

Favourite Pastime (outside of pole):

My weekends are devoted to the mountains – either scrambling, hiking, skiing, rock or ice climbing.  Walking my dogs along the river in the afternoon is one of my all time favourite quiet moments during the week.

What do you love most about pole?

I love a few things.  I love being challenged both mentally and physically – which is every class!  The group I get to spend time with are beyond amazing in their talent and encouragement.  I love how each of the instructors are unique in their approach and teaching style and great at pushing me outside of my comfort zone.  Also, I love how pole has opened a feminine side to my tomboy nature that is both wonderful and terrifying.  Terrifying in the sense I had no idea it existed, but also amazed at how much I am enjoying feeling and embracing it.

What keeps you motivated to come to classes consistently?

I have set goals my whole life both in my career and personal life. Last fall, I met one of Aradia’s co-owners/instructors and I was amazed at her physical strength. I was short a fitness goal for 2017, so decided I would try my hardest to see how far I could go in one year and perform an amateur choreographed performance by the end of 2017. I am determined to give it my best shot, so very motivated to be at the studio as much as I can. But I don’t just go because of the goal now, I keep going to class more for the physical and mental challenges, and great personal interactions in supportive environment.

What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?

It’s bloody hard!! The physical demand was no surprise, but the extent of how the moves demanded mental coordination, physical strength and endurance was a surprise for sure, especially as I may be a little older than the average student. I have never been more bruised, or proud of having so many bruises; my badges of honour for hard work. I was also surprised at how much fun I would actually have. It can’t be stressed enough, each class is a giggle fest or full of high fives.

What should someone join Aradia Fitness Calgary and start pole today?

I think people should try pole if they are looking for a different physical activity versus just going to ‘the gym for a workout’. This program and these classes will kick your ass and get you in shape in a way you never could have imagined. It is hard work and deserves some serious respect. But it is more than just physical – it is a mind and body experience that I believe everyone should at least try.  People should choose Aradia because it is honestly the most welcoming place I have experienced. From the group of people you’re on this journey with to the instructors who are guiding you on it. Each class is different, fun and challenging. I usually leave a sweaty mess with a huge smile on my face, and I could not be happier for this experience.

 

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.

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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! 😉

 

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