Continuing with our posts on the benefits of our various classes, today we will focus on two more of my favourites, Pole Circuit and POUND®! The classes are cardio based, but no running is required. These two classes are guaranteed to get your heart rate up and keep you entertained.
The number one thing I hear when students are going to perform or compete is “I’m having a tough time getting through this three-minute performance; I have to work on my cardio.” Pole Circuit and POUND® are built to help you increase your cardio.
Pole Circuit is a total body workout that uses interval training to get your heart rate going. Using exercises on and off the pole, we combine intense work with periods of rest to improve your endurance, burn fat, and build strength. Although it is a tough workout, every student feels accomplished after taking this class. If you take Pole Circuit often, you will see how much your endurance increases. Increasing cardio will give you an edge when training or even taking other classes. Pole circuit is a one of a kind class, and we highly recommend taking it if you haven’t tried it before.
POUND® is not your typical cardio class; it is way more fun! POUND® is a full-cardio jam session with great music and choreography. You will burn between 400 and 800+ calories per hour without even noticing it. It is a go go go 45-minute class that makes you feel good while increasing your cardio quickly. An extra benefit is also how you get better and better at picking up choreography, and this will translate to those types of classes as well. It is also a great way to get any frustrations out while you are drumming to the music and trust me, everyone needs that once in a while. Come join me for a class, you will love POUND®!
We are pleased to introduce our amazing student Alexandra!
We love featuring Aradia Fitness Calgary students on our blog. These women embody our community and demonstrate that they are positive, supportive and powerful. For May, we are featuring Alexandra! She is so much of an inspiration to our instructors that she was the overwhelming favourite this month! Alexandra took her first pole class with us in January 2019 and since then has been committed and focused on her progression (which is outstanding by the way). While remaining focused on her pre-med studies, she has tried out just about every single Aradia class. We are all envious of her perfect toe-point, definitely a ballet background! She is an absolute joy to have in the studio and always has a smile on her face. Here is her story.
Where are you from?
I’m from Calgary – not too interesting in my mind, but during university, I’ve lived in England for a year and Ontario for a semester.
Favourite pastime (outside of pole and aerial)?
I feel like I’m almost passionate about too much sometimes! I’ve been involved in dance and music all my life. I’ve been involved in ballet, jazz, and modern dance, and I’ve played violin and trombone. (I don’t have many pictures unfortunately but here’s an old ballet picture)
I also love science. I’m hoping to go into medicine, as I’ve found it fascinating since childhood. I’m working on my undergraduate Life Sciences degree, then hoping for med school!
What do you love most about the aerial arts?
I’ve wanted to try pole dance and aerial arts for so many years and I’m so happy to have the opportunity. I find it gives me an opportunity to connect with my body in a meaningful way (after struggling with body image for many years I find that so important), as well as an opportunity to be artistic and creative.
What is your favourite move, pole or aerial? What is your favourite class?
My favourite move in pole is the backwards spin, and my favourite Lyra move is probably mermaid, just because I know how to transition it well. My favourite class has to be Lyra – it hurts but it’s so worth it.
What keeps you motivated to come to your classes consistently?
What keeps me motivated is just the classes themselves! I look forward to it every day I go. The instructors are always so supportive and encouraging, while still pushing me to improve.
When did you first start coming to Aradia Fitness?
I started coming at the end of January and couldn’t get enough. I think I’ve gone to nearly every class I could since then – including some aerial hammock classes, some chair dance classes, and a FlexAbility class.
What surprised you about pole dance and aerial fitness?
Being someone that started in ballet at a young age, I was honestly surprised by how kind and welcoming the instructors were. Not to say that ballet teachers aren’t lovely people, they just tend to be a tad harsher – especially with exams and performances always on the horizon. Aradia has been an amazing experience for me. Also, I was surprised with how quickly I could pick it up – at the beginning of pole, I was convinced I’d never be able to move up a level, yet I’m nearly there now!
Why should someone join Aradia Fitness Calgary and start flying today?
If anyone is considering Aradia, I’d tell them to just go for it! I know all the barriers that seem to stand in the way – you’re not fit enough, skinny enough, strong enough – I was there just 1½ months ago. I love everything about the studio and it’s been an amazing experience – it genuinely brightens up my day knowing I have a class coming up.
Interested in taking Alexandra’s advice to just go for it? We’d love for you to come try a class. We currently have some special $10 day time classes and every other Friday! Check them out on our schedule.
In a previous post, we discussed why cross training is essential for pole and aerial athletes. A few of the benefits of cross training include injury prevention, increased cardio and enhanced mobility and movement. With over thirty different classes on our weekly schedule, we offer these benefits and many more when you are trying to get to the next level of your training. For the next few posts, we will focus on how our choreography classes can help you in your training.
Let’s take a look at Floor Play and Dance Flow. These are just two of the many choreography classes we offer at Aradia. Many times I’ve heard “I can’t figure out my floor work routine in my competition piece” or “I don’t feel comfortable moving away from the pole.” These comments are not unusual because we all tend to feel safe holding on to the pole after a while. Then it gets to the point where we cannot think of what to do if/when we are away from it. Being authentic to your natural movement always creates the best routines because your body knows what movement feels right and what doesn’t (this can show in a performance).
Floor Play is designed to teach you some movement while close to or on the floor. The more you take this class, the more the floor becomes part of your comfort zone. Creativity can take over as your body learns what movement(s) feel authentic to you. With or without heels, this class helps you explore and relate to the floor as your apparatus. As your comfort level increases, you will be more easily creating your patterns in your practice that are best suited to you.
Dance Flow is a complimentary class that uses basic dance movements to teach you graceful movement even when you are standing. You will focus on hand, leg and body movements to create grace, elegance, and interest while you are away from (or off of) the pole, hoop or silk. The music starts you on a journey, but your movement creates the storyline.