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Student Spotlight – Josephine

At Aradia Fitness Calgary, we love our students. We watch them develop strength and confidence throughout their pole journey.

Introducing our amazing student Josephine!

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 Josephine! 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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Josie in her iguana. Nice work!

Where are you from? Hometown?

Toronto, Ontario  

Favourite pastime (outside of pole)?

My favourite pastime outside of pole is staying active. It changes with the season. In the winter I love snowboarding and skiing. In the spring/summer I spend a lot of my time biking and paddling/coaching for dragon boat. 

What do you love most about pole?

I love pole because it because it’s fun and gives you a sense of confidence and accomplishment.

What is your favourite pole move? What is your favourite class at Aradia? 

There are too many pole moves/poses to just pick one! Each pose is beautiful and an intricate work of art and strength. One of my favourite pole moves would be the Ayesha. It took me a long time to be able to consistently perform this move.
My favourite class at Aradia would be the floor play classes. I am by no means a dancer or graceful. But I find with the floor play classes, the transitions and fluidity make me feel that much closer to being an artist/dancer.

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

There are many things that keep me motivated to return to pole classes consistently. The instructors are wonderful at Aradia. The students are incredibly friendly and welcoming. Also, the progress you see in endurance and strength when you are able to perform a challenging pole move is quite rewarding.

What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?

I found it really surprising how much strength especially core strength, at the higher levels pole dance and fitness entailed. The instructors and other students make it look so easy and effortless. But watching others perform strength moves or beautiful combos is very inspiring.

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

Aradia is a great place to start your pole journey. You progress at your own rate. The studio, environment, instructors and student community are amazing. Pole fitness may seem intimidating, but it’s a great investment for your physical and mental health. You meet amazing and supportive people.
There are so many different aspects of pole fitness: strength, flexibility, fluidity, etc. I myself became hooked on the strength aspect. But either way, which ever aspect of pole fitness you focus on, it’s just a beautiful and fun alternative way to fitness.

Student Spotlight – Kelty

Introducing our amazing student Kelty!

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 Kelty!  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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Kelty in her Stargazer. We are so proud of you!

  1. Where are you from?  Hometown?

I am from Edmonton, Alberta.  I moved here July 2008.

  1. Favourite pastime (outside of pole), including any other dancing you do?  

Other than pole –  I hike, paddleboard and spend time with my cat named O’Malley.  When I was younger, I was in gymnastics and competitive figure skating.

  1. What do you love most about pole?

Learning and becoming stronger every week! I enjoy seeing the progress I make every week. I also have a lot of fun at class.

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

The instructors are professional and positive. I always feel welcome each class that I attend.  Becoming stronger keeps me motivated to keep attending. I look forward to learning difficult moves that without strength and practice, I would not be able to complete.  A good friend of mine growing up attends Aradia Fitness Sherwood Park and posts her progress, so she also motivates me to keep going with my training.

  1. What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?

How physically demanding pole is. Pole uses muscles that you do not necessarily train in a gym.

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

The Aradia instructors are professional, courteous and respectful.  The Studio is always clean and has open doors to anyone that would like to start pole fitness.

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.

 

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