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Happy New Year 2020!

Happy New Year, everyone!

We are so excited for what’s in store at Aradia Fitness Calgary in 2020. The schedule is going to be packed this year, and it includes events featuring pole stars, local workshops, and a tentative date for our annual student showcase (moved to fall this year). We’re going to kick off the year featuring our incredible instructors!

Aradia Fitness Calgary Instructors and Studio

There are a lot of components that make Aradia Fitness Calgary the premier pole and aerial studio in Calgary. The most important though, is our team. When the studio opened in 2015, we started with four instructors on the roster. In 2019, we grew to eleven instructors, and our schedule is now packed with over thirty classes per week. We have such a diverse, thoroughly trained, and multi-talented team of instructors. They are what allow us to offer such a wide variety of classes and the best pole and aerial curriculum.

Each of our instructors has over four years of experience in their chosen discipline. We value experience as one of the key foundations that helps an instructor succeed at teaching. Each instructor is passionate about sharing their knowledge and doing their best to help students achieve their goals. Our instructors have different styles, approaches, and personalities; making experiences with each of them unique. We provide our students with as much diversity as possible. Through their instructors, students can see how they can shape their pole and aerial journeys to fit themselves.

In addition to the time spent with our fantastic students, we’ve had so much fun together over the last year as a team. There are occasions when we work the same day as each other. But, we also spend time together through training sessions, pole and aerial jams, photoshoots, and team building sessions that strengthen our connection. Last year we went to Bolder Climbing Community to try something new and challenge our bodies. Although our pants stayed on, we sure confused our climbing instructors with our pole dancer shenanigans!

Aradia Fitness Calgary Instructors all on a bouldering wall at Bolder Climbing Community

And who can forget the amazing opportunity we had to film a studio feature video with videographer and pole star, Evgeny Greshilov!

We’d love for you to get to know these ladies a bit more. Take a class with them, read their interviews (stay tuned), and give them a follow on Instagram.

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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 – Amy

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Amy working her flexibility on the aerial silks.

Every month at Aradia fitness Calgary, we celebrate one of our most dedicated and delightful students. Our Student Spotlight for March, 2018 is Amy Karst. Amy is a joy to have in class with smiles and laughter, showing encouragement to other students, and setting a wonderful example by coming to class and working hard. Her progress in pole and aerial fitness has been outstanding. We are proud to have Amy in our Aradia family. Keep going, Amy!  xoxo
1.  Where are you from?  Hometown?
I’m homegrown, born and raised right here in old YYC. My parents are from Saskatchewan so I have Rider Pride, and I believe through humour and carbs all things are possible!
2.  Favourite pastime (outside of pole)
I believe quality motion and stillness are the keys to happiness so when I’m not around the pole, in a hoop, or wrapped in silks, you’ll find me on my snowboard or downhill mountain bike. I started tap dancing this year too, making 2018 the year to tackle new opportunities for motion, and annoying my downstairs neighbors! I’m also a voracious reader and experienced napper.
3.  What do you love most about pole?
I am in love with pole because you can visually capture your strength gains from week to week. One week you can’t even begin to hold a move, and the next week you can for half a second, and then for a whole second, and then for two! The progression is extremely thrilling and motivating to push yourself further, even when your pole kisses (bruises) are showing.
4.  What keeps you motivated to come to your pole classes consistently?
The evolution of my strength, and the burning desire to be able to do what the YouTube videos make look so dang easy! Tip: none of it’s easy but it’s all beyond worth it!
5.  What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?
I was surprised by how fast my body adapted to the new challenge, and how supportive each class is! It’s never a competition, we all want to climb to the roof together!
6.  Why should someone join Aradia Fitness Calgary and start pole today?
A) the true hilarity of looking the absolute opposite of sexy as you try to do any move from pole 1 for the first time!
B) the joy of doing a pole up!! That’s right, I used JOY and a BODY WEIGHT PULL UP together.
C) the commraderie, support, and inner (and outter!) strength that comes from such an empowering, endurance building, anything’s-possible workout that can change your outlook, your body, and your life.
At Aradia you get to bust out your wild side, your sexy side, your soft side, your strong side. I RAVE about Aradia to anyone who’ll listen, and when I can’t find the words or they don’t believe me, I just show them my biceps! 
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Amy showing her progression in Lyra.

 

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