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Student Spotlight – Kristine

At Aradia Fitness Calgary, we celebrate our students’ success.  Every month, we feature a student who we feel exemplifies our Aradia family spirit, and the joy of our pole community.

For the month of August, 2018, we are featuring Kristine McLean.  Kristine brings so much positivity with her to the studio.  She works hard in class, all the while encouraging and applauding other students.  She has  had an impact on all our instructors as well as her fellow students.  Well done, Kristine!  You have come so far and we can’t wait to see how far you will go in your aerial and pole journey!

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Kristine in her Pole 4 Butterfly

1.  Where are you from?  Hometown?

Hometown is Edmonton, though I have lived here so long Calgary feels like my hometown.

2.  Favourite pastime (outside of pole), including any other dancing, aerial you do…..I love the Static Trapeze!  It is my favorite thing to do outside of pole.

3.  What do you love most about pole?What I love the most about pole is the sense of strength and flexibility it gives me.  I am not someone you would call flexible, however pole has made me more flexible now, as I approach 50, than I ever have been before. In the 10 months that I have been doing pole, my core strength has tripled and my overall strength has improved.  It is crazy how quickly it develops with pole.

4.  What is your favourite pole/aerial move? 

I love being inverted.  So any move that is inverted is a favorite.

5.  What keeps you motivated to come to your classes consistently?I keep coming back to class because it is fun…and hard…and a lot of fun…and challenging…and hard…and really fun.

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

If you are thinking of working out, try Aradia.  I love it for all the above reasons but the best part of Aradia is all the wonderful friends I have met.  The environment of the studio is so friendly and encouraging.  I thought it might be a body concious environment but it absolutely isn’t.  EveryBody is welcome at Aradia.

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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