I had been working as a personal trainer for a few years when I decided to take up fitness pole dancing.
I wanted to offer something different to my clients, but also try something new for myself...little did I know how much I would fall in love with it!
I had always struggled with my upper body strength, but felt stronger after just one session. As a gymnast and dancer in my teens, I picked up the moves quickly and now do 90% of my own exercise on the pole! I'm totally addicted to it and so are most of my clients.
Fitness Pole dancing has many benefits. The fact
that it’s challenging, great fun and increases your confidence set it apart from gym training for many people. But the improvements to your body shape, strength, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, balance, co-ordination and posture, mean that it really is a fantastic form of exercise and one that is now taken very seriously within the fitness industry.
After having my baby Lexi in May 2010 and recovering from the initial sleepless nights and tiredness I was pretty eager to get back into exercise. Once I’d had my initial 8 week check-up I started doing some light exercise in the gym and the weight slowly started coming off. By August (3 months after giving birth) I felt ready to get back on the pole and really go for it!
It was at this point that I quickly dropped the extra 14 pounds I was carrying. In the space of a couple of months the extra weight had all gone and I could see my arms and stomach toning up every day. By Christmas I felt like I was in better shape than I had ever been, I had a flatter stomach and my arms and bum were more toned. I think the combination of determination to not be a frumpy mum and wanting to get back in shape for my classes really paid off!
I would recommend fitness pole dancing to anyone who wants to get in shape. Whether like myself, you are from a gymnastics or dance background, or whether you have two left feet and want to improve your co-ordination, rhythm and flexibility, it is worth giving fitness pole dancing a try.
I hope to see you very soon!