My Tuesday nights typically include the following activities: binge watching tv with my husband, thinking about wine Wednesday, griping that the week is not even half over yet, and trying not to polish off an entire bag of Chicago mix in one sitting.
So, if you had told me that on a random Tuesday night I would instead be spinning around a pole and trying to bring my sexy back, I would have called you a very bad liar and asked you to please pass the popcorn.
But that is exactly what happened.
Me, an introverted mother of two toddlers who spends her days wiping shit and boogers, went to a pole fitness class and was called a “natural” by the instructor. Take that, Demi Moore.
Aradia Fitness, a pole fitness studio located in the heart of Regina, Sk (as well as many other locations across North America) invited me to take part in a “teaser” class where an instructor teaches basic moves both on and off the pole to give you a taste of what a pole fitness class is like.
In spite of the instructor’s insistence that this class was ‘basic’, it was challenging for this beginner and I felt muscles working that had been laying dormant for a long time. I learned quickly that the strength and coordination that are required to look graceful and strong on the pole are earned through hard work and practice, practice, practice.
The atmosphere of the class was relaxed and very encouraging, and the instructor immediately acknowledged that it is normal to feel awkward at your first pole fitness class. She encouraged me to let my nerves go and just have fun with it, and this acknowledgement allowed me to do just that. After all, I had a night out with no kids….what did I have to lose?
The last time I was on a pole was a stagette in my early twenties. It was a blast, and Aradia Fitness offers similar classes and parties for specific events like stagettes as well. Their beautiful and spacious facility would cater perfectly for a girl’s night out, a stagette, or a very unique staff party. But the class I attended was not a stagette, and I am no longer in my early 20s…meaning I felt very sober and very old but also very strong and very confident (near the end) when I began picking up on some of the moves.
I asked Anya, the owner of Aradia Fitness in Regina (who also happens to be the fierce woman who taught me how to spin around a pole) a few questions about pole fitness, her passion for it, and why she encourages other to get on the pole.
Q. For those people who have never experienced a pole fitness class before, what can they expect?
A. We understand that most new students feel shy and nervous in their first class, but once they walk through our door and enter our studio – they feel welcomed and encouraged. Classes begin with a warm-up and a yoga-based floor workout before we head to the pole. Our instructors are encouraging, non-judgmental, and they teach you to unapologetically love your body and yourself.
Q. There are tonnes of workouts on the market right now, so why is pole fitness your workout of choice, and why do you recommend it to others?
A. Pole fitness is just so much fun! If I had the choice between going to the gym or a pole fitness class, I’m heading to a pole class. There is never a boring moment. We are always busy learning exciting new tricks and spins. By the end of class you don’t realize how many times you’ve lifted your own body weight. It is the ultimate all-in-one workout. You feel muscles being worked that you didn’t even know you had.
I also love pole fitness because whether you are uncoordinated and can’t lift your own body weight, or you’re an athlete with gymnastic capabilities, there is always a new trick or transition to learn with pole dancing. The growth process never ends and the possibilities can be as creative as your imagination allows you to be.
Q. Last question. When a client leaves Aradia Fitness after attending a class there, what do you hope they will take away with them?
A. Aradia Fitness is not just about pole dancing, and it never will be….it is about a community of women that are growing in strength – women who are becoming more confident by empowering each other to be the strong, fearless women they always dreamed they could be.
Pole fitness is not a workout I would have tried had I not been invited by Aradia Fitness to try a class, but I am so glad that I went. This fitness class was challenging, empowering, and really fun. I left the studio feeling proud of myself for trying something so far out of my comfort zone, and I also left feeling confident and – dare I say – a little bit more sexy.
I would absolutely attend another class, and I was surprised to find out that there are a variety of classes to choose from. Besides their regular pole classes, they offer a Pole Flow Yoga class; a Pole Circuit class which combines cardio, strength training, circuit training, and pole fitness all into one class; and a Ballet Flow class plus many others.
This post was sponsored by Aradia Fitness. All opinions expressed in the post are my own.