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Ashley’s Pole Journey!

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It all started when my best friend said “Hey, let’s take a pole class!”. Honestly, I was completely unsure of this idea, but I had been searching for something new and fun to do for a long time so I said “Yeah lets do it!”. So I signed up, and waited patiently for her to sign up as well. Unfortunately, by the time she got her butt in gear to sign up, the class was full!

Now, back then I just had my son (second child), my best friend was the only person I talked to, and I was definitely not a do-something-on-my-own type person. But something in me said, just do it. So I showed up on my first day, nervous as hell, but oddly excited. My instructors were the dynamic duo T&T (for anyone who has been to Aradia before knows exactly who I am talking about).

My first class was probably a sweet disaster. We started with an unusual warm up. We did all these weird movements (which unless your’re already a dancer, you have no clue what is going on) like hip circles, and pelvic tilts, and booty shakes. I felt ridiculous and I’m pretty sure I looked ridiculous too. But nonetheless, my instructors made me laugh and reassured the whole class that this is normal, this is what it feels like! After our warm up we hit the poles! I was a little terrified. Pole, at that time in my mind, was only associated with strippers and sexy dancing. I felt like I would never compare to that. However, I would come to find, that the more we started working on the pole, the more I realized, this was not the case!

Sexy didn’t even need to be associated with pole! And that’s when I realized “hey, I like this!” After my first class I felt a little silly, but I wanted to come back right away. I was hooked instantly!

Each week I went back I learned more, I laughed more, and I had so much fun! Needless to say before I even finished level 1 (now known as pole 101) I was signed up for level 2 (now known as beginner polecanvas 16). I kept going back to classes and moving up the levels. I was lucky enough to have the same instructor from level 2 all the way to level 9. Each week I learned something new. Most of the time it was awesome, but sometimes it was so frustrating that I didn’t know what I was doing there. The more classes I took the more I realized that Pole made me feel better about myself. I felt strong and confident! I was not an active person (still not really haha), but pole was my fitness! The only thing I needed.

I believe working out should make you feel good. Pole made me feel GREAT. I learned how strong I was and how I could hold my weight upside down! Eventually taking limbs off the pole too! It’s amazing how empowered I felt. Once I was completely addicted, I decided that I wanted to do more than just take pole classes. I wanted to teach it. As luck would have it Aradia decided to have instructor tryouts! You bet your butt I was going to that! I actually tried out twice to be an instructor, the first time I did not get the job. That was completely understandable, as I was NOT ready and needed to learn SO much more. So therefore, I trained harder and by the time tryouts came around again, I was ready! This time I got offered a job as an Aradia Instructor! I literally screamed when I read the email! And the rest is history.

Pole has literally taken over my life, in a great way! After I became an instructor, I also became the admin assistant for the company! So when I say pole is my life, I am not kidding. I love my job more than anything!

I would recommend anyone who is unsure of pole to try an intro to pole class. Even if you don’t want to commit to a full 6 weeks, then hey – at least you tried. Pole is so empowering and fun! It’s a challenge but an awesome experience as well. You could be surprised at how much you enjoy it. As for me, I’m sure I’ll still be a poler by the time I’m 90. My cane will be my pole!

Enjoy your journey!

-Ashley Moorji

Fibro2Fit – My Personal Jouney

Young Children and Pole Dancing

Pole Dancing and Children?!? Yes, you read that right – you probably never would have thought you’d hear those two words in the same sentence! But that’s okay, I’m not here to talk about children’s pole classes (that’s another discussion in itself). Instead, I would like to discuss the views that children might hold when they learn that their parents are involved in a pole class.

Now step into the mind of a pole dancing parent – we are grateful to have finally found a fitness class that is fun and exciting. We’ve learned to step out of our comfort zone, challenge ourselves, and embrace our newly-found confidence!
(I should quickly mention that I myself am not a parent, but I will discuss this in a moment)

That’s what this blog post is all about, and I’d like to help you – the general public, see it for what it really is. Nobody is learning pole fitness in some shady night-club backroom with dim lighting, and enough fog to make it smell like a laser-tag course. In fact, we are a gym that has vertical gymnastics bars (that’s what kids really think!), with kettle bells, resistance bands, step climbers, and mirrors!

I recall a few years ago having a sit-down discussion with a young-adult pastor at my church. We discussed my new embankment on becoming a business owner – and that of a pole dancing franchise. He said “Sweet, when can my wife sign up?” It was awesome to see his understanding of the sport, but his wife didn’t seem to keen. In fact, she said “Aren’t you worried about what your future children will think?” At the time, I didn’t fully have a response for her, as kids weren’t on my mind at all. But today, here is my response.

Yes of course I care what my future children will think! What parent doesn’t? I care that they think of me as a caring, loving mother. A woman that is strong, independent, smart, and funny. A woman that holds good relationships, understands responsibility, and exudes confidence. Because if I’m a mother that has all those qualities, then hopefully they will be passed down to benefit my children as well. And this is exactly what pole fitness has given me, and has created an excitement to raise my future children.

Understandably,  I’m a bit older now, so clearly it takes time to find your place in the world. As was my issue throughout adolescence and young adulthood, but I never quite felt like I knew where I was going. I had goals and ambitions to help others, but I had yet to feel like the strong, confident woman that I am now. I am thankful that pole fitness has challenged me to step out of my comfort zone, challenge my body with things that I never deemed possible for myself, fall – and learn to pick myself up again.

So yes, when I have children, I will be glad if they want to come see mommy teach one of her pole dancing classes. They will see me:
1. leading a group of women that are working towards the same goals
2. creating fun working relationships
3.  fall down and pick myself up again
4. attempt things that won’t work right away, but we try again anyway.
5. encourage other people in my class, because we want everybody to succeed
6. share my knowledge and skills with other people
7. make time for myself to do something that I enjoy
8. appreciate my body, and take time for fitness

The list could indefinitely go on, and on. I have also been inspired to write this blog from some of the lovely moms that bring their children to our pole classes. I have taken note that these children are attentive as to what their mom is participating in, and they love every second of it. There was this little 4 year old girl in my class that said “Chantelle! Look, my mom just went upsidown!!” She was so proud of her mom, and excited to see her achieving something new. (She even encourages the other ladies in class when they’re practicing their upsidown skills too!) The little girl has the advantage of seeing her mom take some time for herself, get involved with fitness, learn a new skill, and attempt to try and conquer new things!

So tell me now if you see anything wrong with this picture? I certainly don’t!

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