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Meet our new instructors – and learn how to become an instructor yourself!

Meet our new instructors, and also learn how to become a Pole instructor with Aradia Fitness!

What does it take? What skills and qualities are we looking for? What is involved in the training process?

Historically, we did something called “Instructor Try-Outs”. We required that students/applicants be in at least the Advanced level of pole in order to try out.
From here, an instructor would lead the applicants through a basic fitness class, providing the owner and other instructor judges the opportunity to gauge personalities and leadership skills from the applicants.

Step 1: We need to see your personality! Do you have the ability to LEAD a class? What does this mean? 
-Can you carry conversation and make students feel comfortable and welcome? Students are so incredibly nervous in their first few classes, and we need YOU to break the ice and make them feel comfortable.
-Are you bubbly and confident, or do you have RBF? (Not going to spell the last acronym out for you, haha, but I’m sure you can take a guess!)
Students want to be welcomed into an environment in which they feel that their instructor is HAPPY to see them and have them in class!

Step 2: Skill demonstration
-We ask that you demonstrate strong technique in the following skills sets: Fireman spin, diamond spin, helicopter inversion, butterfly, climbing, and spiral spin.

3rd consideration:
-Your actions in class as a student can also carry through as a recommendation to become an instructor. Many of our students today were recommended by other instructors! Why/how? The instructors have noticed what pleasure it is to have them in class, meaning: they follow through on directions well, they don’t cross boundaries with instructors, they listen well, and they’re pleasant to be around, and they don’t attempt movements outside of the class structure. Instructors always pass this information along to the owner. A good student = a good team player!

So now that you’re hired, what is the training process like?
Good question, because it’s actually changing now! Up until now, we offered in house certification upon hiring. First, you start with Pole 101/Intro/Party training, which is a full 8 hour day.
Once this has been completed, you will then start 10 unpaid shadow shifts under supervision with a certified Aradia Instructor. Upon the final shadow shift, Chantelle comes to watch the class, giving the instructor trainee a pass/fail grade. From there, each additional level requires another day of training.

*New requirements*

We now require you to be fully CPFA certified in order to apply to become an instructor. You will need your fitness theory or equivalent, First Aid/CPR, CPFA theory, and you will need to pass your final CPFA examination.

Becoming a CPFA certified instructor does not guarantee a position with Aradia, but we do strongly trust in the Canadian Pole Fitness Association certification, and that it will provide you with an extremely good chance of being hired with Aradia.

*Party Instructors*

We are hiring Party Instructors. For this position, you will NOT be required to have CPFA training/certification.
You will be required to work at least one Saturday per month, and one Friday per month! If you are interested, we would love to hear from you!

For more information on the CPFA, please go here: http://canadianpolefitnessassociation.com/cpfa-certification/
Please check our Aradia Fitness facebook page for upcoming CPFA training sessions


Meet our new instructors!
Rhiannon
Rhiannon has been pole dancing with Aradia for just over two years. After auditioning for a burlesque troupe and being told she would benefit from dance lessons, she went to find exactly that! She tried beginner adult ballet, but her adult knees were not happy with that. Soon after, a friend asked if she would take pole classes with her, and she’s still there to this day! Funny enough, outside of pole, Rhiannon is a burlesque dancer – so I guess the dance classes really paid off! The strength and agility she has gained from all the tricks is still mind blowing to her, but she has really fallen in love with the exotic dance aspect of pole. Heel clacks and floor work are her jam! Rhiannon is super excited to be a part of the Aradia team so that she can spread her new found love of fitness and dance

 

 


Roxy

Outside of Aradia, I am an executive assistant to a Paediatric Neurologist at the University of Alberta. My hobby is of course pole dancing. Singing and dancing are both of my passions!

I have been pole dancing for two years as of November 2018. The type of pole dancing that resonates with me is exotic and lyrical. I am still learning and I am still trying to figure out who I am when I dance with the pole. Dancing is one thing, but incorporating pole into it is challenging for me. One step at a time is what I say to myself all the time. I will one day find myself in the Pole Flow world!

I started pole because I won a 3 month membership at Aradia Fitness. I had been curious about it for a few years, but never had the guts to do it. I entered this contest thinking I was not going to win, because I never win anything (lol), but this time I did win! I am so happy I won this contest because it made me realize pole is what my life was lacking.

If I can do it, anyone can do it. This is what I tell everyone, and I want to make everyone feel that they have potential that they can do this; whether it takes them months or years to accomplish one move, I am very proud to help them get there. Teaching is a very rewarding job. To see how students progress brings so much pride to my heart. Teaching comes very natural to me and I decided to go for it, why not?

Pole dancing is much more than what people think; it is hard work. No one knows how hard we have to work to be able to accomplish a single move or put choreography together. No one knows until they try it, then and only then they realize “holy crap, this is hard!” That’s when I crack a smile because they have now realized that pole is much more than what they have been told pole is. Pole fitness goes beyond what people think and believe, and the beautiful thing is that everyone can make their own; whether they want to be sexy, strong, sassy, lyrical, the doors are open and they can pick and choose what they want to be!

Strength doesn’t come easy, consistency is key in order to be great at this sport or any other sport for that matter. Strength is something humans build over time, it just doesn’t come naturally to women. We have to work hard and this is something I want people to understand prior to saying “I am not strong enough for this.” Understanding that everything takes time is important in every single sport or exercise you decide to do.

Dasha

 

I discovered pole dancing 7 years ago while I was living in Easter Europe. It is very popular there, so I decided to give it a try. My first impression was “It is harder than I thought!!!”

After my first class, my shoulder was hurting for a couple of days. I really wanted to be able to do an invert, so I started going more often to classes, and training hard. Once I could start doing some inversions, I realized I was hooked. While pole dancing, I prefer to work on tricks, strength, and flexibility.

I have been pole dancing for a while and realized that I had reached a level in which it’s hard to improve on your own. I needed a new challenge. Being able to share my passion with people who enjoy it as well excited me a lot, and makes me want to progress further and share my experience. It is hard to teach others, but seeing them progress is very rewarding.

Outside of pole dancing, I have a full time job, and I’m a full time student taking classes online and in the evenings.

 

 

 

Amy

Life outside of pole? There is no life outside of pole! haha Honestly, my life outside of pole is pretty average. I have a day job in public health and a fantastic group of friends and family that I like to spend time with when I’m not in the studio. I have a dog and a cat that I treat like my children. I have noticed that some people think pole dancers and aerialists must lead exciting lives full of sex, intrigue, or misdemeanor, but that is simply not true. In my experience most people who pole dance lead fairly “normal” lives (whatever that means) — they just like to hang upsidedown in their spare time 😀

Pole has changed my life in so many ways. I always wanted a strong, fit physique (who doesn’t, ammiright?) but I found conventional gym equipment kind of boring. It never inspired me and it always felt like a chore. Training aerials has been something completely different. I am never bored when I am in the studio and I am ALWAYS challenged physically. Now a days there are times I catch a glimpse in the
mirror and take notice of my legs, or my arms or my back and I see muscles that weren’t there before.

It’s a real confidence booster! Through pole, I have also found a community of people that are so supportive, kind, open-minded, accepting, inspiring, unique — it is so beautiful and very difficult to describe. I think my friend Kelly (also a fellow Aradian) put it best when she said “I would honestly let any one of you plan my future wedding at this point” hahaha and it is so true!

They say that most types of physical activity will help improve your mood (think “runners high”) but I think pole and aerials is extra special in this regard. I view pole and aerials as art. If I am agitated, I can put on some metal and dance out my frustrations; if I am sad, I can put on a slow jam and move through my feelings; if I am happy, I can put on a upbeat tune and spin around the pole until my arms fall off. In that way, pole is so cathartic – And I love it for that.

In pole and in hoop my favorite moves have to be anything involving pretty shapes, cool transitions or interesting move combos. I love working on stringing moves together and creating flow. Mostly, I think the simplest moves often look the most beautiful.
My fellow instructors and students are a major source of motivation and inspiration for me. We are all good at different things and it is inspiring to see what eachother can do. In regards to “celebs” in the poledance community a few of my current favorites are Daria Che, Olga Koda, Vera Kodini, Alyona Amber, Louise Wawrzynska, Sasha Meow, Michelle Mischka, Sonja Sloane, and Vika Poledance to name a few. Another major source of motivation for me in pole and aerials is the challenge it offers. Pole will challenge you mentally, physically, and emotionally, but it is the challenge that makes it great.

I would have to say that EVERYONE, no matter what your fitness level is currently, is good enough to
start pole. When I started pole I had zero upper body strength and I had never taken a dance or
gymnastics class in my life. I was awkward, and hopelessly inflexible. We all start somewhere, but trust
me – once you start, you will be amazed at where you end up!

 

Alicia

A How To Guide on Motivating Yourself To Go To The Gym

Looking to motivate yourself to get your butt off the couch, quit binge watching Orange Is The New Black, and get yourself to the gym?
You’ve come to the right place! I’m going to tell you how, in ONE simple step! Are you ready for it? It’s pretty groundbreaking. Here we go….

1. Don’t

“Don’t what? Don’t motivate myself to go to the gym?”

Yup, that’s exactly what I’m saying. Why are you doing something you hate? Life is too short to drag your butt to the gym, and hate about 90% of the 90 minutes that you’re there. And if you’re socially awkward like I am, trying to wait for a specific machine (because let’s face it, we really only know how to use a few of them), can be quite nerve-wracking. And I think I know how to lift, but WHY do I feel like people are still judging my lifts? Maybe they’re not. Maybe it’s all in my head. Ahhh, stop looking at me!

Anyway, I’m not trying to write a blog about my own personal dislike towards the gym. There’s a lot of people who thrive on gym life, and they kill it out there! But there’s also a lot of people who don’t, and that’s okay!

So let’s break this down.

Why are you wanting to go to the gym in the first place?
Is it because any of the following?
a) Because according to Body Break, staying active is very important. It’s been ingrained into my mind from a young age! 

Well, they’re not wrong. Being physically active is absolutely very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle! But did you know, that you can find forms of physical fitness activities that you actually enjoy? I mean, obviously we’re biased here at Aradia, and we think that Pole Dancing is bucket loads of fun, but there’s also plenty of other fitness boutiques in the city that offer a fun range of classes from: cycling, aerial silks, yoga, fighting, boxing, zumba, pound fitness, parkour… the list goes ON

b) Because I’m trying to change the way my body physically looks in the mirror

Okay, so I’m not saying there’s anything necessarily wrong with this if that’s what you feel like doing… Just be aware that it might not be motivation enough to keep you going to the gym. Especially if you’re anything like me, and you expect to see change within 2 gym days (LOL I know this is impossible folks, don’t judge me), you lose motivation to keep it up, and fast.

But what if there was a workout in which you weren’t focusing on that anymore? But instead, you were focusing on nailing a REALLY COOL pole dancing trick that you NEVER thought you were capable of doing? Once again I might be biased, but the rush of THAT is far greater than seeing the scale drop a pound or two.

So that’s it, that’s all folks. If you’re looking to make a change, you have the power to do it. If the gym isn’t a good fit for you, you’re in luck. The city of YEG has so many incredible fitness classes. In addition, one more personal perk that these studios offer, is a sense of community and belonging. If you’re feeling lost in the gym, I can relate. Attending a studio boutique that offers small classes gives you a much better opportunity and chance at building friendships, connections, and mutual interests.
And hopefully, they can also motivate you to keep you on track 😉

Falling Out Of Love With Pole

I know.. it doesn’t even make sense reading that title. How does one fall out of love with pole?! It is crazy, but the reality is that it happens, and it could happen to you. But that is OKAY!

The things we forget about Pole is that its not about how long you do it, or how much you invest into it. Its how much it contributes to your overall wellbeing. Pole like any other sport, or hobby, or interest, takes a lot of time! A lot of commitment. A lot of love needed to grow the relationship.

It requires effort. Effort is not easy. If you love it, it is; but what happens when you start to not feel the love anymore? When going to class feels like a chore instead of enjoyment? It happens and it is normal!

There is no unwritten rule that you must stay in pole for the rest of you life! If you are feeling like pole isn’t what it used to be, then there is no harm in stepping back. Sometimes all you need is a break. Its hard to step away from something that once brought you so much joy, but its hard to constantly be involved with it when you are no longer feeling the same way.

Speaking from personal experience, I was obsessed with pole for the first 2 years as a student & the first 2 years I was teaching. I loved sharing my love for pole with everyone I could. I bought my own pole, I was creating my own classes, I was teaching nearly 5 days a week. It was my LIFE. But after some time, the craziness of it all started to ware down on me. I started to feel pressured and unmotivated. I felt like my classes were not progressing and we were just always going over the same concepts. I could no longer take classes for myself and I felt I had nothing new to offer my students. I was not feeling the love I once had for pole. And yes, it was showing in my instructing. Now of course there is no way just Pole had all these effects on me. We need to still recognize that I had a life outside of pole too. A family. Job. Responsibilities. Stress.

I think most people forget that as well. That pole is NOT your whole life. There are other factors that can contribute to unhappiness & can effect you in lots of different areas in your life. Pole being one of them. Its completely possible to no longer be in love with pole!

I know it can feel wrong to think that something that once brought you so much joy could now making you unhappy. I know there may be a lot of denial to that statement. It is a hard concept to grasp and may take some time to wrap your head around.

 

But if you think that pole is the problem, let me repeat again; THAT. IS. OKAY. Its not taboo, its not wrong, it is completely normal! If you are not loving this anymore, take a step back! Maybe life will be better off without it. Maybe you were only meant to experience pole for that time frame in your life & that was enough. Maybe you will notice a change once you cut down your pole schedule so much. Maybe you will see how helpful a break was and you cannot wait to get back to it! Maybe it has nothing to do with Pole! But maybe just even reading this will help. No matter what happens, it is okay. I promise the pole community will not hold it against you if you leave. If you decide to go & come back, you know we are a loving community that will welcome you back with open arms!

 

 

 

 

  • Written by Asher Moorji (instructor & admin assistant)
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