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Instructor Spotlight – Whitney C

When did you start Pole Dancing, Instructor Whitney? 
W: June 2014
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Why did you decide to start pole dancing?
W: I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and was advised by my Doctor that if I became more physically active, it would help me better cope with the pain. I was not interested in going to a conventional gym so I purchased a home pole. I managed a few spins on my own, but I wanted to have proper instruction and spotting before inverting. That’s when I found Aradia!

What kept your interest in the sport?
I started off being able to invert without any issues and it was fun learning all of the inverted tricks. I was slow to get on the flexibility train, but I advanced to a level where I needed to be more flexible. I don’t know if there is ever a dull moment with pole – from strength training and flexibility, to watching those instagram videos and trying to recreate a crazy combo!

What do you do outside of instructing pole classes? Hobbies? Interests? Work Life?
Outside of pole, I am an area sales manager and dealer business manager for a telecommunications company. I have 4 small dogs that keep me entertained. Something you may not know about me is that I like to sew once in a while

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What is one of your fave pole moves that you can do, and why is it your fave?
Brass monkey split with no hands! Nothing like hanging on the pole with just your foot and using your hands to pull you into a full split 🙂

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What is a common misconception you hear about pole dancing, and what are you thoughts and feelings towards that misconception?
“I’m not strong enough” or “I need to lose weight before I try pole”
As an instructor, it’s my job to ensure that you build strength. I like to design my classes focused on strength and flexibility so there’s no need to be “strong” before you sign up for classes. Pole classes are a great way to get into shape, all body types are accepted. You don’t need to lose any weight before coming out to class with us. At a minimum, I’d love for people to try out “Intro To Pole” to get a feel for it, and see that they CAN do it!

What do you enjoy most about being an instructor?
Off the pole – I love when my students first get their splits! There is nothing more rewarding than seeing their hard work pay off. On the pole – I love when students nail a trick! All of the positive energy that comes from teaching is an amazing feeling

Have you ever felt challenged and defeated by pole? If so, do you have any recommendations on how to defeat those challenges?
Absolutely!!!!! I remember my first move I couldn’t get right away was bow and arrow into Special K (butterfly). I remember thinking maybe this move just isn’t for me. I kept working on the move and a small tweak, and BAM… I nailed it. I tried a few more times just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke. Pole is a challenging sport – mentally and physically. Somedays you’re a superstar, and somedays you can’t even do the most basic things. Accepting where you are today and focusing on growth will help you pole better tomorrow.

Thoughts During Your First Ever Pole Class!

1. HOLY SH!T I’M NERVOUS FOR MY FIRST POLE CLASS..
So you’ve probably just walked into the studio. You see the layout. The poles all lined up, huge mirrors to see everything you will be doing, and you’re just trying to grasp the fact that you actually made it here, regardless if that was by a friends coaxing or by your own free will. No denying now, you are DOING THIS!
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2. WHAT THE IN THE WORLD…
So you’ve watched the other students pour in for the same class, all looking just like deer in headlights (much like yourself). Your instructor has introduced themselves, and now your heading into the studio playing follow the leader with whatever the instructor is doing. You watch this person doing beautiful movements with their hips, legs and arms, and you feel like a toddler trying to learn hula-hoop for the first time. The thoughts running through your head consist of “I am not sexy at all. How does the instructor move like that?! Is it wrong to stare at them? Wait, how do I do this? Oh god no, my body does not move like this.” Your mind is taking over your body here, and you in way over your own head!

3. AM I READY FOR THIS?
Now you’re all warmed up! Instructor now says, “ Okay pick your metallic dance partner!” And all you can think is “omgomgomgomg… Now it’s real. This is the moment we came here for. Sh!t…” You pick your pole, grasping your hand around the cool metal, checking it out up and down, questioning if you’re ready for this. But damn it all your doing it anyways!


4. HAHA YOU WANT ME TO DANCE NOW?

Whether we like it or not, pole is a dance! So now you must dance! Instructor says you will be doing some basic dance moves with your pole. Probably some of the toddler hula-hoop as you called it. Again, this instructor makes it look effortless. You oblige and get to check yourself out in the mirror as you’re doing so. You can’t help but giggle at the ridiculousness you feel, but at the same time you notice your nervousness has started to melt away too… All the classmates are laughing and giggling and instructor is cracking jokes to help break the ice!pole dance meme

5. OH. WHAT’S THIS??.. THIS IS ACTUALLY KIND OF FUN!!…
Okay okay, you’ve learned how to walk around the pole. Adding in some fun sultry movements and wandering hands (yes touching yourself with your own hands!) You are a pro at walking – got this sh!t down. Now this instructor busts out this Olympic looking spin and you laugh inside. No way is this happening! BUT, your instructor said it’s actually easier than it looks! Sure…. as if you’re going to trust this person you just met 25 minutes ago… I mean… they are obviously still alive and now teaching the classes, so really, you have to at least attempt to trust the expertise they must posses. Alright, they walk you through the placement of your limbs on the pole, and now on the count of the three, you’re going to go for it. You say a little prayer and at three, you push off and there you go!!

6. WOOOOHOOOOO YEAH!!!!
WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED. YOU DID IT!!!! Whaaaaaaat. Mind blown!!! You are feeling kind of petrified, but damn that was fun! Instructor says get up and do it again. And you’re like, uh HELL YEAH. You bust back up to your feet and bang out another one of these spins! You are LOOOOVING THIS. pole dancing is my fave

7. YEAH BRING IT ON!
Dance, done. Walking, done. Spin, mastered. BRING ON THE NEXT THING!! You are feeling PUMPED! It’s been 45 minutes and you are feeling way more confident than you did when you first walked in here and measured up the studio! Instructor leads you through the next move – the strength move! Okay, so you were so sure you were out of shape and weak, and now you are really questioning if this will make or break you. But you’re feeling pretty good so far, so you’re ready to tackle the strength aspect head on! You take a deep breath and give it your all. You insides are all smiling at how strong you actually are! You are kind of shocked, but overall impressed with yourself! YOU ARE ON A ROLL!

8. WHAT’S MY STRIPPER SONG..?
Class is almost over! Instructor reviews everything you learned in class so far, and you’re amazed all over again. You feel more confident in the movements that you first did when you walked in, stronger with your spin, and in awe with your strength! Now the instructor says, “we need to do this as a class, put it all together in a routine!” They let the class pick their song of choice, and recommends to pick a song that makes you feel strong, sexy, and confident. And you’re like, oh my god I have the perfect song.. BUT you would never admit it, not yet! So the instructor picks a song, and bam it’s time to strut your stuff!

9. I AM A SEXY BEAST!
OW OW! Someone call the fire department, this place is on FIRE! You move to the music confidently but following your instructor for guidance. You can’t help but keep a smile across your face, and you hold your chin a little higher as you bust out all your new moves! The song finishes, you’re exhausted but ecstatic!

   10. WHY HAVE I NOT DONE THIS BEFORE & WHERE DO I SIGN UP FOR MORE?!

 Clpole dancing meme 2ass is over! You’re so impressed with yourself, and you know that you need to come back! You are feeling so much more confident in yourself. Silly, but more open! Proud and also a little embarrassed, but in a good way! You have come out of your shell, and did something out of your comfort zone! You question why you haven’t done this before, like really? You know that you want to fee l like this more often, and you cannot wait to come back next week! This is your jam now. You can’t imagine why anyone would not want to come back and feel this amazing?! You cant help but leave the studio with the biggest grin on your face, and cant wait to tell your friends all about your awesome experience!

-Blog Written by Instructor/Admin Assistant – Asher Moorji

Aradia Fitness Goes To Pride!

We had such a fantastic time at the 2016 YEG Pride Parade this weekend!

This is our second year in a row having a float in the annual Edmonton Pride Parade.
Aradia Fitness strives to be a fully inclusive studio for all genders, sizes, abilities, and ages.

We also feel so lucky to be able to take part in a parade that is so full of love and acceptance. That is truly what we’re all about at Aradia Fitness!

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ARADIA FITNESS YEG PRIDE PARADE

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