How long does it take?

As Pole Dance and Aerial instructors we are often asked the same questions by our students - one of the most common questions being..."How long did it take YOU to get that good?" If you read between the lines, what they're really asking is, "How long will it take ME to become as good as you?"

The answer is quite simple - yet not! You've probably heard the saying "different horses for different courses" - well the same is true here. Different people will learn at different paces, and that is exactly what we encourage at Pol-arise Fitness & Dance! You can learn at your own pace - there are no set expectations, no judgements and no competitive culture. It's quite the opposite really! As instructors we realise that every student has their own unique strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes - and we work with those to help you become the best you can be....in your own good time!

cleopatra leg raises Like anything in life, you get out what you put in! If you attend regular classes, always try your best, and adopt a "CAN do" attitude rather than saying "I CAN'T do it" - you will always achieve your goals.

Most of our instructors have started in our Instructor Training Program after about 12-18 months of attending classes. This might give you a pretty good indication of how long it takes to become an advanced student. Once they enter the training program, this sheds a whole NEW light on pole dancing as suddenly you're standing on the other side of the dance pole and looking at every move from a totally different perspective - technique, body, hand and leg positions, lift and tilt points. A whole range of aspects that most students never really consider. Once you start looking at things as an Instructor you suddenly start to realise all the little things that you should/could be doing to be even better yourself.

Not everyone is meant to be a great Instructor though. I know of some world class, competitive dancers and performers who are nothing short of BRILLIANT at what they do themselves, but they lack that certain something that makes for a brilliant INSTRUCTOR. In short, put in front of a class couldn't teach their way out of paper bag!

This is not to say that you can't be really good unless you become an Instructor - I'm simply saying that there are certain skills that you learn as an instructor that will improve your skills in your own dancing. Now! Do you want to SEE how good YOU could be 12-18 months from now, with a little dedication, hard work and passion? Jess Z with kids

Let me introduce one of our instructors, Jess - a 30 something wife and mother of  young toddler boys. Jess started pole dancing 6 months after her second son was born, to regain her fitness and get back into shape. That was 18 months ago.

Watch this short video of Jess's first ever pole performance and then come back and tell us if you think she achieved her goal of getting fit and back in shape? Drop us a line in the comments box below :-)

Top 5 Celebrity Workout Secrets

Tracy AndersonSo what IS the elusive secret weapon to a “killer body”? According to Tracy Anderson (personal trainer to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars) the secret is that there is NO SECRET. “They just work really hard. It’s as simple as that - and as difficult as that,” she says.

But is it possible for the rest of us mere mortals to get Gwyneth Paltrow legs, Madonna’s amazing body or whip back into pre-baby shape in no time like Kim Kardashian? Probably not – and for two very good reasons....a/ these women work much harder at maintaining their body because their career depends on it (they workout for 1.5 – 2 hours a day, 5-6 days a week); and b/ most of the photo’s that we see in magazines are airbrushed to within an inch of their life, “and trust me, that’s coming from someone who sees these people every day” Anderson says.

The consolation is that the rest of us “mere mortals” CAN get our best body by applying the 5 golden rules to a better body!

1.     INCREASE YOUR WORKOUT SESSIONS

Doing a couple of sessions a week might make you feel good, but it’s NOT going to transform your body! It takes more than that to get a Bikini Body – an hour a day, four to five times a week minimum. The good news is that you’ll never have to worry about going on diets, but of course you have to keep it up to maintain it. You get out what you put in!

2.     SHAKE THINGS UP REGULARLY

It’s a great feeling when you finally nail a particular type of exercise or dance style but the down side is that the better you become at something, the less effective it is for your body. It becomes too accustomed to the repetitive movements and goes into Auto-Pilot. This is why it is so important to shake up your workouts on a regular basis to keep your muscles on their toes, alert and engaged. You don’t have to completely change what you’re doing – let’s face it, you need to enjoy it or you won’t stick at it, BUT you should change some of the movements around regularly or better still, add an additional style/genre of workout to your weekly schedule.

3.     STOP SLOGGING OUT 1000’S OF SIT UPS

Doing 1000’s of crunches and push ups alone is NOT going to get you the Six Pack Abs you desire. Sure they should still form part of your workout but focusing solely on your “problem area” will only encourage your body to bulk up by charging up the large muscle groups. A Total Body workout will require your brain to stay connected to your whole body and engage more of the smaller muscles which in turn will see you getting results faster!

4.     CHECK YOUR DIET

Fitness is not “one size fits all” – and neither is diet! Working out alone is completely useless if you don’t take notice of what you put into your body as well. You need to be honest with yourself about your diet and eating habits. Take the time to audit your panty and fridge, and really think about whether you’re overeating or under eating – and whether the food you eat is fuelling it up or just filling it up (there is a difference). Think about what changes you could make and consider if there are any foods that you’re sensitive to as these can have an internal reaction that prevent you from reaching your physical goals.

5.     FUEL UP BEFORE YOU EXERCISE

Most of us take care with what we eat AFTER a workout session (we don’t want to undo all that hard work), but what you eat BEFORE a workout is just as important! Exercising on a empty stomach is far less effective as you are denying your body the fuel it needs to go the distance – you’re running on an almost empty tank and hope you have enough to get to the nearest re-fuelling station! Instead, you should eat something light (avoid carb loaded foods like bread and pasta) – have a banana or a protein shake and see how much further and harder you can actually go in your workout. 

STRESSAND... DON'T FORGET THE STRESS FACTOR

When you’re stressed it clouds your mind and you become far less productive, so it makes sense to reduce the daily stresses as much as you can. Stress can also reek havoc with your hormones which in turn can reduce your chances to achieve your fitness or weight loss goals. A good mindset will make you happier, more energetic and more productive.

HERE’S ONE FOR THE MUMS

When you’re expecting a new baby, we all dream of squeezing back into those Skinny Jeans ASAP! Unfortunately this rarely happens, BUT if you start getting back into some exercise as soon as the doctor gives you the all clear you will be well on the road to rocking out those jeans sooner! There’s a hormone called Relaxin that your body produces during pregnancy and this hangs around for around six months after giving birth. This hormone gives you the perfect opportunity to manipulate it the way you want – but act quickly ‘coz once it’s gone the workouts only get tougher.

Pole Dancing Mums

This article has been written by one of our Instructors - herself a Pole Dancing Mum, Jess Z - a wife and mother of 2 young toddler boys. Jess Z with kids

Jess says...." I asked a bunch of ladies I chat to online about all things Mother and Baby about pole dancing and why they do it or want to do it.

Then I compiled their responses into this article. POLE DANCING MUMS....not words you would expect to go together. But all around the globe women are choosing to get their body, time and sanity back with a bit of fun - twirling, climbing and posing on a dance pole. 

What makes it so enjoyable? I asked a bunch of mums from all walks of life, why it appeals to them; including myself a stay at home mum of 2 toddler boys.

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5 Tips to Beat the Post Christmas Blues

The "Silly Season" is fast approaching and we all know where that's going. Our social lives spiral out of control, we eat all the wrong things and drink a little too much. Before we know it, we've packed on a few too many kilo's and when it's all over and done, we often find ourselves feeling overweight and exhausted - not to mention the dwindling finances and the prospect of returning to work is just too depressing to even contemplate so we just have another piece of left over Christmas Pudding to make ourselves feel better :-(

Thankfully, you can get your spirits back up after the festive period. Here are our top 5 tips for beating the post-Christmas blues.

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