I'm too________to Pole Dance

Over the last 8 years of speaking to ladies about pole dance classes, I couldn't tell you how many times I've heard "I'd love to try it BUT I'm too _ _ _ _ _ _ to pole dance!"

I've heard every excuse you could think of (and then some) - I'm too OLD, too OVER WEIGHT, too UNFIT, too WEAK, got too MUCH CELLULITE, got too MANY WOBBLY BITS, too UN-COORDINATED, too INFLEXIBLE, too BUSY - you name it, I've heard them all!

If you're one of those ladies who thinks they are TOO [refer to any of the above excuses] to try pole dancing, I've got news for you...that's probably the biggest reason why you SHOULD!

Let me share a little story with you.. back in 2004 I was a 41 year old who had been through a messy divorce, re-married, had 4 teenagers + 4 step children. I'd been a stay at home mum for many years, but had returned to the workforce about 6 years earlier - and to top it all off we hade just moved from Sydney to the Central Coast and was still commuting to Sydney each day to work. Yes, you could say life was busy (read CHAOTIC). I was tired most of the time, had a bad back (sitting in the car for hours commuting backwards and forwards was not helping), and having reached "middle age"  was starting to see numbers on the scales climbing higher and higher. "Not happy Jan"!

It was around that time that I discovered Pole Dancing! Unfortunately there were only a few schools in Australia at that time - and who had the time to travel to Sydney to do a 1 hour class? Certainly not me! For some reason which I still have trouble explaining, the voices in my head would not give up on this pole dance thing - and as with all things that you just can't let go of, I found a way to make it happen. I KNEW that I was too old, too unfit and too weak! I KNEW that I had never been into any sort of fitness or sport, and I'd never been much of  a dancer, so who did I think I was kidding? But at the end of the day  "THE VOICES MADE ME DO IT"......and thank God they did ;-)

So, as a fairly unfit 41 year old with a bad back and a few extra kilos, I finally got started. My 19 year old daughter (Bailey) joined me in this little venture, and together we had heaps of fun "playing" on the pole. Sure I struggled a bit at first (read A LOT), but I struggled on and eventually nailed some pretty cool spins and tricks. Before I knew it, I was doing crunches hanging upside down on a dance pole. Only a couple at first, but it didn't take long before I was doing 10 and more! In those early days I quickly noticed that my back wasn't giving me as much trouble as it had, the scales had started to wind themselves backwards a bit, and I could see more definition in my shoulders and arms - no more wobbly, granny arms for me - Woo Hoo!

The moral to this story is, do NOT let the voices in your head convince you that you are TOO_ _ _ _ _ _ _ to try pole dancing! Do NOT let the negative committee in your head tell you that you CAN'T do something - and most importantly DON'T under estimate your own ability! There are too many very good reasons why you SHOULD have go.

  • You WILL get fitter
  • You WILL get stronger
  • You WILL become more toned and lose the "wobbly bits"
  • You WILL start to lose weight - if you have weight to lose
  • You WILL become more flexible
  • You WILL feel younger
  • You WILL start feeling good about yourself
  • You WILL become more self confident
  • You WILL have loads of FUN
  • You WILL make some awesome FRIENDS
  • You WILL do cool and crazy tricks that you didn't think possible
  • You WILL be inspired by the talent of other pole dancers, and like the rest of us
  • YOU WILL BECOME ADDICTED TO POLE :-)

These are not the only benefits of giving Pole Dance a go - there are so many more, but this is a good start. So what are you waiting for?

Cheers!

Cherene xx

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Could you be Skinny Fat?

Ever heard the term “Skinny Fat”? What the????? The generally accepted theory is that if you are overweight you are unhealthy, and if you are thin, you are healthy. But new research points to just how dangerous being skinny can be – if you are “Skinny Fat” that is.

The term Skinny Fat means you are under lean, but over fat – ie not enough muscle and too much body fat (especially belly fat).

It seems it is better to be fat and fit than thin and out of shape! While we know that a large percentage of the population is overweight, and that most have diabesity – the shocking news is that nearly 1 in 4 skinny people have pre-diabetes and are “metabolically obese.”

What’s worse is, if you are a skinny fat person and get diagnosed with diabetes, you  have twice the risk of death than if you are overweight when diagnosed with diabetes. The “normal” range for BMI (Body Mass Index) or total body fat is 18-24. So if you’re BMI is over 24, but don’t think you’re overweight, have look at the chart below to see what “normal” looks like.

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The facts are alarming because if you think you get a pass because you’re thin, you might need to take a second look at your health. You can be skinny and sick and be “metabolically obese”, which in the end may be even more dangerous. The good news is that this is a solvable problem.  Getting tested and working through the 10 steps to being a skinny healthy person is a scientifically proven, effective way to change your biology quickly. And the side effects are all good: increased energy, better sleep and even better sex!

The Cure for the Skinny Fat Syndrome The cure for the skinny fat syndrome is the same as the cure for someone who is overweight with diabesity – and it’s actually quite simple.

  • Eat a High Fibre/Low GI Diet – Lean animal protein (chicken, fish, and eggs), nuts, seeds, beans, vegetables, fruit, and small amounts of non-gluten grains.
  • Power Up with Protein – Start the day with protein and have protein at each meal. This makes your metabolism run hotter and cuts hunger. Incorporate eggs, protein shakes, nuts, seeds, chicken, or fish.
  • Don’t Drink Your Calories  – No soft drinks, juices, sweetened drinks and no more than 3-4 glasses of wine or alcohol a week with meals.
  • Avoid the Deadly White Powder or Flour – Including gluten-free flour products. Even whole grain flour acts like sugar in your body.
  • Beware of Frankenfood – Factory-made foods are often science projects with fake ingredients including MSG (which causes ravenous hunger and is hidden as “natural flavouring”), high fructose corn syrup, artificial colours, preservatives, and chemicals.
  • Eat From the Right Plant – If it was made in a plant stay away, if it was grown on a plant it is probably okay.
  • Get an Oil Change – Eat omega-3 fat-rich foods including sardines and wild salmon and avoid refined and processed vegetable oils except olive oil.
  • Get Going and Get Strong – Both cardio and strength training are key. Cardio builds fitness and improves metabolism, and strength training builds muscle so you won’t be a skinny fat person.
  • Take Supplements – They grease the wheels of your metabolism and help burn calories and balance blood sugar.  A good multivitamin, fish oil (EPA/DHA,) and vitamin D do the trick for 95% of people.
  • Protect Sleep Time – Sleep deprivation alters metabolism and increases cravings for carbs and sugar. Sleep is sacred. Make your bedroom a sleeping temple and stay there for 7 to 8 hours a night.

References: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/skinny-fat_b_1799797.html

Please feel free to pop any questions or comments in the box below, and if you'd like to know how we can help you get past the skinny fat, you need to drop us line :-)