Published: Tuesday, 01 March 2016 14:53
Written by Jamie Taylor
How long have you been a Pole Dancer at Defy Gravity?
I will have been coming to Defy Gravity for exactly a year at the beginning of April. I did a few lessons a few years ago when I was in college but I couldn't keep it up back then.
What made you start Pole?
It's something I have always been attracted to. I've never been one for normal exercise classes, none of them have ever really appealed to me, but pole is different. There's just something about the mix of being able to do the fun, sexy choreo along with all the amazing benefits of the strength and fitness training. There's always something new to learn every week so you never get bored of it.
How has coming to DG classes enhanced your life? And what have you gained since coming to classes?
Well for starters I'm now much stronger than I used to be! I have horses as well and the improved core strength and leg muscles etc has really helped my riding. I find my classes so enjoyable, Jamie is a fab teacher, patient when needed but she also pushes me just far enough to improve my confidence and help me achieve moves I wouldn't think I'd be able to do. I have a pole at home too so I can train whenever I want. I find pole really addictive, and despite how physical it is also strangely relaxing. No matter how busy a day I've had at work and how tired I am, I'm always left feeling happy and positive after a pole session.
Do you have any advice for anyone just starting out?
Take every achievement as it comes and celebrate it. Don't get hung up on lusting after a move that is super advanced, be proud of every small step you take in that direction, as it'll all help build up to get you there eventually.
I've never done any traditional dance classes, or any kind of gymnastics - I can't even do a headstand or cartwheel. Pole looks like you need to be super strong and flexible to be able to do it, but that couldn't be further from the truth. You improve along the way, building your strength and flexibility as you go. It's amazing how quickly the improvements happen, even if you just go to one lesson a week