In January 2015 I was browsing Groupon for a manicure and pedicure deal when I stumbled on a pole fitness studio around my apartment in DC. I always wanted to try pole classes but for some reason I never got around it.
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So my excitement took over and after completely forgetting about my manicure and pedicure I purchased an unlimited month pass for The P Spot.
The location was fairly easy to get to from the metro and it was walking distance from my place. The studio is very clean and the staff is great. I remember arriving at the studio with zero expectations, but ready to give it a try.
I was offered the option of renting or buying the shoes because you cannot bring your own (safety reasons). I opted for buying my shoes because I knew I would give it a solid try of at least one month. I recommend the gripping solution because it makes a world of a difference. I’ve tried some of the classes without the shoes and it is not the same.
The main instructor (at the time), Michaela is so amazing! Her energy is the best, she makes you feel like you can do well in the class. Michaela and I hit it off! It was absolutely love at first sight!
Coming in with no pole dancing experience I began attending classes at least three times per week and staying for the entire series of classes, so about 2 hours. After taking every single class they offer, Pole Fitness became my favorite. In my first month attending the studio, my body changed a lot!!
I had very little upper body strength so doing pull ups was daunting. But I am happy to say that my determination and commitment lead to major progress! I love Michaela because she breaks down every move and walks you through them. You will not be disappointed if you are looking for a workout.
By June I decided that I wanted to become an instructor. I was doing really well and I felt that as an instructor I brought a unique perspective as a former student. So when I saw an instructor training, I jumped at the opportunity! Under Michaela’s guidance I completed my Exoterobics Training in June.
As part of my certification I was also required to become a Certified Exercise Group Instructor, which I achieved via the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) in July. After waiting for 4 weeks for my AFAA results, I received my passing scores in August and demo my first class on September 9th. It was amazing!
I love teaching, I love connecting with women who are determine to build a relationship with their bodies. My students are absolutely amazing! They are diverse and come in all shapes and sizes. They are mothers, grandmothers, daughters, college students, professionals, and many more.
Every class I learned something new from every single one of them. They always seem to thank me after class, but I am the one who is grateful. I was humbled by the relationship I built with every single one of them.
When I started pole, I never imagined how much I would love it, how much it would help me cope with stress. Now, I can’t imagine my life without it! In doing something new, I found a new passion and source of motivation!
Although I no longer teach at The P Spot it will always have a very special place in my heart. I know practice at home, courtesy of my amazing husband! I’ve had my pole for over a year and I couldn’t be happier.
I encourage to keep an open mind and open spirit. Do not judge a book by its cover and try new things. It can be a new workout, a new recipe, a new meditation technique, whatever it is, give yourself permission to learn something new about yourself. Who knows, you might end up falling in love!