I went along with a friend who wanted to take a class at a local gym. I ended up getting hooked and re-trained as a fitness instructor and pole instructor. I opened a studio in 2009 which I ran for 2 1/2 years with Amy Williams (She still runs Studio 22 in Taunton)
I started teaching early on as the gym we were poling in had the most dodgy poles ever and no time to train! It was the best decision I ever made - I love what I do.
How often do you train?
I like to mix up my training to include pole, weights, circuits, cardio and mobility.
I teach solid for at least 2 days a week and that can be up to 4/5 days - so depending on my schedule, I vary my training to be flexible with what is happening that week.
I like to do at least 1 pole session, 2 cardio + mobililty sessions and 1-2 weight/circuit sessions per week.
If I have anything coming up in Pole - such as a performance or competition - this changes to include a lot more pole.
What is your diet like?
I don't currently follow a specific diet, but I do however try to be minful of what I'm eating and make good choices most of the time. Im not one of those people who can eat qwhat they like! Ive actually had really bad bloating issue for the past 3-4 years and Im still trying to get to the cause of that.
I don't label it - but I dont eat meat and am trying to cut out all dairy. I do still eat eggs and some fish though.
I am a big fan of meal-prepping - Il cook for around 2-3 hours but that will get most of my food cooked or prepped for about 3-5 days and then I dont have to think about it, just grab a tub from the fridge or freezer.
How did you build strength for pole?
Not going to be the most shocking of answers, but I practiced a lot! I spent a long time on the foundation moves (a lot of it was that there isnt the same range of tricks there is today) But it massively helped in building the base that most of the more advanced tricks are made from.
Pole can also cause a lot of imbalances in the body if you're not careful, and working hard to keep mobile, balanced and repeating movements until your body can do them without thinking will pay dividends.
I love functional training and challenging my body. I like to 'reverese engineer' movements so I understand what muscles need to be working, gain strength or become more flexibile etc and then work them seperately as well as together until I complete the move I want to do.
If you have any other questions you'd like me to answer then let me know :)