PoundFit Classes In Oakville Are Offered At PoleFit Nation!

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Calling All Rock Stars! Join us for PoundFit on Wednesday 7:30 pm @ PoleFit Nation in Oakville

 

We love this class! 

We truly do!

Here's why:

* It's a fun, addictive workout!

* The music is upbeat, we love pounding our drumsticks to the beat!

* We see results! Our legs, butt and core are getting toned - sweet!

What is PoundFit (also known as Pound)

POUND® is the world’s first cardio jam session inspired by the infectious, energizing and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums. 

It's a full-body cardio jam session, combining light resistance with constant simulated drumming. The workout fuses cardio, Pilates, isometric movements, plyometrics and Isometric poses into a 45-minute series. Burn between 400 and 900+ calories per hour, strengthen and sculpt infrequently used muscles, and drum your way to a leaner, slimmer physique - all while rocking out to your favorite music!

This September we have a special challenge for you!

Complete Eight Pound Classes and receive a special surprise gift!

Join us Wednesday nights at 7:30 pm -- sign up here!

Results from this weekend's Canadian Pole Fitness Associations: Toronto Pro Supershow - Pole Competition

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It was a BIG weekend for PoleFit Nation at Canadian Pole Fitness Association - Toronto Pro Pole Supershow Competition.

Here are the results:

Entry: 
Christine and Elena were outstanding on the stage.
Elena's performance was strong and powerful. She has grown so much as a pole performer - this was her first ever pole performance! 
Christine placed third in the Entry division - performed a clean, solid and confident performance.  Well done!

Masters:
I won my Division.. had so much fun on stage and happy to retire from Pole Competition (I've been competing since 2013) on a high. Very grateful for all our students and PFN Instructors support. 

Here's a link to the performance : https://www.facebook.com/PoleFitNation/videos/1041260982693991/ 

Amateur: 
Yomna displayed wonderful performance skills and competed in a division of over 30 competitors! Talk about grace under pressure! 


She received Best Flow Award (her choreography was outstanding) - she stood out from all the competitors!

Thank you for all the students and instructors who joined us this weekend - to come and cheer us on!

What a community of fantastic people!

Very proud of this weekend!

And now.. I rest and countdown to playing on the poles with  you!

Cheers,
Jane

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Who knew that this video has been viewed 11,000 times?!

I'm in the middle of updating our You Tube channel, posting new videos.. when I felt curious to see which video was the most popular.

Apparently, it's the pole grip video! 

I remember when I started pole - my hands were slippery and I couldn't grip the pole well enough to control my spins. I was a mess!

Plus, Dry Hands hadn't been created yet. 

I tended to finger grip the pole, which is when the pole doesn't settle fully into the palm of your hands. 

If you are struggling with grip - hope this video helps you. 

Cheers,
Jane

Pole Training Care Tips: Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Pole Training Care Tips: Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Today, I want to share with you my top three fave tips on pole self care. 

I have been poling for 10 years and have only minor injuries. The worst was last year, when I pulled my pectoral muscle.. yes, I pulled my boob. Thank heavens, I didn't rip it.. it was just a minor pull. 

I was cramming for a competition (by the way, never cram for a comp!). I was pushing my body too much and ended up having to take 3 weeks off of pole.  

Out of 10 years, one minor injury is not that bad.

I do take care of myself, and here are my go tos for staying injury free:

When you feel like a badass..

When you feel like a badass..

Meet Karol Helms..

She is one of my pole heroes - one of the people who I look up to in this industry.
She is a legend.
And... most likely you have learned a move or two indirectly from her.
Karol has been pole dancing for 16 years, and she has made major contributions to our industry - especially our studio.

And - she is a total badass!

Do you view yourself as an Athlete?

Do you view yourself as an Athlete?

When I was in my late 20s, I lived a sedentary life. My day to day consisted of work, returning home to collapse on the couch and vegging out until bedtime.

Rise repeat until the weekend. 

If you were to ask me then "are you an athlete?" I would have laughed and said "My athletic days are gone."

Are you surviving or thriving?

Are you surviving or thriving?

This is an image of myself and my children (Matthew in orange, Brendan in yellow) back in 2006. 

Whenever I see this pic, first I think to myself "damn those boys were cute!" 

And then I think "you were so unhappy." 

 

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Recently in class, we were talking about feeling fit and getting into shape. 

Many of our students feel they are in the best shape of their lives - which lead me to ask... how did you acquire this fit feeling? 

Here are their wise words:

"I found a workout that I liked, and looked forward to doing." 

"I was consistent - I didn't go for perfection - I worked towards consistency in doing my workouts." 

"I set a plan and didn't leave it up to chance. There will always be distractions - meetings, work, people - so I planned my workouts." 

"I play a game of "Do It Now" when I start procrastinating."

"I focus on how I feel after I workout. I always feel great afterwards, so I tell myself this as I am getting ready to workout." 

"I accept that my body is no longer 20 years old... so I am working at being my best, at the age that I am in now."

We are all on a journey to lead the best life we can, don't take your health and fitness for granted ~ 

How To Invert

How To Invert

The first big milestone move in pole.. aww going upside down!

Who Will You Meet In A Pole Dancing Class?

Who Will You Meet In A Pole Dancing Class?

Curious to know about the people who take pole dancing for fitness? Read on!

Curious About Pole Dancing? Want To Dip A Toe? Bring a friend!

Curious About Pole Dancing? Want To Dip A Toe? Bring a friend!

A great opportunity to take a class with a friend! Check it out!

To My Fellow Lovers Of Pole

To my fellow lovers of pole dance.. pole fitness.. pole.. you know what I mean.

Please. 
Boldly be you. 
No matter what. 
Be you!

There will always be someone standing there with judgement.
It's an inevitability.

You can not please everyone.

And trust me.. you wouldn't be true to yourself, if you were trying to make a person or a group understand or accept.

So.
Dance happy.
Dance proud.

How I Prepared For North American Pole Dance Championships

Hi there!

It's Jane from PoleFit Nation!  This was written back in July, as I was preparing to leave for North American Pole Dance Championships. Thought I would share it with you! 




I wanted to take moment and share with you exactly how I prepared for this Saturday's North American Pole Dance Championships.  I am less than 24 hrs to step on the airplane to take me to Chicago. Butterflies in my stomach, so excited and proud that I made it. This competition is like crossing the finish line for me. 

Compared to last year's road to Nationals, this year's journey to North American Pole Championships was emotional and I almost gave up several times.

You see, in April, my father passed away. We were very close. I was there for him when he took his last breath. I felt honoured and heart broken at the same time. 

An hour later, when I returned home from the hospital, I received a phone call from the competition organizers, saying that I had been selected to compete. 

A big part of me wanted to decline. I knew I had a lot of grief ahead of me, but a little voice inside of me said "don't give up." So I said "yes." 

Now to be honest, I underestimated the grief I would feel. The last two months have not been easy - I miss my parents so very much (my mom passed in 2013). 

In May, I was going to call the organizers and quit. Creativity was gone, I didn't want to pole anymore. I didn't want to do anything.

Instead I called a good friend, fellow pole competitor - Elisabeth from Muse Pole Dance  and asked for help.  We set up a plan to get me to NAPDC and a promise not to quit.

Also, I enlisted the support of an amazing performer, Jamie Waggoner, to help me with the performance aspect. Her background is Broadway and dance. Simply amazing!

Taken yesterday after our dress rehearsal - Elisabeth for pole and choreography / Jamie for Performance and Showmanship

Here was our plan:

1. Weekly Meetings - Once a week, we would meet up and work on the performance.  A little section at a time. They were scheduled, intense and focussed meetings. 

2. Homework - In between meetings, I would do my home work. Practice what we created, add a little bit more, look for inspiration. When I returned for our meetings, our creation would unfold. 

3. Become Re-Inspired - I purposefully looked outside of the pole world for inspiration. I'm a glam rock kinda girl - so I looked to Lady Gaga, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie - for inspiration. I listened to their music, and studied their creativity. 

4. Turn off the sad dialogue in my head - Because I have been grieving, a sad cloud tends to follow me. I had to train my brain to allow the sadness to pass and look to gratitude. Even if I wasn't grieving, turning off the negative self talk was important. 

5. Stopped Comparing Myself  - Do you do this? Compare your pole skills to others? Stop. Trust me. Focus on yourself and don't worry about others. It took me a few years of poling to learn that lesson!

6. Rest the final week - Here's an important tip - all your work, preparing for a comp has to take place months and weeks prior to the comp. The last week of the comp, is rest and light practice.  Do not go into a competition exhausted and over-trained. The week of the comp, lots of mental preparation, light run-throughs, a final dress rehearsal and chill! Touch base with your music each day and visualize your performance.

Lastly, have fun again! 

When you are constantly training, the seriousness can "fun suck" your pole skills.  I wasn't alone in my training, so it was fun again!

I'm proud of what has been created - can't wait to share it with you! No matter what happens, I am proud of myself. 

I never gave up. I never gave in.