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By: Polefit Fanatics  06-Dec-2011
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9XZ5C7QDSXDS   Following on from our  post about keeping a Pole Diary, it doesn’t always have to be the paper kind. What about an electronic diary? A a personal pole blog. There are ways to set up your own pole blog for absolutely no cost at all;     WordPress.com Set up your own blog in minutes on WordPress.com. WordPress is the worlds most widely used blogging software and this platform will..

Sometimes you do come to a plateau during your pole training. There can be a number of reasons for this; if you’ve had some time off for illness or injury, you’ve been working on a routine perfecting moves you already know well or, (and this is me!) you’ve spent months (and months!) working on one single move at the expense of learning anything else new. These plateau times seem to happen to..

So you have a pole performance coming up. Choosing a costume is the fun bit! You have 3 options here: 1. You buy something off the shelf. 2. You have something custom made. 3. You make it yourself. The challenge with a  pole costume is to have something that is attractive and different from the next costume but still allowing the required skin exposed for grip while minimising the possibility of ‘costume..

As time goes on and I am trying more advanced moves on the pole I realise even more than ever how important core strength is. Up until now, although I thought I had a strong core,  multiple unsuccessful attempts at a handspring and possibly the effects of two caesareans have made me realise I have a long way to go! I recently did a workshop with Rafaela Montanaro at Polaris Pole Studio and seeing, in the flesh, her..

One of the things I love about pole is it’s a low-tech sport. Apart from your pole that is. I love it that all I need is my shorts, singlet and maybe a bit of chalk and a sweat towel and I’m out the door, off to the studio. Compare that to my husband when he goes out bike riding; bike, helmet, special shoes, special clothing, shoe covers, light, camel bak and on it goes. Quite a performance. However,..

I am one of those people who is always up and down with my weight. I lose weight, become complacent because I do so much exercise, reach for the chocolate and before I know it have stacked on a few kilos. I know I’m not alone on this, but you girls who can eat what you like and not suffer an additional ounce, this is not for you! I am currently trying to cut down some kilos, it’s working! I’ll..

One of the first things new polers struggle with is building up their hand, wrist and grip strength. Being able to hold onto the pole is crucial, of course, for a pole dancer. There are many different grip products to assist with your grip; lotions, waxes, potions, gloves, powders and goos. Hilariously, one of the girls in class when I did my beginners courses showed up with dishwashing gloves! Bright yellow! I have..

Most of the time I head to the studio in short shorts and a singlet. The singlet normally gets folded in half over my bust to give me some skin area. My class mates are the same, usually lycra boy shorts or shorts, with a folded up singlet – gorgeous! Not really. In the gym, I tend to favour Australian brand Running Bare, I love the fit, style and colours – but while they have some lovely tops – like this..

Many of you entering the NZAPP or any other amateur pole competition may be choreography newbies like me. Some of you with a dance background may find it natural to choreograph a routine to a song – and if that’s you, please add your comments in the comments section! For those of you starting from scratch, Polefit Fanatics have been doing some research, asking questions and generally feeling our way around the..

The final in our gym work for pole series - for the moment! Here are Part 1 and Part 2.  I am constantly learning new ways of improving my pole fitness via the gym. Although, there is little substitute for actual ‘time on the pole’ -the gym is very complementary for working on and strengthening the areas where you know you have weakness. When I started pole I thought my core/abdominal area was strong..

 I hope you’ve all been working hard at the gym. I am entering my first Pole Fitness Competition in July, so it’s all systems go – and that includes the gym. It’s all I can do to type today in fact – I feel like my arms are ready to fall off  – it’s all been shoulders and back work for this Polefit Fanatic today! We are going to visit a few of those exercises in more..

Following a great night out at MPDNZ, Sunday was time for a serious workout for this Polefit Fanatic courtesy of Amy Impey-Richardson and Jeanine Wilkerling at Pole Revolutionz Auckland Studio. The studio is located in Howick in a new industrial complex – a perfect location - and the building has been set up with high poles that can be taken down very quickly and the other apparatus connected to the ceiling in..

Many of you may recall this post in which I talked about the type of  weight training and work you can do in the gym to assist with your strength. This training has been specifically designed to target the type of strength you need for pole fitness. We had great feedback from that post, however I did say that we would go through each of the exercises in more detail. I don’t need to tell most of you that..

I have lifted heavy weights for a long time. I absolutely LOVE it! (Well, I probably don’t say so at the time, but the day after I will say I loved it…) When I started pole the upper body strength I had gained from lifting weights really helped me as not naturally having a dancers anatomy – that is being muscularly built (well, that’s what I call it) rather than slimly built  –..

With pole fitness as a sport in it’s relative infancy, and spread thinly around the globe, one of the challenges has been to build some consistency around names for specific pole moves. Many pole moves have as many as 3 names and there has been a drive from a number of sources to unite resources and form a definitive library for all pole moves. Things are moving in the right direction, and although there are moves..

 ”We’ve got a girl coming to our class from another studio tonight.” said instructor, Helma as we pulled up at the studio.  “There she is there…”  I said as we parked. How did I distinguish this complete stranger as a poler from the other dozen or more people in the vicinity?…You guessed it – she had bruises all over her legs…. Indulging in our pole obsession usually results in..

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06-Dec-2011

Competitions and Events | Polefit Fanatics

As many of us in studios around New Zealand think about preparation for the NZ Amateur Pole Performer Competition, I have had a scout through the U.K version of this competition, the UKAPP, on You Tube to see what sort of performances the judges may be looking for in our competition.


06-Dec-2011

Becoming Pole Fit | Polefit Fanatics

In the gym, I tend to favour Australian brand Running Bare, I love the fit, style and colours – but while they have some lovely tops – like this.. I lose weight, become complacent because I do so much exercise, reach for the chocolate and before I know it have stacked on a few kilos. I know I’m not alone on this, but you girls who can eat what you like and not suffer an additional ounce, this is not for you.


06-Dec-2011

Interviews | Polefit Fanatics

However slowly but surely the framework adding to the professionalism of what we do is being put in place; official naming of pole ‘moves’, regulation bodies forming, competitions being standardised and Certification of Instructors. Polefit Fanatics wanted to explore more about X-Pole and it’s origins and spoke to Lisa Leport-Symonds, Manager of the recently opened New Zealand office about X-Pole’s past and present, and its plans for the..


06-Dec-2011

News and Opinions | Polefit Fanatics

This lovely studio in a quaint early 20th century building in inner city Wellington has the feel of a real dance studio; wooden floorboards, breezy warehouse style open ceilings with timber beams, painted in whitewash over.. Polefit Fanatics wanted to explore more about X-Pole and it’s origins and spoke to Lisa Leport-Symonds, Manager of the recently opened New Zealand office about X-Pole’s past and present, and its plans for the..


06-Dec-2011

Studio Spotlight | Polefit Fanatics

This lovely studio in a quaint early 20th century building in inner city Wellington has the feel of a real dance studio; wooden floorboards, breezy warehouse style open ceilings with timber beams, painted in whitewash over.. Rafaela Montanaro was coming to Wellington coinciding with the Wellington Heat of the NZAPP and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to go to Wellington and visit at Polaris Pole Dance.


06-Dec-2011

Videos | Polefit Fanatics

She has been pole dancing since 2008 following the birth of her second son and and since then her unique style has kept her at the forefront of the sport, most recently winning both the “Pole Idol” and “Pole Art Champion” titles at the 2010 International Pole Championship held in Tokyo in December 2010.