Freestyle Fitness Back to Basics Challenge

This month’s student challenge is focusing on basic, beginner tricks and transitions. To often I have students say to me ‘I don’t want to do that, it’s to basic’ when we are working on choreography. But the basics can really add to a performance! Some basic, beginner moves are beautiful. They can give you someContinue reading “Freestyle Fitness Back to Basics Challenge”

Gift Suggestions For Pole And Aerial Students!

It’s December and I’m getting there with my Christmas shopping but every year I have at least one student’s partner or family member contact me regarding suggestions for gifts for a pole or aerial student. On the spot I’m rubbish at thinking and usually just suggest vouchers for private lessons, so this year I’ve askedContinue reading “Gift Suggestions For Pole And Aerial Students!”

Pole Dancing at 40!

I’m questioning my decision to start again with pole quite a lot recently. I’m 40, I have already been diagnosed with three chronic illnesses and investigations are ongoing to see if I have a third. I hadn’t really done anything in four years and I’m having to start from scratch. I was managing to teachContinue reading “Pole Dancing at 40!”

When Things Don’t Go To Plan!

This Monday I was due to go over to Manchester again. I was supposed to have some more tests on the Monday and be given the K1-70 trial drug for Graves’ disease on Tuesday. The plan is to then have stayed in hospital and be monitored until Thursday. Grace had been selected to take partContinue reading “When Things Don’t Go To Plan!”

Thinner, Leaner, Stronger!

Before my diagnosis of hypothyroidism, I lost a lot of muscle mass due to thyrotoxic myopathy. I’m not exactly sure why excessive levels of thyroxine cause muscles to breakdown, I just know it does and if left untreated can result in severe respiratory distress and lots of other complications. I’d become stupidly weak. I couldn’tContinue reading “Thinner, Leaner, Stronger!”

Week 2 Freestyle Fitness Flexibility Challenge!!

This week I’ve decided to focus the challenge on splits. I think we all wants beautiful splits like Grace and I’m nowhere near there yet. But I have come quite far since June with my splits, so I’m pretty happy with them. The exercises included in this challenge I have been doing about 3-4 timesContinue reading “Week 2 Freestyle Fitness Flexibility Challenge!!”

A Monday Morning Rant!

As soon as I explain to people what Graves’ disease is, their instant response is ‘over active thyroid? I bet it’s easy to lose weight, you’re so lucky.’ Yes, when my Graves’ disease wasn’t diagnosed I lost a lot of weight, but only after putting on loads first because I was eating like a horse,Continue reading “A Monday Morning Rant!”

It’s Not All Or Nothing!!

Graves’ disease is a pretty shit thing to have. There are so many ways it’s effecting my life, but there are some positives I’m getting from it. Since being diagnosed, I’ve understood why I’ve felt so shit for the last four years, and I’ve decided I’m not prepared to let it beat me. I’ve startedContinue reading “It’s Not All Or Nothing!!”

Freestyle Fitness Student Flexibility Challenge – Week 1

This challenge has come about purely because my aerial and pole students keep vocalising how unhappy they are with their current flexibility levels but very few actually come to stretch class. So I’m setting mini sessions for them to do each week at home, in their own time. Back and shoulder stretching is my favourite.Continue reading “Freestyle Fitness Student Flexibility Challenge – Week 1”

I’m An Intolerant Dickhead!!

It’s been a pretty pants start to the week and I’m struggling to stay motivated with training. I’m still having a lot of symptoms of my thyroid being under active but I’m not totally convinced it is yet as my heart rate has gone back to being about normal. I’m a little bit irrational andContinue reading “I’m An Intolerant Dickhead!!”