PDC Approved 3 star Pole Dancing Instructor Shelly Cainey.
My parents would tell you that I was a child full of energy with an interest in all sports. Dance has always been a passion in my life which started from a young age; taking part in shows and taking exam grades in Modern/Jazz and Tap. This came to a close whilst I had my three children. I wanted to return to some sort of exercise which had an element of dance or performance and at the age of 29, unfit and a lot larger I discovered a local class in my village that taught pole fitness called Pole Krazee and decided to give it a try accompanied by a friend for security!
I turned up dressed for a keep fit session wearing a long top with sleeves and leggings, the usual cover up. I soon learnt that too many clothes hindered the use of the pole and caused me frustration during that first lesson. I also found that my hands became incredibly moist as I worked on the pole and I needed to use liquid chalk.
After that first lesson the advice from the instructor was to have a hot bath to help with muscle fatigue. My friend and I chose to ignore this advice as we felt that we had not done very much to warrant aches and pains. How wrong we were! The aches and pains kicked in on the 2nd day, rendering us incapable of walking or driving; where were these muscles that hurt so much? Never again were we lulled into thinking we were not exercising.
From that first lesson I was hooked; all my anxieties and worries about my body shape paled into insignificance. The encouragement from my instructor and fellow polers was wonderful and my enthusiasm grew instantly and before I knew it the lesson had sadly ended. I had found the perfect fitness class for me; the dance, gymnastic, challenge and strength elements all suited my particular skills and improved my fitness from day one.
I have experimented with dry hands, gloves but always revert back to liquid chalk. A problem that I have suffered from during my pole journey is carpal tunnel syndrome in both my wrists. The treatment for this has been steroid injections which has helped tremendously but I may need an operation in the future. I am a determined character and will not allow anything to prevent me from doing something that I enjoy.
It was not soon after my pole discovery that I unfortunately found myself out of a job and by chance I cheekily asked if there was an opening for instructor training. To my amazement and joy there was and I readily accepted this new challenge. It was fantastic for me that my instructor had seen in me my determination, commitment, skills and the love of what I was doing to offer me this chance.
My weekly training with my instructor helped me on my way to becoming an instructor; I would watch intently her expertise and gave me knowledge and understanding of bodies and how to appropriately support and assist the ladies with their moves and lifts. I have been able to bring choreography and gymnastic ideas from my dancing days which has ben enthusiastically received.
The day finally came when I had to submit my level 4 application online and I can confess I was extremely apprehensive. I had worked on it solid for a whole weekend wanting to get it just right. Then the wait began, everyday checking my email and wanting an answer. Finally the email arrived and I had passed with a Merit. I was over joyed and couldn't wait to share with my Pole family who had helped me to achieve this. Wow, now I could teach and start my own classes. I acquired my first aid certificate and necessary insurance and was ready to go; it was an amazing feeling.
My first teaching session was very daunting; I had carefully constructed my lesson plan and knew that my class was beginners; I could not help but wonder how my class would react to me. From the moment they walked through the door I was buzzing; the adrenaline kicked in and I was soon in my element introducing the ladies to the world of Pole. Remembering my own first introductory lesson I was honoured to be at the beginning of their journey. I couldn't sleep that first night with flash backs of how the evening had gone as well as looking forward to the excitement of the next week. I am now on my 5th week of instructing and haven't looked back.
The other great thing about pole fitness is the laughter; I never stop laughing and having fun. It is a wonderful way of getting to know people, helping them with their fitness and watching them succeed with their own personal goals. I now meet fantastic women every week, we have a good time together, learn new moves, create trust and increase confidence. I enjoy teaching and coaching and hope all my ladies will have new skills for life.
I want to share with you that my shorts are now very small, flesh is on show and I am usually covered in copious amounts of liquid chalk as is my pole, I can never use too much and easily recognised! I would like to acknowledge the Pole Krazee members for all their support with my Pole journey and the two instructors Gina Mellor and Rebbecca Springett who believed in me! Oh and not forgetting my friend Pauline Bacon as without her I would have never turned up to the very first lesson.
To book lessons with Shelly just visit her facebook page.
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