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“I’m Too (Fill in the Blank) To Pole Dance”

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“I’m Too (Fill in the Blank) To Pole Dance”

Since I began teaching pole dance fitness almost seven years ago, I have heard the statement above countless times. Usually the blank is filled in with something relating to age, weight, coordination or strength. There seems to be some preconceived notion that in order to pole dance one must be under a certain age, with the measurements of Barbie, and the strength of Linda Hamilton in her Terminator 2 days. It’s true that competitive pole dancers are in phenomenal shape and ridiculously strong (there’s a ton of pole dance fitness videos on Youtube if you don’t believe me!), but most of us don’t set out to be competitive pole dancers. (I personally have been in two competitions and although both were great experiences, I prefer being behind the scenes or in the audience!) Most people who take up pole dancing are simply looking for a fun and unique workout (and maybe they want to feel a little sexy, nothing wrong with that!). You don’t need to be super coordinated or have a lot of upper body strength to start poling – pole classes will help you in both those areas. The beauty of pole dancing is it will help you get in shape and build your strength, all while having fun! Some people have told me they feel self conscious about taking a pole class; they are afraid people will laugh at them, they will do it wrong, etc. I won’t sit here and tell you not to feel that way, because I think it’s natural to feel a little self conscious whenever you try something new – especially if it’s something outside of your comfort zone. (One of these days I’ll have to tell you about my first Bikram yoga class…talk about feeling self conscious!) What I will tell you is this…

Whatever it is that you’re feeling, half the class is feeling the same way.

Seriously! I assure you, you are NOT the only one! It’s human nature. (I can’t even type that without hearing Michael Jackson in my head, but I digress…) So try to push those feelings to the back of your mind and have FUN. Go into class with an open mind, ready to try something a little different. You might surprise yourself :-) And, as an added bonus, you might end up with the arms of Linda Hamilton from her Terminator 2 days!!

Want to try pole dancing for yourself? Visit Aradia Fitness NOVA – we have studios in Ashburn and Manassas, and we are online at


Cleansing Craze

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The Cleansing Craze…What’s All The Hype?

From celebrities trying to get red carpet ready, to new diet books promising weight loss and glowing skin by following their recommended program, the terms “cleansing” and “detox” have become quite trendy in the weight loss world. It’s no wonder people are jumping on the cleansing band wagon. But what is cleansing really? And does it really work?

What Is Cleansing Really?

Cleansing is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as, “to rid of impurities.” And detox or detoxify is defined as “to remove a harmful substance (as a poison or toxin) or the effect of such from.” There are three pillars of cleansing: you cleanse your body, you cleanse your environment, and you also cleanse emotionally.

All three pillars must be addressed at some point to achieve optimal health. People often focus on cleansing the body and for good reason. The initial results from a body cleanse are weight loss, better sleep, clear skin and more energy.

By focusing on the body, you are cleansing your body on a cellular level. You are ridding your cells, blood stream and lymphatic system of impurities and toxins caused by the food you eat, pollutants in the air around you and what you use on your skin. As you rid your body of toxins you may have a few side effects, or what some may call “detox” symptoms, such as fatigue, diarrhea or constipation, a few pimples, and you may feel more emotional than normal. If cleansing intelligently and gently, these should be minimal and short term.

Can a three to five day, seven day or even a thirty day cleanse lead to lasting results? Well, it’s a good start, but can sometimes be extreme and too much for your body to handle. For example, if you have never had green juice, don’t try a three day juice fast.

As with all diet books and programs, there are no magic pills. It is a lifestyle change. The same applies to cleansing. In order to achieve lasting results with cleansing you must adopt a cleansing lifestyle.

Tip #1: Ditch the all-or-nothing approach and start slowly.

Tip #2: Make small changes and be consistent. Consistency leads to lasting results.

Tip # 3: Get your greens on! Whether you eat your dark leafy vegetables raw, cooked, blended or juiced, up your greens! Enjoy experimenting with kale, collards, romaine, spinach and swiss chard!

As you can see, a cleanse can have many health benefits if done correctly. The idea of cleansing can be a little overwhelming with all the information out there, but there is really no reason to try it alone. The key to a cleansing lifestyle is to be gentle with yourself and your body. A health coach can help you make these changes and assist in making cleansing a way of life.

Are you curious about cleansing? Aradia is now offering Nutrition & Lifestyle counseling via our in house Health Coach and Instructor, Ryan McGrath. Please visit the “Wellness” page on our website for more information. To schedule an appointment, please contact


New Studio in Northern Virginia

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It’s only been a week since we’ve been open, but it’s been a pretty exciting week…we’ve had lots of fun classes, met lots of great ladies, and were the subject of a feature article in the Manassas Patch! I’d say we’re off to a great start in our new home, and we couldn’t be happier!!

This Friday, March 22nd, is our grand opening celebration. Come on by to check out the studio, meet the instructors, and watch some performances. No RSVP is necessary, just come on by to say hi – we’d love to see you there!

Our first session begins on Monday, March 25th. The schedule is online, so check it out and let me know if you have any questions.

See you at the studio soon!

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