The Polestars blog is about pole fitness and wellness. We talk about all things pole dancing, Kangoo, hula hooping, and aerial arts.

Making Your Bad Side Better


Myo Than Polestars


About two months ago I was slightly intoxicated, overly-confident, and wanted to show off that I could do my right side split. Which, I definitely accomplished, with a consequence of pulling my hamstring in my right thigh. Ouch! I thought, “Okay, it didn’t hurt too bad”, but I felt tension and pain by just walking around for a couple weeks. The obvious pain disappeared, but the injury still prevented me from even doing basic lunge stretches. One month later I came to the unfortunate and sad conclusion that I will no longer be able to split… Or so I thought.


So I talked to one of the instructors at Polestars, Katie. She told me she’s done the same thing, and it took over 6 months for her injury to heal. At first, hearing this story was very discouraging to think I wouldn’t be able to be as flexible for months, and the thought that my pretty tricks, like doing a jade split would become ugly. Fortunately, there is an upside to the story, as well as two lessons I’ve learned from this experience: always stretch, and to work hard to make your bad side better.


We all know how difficult it is to work on your bad side, or how reluctant some of us can be because becoming more flexible can be painful itself.  Slowly but surely, I’ve kept off my right thigh, and focused more on pushing my left side more than I used to. I don’t have a completely clean left side split yet, but it’s so close I can feel the cold wood on my skin. When I look in the mirror, I look as if I’m about only 2” away from the floor, which is much closer than I have ever been. Hopefully, after my right side heals, I will be able to achieve both side splits. Then onto the most dreadful straddle split.


How Pole Changed My Life


Rashida The Pole Poet 

I always feel awkward about introductions BUT they must be done so, here goes: I am 23 years young, a full time student, musician, and Polestar. Truthfully, besides my lovely apartment on the beach, my life is a rather chaotic right now—but its ok, I have pole! I fully realize how cheesy that might sound but I have never loved an activity more. Ok I am lying. I also love cooking, eating and making music but as far as physical fitness is concerned I have never experience a more invigorating, challenging, and inspiring work out than Pole Artistry. When I first started going to Polestars, I had recently moved from a small town in New York to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


I moved from New York because I had fallen into a bit of depression and I was convinced the cure was a warm sunny change of pace. I was not incorrect but when I first arrived to Fort Lauderdale, I was still mildly depressed. I spent the first 6-8 months just going to school, struggling to find work, and watching Netflix. Then I was given a Groupon for Polestars from my boyfriend…I went to the first class…and the rest is history! Kidding. I went to the first class and the next day, I felt like dying. However, even being so close to death (lol) I had never felt so alive! I remember the first days of class with Susana thinking, “Man she makes it look so easy, am I ever going to be that good?” and wishing I could just be her for a day. I decided then and there that I WOULD be a Polestar one day; that day Pole Artistry became a part of my identity and now roughly a year later, I cannot imagine my life without it.


Now I feel that it is important to stress that pole is pain but, in the wise words of my favorite rap artist Jay-Z “Pain is pleasure.” Well, for those of us who are slightly sadistic, hahaha! No but seriously, it is not the kind of pain that kills you, it is the pain of releasing all of the invisible things inside you that hold you back and make your heart heavy. I have cried in class a couple times during stretching and such but, it has never actually been from the pain; it has always been from the meditative place stretching takes you. There is a lot of pain in everyone’s life and everyone deals with their pain differently; I pole it out. I pole out every hurtful word, every self-doubt, every set back, and every let down; I pole out every little thing that is wrong in my life and by the time I get in my car to go home, my life is changed. I have my moods—what woman doesn’t—but it is not the same kind of hopeless depression I experienced before. Anytime I feel like I just cannot do something or start to get down on myself I hit the studio and learn something amazing and know that I can do whatever it is that I thought previously that I could not.


So, that is my introduction; that is why I pole, why I could never ever imagine not poling. I hope it inspires you to take a chance on Pole Artistry and Pole Fitness yourself!



What Poled You In?!


Lucy Wong Polestars Pink Power Ranger


There are two very apparent elements to pole. There is the obvious sensuality and sexiness that one commands when prancing around a 45 to 55mm, shiny silver pole, whilst wearing 5-inch stilettos. There is also the fact that you’re wearing booty shorts and a skin baring top because that’s how you “stick to the pole”, but there’s the other side of pole. The artistry side. Pole has this gymnastic and ballet-like art dynamic that continues to intrigue me day-by-day.


When I was ten I wanted to be Kim, the Mighty Morphin Pink Power Ranger. Maybe it’s because pink is mysteriously feminine in nature or that she was a female bad ass or that she got to swing around and kick the Putty Patrol. Whatever it was, Kim always did it gracefully and in style. I remember practicing splits, cartwheels and front handsprings shortly after. I felt pretty defeated when I realized the starting age of most gymnasts was probably five. I harbored the dream of also swinging around ever so gracefully and saving the earth, but sure enough much like that of a Toy Story Movie, we grow up and forget most of those childhood passions.


Fast forward to the present and I still find something beautiful and graceful about pole. When someone inverts, splits, holds his or her body weight while slowly transitioning from one move to the next, the pointed toes, the straight lines, the strength, the agility, the power. This type of body art continues to ooh and awe me. Maybe as adults we never truly let go of our inner child but whatever it is, I find pole fulfilling and enjoyable. So while you may have never dreamed of being the Pink Ranger, what poled you in? Let me know in the comments.



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Jamilla Deville Xmas in July Workshops at Polestars

Jamilla Deville at Polestars


Polestars welcomes Jamilla Deville at our Hollywood Florida location on July 25th, 2013! The former Miss Pole Dance Australia and  IPDFA instructor of the year will be teaching 2 workshops.


Spinny Pole with Jamilla Deville! Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Find out all about the fundamentals of spinningand how to apply them for moves from basic to more advanced, creating a mesmerizing, 3D routine.Level: Low Intermediate & Advanced


Signature Moves With Jamilla Deville! Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm


Learn all about Jamilla’s signature pole moves, witha focus on split moves such as Russian Splits and the Deville (or the Jade). This workshop includes acloser look at the best techniques for achievingextension and good lines, as well as the grace necessary to transition into and out of these moves. with grace.Level: Intermediate & Advanced


Sign up before 7/21/13 and get the early bird special! $70 per workshop.


Hula Hoop Class at Polestars Florida

Hula Hoop at Polestars FL

Cardio Hoop is a combination of hula hoop and cardio. Hula hooping helps you lose weight and get in shape.

You can take hula dance classes (Cardio Hula) at Polestars where our instructors will teach you how to do the moves and how to really get hula dancing.

Hula hoop is so much fun you won't even notice you are doing exercise.

What are you waiting for? The hoop is not going to dance with itself. Sign up.


Fly Gym is coming to Polestars, are you ready?

Polestars is launching Fly Gym at their Hollywood Florida location in August of 2013, are you ready?

Fly Gym is a structured program that helps you build flexibility and makes pole conditioning fun. Thanks to the comfortable slings you will encounter a new world of movement capabilities.

Get those pole moves faster,

release emotions and stress,

increase your flexibility,

the possibilities are endless!