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Machine Gun Pose - Pole Dance Moves

Machine Gun Pose Darielle Williams Polestars

Darielle Williams aerial arts and pole fitness instructor here at Polestars doing a Machine Gun pose.


I'm 52 and I Pole

Featured Student Post Written by Tanya Ryan


Tany Ryan Polestars Pole Dance Student


In Feb of 2009 a friend of mine invited me to an introductory pole dance class.  Not having a clue what I was getting into, I agreed to go.  I was completely uncoordinated, and my arms felt like spaghetti, and I had no idea what I was doing.  But something clicked, and I fell in love.  My friend never took another class, and I never left the pole.  Much to my dismay, and distress, the studio closed after six months of my newly found passion.  What in the world was I going to do now?  I had finally found a form of exercise that made me want to move my body, and now it was gone.


Nine months later, I came across POLESTARS, in my backyard.  I could not believe my eyes. I immediately called and set up an appointment for a lesson. This is when I met Susana.  We had an instant connection, and to this day POLESTARS is my home.  


I am a 52 year old woman, who suffers from severe inflammation in my body due to a hormonal condition.  Most of the tricks in pole are very hard for me to do, and it takes me a very long time to correctly execute them, but that does not matter.  At 52 years old, I am stronger and healthier than I was at 20 or 30, and it is thanks to the last three years I have spent at Polestars, unwilling to give up.  Mastering the pole is a personal quest for me, because for over 20 years  I lived in a very overweight body I did not recognize nor function in,  and no amount of exercise helped me.  When I was finally able to lose weight, I made the decision that I was going to make up for two decades this condition robbed my physical abilities of.  I needed to find an activity that excited me physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Pole does exactly that for me.  It is hard work, and many days I leave the studio in tears because my body just is not cooperating.  But I have never given up.  I am still very far behind most of the other women in ability, but as I am here for my own journey, I don’t let that faze me.  Also, each week I have the pleasure of poling with women of all ages, sizes and ability, and the one thing I admire most about the women who come to Polestars is that no one judges anyone.  We all help each other. It’s a real family atmosphere.  That puts me at ease, and allows me to really challenge myself  at my own pace.  


I feel a great sense of confidence and accomplishment each time I complete a class, and everyday I get stronger and stronger.  I feel more connected to my body and my strength because I trust myself.  After four years of hard work I feel like I am finally ready to take on the really tough challenges of pole.  I don’t need to be an acrobat or anything like that, but honestly the best feeling ever,  is being able to hang from a pole upside down.  


I am living proof that one can accomplish anything they want to; it just takes determination and a lot of patience and practice.  I see the confidence it puts into the lives of the women I pole with, and myself.  I would love to see more women my age coming out and taking themselves on.  It’s really worth it.


Want to try pole classes? New students any 3 classes for $39

Karla Campos

Why Jump?


Kangoo boots used at Polestars Jumpstars class



Jumpstars... Lose Weight While Having Fun!


You might be thinking: Why Jump? There are hundreds of other exercises out there I can do to lose weight.


You are right, there are hundreds of exercises that you can do to lose weight but jumping with Kangoo boots is actually FUN! You don't have to know any fancy dance moves to join a class that incorporates Kangoo boots, which means anyone can join. Here at Polestars we provide the boots in our Jumpstars class so you don't even have to own your own boots to reap in the benefits.


Women and men of all shapes and sizes can use Kangoo boots and studies actually show that if you use Kangoo boots to jog that you reduce your risk of injury because they are designed to decrease impact on your joints.


Jumping = Longevity?


Most people are concerned with aging, heck the story of Snow White is all about one woman's obsession with staying young and beautiful. The entire Snow White evil step mother fiasco could have been avoided with Kangoo boots, who knew? (Joke).


People today really want to look young, what if I told you that doing exercise while wearing Kangoo boots is actually putting your skin to exercise. When you Jump, the rebounding movement  is teaching your skin to rebound. What in the world does skin rebounding mean? It means your skin is training its ability to be elastic (flexible), it is learning to stretch and contract. As we age, the elasticity of our skin begins to diminish causing sagging and loose skin. Don't call the plastic surgeon just yet, take Jumpstars instead : )


Jumpstars = weight loss, muscle tone, firm skin and fun

or as I like to put it

Jumpstars = Longevity


Jumping Makes You Happy


Feeling down or depressed? Go use some Kangoo boots with friends or join a class and watch that frown turn upside down. I can tell you many stories about times I have been down and taking a Jumpstars class has helped in just one hour.  I call it the one hour to happiness, it feels like you sweat and jump your troubles away.


Let me know in the comments about your experience with Kangoo boots or if you have any questions, I am more than happy to answer them for you.



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Kangoo Boots are a product of Kangoo Jumps, here at Polestars we use Kangoo boots for our Jumpstars program.