The Gal Behind FitGirl
Welcome everyone! My name is Carrie I am the owner of FitGirl Studio.
I work with clients, individually or in pairs, on building the strength to do a variety of fun pole moves. I work with clients who are just interested in building strength as well as clients working to put together a sexy dance routine. I also work with small groups of up to 4 students.
I would like to use this site to encourage conversation and create a community, not just market my business. I love to hear the amazing stories that bring all pole dancers together.
Pole has brought me out of my shell and given me more self esteem than I have ever had. It has restored my mobility and increased my flexibility, balance and physical strength. It taught me to fly!
To tell you about FitGirl and how it came about you have to go back to the year I broke my hip in December of 2008. I was painfully shy for most of my life, never really believed in myself and said “I can’t “ so often you would have thought it was my motto. I still say it but now I add a very important word to the end “I can’t do it; yet.”
Over the years I’ve tried many things and quit because I felt like I couldn’t do it. Then I started working out and getting in shape. While I didn’t challenge myself much, I did feel a little better about myself. Not confident, but at least I was gaining self esteem. Then, I broke my hip through a freak accident involving my dog on a leash wrapped around my arms, a toy, and the frozen ground. I walked on it, tried to work out, and never went to see the doctor…….then it snapped!
I had to learn to walk again after surgery. My left leg would not move and I was eager to get back to working out. I did my therapy and eventually didn’t hurt every waking hour but every time I tried to exercise I hurt for days; sometimes I couldn’t move my leg. I rested, waited and tried again and it seemed to always happen. I started gaining weight, got very depressed, lost my self esteem, and felt horrible about myself, I tried shakes, diets and health club memberships but it was always 1 step forward and 2 steps back because, inevitably, working harder was causing more injury.
In 2012 I started my search for something fun and looked into gymnastics but, even if I could have found a class for adults, it would not have been right for me because of the impact when landing gymnastics moves. I found a dance studio that offered pole dancing and it looked like a good match; something similar to gymnastics without the impact and something fun. I called and was able to try a session for a price. After the session I was instantly hooked and bought my first package.
Learning to Fly!
I was horrible at first; clumsy and unable to master anything right off the bat. I had no balance and, even though I had been lifting weights, I was not very strong. I went to class 3 days a week, or more, and did what I could at first to build a lot of strength throughout my body. I loved the challenge and the ladies in the class encouraged me every step of the way. I am a slow learner with focus issues but saw something I really wanted and just kept at it. I got better, a lot better, with practice and learned a valuable lesson that would have been beneficial to me much earlier in life. I learned that I can do just about anything I want if I just keep at it. Just because it doesn’t come naturally doesn’t mean I am doomed to fail.
After a while there was a break in classes for holidays so I got on the treadmill and, to my surprise, did not pay for it like before. In fact, I was not sore at all the next day, or any other day after that, unless I pushed my limits and tried to run. I began to feel free, like I could do anything, and started taking ballroom dance lessons; again it took a lot of practice to get any of it but, eventually, I hit a point where I could hold my own. While I won’t be on dancing with the stars any time soon, I can dance at a wedding. Then I took some fun aerial arts classes and even did pretty well with those once I learned some basics.
How You Can Fly Too!
I started feeling like a new woman and much more confident in my ability to learn new things so I decided to get my personal training certification. My ultimate goal was to teach pole fitness. Getting certified as a personal trainer, matched with my years of pole fitness experience, seemed like the right way to go.
I teach private sessions for 1 0r 2 students so each of my students will get some one to one time to refine their skills. Why you ask? Because when a student goes through the changes I went through I like to be able to see it. It makes my work worth while to help others build their confidence and improve their health at the same time. I love to see someone get so excited about their progress that they stop saying “I can’t” and start saying “I will be able to”.
After getting certified I decided to start my own business to teach private, or semi-private, pole fitness sessions. I love what I do and am continually learning as pole fitness changes and evolves. Pole fitness has changed my life and it can do the same for you; let’s fly together!