Tuesday, April 25, 2017

May 2017 Pole Dancing & Fitness Challenges

Coming soon! Starts May 1st! The return of the all-levels community pole challenge where YOU choose YOUR moves! ✨No prizes! ❌πŸ’°πŸ†Incredibly amateur gold glittery flyers! ✨Cheat sheet posted by @tropicalvertical the night before! πŸ’•πŸ‘―πŸ‘―‍♂️Pole love for days! πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ•ΊπŸ½Inspiration from your polesisters and brothers across the globe! 🌎No rules! 😎One love! ❤️POLE LOVE! πŸ™ŒPole family! ARE YOU IN? πŸ‘Š#maypolechallenge #polechallenge #alphapolefam #polelove #polefit #polefitness #poledance #poledancing #poledancersofinstagram #poledancersofig #unitedbypole #poledancenation #beginnerpole #intermediatepole #advancedpole #poletricks #poletrickoftheday #polefun #polesport #polecombo #poletricks #beginnerpoletricks #intermediatepoletricks #advancedpoletricks #lifeisbetterupsidedown

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

My Journey Back to Teaching

Since selling my aerial dance fitness studio in October 2015, I haven't taught any aerial dance or fitness classes. I was ready to move on to the next chapter in my life and put teaching on the back burner.  Unfortunately, life would not happen the way I'd planned and after two years of being on a teaching hiatus, it was time to test the waters and revisit my old passion of teaching once more.  After some encouragement from my former aerial instructor who has been teaching aerial classes at another gym, I decided to join her at that very gym and embark on a new journey of being a beginner level aerial instructor.  It was apparent that I was rusty on the more advanced material so I felt comfortable teaching and re-familiarizing myself with the beginner level curriculum.


Getting back to it was a process. I was given a curriculum that I would be teaching so I had a basic structure to my classes.  I shadowed a couple of the instructors at the gym where I participated as a student and/or assisted in a co-instructor role for a few classes.  I felt comfortable after a couple weeks to move on to leading my own class.  Class prep included some extensive research to familiarize myself with the concepts and key elements important to the movement I was to teach.  Even though I was teaching a beginner level curriculum, there would be students of varying levels within the umbrella term of "beginner" that could easily progress with a little more advanced movement or need to dial things back for a simplified version of particular skills. This can be quite challenging for many instructors especially if you have larger class sizes. 


The day before my first class, I did some prepping in an open gym session where I practiced the skills for the following day. My plan for my class would start with an introduction where I would let everyone know the skills we'd be working on for the day.  We would proceed with introductions of the students where they would go around in a circle and introduce themselves to the group and state how long they've been taking classes and what their goals were for the day regarding the lesson plan.  After our introductions, I would lead a warm-up followed by class instruction.  Once we completed our instructional portion of class, I planned for a little free time for students to work on any of the skills taught, take pictures, or to ask questions one on one.  The last 8 minutes of class would include some additional instructed conditioning followed by a cool down. 


Post First Class Recap

I've officially taught my first aerial silks class since sometime in 2015.  The class went pretty well. I was able to stick to the planned curriculum for the most part.  There were a few advancements that I touched base on due to students having been previously introduced to the skills I was teaching.  It was a good learning experience for me to revisit concepts I hadn't worked on in awhile and work through the steps with my students as I re-acquainted myself with those particular skills.  I found the one hour class time to be a little bit of a challenge in order to keep on track and fit everything I wanted to work on for that class.  I'm looking forward to playing around with some more concepts in regards to my teaching experience in order to assure my students are getting the most from their lessons.  Can't wait for next week. 


Post Second Class Recap



This week was a smaller class size which I mostly attributed due to inclement weather and a couple students that previously informed me of their planned absence. For the students that did show up, we covered quite a bit of material.  After the teaching the required curriculum, I decided to introduce a mini routine at the end of class as part of a bonus conditioning.  The students really enjoyed the mini routine as it enabled them to put together movements and work on performance details.  I realized that in many of the classes most of the material is skills focused which can leave little time to fine tune and work on artistic expression which is a necessary synchronous skill for performances.  Each week, I will try to include a mini routine that will have all the skills taught during the first portion of the class.  Stay tuned for future updates on my journey back to teaching. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

10 Sexy Pole Tips & Tricks

The allure of pole dancing has always been rooted in the sexual origins of the exotic dance industry.  Pole dancing is best known for it's taboo history of gaining notoriety through the gentlemen's club era of the 1980s in the United States.  Since it's inception into the public eye, pole dancing has evolved and come a long way from the nightlife stages of the clubs to a widely accepted form of fitness for many modern men and women.  Whatever your reason for coming to pole dancing as a means of expressive dance or fitness, you can't help but feel drawn towards the sultry and seductive roots this type of dance has been best know for. 


Now just a mere form of pole dancing, the exotic and sexual side of pole dancing is widely practiced as a style that encourages more women than men to break the barriers of their sex appeal by engaging in movement exploration that taps into feelings of desire. Pole dancing encompasses many forms of dance and for those that fell in love for the mystique and erotic flavor of sultry dance, the sexy side of pole dancing is a steadfast favorite.  For whatever reason you have come to pole dancing, you can't deny that sexy pole is a fun challenge that forces you to work muscle groups that you don't typically focus on during other traditional workouts.  In January, I took a Sexy Pole Workshop class at a local studio.  I found the class to be full of useful tips.  It really got me thinking in how I used to teach this form of dancing and what types of tips I'd offer to my students.  I decided to give some of those tips and tricks to my readers that I have learned through various teachings and trial and error along the way.


10 Sexy Pole Tips & Tricks



1.  Eye Contact.  The eyes can tell a story during your dance or performance.  Use your eyes to keep your face alive when you dance.  Find a focal point- whether its an actual person you are dancing for, audience member, or an area above a member of the audience- this focus will engage your audience and connect your dancing to them on a more personal level.  Sexy pole is a style that taps into the personal and breaks down that barrier of personal space through the eyes and the eyes alone.


2. Watch Yourself. Practice dancing while watching yourself in the mirror.  It's the best way to develop your movement.  We are our best and work critics.  So when we move a particular way, only we can judge how that movement best looks on our body and if we like it, then odds are it will continue to be a movement we enjoy both mentally and physically on our body.  It's all about finding how certain moves work best for your body.


3.  Flirty Hand Movements. I used to teach 3 basic "Flirty Hand Movements" in my classes.  One flirty hand movement was to play with your loose clothing- twist the ends of your shirt so it shows a little skin.  The second flirty hand movement was to play with your hair- give your hair a tousle with your hand.  The third and my most favorite flirty hand movement is to trace your silhouette.  Run your hand along the aide of your torso, hips, and thighs.  This draws the attention to these areas of your body while giving your free hand something to do.  This is also a great way to dry sweaty palms as you rub excess hand perspiration onto your clothes to allow you to continue dancing without risking slipping while gripping the pole. 


4. Walking Sexy.  Pointing your toes is a given.  Whether you're wearing stilettos or dancing bare feet, engage that toe point at all times.  The toe point gives a clean line to the legs thus producing a long and lean look. I used to teach my students a sexy toe drag walk where the back foot lightly drags the toes into the next step.  This is an important walk to master especially if you're one to wear the taller heels when dancing. This constant contact with the floor allows for stability when walking in heels and prevents ankle rolling injuries and falls.


5. Exaggerate Form and Movements.  Sexy pole is all about those big hip sways, arched backs, pushed out chests.  Movements are exaggerated with legs and arms to pop out booties and create curves in every twist and turn around the pole. 


6. Slow is Sexy.  Slow and controlled dancing is not only sexy but it's essential to developing your key muscle groups that will allow you to dance effortlessly and become a pole seductress all while maintaining safe execution of all your favorite moves around the pole.


7. Floorwork. The epitome of sexy in pole dancing is the inclusion of floorwork while you dance.  Floorwork is a fun flirtation that allows you to rest during strenuous routines all while maintaining an engagement with your dancing or audience. Really play up your leg work during floorwork.  This is the time to develop core strength and flexibility for an overall enticing performance. 


8. Enjoy the dance. Pick a song you love. Set the mood with lights. Dance for yourself alone.  Sexy dancing isn't just about being seductive towards someone else. It can be a way to get in touch with yourself and be a form of expression for you and only you.  You don't have to share your dancing with anyone if you don't want to.  Pole dancing can be very therapeutic and by dancing for yourself, you can reap the benefits of those feel good endorphins by feeling sexy and confident all on your own. 


9. Dress the part. Most pole attire can be intimidating for new dancers.  It shows a lot of skin- which is necessary for safety in progressive moves that require skin contact with the pole.  If you're starting out, you most likely won't be ready for those types of ensembles but it shouldn't stop you from purchasing pieces that make you look and feel sexy.  Looking sexy can be a great catalyst towards making your dancing sexy.  Did I mention you also look sexy?  Who doesn't love playing dress up?


10. Create an alter ego.  Sometimes creating a character lets you tap into that acting role that you may feel like you need to take on in order to hone in on your sexy.  I've taught bachelorette pole parties where every participant came in and wanted me to give them a sexy name for the party.  Many exotic dancers pick stage names so for your sexy dance style, why not?  It adds flavor or a sense of style that you can tap into when you're feeling the need to express the sexy side of pole. 





Tuesday, April 4, 2017

DeskCycle for Your Sedentary Work Day

I work in my own office operating a pediatric based clinic.  I end up sitting until patients arrive and some days it is so slow that I have spent a huge portion of the day sitting. I wanted to start focusing my 2017 on losing some extra weight that I gained over the past year and half since selling my pole dancing and aerial fitness studio.  In January of this year, I decided I was going to get back on track with my physical fitness goals and return to a toned and in shape physique.  One of my friends on Facebook was also tired of her desk job curtailing her fitness efforts and posted about desk cycle chairs she was looking into buying to use while working.  After a little more extensive research on my part via Amazon.com, I came across the DeskCycle brand's Desk Exercise Bike Pedal Exerciser.  Browsing through the reviews, it was easy for me to decide that this machine was the answer to my sedentary work day. 


The DeskCycle is a small recumbent bike style pedaling machine that enables you to pedal like you're riding a bike while sitting at your desk doing the various computer or writing tasks of the typical desk jobs.  It is a low to the ground machine which makes it fit perfectly beneath various heights of desks and allows one to comfortably pedal without hitting knees.  I've also found it to be useful in gaining my 10,000 steps a day goal when I clip my Fitbit to my ankle, it counts steps in my fitness tracker.  You can also increase your cycling workout by adjusting the resistance setting to one of the 8 available settings.  For more details on this product, I've included the following product description via Amazon.com:


"Lowest pedal height available; Only 10 Inches; Can work with desks as low as 27 Inches; See description for details
More than twice the resistance range of the other pedal exercisers; 8 calibrated resistance settings; from very easy to more than you need
Magnetic resistance provides smooth, quiet pedal motion; let's you focus on your work and your co-workers focus on theirs
Same patented magnetic resistance mechanism and high quality components as the MagneTrainer
5 function display shows speed, time, distance calories and scan; Online calorie calculator on website for very accurate calories burned"


The product includes a monitor that can attach to the device or be placed on top of your desk for easy viewing. I really like this feature as I have placed my monitor on my desk and throughout the day I will pedal as I can and the monitor keeps track and adds on when I start pedaling so at the end of the day I have a complete total to enter into my work wellness program tracker and Fitbit app.  Overall, I am in love with my DeskCycle and look forward to using it for many years to come to stay in shape.


UPDATE: Since using the Desk Cycle for the last three months, I have noticed an increased endurance in my extracurricular workouts, particularly the intermediate to advanced yoga classes at my local YMCA. I feel more energized as a result and have also started to experiment with increasing the resistance while cycling. The facility where I operate my clinic has also put in an order for all their employees to have their own Desk Cycles to incorporate health consciousness throughout the work day. 



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

April 2017 Pole, Aerial, Yoga, & Fitness Challenges

Check out the challenges going on in April!

You ready?! Studioveena April Challenge, is April Abs! #svaprilabs2 Thank you @akpoles for making the creative! Hosted by me @studioveenaπŸ’œ and @kupmykakezπŸ‘! This challenge will include both pole moves, and exercises that will help you build abs of steel! As usual I will post a demo the day before with multiple levels of difficulty so everyone can play and WIN! Yes, I said win! πŸ†This month we have @kupmykakez, who will pass out WEEKLY giveaways to those who participate daily with hashtags! You must have a public IG profile to qualify for giveaway. To join in: ☔️ 1. Repost this photo on Instagram and tag friends who may want to join you! ☔️ 2. Follow me @studioveena to see demo clips for all levels and @kupmykakez cuz her pole bottoms rock. ☔️ 3. Beginning April 1st, warm up, then post a video or photo using any variation of the demo I've posted the day before. Just do your best, it doesn't have to be perfect. Please READ my post descriptions. I will include Reps, Sets, tips and lesson links for you there. ☔️ 4. Include #svaprilabs2, don't forget the 2! @studioveena and @kupmykakez in your daily post description so we can see your awesomeness 😎You must have a public profile if you would like a chance to be featured πŸ¦„ ☔ 5. Each week one participant will be chosen at random to win a pair of @kupmykakez shorts! The last week we will randomly choose a winner for a pair of Leggings! To qualify for legging give away you must have posted one time each week. #studioveena #veena #kmkshorts #kmkbottoms #pdchallenge #svaprilabs2 #aprilpolechallenge #poledancersofinstagram #poledance #poledancing #polefit #exoticpole #exercise #poletutorial #poleflexibility #workout #strength #abs #core #fitness #kmk #pdlessons #fitmom

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Our April Pole Challenge is ready!! This challenge includes all the moves from the first level of our pole curriculum - the white garter level. Here at Darkside we use a garter belt system to help motivate our students to progress through the levels in our pole curriculum. How it works is if you demonstrate good form for each of the moves on both sides, for at least 80% of the moves for each level, you earn the corresponding garter belt for that level. Even if you feel you are at a more advanced level than some of these moves, there is always room to improve your form and it is good to fill in the gaps you might be missing in your practice. Anyone is welcome to do this challenge free of charge, but for just $50 we will review your videos each day and offer customized tips to help you improve and then will send you your white garter belt and certificate of completion at the end of the challenge if you pass! If you choose this option what you will do is post a video or photo of you doing the move each day and then we will DM you if you are doing the move correctly or if we have any tips to improve (and then you can DM us a new video with the corrections). All moves should be done on both sides and tricks such as the pole climb and crucifix should be held for at least 3 seconds with good form. You can purchase the $50 training package on our website --> www.darkside-fitness.com --> Workshops/Series/Events but as we said you are of course welcome to do the challenge on your own free of charge 😊 also if you have any friends who have been wanting to try pole, this is the perfect opportunity as we will be building on this curriculum for the next few months. All you need is a pole at home! #aprilwhitepolechallenge2017
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🌠Are you ready for a new challenge?? You know my love for Pole Challenges... So today, i create mine πŸ™„πŸ’– Join us next month, in April for a new challenge divided into three themes : Flexibility, Strength, and of course a lot of Fun : #FSFPoowAprilChallenge17 You could win a beautiful voucher on Mademoiselle Spin website, our beautiful sponsor for this challenge, by joining our #FSFPoowAprilChallenge17 Be sure to post the maximum of moves in the month of april, follow @poowlyne & @mademoisellespin, tag us on your posts and hashtag #FSFPoowAprilChallenge17 to be into win ❤ The list of moves will be online soon !! Until then, like this post and tag some friends who would love this! You can also share this picture if you feel like it! 😘 Can't wait to see yours pic's !! 🌠

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***Aerial Challenge*** I'm so excited to share that @freedomaerial and I have teamed up to host an awesome 15 day Challenge! Anyone and everyone can join in as we use the first two weeks of April to motivate each other to get to the studio and strive to be a better aerialist. If you don't know the moves that's OK you can post something inspired by the move of the day or your own variation (any apparatus including the ground). Feel free to share and tag your aerial friends and studio so everyone can participate! Even better we will feature one of you guys each day and one overall challenge winner will win a pair of #freedomaerialapparel leggings!!! You must be following the hosts and sponsor @freedomaerial @aerialucy and @hannah_in_the_clouds to qualify and must tag #AprilShowersBringAerialPowers so we can see everyone's posts!

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Getting prepped for April challenges! Tagging some lovely yogis in case they want to join - @sarahtheyogi @ghostgem πŸ’—✨πŸ™πŸ» RepostBy @yogajosey: "Balance is grounding, it's clearing your mind and focusing on what is in front of you. It's staring out with an attention to what's important. There is no fear, only full trust in your body and mind, being in complete zen. πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ We welcome you to challenge yourselves along side us in #AprilBringsBalance on April 1-8. This 8 day challenge will help us collect our minds and focus on trust and purification. We believe in you! πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ How to play: -Repost our flier to let us know that you are in, and tag some of your favorite friends to play! -Follow your balancing hosts: @yogajosey @thatfitveganchick & @the.bendy.brat and follow our fabulous sponsors: @kyodanactive @babobotanicals @cocoyanafashion @namascray -Don't forget to tag your hosts & all sponsors in your photos/videos, and make sure your account is set to PUBLIC so that we can see your lovely squares! Find your equilibrium with us! πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ #yoga #yogi #yogajosey #vegan #naplesflorida #flexible #yogateacher #yogachallenge #igyoga #igyogafam #namaste #flexibility #balance #backbend #inversion #yogaeveryday #yogaeverywhere #yogaeverydamnday #beachbody #beachyoga #girlswithmuscle #instafit #iloveyoga #fitchick #fitgirl #fitnessmotivation #fitlife

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Join us for the #FlowYourHeartOut Yoga Challenge on April 1-10th! Join us as we open our hearts this spring. We are excited to bring you a 10 day back bending challenge! Odd days we will present a backbend, even days you incorporate that backbend into a flow of your choice. Feel free to copy ours or create your own! Can't wait to see all the πŸ’™ opening creativity! Hosts @jayhay_yoga @mjoyogini @yogibuffcakes @yogachikitsa Sponsors: @almondon @re3life #re3life #re3 @in_the_weeds_apothecary @meddyteddy This challenge is open to everyone and we invite you to have fun. If you are new to yoga, we ask that you use props, and make modifications. We will provide a pose each day. You can either post a video flow or picture. You can choose to do the pose of the day or modify it to fit your practice. Guidelines To Enter: 1) Repost This Flyer and Hashtag #FlowYourHeartOut #re3life and #re3 2) Follow All Hosts and Sponsors 3) Tag a couple friends to join 4) Post daily, hashtag #re3 #re3life and #FlowYourHeartOut with all posts, and tag all hosts and sponsors so we know you are playing along. . #yogaaddict #igyogis #yogamom #yogagirl #yogaboy #yogafriends #addictedtoyoga #yogalove #yogalife #yogainspiration #challenge #igyogamoms #instachallenge #yogamotivation #igyoga #igyogafam #100BackbendsADay #yogaforbeginners #IGYogachallenge #yoganewbie #newtoyoga #igyogacommunity #yogachallenge #meddyteddy #instayoga #bestwaytogetbent #yogachikitsa

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Acupressure Bed of Nails for Pole Dancers and Aerialists?

This past Christmas my sister in law gifted my father in law a Bed of Nails. It was an instant hit at our holiday gathering while everyone wanted to try out this interesting gift.  The Bed of Nails is an acupressure mat made of 100% cotton and consisting of 8,820 plastic nails measuring 14.5"x4"x6.  The mat is best used for acupressure therapy, similar to acupuncture except in acupuncture the therapy uses needles into the skin.  In acupressure therapy, the same pressure points in acupuncture are used but instead of inserting needles into the skin, pressure is applied to the points to initiate similar therapeutic affects. Bed of Nails Inc.'s website states, "Acupressure therapy is used for the following:


  • Improve circulation
  • Increase energy level
  • Relieve pain
  • Activate the parasympathetic nervous system for deep relaxation
  • Improve heart rate variability
  • Reduce cortisol levels for weight loss
  • Revitalize and rejuvenate."
After doing a little research, hearing about my sister in law and her husband's positive review, and experiencing the Bed of Nails firsthand, I decided to order my own Bed of Nails mat and pillow from www.BedofNails.org. After repeated pole or aerial workouts, I have a tendency to get achy in my trapezius muscles.  I've tried focusing my stretches on this particular area pre and post workouts which often leaves me experiencing minimal relief. I was hoping that the use of acupressure therapy in conjunction with my monthly deep tissue massages would aid in alleviating this issue. 

A question I came across in my research was how to clean the Bed of Nails.  On www.BedofNails.org, they have provided instructions for cleaning along with a video demonstration.

My Bed of Nails Experiences

My first session on the Bed of Nails lasted around five minutes. I started on the floor on my back using the head pillow while watching some television.  Needless to say, I didn't make it to the 10-20 minute recommended time.  I started experiencing a warming and burning sensation on my back- all of which I've read and heard from family members as being completely normal.  After coming off the Bed of Nails, I felt relaxed and tired.  My first session left me convinced.



Round 2 on the Bed of Nails was more tolerable. I made it to 5 minutes with a timer and was surprisingly willing to extend my time.  I ended up only doing the 5 minutes as planned and decided to continue adding more time with each session. This session was right before I went to bed and also left me feeling relaxed.


Progression: Throughout the first week of use I made my way up to 10 minutes while lying on the Bed of Nails mat on the floor.  Starting off my second week of use, I decided to change things up and use the mat while in bed.  While the intensity wasn't as prominent as I experienced on the floor, I did end up dozing off and was on the mat for over an hour my first time using the mat in bed.  I remember starting to lie on the mat at 10:19pm and the next thing I knew, my husband was waking me up at 11:39pm asking if I was still on the mat. I rolled off the mat and fell right back to sleep.  It was a very relaxing experience to have drifted off comfortably while snuggled in my nice warm bed.  If I didn't get it before, I got it now. I'm hooked. 


My father in law updated me on his progress and he said he was up to 20 minutes and has found himself sleeping well throughout the night. He said he uses the mat about an hour before he plans to go to bed.  He has a long history of poor sleep and frequent waking.  He said that since using his Bed of Nails, he has had some of the best sleep in his life.  His experience alone made me focus on increasing my time on the mat so I too could achieve the maximum benefit. 


I plan to continue to use my Bed of Nails and experiment with positions and where I achieve the best results in terms of sleep and relaxation.  I will keep you all posted on my results. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Fitbit Health & Activity Index and Fitbit Track Exercise Option List

While searching for a master list of all the available exercise options to log in my Fitbit app, I came across the Fitbit Health & Activity Index.  Although it may not be the most exciting content online for most people, I ended up finding it to be quite interesting in the information produced from the data. Per the site, "Fitbit evaluated the average number of steps, active minutes, resting heart rate, sleep duration, and body mass index based on aggregated anonymized data from over 10 million users in June 2015-June 2016."


Did you know the national average of sleep for Fitbit users in the United States is around 7 hours and 16 minutes a night?  And the national average of daily steps is 8,170?  The daily recommended step number is 10,000.  The national daily average for active minutes is currently at 27 minutes.  That's THREE whole minutes shy of the recommended 30 minutes a day.  These numbers say we need to be doing more.


I found it to be interesting to peruse the data and see what different types of activities my fellow gender and age ranges are participating in.  I still wish Fitbit would get on the ball and add pole dancing and aerial fitness to their list of activities to log in their app.  I have petitioned for them to add these activities and if you're interested in joining those in favor of these activities, click on over to view and vote for my proposal. As of July 11, 2016, I received an email from the Fitbip app development team stating my idea had been reviewed and submitted for evaluation.  I have not heard anything back about the addition of pole fitness or aerial fitness to the app at this time and hope that we will see these activities added to the list sometime in the near future. 


At this time, I am unable to find a documented or official master list of exercise options I can log in my Fitbit app.  I decided to go through the search and compile my own list alphabetically.  Below are the exercises you can currently log in the Fitbit app exercise log.


A
Archery
Aerobics


B
Badminton
Ballet
Barre Class
Baseball
Basketball
Bike
Bootcamp
Boxing


C
Calisthenics
Canoeing
Cardio Kickboxing
Cardio Sculpt
Carpentry
Circuit Training
Cleaning
Cricket
Cross Country Skiing
CrossFit
Curling


D
Dancing
Diving
Driving


E
Elliptical


F
Fencing
Field Hockey
Fishing
Football


G
Gardening
Golf
Gymnastics


H
Handball
Hike
Hockey
Horseback Riding
Hunting


I
Ice Skating


J
Jump Roping


K
Kayaking
Kettlebell
Kickboxing


L
Lacrosse


M
Martial Arts
Meditating
Motorcycle
Mountain Bike
Mowing Lawn


N
(No options listed)


O
Orienteering


P
Pilates
Polo


Q
(No options listed)


R
Racquetball
Rock Climbing
Roller Blading
Roller Skating
Rowing
Rowing Machine
Rugby
Run


S
Sailing
Scuba Diving
Shooting
Skateboarding
Skiing
Snorkeling
Snowshoeing
Soccer
Softball
Spinning
Squash
Stairclimber
Stretching
Swim


T
Tabata Workout
Table Tennis
Tai Chi
Tennis
Trampoline
Treadmill
TRX


U
Ultimate Frisbee


V
Volleyball


W
Walk
Water Aerobics
Water Jogging
Water Polo
Water Skiing
Water Volleyball
Weights
Wrestling


X
(No options listed)


Y
Yoga


Z
Zumba


Custom Activity Log Option

After doing a little more research, I discovered there is an option to add your own activities to your Fitbit App.  (This was discovered more recently in the months after I'd written the above content. Note: Almost all my blogs are pre-written months in advanced.) So far, I have only been able to accomplish adding my custom activities such as aerial silks or pole dancing through www.fitbit.com via a desktop computer. 


To do this, STEP 1: log in to your fitbit.com account.
 
STEP 2: Click "Log" in the menu bar.
STEP 3: Click on "Activities" in the menu option.
STEP 4: Scroll down the activities section to find the Log Activities box.  To the right, you will see another box labeled "Activities" where you can click the link "Create Custom Activity"


Once you log a workout for the newly created activity, you will then be able to see the custom activity on your list of activities for logging in your mobile app.  😊