Tuesday, February 13, 2018

#FortheLoveofPole February Challenge

I'm hosting a pole challenge on my Instagram for February.  I was tired of being a in a pole rut- I had not touched the pole since July. 😲 I couldn't believe it'd been so long.  The challenge is quite simple. Pole every day in the month of February for at least 15 minutes.  Going into this challenge, I foresaw most of my entries being quick freestyle warm up type dances.  Which was fine by me.  I wasn't trying to impress anyone, I just wanted to get back into dancing with my pole.  I also didn't have any expectations of how many people would participate.  Like I said, this was more about doing something I'd been wanting to do for quite awhile now which is also one of the goals I touched base on in my 2018 Fitness Goals blog post..  It was an overdue process of getting reacquainted with my pole.  Just three years ago when I was a studio owner, I did pole EVERY day.  I felt like my body was in a lot better shape then so it only made sense that if I could do one thing to get back into better physical shape that it would be to bring pole back into my life. 


How I'm doing the challenge.

Day 1 was a lot of awkward freestyle movement.  I turned on my Pandora Radio app and tuned into to the Amy Winehouse channel.  I set up my camera to record some of my progress for sharing purposes and set a timer for 15 minutes.  Then I just danced. I danced around the pole clockwise and counterclockwise, did body rolls, forward bends, danced through the Pandora commercials, and even played a game of fetch with my dog that kept bringing me a stuffed toy- ALL while I danced.  It felt good to spin and move.  A lot of muscle memory still exists but the movements felt rough around the edges. Surprisingly, 15 minutes felt like an awful long time for continuous movement.  I event checked the time with 4 minutes to go thinking the timer had failed me and I'd been dancing for 30 minutes.  I'm looking forward to continuing this challenge throughout the month and will hopefully come away with putting pole back into my regular fitness rotation.



Tuesday, February 6, 2018

My Fitness Goals for 2018

I have a lot of ambitious goals for my fitness journey in 2018! I'm really excited to lay these plans out and start working on these goals for the new year.  By sharing my goals with my readers, I'm creating accountability. So here are the list of goals I'm looking forward to for 2018.


  • Complete 14 day online Do Yoga With Me challenge.
  • Progress in my Trapeze skills. Be able to create a routine.
  • Perform in an aerial showcase.
  • Complete an Instagram challenge for pole fitness.
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking - visit Cascade Falls, Jug Rock, and other local hiking trails/parks
  • 10K steps/day
  • Employee Wellness Program activities
  • Sailing lessons
  • Ride my bicycle more within the city and less driving the car/take bicycle grocery shopping


What are your fitness goals for 2018?  Let me know in the comments or share with my on my Instagram or Facebook!






Tuesday, January 30, 2018

February Fitness Challenges 2018

February is the month of love and what better way to get fit than to dance with the apparatus that we love so much. I'm going to try something new this month and get back to dancing with the pole. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I am challenging myself (and anyone else that wants to participate) to pole dance at least 15 minutes a day for the entire month of February. Post a video or pic from your daily pole session and tag #fortheloveofpole ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ (Just a heads up- President's Day weekend I'll be off skiing at a mountain resort so I won't be able to participate however, I am going to make an effort to pole every day possible when I will be home and around my pole.) #polechallenge #polefitness #poledance #poleharmonyblog #poleharmony #february #february2018 #fitnessblogger #fitness #fitnesschallenge
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❤️πŸ’—❤️ February Combo Challenge ❤️πŸ’—❤️ February combo challenge with @dredee1983 and @tara.renelle.roxy starts tomorrow! We will be giving away 3 prizes again this month! This month's moves focus on SPLITS. @tara.renelle.roxy has joined us again to give you a weekly yoga sequence or exercises to help improve your flexibility or strength for that week's pole tricks. To play, follow the steps below: 1. Repost the flyer and tag two friends to play. 2. Follow the hosts and sponsors and tag in all your entries! Example videos will be posted 2-3 days before each combo day. Keep in mind there are many names for pole moves so to do the combos for this specific challenge you must check @dredee1983’s videos before each combo. Also watch @tara.renelle.roxy weekly videos for your hip exercises or yoga sequence for each week. 3. Post a video of your combos using the moves listed in sequence for each odd numbered day of the month. If the moves are too advanced for you, do videos of prep work for each move - that still counts! Also post 1 weekly video with the yoga sequence or exercises provided by @tara.renelle.roxy. Use the hashtag #februarycombochallenge, and don't forget to tag the hosts and sponsors in all your entries! All entries must be received by March 3, 2017. Winners will be announced March 6, 2017. Winners must complete all combos and weekly exercises as best they can for their level and will be chosen based on fluidity of transitions and good form. . πŸ†PRIZESπŸ† 1st place will receive a shirt from @darkside.fitness 2nd place will receive a jar of itac 3rd place will receive a set of therabands. ❤️πŸ’—❤️πŸ’— Happy poling!

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In 2 Days!!! Are you ready to extend and free your back? I'll be sharing instructional videos with modifications and variations to fit all bodies. Join us for #OpenYour❤️❤️ challenge,happening February 1st through February 10th.. We will explore all sorts of chest and front side opening poses through our shared love of yoga and backbends. . How to get started: ▶️ Re-post this flyer. ▶️Follow all the hosts and sponsors. ▶️Practice with us daily & take a photo or a video of the daily pose. Your best attempt at the pose is perfect! ▶️Tag daily with the hashtag #OpenYour❤️❤️, your hosts and sponsors in the caption. NO need to tag your daily photos. ▶️Like, comment and make new friends. ▶️BONUS: TAG and invite a few friends in the comments below. . Hosts: @yogini_444. @yogisoli. @yoga_at_a_glance. @yamasaraha. . Sponsors: @yogaessentialsindia @zeetabody @will2wow_jewelry @mamakuka @glassticbottle @shideawords. @mala_spirit @liveinleggingsboutique @lotusfloweromllc @sashka_co @girl.108 @aroma.flow . List of Asanas for this challenge: 1. Standing backbend 2. Anjaneyasana- Low Lunge 3. Purvottanasana- Upward Plank Pose 4. Bhujangasana- Cobra Pose 5. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana- Upward Facing Dog 6. Ustrasana- Camel Pose 7. Urdhva Dhanurasana - Wheel pose 8. Supta Virasana- Reclined Hero Pose 9. Chapasana- Sugarcane Pose 10. Natarajasana- Dancers Pose
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Let’s open up our hearts this February for a short #yogachallenge Do it with a friend or partner or someone who inspires you to spread love. Hosts: @iamdemiyoga @mindfulmovement246 @wolfpackyoga246 Sponsors: @touchofedenbarbados @gdi_barbados @aqbeachclub • Here’s how to participate! 1. Follow all of the hosts and sponsors 2. Repost this image and tag friends to join in! 3. Post a photo each day sharing your journey to a more open heart 4. Tag all of the hosts and sponsors and use the hashtag #openedhearts in each of your posts 5. Profile needs to be public for the hosts to see your posts 6. Have fun while doing yoga! 🧘🏽‍♀️ • At the end of the challenge we will be giving out a few exiting prizes for you to enjoy! #openedhearts #yogisopenheart #yogaheart #loveyourself #backbendlove #teamyogisbarbados #yogalove #yogalife #spreadlove #mindbodyyoga #yogawithapurpose #demiyoga
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Just in time for Valentines Day and #fiftyshadesfreed ✨✨✨ Join @karramella1 @benditlikebay @awesomebodyrevolution @yogaelixir @beahappyamy and @tunaapari from Feb 1- Feb 10 for #FiftyShadesofYoga2 , a yummy challenge all about creative binds ➿ feel free to get as sultry as you want, just always remember to be safe and keep it creative. Are you Ready? Mr. Grey will see you now and remember: Remember, it’s all about the bind. (The picture in this poster is by the most amazing babe of all, @abanna_yoga_art, thank you Dana for your incredible image). 🎁SPONSORS🎁 @nicepipesapparel @fineheartsofficial @goamagicfashion @onzie @radhabeauty Here's how to join in: ☄Follow all hosts and sponsors ✔️ ☄Repost this flyer and tag at least three friends to join ✔️ ☄Post a photo every day, tagging all hosts and sponsors and using the tag #fiftyshadesogyoga2 _ #yoga #tonedgirls #yogapractice #yogi #yogini #yogagirl #yogainspiration #yogaeverydamnday #yogalove #fitspo #fitgirl #fitfam #gymrat #fitness  #yogaeverywhere #style #yogaholic #fitnessaddict #eatclean #workout #exercise  #goodvibes #fashion #healthy #blackandwhite #binds

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Pole Harmony 2018 Blog Goals

It's a new year and a fresh start!  I like to take stock of all the areas in my life this time of year and map out goals I'd like to manifest over the course of the next twelve months.  One area in particular that I'd like to revamp would be this blog.  In 2017, I was fairly consistent with weekly content.  I, 2018, I want to use this blog as a means to stay on track in my health and fitness goals as well as continue to write about products, issues, recipes, and anything else fitness or circus related.  So here is an outline of the types of content and goals I have in mind for the coming year for Pole Harmony. 


Blog Content
  1. Product Reviews
  2. Recipes
  3. Monthly Challenges
  4. Pinterest Fitness Series Routines
  5. Tutorials
  6. Giveaways
Frequency of Posts: Every Tuesday at 09:00am


Engagement: I'd like to be more engaged with my blog and Instagram account.  I'd like to feature more personal progress fitness videos and posts on IG that are related to the content featured on my blog such as:


  1. Recipes
  2. Training Videos
  3. Conditioning
  4. Flexibility
  5. Product Reviews
Thank you to all my readers and dedicated followers that have routinely read, subscribed, commented, and shared my posts all these years.  I really appreciate your loyalty to Pole Harmony and the content I am able to share with all of you every week. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Desk Cycle One Year Update

Last January, I purchased myself a Desk Cycle.  I featured the Desk Cycle in a blog post in April, Desk Cycle For Your Sedentary Work Day.  I found this device to be the perfect solution for me to obtain my 10,000 steps per day goal with my fitness tracker and employee wellness program.  Once I completed all my employee program goals, all my fitness motivation went by the wayside.  At least where my daily step count was concerned.  It should come as no surprise that here we are in January and I'm again focusing on my fitness goals and getting back into the habit of using my Desk Cycle while I work.  Over the last couple of days since starting to cycle again, I have noticed I've been sleeping much better at night.  My legs have been slightly sore but nothing I can't handle. Sore legs to me says that I'm working those muscles which is a huge benefit to being active and living a fit lifestyle.  These effects got me thinking about all the benefits I was letting slip on by as I neglected my daily cycling while sitting at my desk at work.  So this year, I am going to commit to regularly cycling to achieve my 10k step goal- even AFTER my employee incentive program goals are completed.  I want to maintain my motivation to stay fit, just not when it is a convenience in the form of monetary rewards.  In my next few blog posts, I am going to start to focus more on planning some health and fitness goals for the new year.  I'll be using my December 2017 SMART goals planning posts to develop some new fitness specific goals that I will work harder towards achieving this year.  If you use a Desk Cycle or similar device while at work, please feel free to share in the comments how you stay motivated throughout the year to continue to make your work day activity goals a part of your daily routine. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January Fitness Challenges

Happy New Year!  We're already a week in to the new year however, I will wanted to share with all my readers all the current pole and other fitness related challenges for January.  It's not too late to jump in and join any of these challenges!



ATTENTION POLERS! PSO is hosting a competition prep challenge that will be launching January 1st! This is a great chance for all of you to get a feel for what goes into prepping for a competition. The goal is to help you build the confidence to take that step towards your first competition and becoming a stronger and more confident poler. We encourage everyone to participate in the challenge whether you have plans to compete or not. RULES OF THE CONTEST: - Follow each of our contest sponsors - Post twice a week, one for each of the weekly assignments for preparing for a competition. You can describe your competition prep process via a picture or video but let us know what you came up with for each step of the competition prep process. - Tag all of the competition sponsors in each of your posts. - Use the hashtags #IMPSOEXCITED and #PSOCOMPPREP in your posts. - The winner(s) will be chosen at random from those that have completed all four weeks. - Contest results will be announced on February 1st on social media. - Winner(s) will receive an X-pole Sport pole, PSO apparel, Pole Conditioning ebook by @elizabeth_bfit, and a gift card from one of our sponsors (Dragonfly and Pole Active) - Let the competition prep training begin!

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Aerial SMART Goals

In my previous blog, I introduced the concept of the SMART curriculum for putting together a plan to achieve a goal.  In this blog I am going to break down a couple of my own goals which will serve as an example for how to go about using this system in your aerial fitness agenda. Looking for a way to plan your week or month and stay accountable?  Check out my February 2017 blog about Fitness Planning for tips and templates to help you stay organized. 


GOAL 1

SPECIFIC: I will be able to complete a basic climb on the silks twice on each leg with at least five increments up the silks after a twenty minute warm-up within 2 minutes. 


MEASURABLE: Time myself completing this task via video.


ATTAINABLE: What do I need to do to attain this? Practice my climb drills in a cardio style endurance building manner using the 2 minute marker as addressed in my goal. 


REASONABLE/REALISTIC: Yes. I have a solid basic climb bilaterally. I am working on building endurance in my climbs and have no limitations that would prevent me from achieving this goal. 


TIME-BOUND: 2 minute climb drill set by 4 weeks. 


GOAL 2

SPECIFIC: I will attend 2 or more Trapeze classes in the next 4 weeks.


MEASURABLE: Write classes in my day planner to track my progress.


ATTAINABLE: Trapeze classes are on Wednesdays.  For the month of November, I had 4 Wednesdays that did not have any after work commitments. 


REASONABLE: Yes, my schedule will allow me to attend classes. Trapeze is an apparatus within my skill set.


TIME-BOUND: 2 classes in a 4 week time frame.


GOAL 3

SPECIFIC: To write a routine for Trapeze that I can perform in the upcoming student/instructor showcase on December 16th. 


MEASURABLE: Video documentation will determine my progress and readiness to perform.


ATTAINABLE:  Choose a song and write a routine using skill level appropriate trapeze moves.


REASONABLE: I am giving myself 46 days to prepare a routine on trapeze. 


TIME-BOUND: At the time of this goal being made, I have 46 days until the performance on December 16th.