Strength. Graceful. Athletic. Not necessarily words you would normally associate with ‘pole dancing’. Fraser Valley’s The Goddess Movement has certainly helped change our team’s impression of pole fitness. Every woman can enjoy this empowering form of exercise. Yes, even you!
We first learned of The Goddess Movement at the West Coast Women’s Show. The demonstrations of pole dancing weren’t smarmy and overtly sexual like we were used to seeing. It was athletic, beautiful and it looked very FUN!
Aryn Savard (pictured below) and a friend were teaching pilates in 2005. Her friend had seen pole fitness on Oprah and suggested to Aryn that they give it a try. Aryn, then 5 months pregnant, laughed it off until she realized her friend wasn’t kidding. After some thought, she realized that with her degree in exercise physiology and athletic background, she could really use this new exercise phenomenon to help women find a fun way to exercise, to empower them and to change their lives and bodies. From the moment Aryn started creating simple routines on the pole, she fell in love.
The Goddess Movement has locations in Abbotsford and in Chilliwack, both with a fabulous menu of all types of exercise. There is of course the pole work, along with Ballet Bootcamp, Zumba, Mom & Baby Fitness and coming soon – hoop classes! ALL women can enjoy this fitness studio. The programs are very comprehensive. Even the pole fitness classes include a yoga warm up, belly dancing-inspired movements, dance choreography and pilates.
What’s the biggest misconception? Aryn says the biggest misconception about pole fitness is that you need to be fit before you begin. The first thing new visitors are told is that they must check their judgement at the door – not only of others, but most importantly of themselves. Aryn and The Goddess Movement team empower women to test their bodies, try new things and to love themselves and one another while doing so.
Aryn, we love how you’re empowering the women of the Fraser Valley to have fun getting fit and to find their inner goddess.
Ladies – give it a try! The Goddess Movement offers FREE try-it classes each week. Check the calendar for details. And if you’re looking for somewhere fun to host a stagette or ladies night out in the Fraser Valley – give The Goddess Movement a call… they’ll help plan you something sassy and fabulous!
Aryn & her team are gifting one lucky FVP reader, plus up to 9 female friends, one private class of pole fitness! Just you, an instructor, a fabulous studio of poles and a whole lotta laughs to be had – don’t forget your camera! To enter to win this fun ladies night out, please leave a comment on this post. Winner will be announced May 7, 2010. Good luck!
The Goddess Movement
1919 Sumas Way, Abbotsford VIEW MAP
#10 – 45778 Gaetz Street, Chilliwack VIEW MAP