Spotlight: April 26, 2010 – The Goddess Movement

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

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
Ring: 778.240.7879

#10 – 45778 Gaetz Street, Chilliwack VIEW MAP
Ring: 778.240.7879

23 Responses to “Spotlight: April 26, 2010 – The Goddess Movement”

  1. Janelle Kristine says:

    This would be so fun for a stagette!

  2. Jo Jo says:

    Cannot believe there is a place so close to home where you can work out, feeling sexy (regardless shapes and sizes), and have FUN!!!!! It would be so much fun for a “girls nite out”!

  3. Caree Bray says:

    I soooo want to do this!

  4. Dilara says:

    This looks so great and would make an awesome stagette!!

  5. Janelle Chartrand says:

    Don’t think about it….Just DO It….You will not regret it and you will feel Amazing!!!

  6. Jade says:

    I just drove past the Abbotsford location the other day and mentioned how fun that would be. Would love to be entered!

  7. Cathy Empey says:

    I really want to do this too! Time to have some much needed fun! Kudos to them for helping empower women! Awesome!!

  8. Andrea says:

    Have been wanting to try this for a year since I heard about it!

  9. Tamara says:

    This sounds like a FANTASTIC way to spend a night out with the girls!!!

  10. Jen says:

    I started in the Chilliwack studio over a year ago….I love it and so do a lot of women from my clinic. The fitness component slowly ramps up over the levels and all of sudden you realize how far you’ve come. I highly recommend the program to everyone; as well as all the other great classes they offer.

  11. Robyn says:

    Love this place! Found it in January and have been going to the Abby studio ever since. I’m hoping to start level 3 pole soon and I absolutely love Zumba! Looking forward to the hoop workshops too, they look like a blast. I’m 50 ‘ish’ and did this on a whim and I’m so glad I did – this is for all ages and the ladies there make you feel warm and welcome no matter what.

  12. Cheryl says:

    What a great way to get in shape and have fun at the same time. Love it!

  13. Kelsey says:

    I’ve been taking pole class with Aryn for three years. I have yet to find a better workout routine that produces the results like the pole classes at The Goddess Movement. Growing up I always struggled with weight and since I started pole I was able to lose the last 30 lbs and become stronger than ever. I have never been more confident in myself and I owe that to the teachings and empowerment I have gained through the movement and by getting to know the amazing women in each class I take.

    I strongly recommend every woman to try this out!

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  15. Erin says:

    Thanks for the insite Kelsey :) I too have struggled with my weight and would love to give this a try to see if I could finally find away to get rid of those last pounds all while having fun.

  16. Rebecca says:

    I would love to win this and take some of the gals from our Makeover Challenge! It would be so much fun.

  17. Christie says:

    Very fun and a great workout!

  18. Jami Savage says:

    I would absolutely love to win this to bring me and my fellow “new mom” friends out for a baby free, sexy and fun night. Sounds like a blast!

  19. Michele says:

    This is the best thing Ive ever done! Aryn is an amazing woman and after youve done a class with her you will feel amazing too!Her personality is contagious and uplifting! Who ever wins this is a very lucky girl!

  20. Angela Baxter says:

    Sounds like a sexy-fun time ;)

  21. Birdie Olli says:

    Crazy how times change. What appeared crazy and freakish years ago is at present all the rage, and vice-versa. If anyone would have mentioned pole dancing years ago, ones exclusive thought would be in the sewer. Nonetheless, it has come full circle and is at present one of the most practiced forms of womens physical fitness. As someone who has enjoyed it before it was “cool”, I am so happy to see so many women starting to recognize that it can be a wonderful physical fitness tool , including too many famous female celebrities to name. The critical thing to remember about women’s fitness, particularly as we get older, is not so much what we are doing, but that we are doing something consistently. The net is filled with useful websites(like this one) with lots of ideas for women, to establish a health routine that is efficient and sustainable.

  22. Robyn Maltais says:

    Sounds like a great prize!

  23. Norma Gosling says:

    I would love to bring my Red Hat Ladies [of all ages] to a try out session. Since the Red Hat Society is advocating ‘fitness’ to go along with fun, friendship and fullfillment – this would be an ideal thing to try. Not always, at our age, do we feel comfortable in a gym or fitness club.

    I think it is time to step up and try something new.

    Thanks for spotlighting this.

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