Tell us about yourself – age / family / job / etc

This is always such a strange question to answer… I am 30 years old, married to the best human a Casey could ask for. We have recently become parents to a year old Doberman who reminds me how important naps are. I was a belly dancer for just over 10 years before I found myself in a pole class.

When did you join the Vertical Vixen studio and pole dancing?

I originally joined in 2013. I had gone through a very serious trauma, and wanted to do something fun and strong with my body. In 2015 I was doing my Masters Degree, which was exhausting, and as a result my strength and energy in class dwindled… I took a break from pole, and have been back since November 2016.

What were your reasons for joining? are they still the same?

I had heard that pole was the best full body workout around, and that it was phenomenal for core strength.

I joined because I wanted something that would build my strength, help me get back into my body, but that was also elegant and dancy. When I took my break from pole, I missed feeling strong in my body, and I also really missed the cool things my body could do on the pole. So yes, I still really enjoy the strength I get from pole. I keep coming to classes to feel like I can do cool things with my body. That no matter what it looks like, my body is capable of awesome things.

Because of the classes / new exercise regime – did you start to make changes to other areas of your life? if so what? (what other benefits have you gained from your classes at Vertical Vixen?)

Hmmm… I try to schedule my life around pole classes so I don’t miss out on the fun. I have also made some amazing friends at pole. Some really awesome people who celebrate every small pole milestone and victory, many of whom I am proud to call my friends.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of trying pole?

Do it. It is so much harder than it looks, and takes so much more strength than you’ve ever imagined your body was capable of. It really has helped me create a better and more loving relationship with my body.

Why would you tell someone to join a pole class?

Because it is so much fun. People often tell me that when they are happier with their bodies, maybe then they’ll join a pole class.

Don’t wait. Being in pole class was a huge part of becoming happier with my body.

Casey Blake
Casey Blake

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