That Day Jen NAILED The Pole

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It has been a while since I have done a “Jen Nails IT! Pinterest Challenge.”

This new challenge was inspired by a friend. I have known her just about all of my life. I go to church with her, and I know every member of her original and current family. She owns a dance studio and has been very successful at teaching many people and children (especially my children) how to dance.

I, myself, have never taken her up on her offers to get me into her studio. Until now. And I didn’t just go halfway because I know my readers demand more.

So on Friday night I signed up for a special little class called Pole Fitness!

First off, I need to clarify that the majority of my current exercise regimen includes, but is not limited to, carting the vacuum cleaner up and down the stairs and hefting a 22 lb toddler with me everywhere I go. So, at this stage of the game I am not even remotely a lean mean fighting machine.

I had the date for this class set for a while and had to reschedule once because of sick kids. On the day of the class, I started to think about what this was going to entail and realized I wasn’t really prepared. In a panic, I asked Jen’s Guy “What do I wear to this class?”

Jen’s Guy- “Honey, my understanding is that “wearing something” isn’t really a big requirement.”

And at that point Jen’s Guy was removed from having anything to do with the project.

I figured a pair of gym shorts and workout tank would do. Jen’s Guy kept his comments to himself (OK, I just stopped listening.)

On the night of the class I also realized I had to take someone with me to photograph it and Jen’s Guy had already been banned! Seriously, can you imagine? So as a good mother I took along my 13 year old daughter.

Here she is working the pole like a champ! With constant, non-free range supervision of course.

Now onto the class!

Katrina started us off by detailing a little about pole fitness. She explained that a lot of people have a mindset that doing this is all about being sexy when really it is about being graceful.

So at first I was like:

But then I turned it into:

When in reality it all probably looked like:

So, we began warm-ups and instantly I could feel how incredibly out of shape my core was. Even just lifting my legs above my head and holding onto the pole was challenging!

Katrina led us through a series of basic pole moves. For example we learned “the chair,” where you lift your legs off of the ground and imitate sitting while swinging on the pole. It took me about 20 tries, but I did it! I swung my bad self while sitting around that pole and have never felt so proud in my life!

* Note to Jen’s Guy here- I did learn that skin to pole contact is better, because when clothes touch the bar you slip like buttered spaghetti. . .

Anyway, there were a few other moves she taught me that I was less than successful at, but at least I had fun trying them and didn’t break any major bones. Winning!

Katrina then had me learn and practice a dance routine that her other class would be performing. I learned the first 5 minutes of the routine and even got off of the ground and was swinging on the pole!! Hooray me!

Then she asked if I would like to see the rest of the routine and feeling like a pro I figured I could rock that routine…….

Until it included THIS:

So, at that point I resigned myself, probably semi-permanently, in the kiddie pool until further training ensued. I do have to say the whole experience was a blast! I did NAIL a few of the moves, had fun and felt darn good during the process! So for any of you considering taking a Pole fitness class I say DO IT!!

If you are in Tucson,what are you waiting for? Katrina is amazing and I now believe she possesses super-hero like powers, so you will love taking a class from her. You can click here to find out more!

So did I NAIL this? Yes, maybe, I don’t know. How about you be the judge.

Just so you know, after class and feeling on a pole high, I took a well deserved QT BIG Q Freezoni break!

Post class Update: Remember when I mentioned that I could tell my core was out of shape?  It is 2 days later and my stomach feels like it would after completing about 100 crunches and I can’t lift my hands over my head, but it was all worth it and I think I am going back for more!

Stay Happy! Stay Informed!




  1. Oh Jen, there are literally tears in my eyes from laughing! Love this, every part, including Jen’s guy’s comment and your sweet daughter holding that pole… I believe I would have to stay in the kiddie pool as well. My body is definitely not capable of what she was doing hanging from that pole. I’m voting for YOU NAILED IT, my friend!
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    1. Thank you, I will take that NAILED IT vote! This was so much fun to do and write! I am glad it gave you a good laugh! I think I will need to stay firmly camped in the kiddie pool for a VERY long time, it looked like Katrina defied the laws of gravity at some points in the routine!
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    1. Thanks Janine! I was pretty scared,mostly that I would look like a BIG dork. I am pretty sure I still looked like a dork, but I forgot about it while I was there and had fun instead!
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  2. Oh my! I was laughing myself out of my chair at the clips you had in here! That would so be me…the third one that is. That’s great that you had the courage to give the class a try. I would have stood at that pole frozen, literally going “Nuh uh, not me on that thing!” As for getting a workout, I’d say carting the vacuum and carrying a toddler definitely count as exercise. Congrats on nailing some of the moves! That was a well deserved BIG Q Freezoni!

    1. Thank you Heather! I reward myself with a Freezoni quite often, because life is happier that way! Taking the class was totally scary, but I figured you have to start somewhere. I know I looked silly, but it was just so dang fun to try!
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  3. OMG! I am giggled a heck of a lot over the demi moore scene. I think your GIF’s perfectly explain how all of us would feel entering a pole class. I really want to try this though! Hope your arms and abs are feeling better
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    1. Oh that Demi Moore gif, I wish I had looked like that. I can verify though that of all the gifs the number 3 pole crasher one was pretty much what I looked like! I hope you do try a class like this, it was awesome! I have never had so much fun working out in my entire life!
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  4. I say you nailed this because you showed up. Because you gave it your best. Yes, you nailed this.

    Have a fabulous day and thanks for the laughs. :)
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    1. Thank you Sandee! I did show up and that is half the battle, right? It was scary at first, but super fun to just give it a go and try no matter what I looked like. I think that was the best part of the whole experience.
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  5. Baha ha ha! Oh my goodness girl this seriously made my Monday. Thank you so much for the giggles.

    I LOVE that you took your 13 year old with you. I would have LOVED to do that with my mom. Strong core muscles are such an upper hand. It is so crazy how many things are easier when you have them. I hope the “burn” goes away soon. We all know the “hurts so good” theory is garbage :).
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    1. My daughter loved the class and she wants to become a pole fitness expert now!

      Oh yes the “hurts so good” feeling! When I was doing my laundry the day after the class and couldn’t reach in to get the last sock was when I realized how out of shape I had gotten. Hopefully with a little more practice and training I can avoid that feeling again!
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  6. Wow! I give you props for trying it, but I don’t think I could do it. Several years ago, I was invited to a bachelorette party for my SIL to be – they were taking a pole dancing class. Me – a 30 something mom of 3 and a bunch of young, fit 20 somethings taking a pole dancing class together??? Well, I was far to chicken to even consider it!
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    1. I don’t blame you, that would be intimidating!! In my class there were 4 other ladies and funny enough, the older ladies (like me) were the ones who were able to swing around the pole further than the youngers! I stink at Zumba and pretty much everything else, but I could swing on that pool, well at least marginally :)
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    1. You are too sweet! She who I have never seen a bad picture be taken of. You are like Miss Photogenic!

      Jen’s Guy has been a never ending font of jokes about this whole experience. He told me that I really should have documented my swinging with video or he just can’t believe it!! Men :)
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      1. Well, THANK YOU! That is so sweet. And that is the advantage of being a blogger isn’t it? Only sharing the good photos and deleting all fat photos, rear-end photos, etc. :) I have very carefully molded everyone’s impression of me so that you will all be rather disappointed if you meet me in person. One sweet lady that usually only sees me on Sunday (all dressed up for church) saw me this week on Wednesday. She said, “Are you okay?” LOL. “Oh. Ha! Yes, I’m great. This is what I look like in the middle of the week. :)” hehehe
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          That sounds like one of the many encounters I have with people at the grocery store when I am in my full mom gear! Oh yes, we bloggers hold all editorial control… yet somehow I end up with pictures of me on a pole and in bed asleep with my mouth open. Yet there are no bum pictures for sure!
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  7. I call your bluff. You are a total lean mean fighting machine! Also. The use of your video’s and video choices were HILARIOUS. I’m still laughing. Very descriptive. I commend you for taking this challenge! I am intrigued and tempted to try this class. Anything that works on the abs is a score! Damn child bearing left over dilemmas. Great NAILED IT challenge! You def NAILED the pole. LOL (this comment may be rated R… or this post. I’m not sure. :)

    1. Haha! Tell that to my family who see me falling over my own 2 feet all day long. I am great at beating myself up all day long and have the bruises to prove it!

      Oh my goodness yes!! After 4 c-sections there are just no muscles left in my stomach area that work the way they should! It’s just NOT RIGHT! I hope you do take a class like this someday, it was so much fun and I just “let it go” and went with it. That was probably the funnest part of the whole experience.
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  8. I totally want to do this…but still am in awe that you can actually get your leg over your head. It looks like so much fun. I danced as a kid (not poll dancing – ballet, tap and jazz) and often go back to take adult classes every now and then. I actually may retire from it because my stiff body doesn’t move the way it used to move. So, now I’m onto ice skating because the motion makes it easier to move.
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    1. Haha, oh no it was my leg over my head while laying flat on my back with my shoulder to the pole and I still couldn’t do it then!! If I had tried it while standing I would be broken into pieces today!! I am impressed, ice skating? You are amazing! I hope you post about that someday!
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  9. Excellent Jen! Pole dancers are incredibly fit! I love the way you point out that your core is out of shape as you battled to hold onto the bar with your legs above your head…Like it’s a normal position to hold!…And Jen, you look in excellent shape for a woman who has had 4 children!

    Love the GIFS (had me choking on my coffee!), I remember the Demi Moore film when it first came out.

    I say keep it up and your abs will start looking like you’ve been doing 100 crunches….And want a laugh you’ll be having along the way!

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    1. I have a whole new respect for pole dancers! No wonder their bodies are so beautiful, well um not that I attend a lot of their shows or anything…..

      Moving on, oh no way sister did I left my legs above my head while standing it was laying flat on my back and I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t have done it even if a forklift had helped to lift me up! I just wish you were closer I think you and I would have a riot of a time at a class like this!
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    1. Thanks Rabia I will take those 100 points! That is fabulous! I would have a good chuckle over that block as well pretty much every day I drove down it. The pole fitness ladies and church ladies should join ranks. They would have a lot of fun and learn some new skills, because seriously I have been to some church dinners where knowing a good lunge move or two would have made all of the difference……
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  10. Okay, so you know you have a crush on your favorite blogger when the title of her latest post along makes you feverishly click while anticipating the LOL antics you KNOW are sure to ensue.. haha. You are freaking awesome Jen. Like, seriously. YOU STOP IT. YOU STOP IT NOW. You’re making us other moms look bad. ;-) And that Dorothy meme after that pic? OMG, I snarfed my coffee… –
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    1. Aww you are too sweet! What a fabulous compliment! Although seriously if I had been able to capture the whole thing on camera you would have seen what a BIG dork I was that night! I had moves like melted butter, just the kind that dribbles off of your chin…..
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  11. I think that even very fit women would probably find it difficult to both hold onto a pole and hold her leg above her head! And husbands should rarely be involved in decision making when it involves the words “dancing” and “pole” in the same sentence.
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    1. Haha, oh no WAY was I standing while lifting my legs, I was on my back with my shoulder to the pole and I couldn’t even remotely get them to a straight up position! They kind of bent towards my head :) Amen on the whole not involving husbands in things like this!
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    1. Hey thanks! I am sure husbands everywhere have a thing or two to say about their wives and this class, even bringing it up is great fodder for discussion and the beginning of jokes! I would just like to see them try and work a pole though :)
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  12. Okay, so you’ve convinced me – I’m going to look for a pole dancing class but I will NOT be bringing anyone along to document my first time. Kudos for the skill, the courage, and that rockin’ bod! :)
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    1. Hey I don’t blame you! Notice that pictures of me actually working the pole are missing…. That would have been too frightening to share. Even though I did swung on that pole it could not be described with the adjectives of sexy or graceful!

      Have fun taking a class and tell me how it goes!
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    1. Oh it had him laughing too! He just thought he was the funniest guy ever! Thus the reason he did not get invited to tag along to the class. I think you and I have the same limit on crunches! Maybe with more training I can exceed that number, we will see :) I hope you do get to take a class someday!
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    1. My husband said the same thing!! He said that unless there is photographic proof that I actually swung on the pole he will not believe it! Men!! The truth is that I have a limit for embarrassing myself. That lady dancing on the pole at the wedding is seriously what I probably looked like and “ain’t nobody got time to see that”!
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  13. Well done! This sounds like such a fun class. I never took a dance class when i was younger, but last year I did tap and jazz and this year, I did hip hop. It’s a lot of fun. A friend of mine took a pole class and loved it. She’s really good at it though!

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  14. So I have a friend who started at a pole fitness class and then had a pole mounted in her living room. She post pictures all the time and her outfits are starting to look more like Demi Moore’s version of the pole. This is just a warning. .. if I see you in a video with pasties, I will do an intervention!

    Seriously, pole fitness looks great. This was definitely one in the Win column.

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