Food For Fitness

What to Eat Before, During & After a Pole Workout

amandanicolesmith Fitness, Pole Dancing 0 Comments

Have you been wondering what to eat before, during or after a pole class to have lots of energy and feel your best? We all know pole, like any workout, requires a serious amount of energy and focus. Food gives us energy, but certain food and food combinations are slower to digest and can steal energy we need to pole our best. So what’s a poler …

How To Freestyle Pole Dance

How To Freestyle Pole Dance | The Ultimate Guide

Amanda Nicole Smith Fitness, Pole Dancing 5 Comments

If you want to freestyle effortlessly or create a routine with ease, all you have to do is build an organized repertoire of combos. You’ll pick out the shapes and tricks you like, and then string them together with variations and transitions to make a bunch of different combos. Lastly you’ll drill your preferred combos over and over again until they …

The Flexibility Challenge days 43-49

100 Day Challenge 2 | Contortion Flexibility | Days 43-49

Amanda Nicole Smith 100 Day Contortion Challenge 2, Fitness, Flexibility, Pole Dancing 0 Comments

Half way through the challenge, and I am noticing and correcting a lot more these days. I am balancing strength and flexibility constantly, and every muscle has an individual task wether it’s tightening, relaxing, or balancing. The more moves I try and record myself doing, the more I realize there are a million ways to do each move just by engaging …

Week 5 | 100 Day Contortion Flexibility Challenge

100 Day Challenge 2 | Contortion Flexibility | Days 29-35

Amanda Nicole Smith 100 Day Contortion Challenge 2, Fitness, Flexibility, Pole Dancing 0 Comments

Week 5 was equal parts strength and flexibility. I did a lot of gymnastics and pole dancing to support my flexibility training and to keep everything in balance.  I have had to take it easy on all splits because my hip flexors are not feeling 100% when in splits. I am targeting my quads and hamstrings instead, which I can …

100 Day Challenge 2| Contortion Flexibility | Days 15-21

Amanda Nicole Smith 100 Day Contortion Challenge 2, Fitness, Flexibility, Pole Dancing 0 Comments

Week 3 in the 100 day contortion flexibility challenge was a heavy concentration on shoulders and hip flexors, my two weakest areas. For the most part this was a light stretching week with more focus on strength building moves and dynamic stretches. My hip flexors and my shoulders developed a bit of a twinge that I had to work out. …

100 Day Challenge | Contortion Flexibility | Day 7-15

Amanda Nicole Smith 100 Day Contortion Challenge 1, Fitness, Flexibility, Pole Dancing 0 Comments

This 100 day challenge has truly been a challenge with the cold weather. ¬†Warming up takes twice as long if not longer which limits my time for intense contortion stretching. However, I am maintaining my flexibility for now until it warms up or until I find more time to devote to an intense stretching routine. It takes dedication and constant …

Pole Trick Combos | True Grip Practice

Amanda Nicole Smith Fitness, Pole Dancing 0 Comments

  The other night I went to the studio after a wonderful day with my new friend/co-worker Joanne. We made delicious food to fuel our afternoon workout,¬†stretched, danced, ¬†listened to Paramore’s new album, played on the fly-gym and pole danced the night away. It was a perfect day! In this video I am working on pole dancing combinations that incorporate …