Friday, March 1, 2019

Should I try a pole class?

Should I try a pole class?

YES! The answer is yes! I'm betting that you aren't really asking if you should, you're really just seeking affirmation. Because let's be honest, there's a bit of a stigma attached to this ever popular fitness class.

What would people say if they knew you were dancing around a vertical piece of chrome plated steel in a pair of teeny tiny shorts? What would they say if they saw you lifting your own weight, climbing 13 feet, flipping and hanging upside down. What would they say about how radiant, strong and confident you are? Is what they might say more important than what you might feel? You see where I'm going with this?

Pole dancing/fitness is what you make it. Just like finding the right yoga class/instructor you'll want to find a class that inspires you. Every instructor has their own unique style and way of teaching so try a few. Your first class will be clumsy, you'll feel awkward and you WILL be a hot mess. But, if you leave that class smiling, laughing and wanting to do it again then trying a pole class was absolutely the right choice.


So stop seeking affirmation and just GO FOR IT!


BE STRONG.  BE CONFIDENT.  BE YOU.


-Khristen Pahler
Co-owner/Instructor

Monday, January 28, 2019

How do you find a great fitness instructor?


Whether it's for a group class or private training, finding a knowledgeable, quality instructor is a difficult task for most people. It's a little intimidating to put the care of your body into the hands of another individual. Especially one who will be challenging your physical shortcomings. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself and your potential trainer...



  • Are they a certified trainer? If so, where did they obtain their certification and how long have they been instructing? This is not to deter you from training with a newly certified instructor. There are many "freshly certified" instructors that have been training independently, have a degree in physical fitness/dance/kinesiology or were professional dancer/performers prior to entering the field. That being said, research their certification to be sure it is credible and requires practice/mentor hours.
  • Do they have experience/work history? Have they put in the hours of continuing education, self practice and observation which in our opinion are crucial for the development of an exceptional trainer. Are they a certification junkie or are they really taking the time to hone in on their field of expertise?
  • Are you and your potential trainer compatible? Let's face it, sometimes we just don't connect well with certain people. You have to be able to build a comfortable and trusting relationship with this person. They need to have those specific qualities and personality traits that are important to you (whatever they may be).
  • Do they have references? Other clients may be willing to share their experiences with you as would gym/studio staff. Maybe they even have Yelp or Google reviews. Keep in mind that online reviews can sometimes be a little skewed so if you read one that is less than favorable ask your potential trainer about it. Not every 2 star review is "bad". It may have been that compatibility thing, unrealistic expectations, or someone with an injury that could not have been safely trained.
  • Do they listen and can they communicate? This is SO important. You have a goal in mind and your trainers purpose is to help you achieve it. If they aren't listening to you then your sessions will hold no value. In turn, effective communication is imperative. You have to speak the same "language". An experienced trainer can communicate on a multitude of levels. For example, you may need a visual cue, physical cue, a demonstration or a verbal break down of the working anatomy of an exercise. 

The right trainer for YOU will take the time to answer all of these questions and more. They will have questions for you too! Some of these questions may include... Do you have or have had any injuries, illness or physical limitations? Do you play any sports? What do you do for a living? If you've recently had a child, was it a c-section? Do you take any daily medications? Please don't be offended by these questions and do yourself a favor and be honest. We ask these questions to keep you safe from injury and your answers are always completely confidential.

So now that you armed with more information go forth and find that trainer that motivates you, challenges you and helps you to feel and look amazing everyday...




-Khristen Pahler
Co-owner/Instructor


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Who are those smiling faces?



KATIE




About me:
I'm Katie and I'm 24. I've been a pole student at Twisted Bodies for about seven months and I work the front desk in the mornings and do whatever else might be needed around the studio! I love all styles of dance, baking, tattoos, the Denton Square, and most of all Twisted Bodies. You can usually find me drinking too much coffee at the front desk in the morning or and I always have extra dry hands if you need some in class!

What was your first experience at Twisted Bodies?
A level one pole class with Katie Deering. I originally came to Twisted Bodies with my heart set on becoming an Aerial Silks master, but I fell in love with pole and have stuck with it ever since!

Have you always been involved in dance and fitness?
I've always been involved in classical dance classes, but I really became interesting in the fitness aspect of it when I decided to become a Zumba instructor.

When and how did you decide you wanted to work at Twisted Bodies and for the two crazy women who own it?
I had been a member for months and during a spin pole class one Wednesday I finally got to meet both Khristen and Carissa. Getting to meet them in a class-environment really shaped the way I saw  them; they were fun, approachable and perfectly well, twisted!

I'd worked at a small family-owned gym before, so as soon as I found out the studio was looking for front desk staff jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the team.

What are your biggest goals as Front Desk staff and student?
My goals for the front desk are getting bookings for both The Twisted Twosome's workshops, and performance opportunities for the Hypella crew, and doing whatever is needed to help Twisted Bodies grow! As a pole student my goals are competing and eventually teaching!

What are your biggest challenges?
Time management! Sometimes I over-book myself without even realizing it. Starting pole dance and knowing I have to have the energy to go to class has helped a lot with that though!

Favorite Indulgence:
J&J's pizza (where I also work on the weekends)!

Favorite Movie:
Star Wars Return of The Jedi

Favorite Twisted Class:
Spin pole!!

Hidden Talent:
Baking! I even have a tattoo of a whisk and spoon to commentate my love for it.

What she does when life gets stressful?
Put on some music and improv dance.

Dream Vacation:
Russia and Eastern Europe, I'm a huge history nerd and would love to visit all the museums and historical sites there!

Historical figure she most identifies with:
Maud Stevens Wagner. She was a circus performer and contortionist/aerialist in the early 1900's. She was also the first known female tattoo artist in the US. She's my favorite!

If there were a soundtrack to her life:
It would be a strange mix of Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks and everything ever created by Tom Waits.

Beauty product she can't live without:
Falsies. I wear them almost every day.

Twisted Client she is most inspired by and why
Alicia Claytor, she's so stunning on every apparatus, and she's so strong! Having had her in my classes since I started has honestly made me a better student and dancer.




CATLYN

My name is Catlyn Carr I'm a Denton local and I've been working the Twisted front desk for about 2 months now. I was homeschooled from 3rd grade through high school but I've been dancing since I was 8, under the direction of Lisa Racina- Torre. I danced with Denton City Contemporary Ballet for 6 years as well as Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet for 2 seasons. I have now been dancing with Cholorock Dance Collective since 2015 under the direction of Jose Zamora and Jasmine (Jaramillo) Morris. I've also been their visual artist for the past season. Through these companies I've been lucky enough to perform in such places as The Majestic Theater in Dallas, The Dogana Theater In Innsbruck, Austria with the Young Tanzsommer tour, as well as several over cities in Austria, and attend the Houston Ballet summer intensive in 2010. I'm exited to continue my journey with Twisted as a staff member and as a student!

What was your first experience at Twisted Bodies?
My first experience at Twisted Bodies was at the old location in like 2015. I took my very first barre class (still haven't taken another...) I instantly fell in love with the atmosphere and the instructors.

Have you always been involved in dance and fitness?
Yes! I have been dancing since I was 8 years old. I quickly found my love for ballet and planned on going pro after high school.

When and how did you decide you wanted to work at Twisted Bodies and for the two crazy women who own it?
After being a student here for a year now I knew that this place was special and I wanted to work here any way I could. And as for the crazies that own it, I honestly wouldn't want them any other way.

What are your biggest goals as Front Desk staff and student?
My goals are to get my Yoga/ Pilates certifications. I would really love to eventually get my Aerial certification as well. As a student I would love to perfect my skills enough to join Hypella Dance Company.

What are your biggest challenges?
I think my biggest challenge is being a perfectionist. I'm really hard on myself, especially in my dancing and silks. I just need to remember to chill out and have fun!

Favorite Indulgence:
Sour Patch Kids are my weakness

Favorite Movie:
Ferris buellers day off is my all time fave movie!

Favorite Twisted Class:
Reformer with Carissa is my all time fave.

Hidden Talent:
It isn't really a secret but I do art/painting stuff. If I didn't seriously pursue dancing I would have tried to pursue art.

What she does when life gets stressful?
When life gets stressful I try to spend as much time with my dog as possible!!

Dream Vacation:
Dream vacay would be to go to New Zealand!

Historical figure she most identifies with:
I really admire Frida Kahlo. Her painting explored Identity, race, gender. (ect.) Her paintings also has an almost autobiographical element to them that I really aspire to have not only my art but my dancing.

If there were a soundtrack to her life:
It would probably just be Amy Winehouse Back to Black album on repeat for the rest of my life.

Beauty product she can't live without:
I'm not really one for make-up and such so I hope sunglasses count!!

Twisted Client she is most inspired by and why:
Probably Cody Johns. She has such and infectious positive attitude and I love taking classes with her. We started our silks journey around the same time and I have loved seeing her improve in not only silks but in pole as well.


VICTORIA 


What was your first experience at Twisted Bodies? 
I joined TB in June 2014 after doing Crossfit for many years. I met the Twisted Twosome and KNEW I needed to be here.

Have you always been involved in dance and fitness? 

Honestly, no. I took one year of dance in fifth grade and hated the teacher so much; I never stepped foot into another studio until TB.

I’ve always been competitive and enjoy challenging myself, so I fell in love with TB- the supportive atmosphere allows me to push myself, but ensures body awareness to prevent injury.

When and how did you decide you wanted to work at Twisted Bodies and for the two crazy women who own it? 
I love being part of a team and I knew I wanted to work with these two crazy, supportive women. I also wanted to get to know my fellow students. I enjoy getting to know the instructors as well. Everyone is positive and that attitude is contagious.


What are your biggest goals as Front Desk staff and student?  
My goal for working the front desk is to get to know the students and instructors better. As a student, I hope to continue to learn new skills while improving my strength and flexibility.

What are your biggest challenges?
Getting out of my head and just doing what my body wants to do… How it truly wants to move. 
 
Favorite Indulgence: 
Food? Cashew milk ice cream… Salted Caramel.

Favorite Movie: 
I have several, Hook, Fight Club, Death to Smoochy.  

Favorite Twisted Class: 
When Carissa teaches Barre. It is the ultimate amount of twisted you can get.

Hidden Talent: 
I can’t think of one.  Being a smart ass? But I don’t hide that.

What she does when life gets stressful? 
Cuss… but I do that when I’m happy too.

Dream Vacation: 
Maui in the winter is my favorite place on earth. Watching whales is my happy place.

Historical figure she most identifies with: 
Can’t think of one.

If there were a soundtrack to her life: 
Anything they played in dark, dank places in the ‘80’s. “Dark Wave” music speaks to me.

Beauty product she can't live without: 
NuSkin, Sunday Riley, Living Proof: No Frizz hair products

Twisted Client she is most inspired by and why: 
I have several for different reasons. Lisa Whipple, Shannon Kniss, Wendy Chance, Teresa Starrett, Karen Fortune, Beth Wright.



MONET




I work as a runner at Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP and on Sunday mornings I work the front desk here at Twisted Bodies. I love working on Sunday because it allows me to start my week off refreshed and I am able to be in an inviting atmosphere. The studio allows me to reach my goals on all of the apparatuses and I am looking forward to the Fall showcase.

“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf”

What was your first experience at Twisted Bodies?
Loagan’s free Saturday yoga class at the old studio

Have you always been involved in dance and fitness?
Yes my entire life I’ve been dancing. I was born dancing

When and how did you decide you wanted to work at Twisted Bodies and for the two crazy women who own it?
During the renovation of the new studio I wanted to help out and I wanted for work for the two ladies who inspire me to the most.

What are your biggest goals as Front Desk staff and student?
Help the new clients feel welcome and enjoy clients to reach their goals in the classes. Be a smiling face when people walk in the door.

What are your biggest challenges?
Preparing myself for law school and being the best law student I can be

Favorite Indulgence:
Smoothie King

Favorite Movie:
Space Jam

Favorite Twisted Class:
Pole

Hidden Talent:
Knowing the lyrics to most 70s music

What she does when life gets stressful?
Come to the studio or mediate in my room for hours

Dream Vacation:
Carnaval in Jamaica

Historical figure she most identifies with:
Josephine Baker

If there were a soundtrack to her life:
Songs in the Key of Life- Stevie Wonder Album

Beauty product she can't live without:
Lipstick

Twisted Client she is most inspired by and why:
Alicia Anthony- I was in the first pole class she took at the studio and I was blown away by how good she was and her personality brightens up the room.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Featured Client - Alicia Anthony Claytor

We never know how our everyday lives effect those around us, and that is what makes our interactions with strangers and friends so much more important.  What may seem like a passing hello, could be the nicest words someone has heard all day.  A simple smile may be the uplifting reminder that life is good.  The way we choose to live our lives and interact with others can either be inspiring or the thread that unravels someones happiness.  When Alicia first joined the studio we knew there was something special about this young woman. More than just beautiful lines and graceful movement,  she sets a room at ease and shines a light that makes every one's heart smile.  She is humble in her talents and kind in her interactions.  Alicia never hesitates to gently encourage a fellow classmate, or cheer the new student on, or to just give a simple smile and with genuine sincerity ask how your day has been.  When you chat with her, she will tell you all about the people who inspire her, those she looks up to and admire, and the people in class that make her appreciate the art we create just a little more.  The best part about these casual conversations is she never realizes what an inspiration she is to everyone around her, she doesn't realize it, because it comes from the most natural and genuine place deep in her soul.  If you haven't had a chance to share coffee and conversation with this lady, or a spin on the pole, make time to meet her and we guarantee you will know exactly what we mean.

"Strive to pay your inspiration forward!"

Alicia Anthony Claytor



Hi! My name is Alicia and I am a 26 year old fitness lover and aerial artist! I became a member at the little pink studio, Twisted Bodies, almost a year ago and it has been an amazing journey. I have something to look forward to each and every day as my passion for physical fitness has become one of the most fulfilling aspects of my life. When I first started at Twisted Bodies my goal was to just start feeling better physically. Even after the first couple of classes my goals and dreams evolved into something way more than just wanting improve the way I felt. It is so great to share movement and achieve goals with friends. That is another amazing part about the studio, you will not be able to be a member here without becoming a part of the Twisted Bodies family. These women are the most amazing, caring, and intelligent and inspiring individuals I have the honor of learning from and training with. I can honestly say these are best days of my life. So, thank you Twisted Bodies for giving me a home and helping my heart grow that much bigger. I love you guys so much!




Favorite Movie: Growing up my Mom and I would rent French Kiss with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline whenever we needed a good laugh. This romantic comedy is definitely an all-time favorite.

Favorite Twisted Class:  I love my spin pole class with Tammie. She is always coming up with new combinations that challenge and further my practice each time!

Hidden Talent:  I can wiggle my ears.

What do you do when life gets stressful: When life gets stressful I take a deep breath and move! Whether it’s moving in the studio or on to the next task at work, moving and breathing gets me through!

Dream Vacation:  Since Corey I just got married it would be nice to go on a vacation with him just the two of us. We still haven’t done that yet since we’ve been together! I’m thinking a nice cabin in Colorado would do.

Historical figure you most identify with: I don’t identify as William Shakespeare, however, as both an artist and performer I admire his work and the influence he had on the English language and the world of theatre.

The one thing you can’t live without: My friends and family!

Twisted Client or trainer you are most inspired by and why: Katie Bomalick is a great inspiration to me! She is so dedicated to practicing the craft and her hard work and progress shows each and every day. Plus holy flexible! One day I hope to be just as bendy as her!





Friday, August 11, 2017

Don't You Have A Life?

Don't You Have A Life?



We get it, we're cool, the studio is fun, you want to be part of the crowd, you don't want to miss out on anything, the list of reasons goes on and on and on......

But, really DON'T YOU HAVE A LIFE?

We like having you in the studio, we really do, just repeat these words to yourself "Training Bodies Intelligently".  It's our studio motto, yes, and it is so much more than words on a wall or website. That phrase is everything we stand for, it is what we have built our business from and what we hope to inspire and instill in each of you.  We get it, you open up your laptop or log into that pink app on your phone, and the excitement hits, your adrenaline shoots up, and that euphoric feeling begins and before you know it you have scheduled your entire life away for the next month.  Each hour, day after day, you find yourself cloaked in a pink haze listening to Hippie Sabotage and following the directions of your instructor.  But, are you really scheduling yourself "Intelligently"?  Or are you trying to collect the number of classes you can complete in a day or month like scout badges?



The type of training we provide at Twisted Bodies is NOT a competition.  There is no reward for attending every class on the schedule in a single day.  So ask yourself are you scheduling your classes intelligently? Or are you OVER TRAINING?  

Over training the body can have adverse effects on your overall health.  Over training means you are not allowing your body time to recover.  Adverse effects are:



1. LACK OF DRIVE - when you over train, the body loses it's lack of drive, meaning the body no longer has a desire to perform or function as it should.  So when you are in class, your body is just going through the motions.

2.  OVERLY SORE - a soreness that lingers longer than normal and is a little more painful than normal.  If you find this happening, you are doing too much.  

3.  LOSS OF STRENGTH - you are in class and you start to notice your strength goes away in the middle of class, or you can't work at the same level you once did.

4.  LOSS OF FOCUS AND RESTLESSNESS - find yourself not being able to sleep, wondering if you have adult on-set ADD?  It could be that you are over training.  If you are not allowing your body to recover, and your body needs sleep to recover, you are over training.  When you over train the sympathetic nervous system goes into overdrive and this causes restlessness and an inability to focus.  

5.  SLUGGISH FEELING - that one cup of coffee in the morning isn't enough anymore.  When you over train your hormone levels decrease and your cortisol levels increase.  This imbalance in the body creates debilitating fatigue and often makes people feel like they have the flu or a cold.  Just because you can take 10 classes a week doesn't mean that you have to or that your workouts will be effective.

6.  CHRONIC JOINT PAIN - any prolonged joint pain and soreness indicates over training.  This may mean you need to cut back on the frequency, intensity or type of training you are doing.

7.  YOU GET SICK - are you finding that you have a cold more frequently?  It gets easy to ignore symptoms such as a slight cough or stuffy nose, we do live in Texas where our air quality is SHIT and the pollen is ridiculously high.  However, frequent headaches, stuffy noses, and other common cold symptoms are all signs that your immune system is weakened from over training.

8.  YOU KNOW OUR SCHEDULES - do you know what time we arrive at the studio, what coffee we drink, or when we go to the restroom?  Yep, you are training WAY TOO MUCH when you can act as a sub for our very own Katie!

So you are starting to rethink your training schedule and have no idea what to do when you go to register for class.  Well here is a sample class week no matter what level you train at.

Sunday - Yoga
Monday - Pound
Tuesday - Rest
Wednesday - Reformer
Thursday - Mat
Friday - Rest
Saturday - Pole

Notice there is only ONE CLASS PER DAY, because that is ALL YOU NEED, if you are "Training Your Body Intelligently and Effectively".  Also notice the days alternate between high and low intensity workouts.  Carissa and Khristen only train one hour per day themselves.  Why?  Because we can give our full attention and energy to our workout in that hour, getting the most out of it.  Also be mindful of the rest days, your body needs days to rehydrate and refocus.  Friday and Saturday are our family fun and no workout days, you need these as well friends.  We have to make sure we have enough energy to keep up with our kids, pets, and other extra curricular activities (wink, wink).  So go look at your schedule, do you have yourself scheduled for more than one class per day?  CHANGE IT!  Do you have rest days scheduled?  and.....



ARE YOU TRAINING YOUR BODY INTELLIGENTLY?