About me

My name is Anita. I am a qualified, CIMPSA registered personal trainer and XPERT qualified pole dancing instructor with a keen interest in bodyweight training, based in Nottingham.

When I was 17 I started breakdancing and did it for 3 years, when due to an injury I had to stop and didn’t exercise at all for 6 years until I finally worked up the courage to go to a poledancing class that I’ve wanted to do for years. I fell in love with it straight away. It gave me the same satisfaction and excitement what breakdancing did.

I instantly felt part of a supportive community where I could get strong, learn new skills and push my body to do things I’ve never thought it would be able to do. I felt the same passion as before and wanted to enhance my knowledge about the human body and what it’s capable of so I completed a personal trainer course and got qualified to teach pole dancing, as well as other disciplines.

As I got more into pole dancing, the more I discovered other sports, such as calisthenics and street workout. What these athletes are capable of doing using only their body weight is truly fascinating. This gave me the push to dive deeper into bodyweight exercises and apply some of those techniques to poledancing as well.

Unfortunately an old injury flared up towards the end of 2017 coupled with tendinopathy in my shoulder and a few months later in my wrist too. This experience reminded me of how important injury prevention is. I had to have a few months off for rehab. I used this time to research more into the demands of what pole and calisthenics put on our bodies and how we can avoid injuries. I try to include some of these into my sessions to help and educate others.

In October 2018 I left my job as a prison officer and started working at Swingdon School of Pole and in March I joined Mill View Pole Academy too. In my main job I work as a physical activity specialist in a weight management setting in the community. I am due to start university as a first year physiotherapy student in September.

Qualifications

  • Personal trainer
  • Exercise referral
  • Pole fitness
  • Circuit instructor
  • Outdoor fitness instructor
  • Indoor cycling instructor
  • Sports conditioning
  • OTAGO exercise programme leader
  • First aid

Achievements:

  • Winner at Lincolnshire Pole Championship (renamed as the Great British Pole Championship) doubles category 2020
  • Third place at IPAAT doubles category 2020
  • Runner up at Miss Pole Dance UK doubles category and winner of best tricks and best entertainer 2019
  • Winner at Off the Pole #polevidcomp strength category 2018