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Visit us at: Unit 3, Elagh Business Park, Derry, BT48 8QH

Pole Fitness

Our studio offers numerous pole fitness classes every week for anyone who wants to become fitter in the most fun way possible! Pole fitness is suitable for anyone who wants to tone up, lose weight and enjoy the benefits of lots of laughs in the process. It does not matter what age, size or level of fitness you have as we start people off at a very basic level and gradually work up from there. Pole fitness has the added benefit of helping people improve their confidence and self-esteem and meet lots of new friends. Our experienced instructors not only are fantastic teachers, but they all have great personalities to help people really get the most out of their classes. Classes are once a week over a 6 week term and last an hour and 15 minutes. They are priced at a fantastic rate of £50 for the 6 week term (contact us to find out about any special offers).

Burlesque/ Chair

Welcome to Burlesque! The new craze in female fitness! A fun and sexy way to tone up or even shed a few pounds whilst unleashing your inner goddess. We welcome ladies of all ages, shapes and sizes and classes are beginner-friendly, the ethos being to boost confidence and self-esteem while having fun at the same time. Over the 6 week term you will learn a dance routine and have a lot of laughs along the way. £50 per term (with special offers available).

Burlesque ‘n’ Tone

This burlesque/chair dance inspired fitness class combines cardio and resistance for an all over body and fitness workout. It is a no-strip, fun and flirty way to tone up, gain confidence and make new friends

Yoga/ Anti-Gravity Yoga

Sophie Dechant is our very highly qualified yoga instructor who also works as a senior nurse practitioner in Altnagelvin Hospital.

Benefits of yoga include:

• Strengthened muscles and joints
• Improved range of motion and flexibility in hips, spine and shoulders
• Improved balance
• Improved posture
• Reduced stress and pain
• Increased vitality and a greater sense of well-being
• Improved sleep
• Better eating habits
• Rejuvenates the body’s healing capacity through restorative yoga poses

Anti-gravity Yoga is a fitness regime designed to increase one’s overall health and physical agility while having fun. The technique was created by gymnasts for the sake of exploring the air and has been modified and enhanced to fit into the yoga mould and to cater to the everyday athlete. By adding additional techniques from dance, pilates and calisthenics, AntiGravity has created a complete workout that is certain to get you in shape while realigning you from the compression of gravity.

The AntiGravity Hammock is a structural fabric that is connected from two overhead points. It acts like a swing or soft trapeze.

Benefits:

  • Zero compression inversions
  • Circulatory and lymphatic system refresh
  • Stimulating the release of neurotransmitters from the brain
  • Decompression of spine through gentle traction
  • Hydration of vertebral disks
  • Increased muscular flexibility
  • Core strengthening
  • Upper and lower body muscular strengthening
  • Increased kinesthetic awareness; fine-tuning balance & agility
  • More astute proprioceptor (sensory receptors) response
  • Increased joint mobility
  • Low impact cardiovascular conditioning
  • Increased command/response acuity
  • Greater cerebellum function
  • Increased Neuromuscular plasticity
  • Hormone stimulation
  • Self-esteem enhancement through conquering basic fears
  • More astute presence through mindful consciousness conditioning
  • Learning of new skills: A creative and artistic fitness experience
  • Uniquely fun experience that works risible muscles as well as functional muscles

You will leave class feeling lighter. Your posture will be improved and you will feel taller!

Therapeutic Programmes:

Pole Infinity is home to the unique, innovative and popular Recovery Programme and follow-on programmes. Combining fitness with guidance on well-being, mental health and Mindfulness, these courses are usually over-subscribed due to the high standard of professional facilitators and successful outcomes. Take care of your mind, body and soul with these one-of-a-kind programmes which are offered throughout the year…

‘One of the many reasons Pole Infinity is such a unique studio is the fact that we are currently the only studio worldwide offering innovative mental health and wellbeing courses. These courses combine mental health workshops with fitness, via a specifically tailored programme which helps ladies overcome psychological hurdles and empower themselves. These programmes have literally been life-changing for a lot of the ladies who have completed these courses to date.

The very first programme developed was the Recovery Programme, succeeded by its follow-on Mindfulness/Self-esteem Programme. Both were a huge success with amazing feedback from everyone involved.

We are really excited to have developed another programme, due to commence in October, 2018; its aim is to help participants learn the tools and skills they need to “Manage your Mind”, ultimately endeavouring upon a journey of Happiness. This programme will have the added benefit of not only learning pole, but also the opportunity to try a fun chair dance/burlesque class in week 6. The Manage your Mind programme will have two levels, both being 6 weeks each. Everyone completing the courses will receive a certificate acknowledging that they have completed a psychological skills-based programme.

The courses are run by co-owner of the Pole Infinity studio: Karen Baldwin. Karen is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Lecturer as well as a Pole Fitness Instructor (an unusual combination, I know 😊). She has over 25 years of experience working in Mental Health. She is also a part-time CBT lecturer and clinical supervisor. She treats clients, on a daily basis, who suffer from a huge range of difficulties and is often referred clients who have had numerous “treatment failures” in the past. She specialises in all anxiety disorders, depression and psychological trauma (PTSD). Karen is currently working alongside a psychotherapist in Cairo, Egypt, helping her develop similar initiatives and programmes in her home country. The success of the Recovery Programme lead to worldwide interest and following.

Karen leads all the courses, alongside a specifically trained team of pole fitness instructors and a trainee counsellor. Each week participants are taught the psychological concepts and tools to help overcome hurdles such as anxiety, depression, stress, trauma and low self-esteem (to name a few). The format consists of a mental health presentation with some discussion and explanation of how to apply the techniques to your life.

All written information needed to complement the theory workshop, including books and resources, is supplied – with a few added extras along the way.

The second part of the course each week involves getting active in a fun way through engaging all the participants in a pole fitness class. Not only do they get a workout, but also learn to laugh and make some wonderful new friends in the process.

We want people to create some great memories and feel good about what they have achieved, increasing their confidence levels and self-esteem. We do this by taking lots of photographs for the participants to keep or share, thus providing a record of these amazing achievements.

Not only do these innovative courses teach the life skills needed in today’s society, but they also provide a helping hand in assisting people to apply these techniques to their everyday life. Being part of a group and engaging in a fitness activity which involves setting goals, focus and stepping out of your comfort zone is a perfect way to develop these vital transferrable skills.

By providing these tools required to develop a new attitude to life and change thinking patterns, we hope we can continue to help people reach their full potential and experience happiness and peace of mind.’

Teen Programmes:

Watch this space for upcoming classes for teens! Develop confidence, self-esteem and fitness… Make friends, laugh lots and learn some exciting skills…

Exam Calm:

Another innovative programme to help with well-being and stress… This time for school age pupils. Delivered by an experienced teacher with professional Mindfulness training, the programme aims to support young people in dealing with the trials and tribulations of exam preparation, study and stress.