News and Events June 9-30, 2014

Fierce Fusion with Sasja Lee
Sunday, July 13th 10am to 11:30am. Learn how to combine tricks, spins and floor work. Listening to your body and pulling from your repertoire in order to create your own routine. INT/ADV  Register online today!  $55

Spinning Pole Techniques

Sunday June 29th, 12:30pm to 2pm $35
Instructor:  Seanmichael Rau
Open level workshop that focuses on the techniques utilized to gracefully execute fluid movement and control the spinning pole.  Learn foundational skills that can be applied to any level of pole movement from beginner to inverter. Register online today!


Pole Play
Friday June 27th, 6pm to 10pm
Money to help support Seanmichael Rau who in August will be traveling to New York for the National Pole Championships! Four hours for $20.00.
Register online today!

Fitness + Pole=LOVE

I’ve been in the fitness world for over 20+ years…I’ve watched new trends come and go. small-228Fitness is a big money maker. Big fitness organizations have to constantly introduce new programs in order to bring in the $$$ and keep things fresh. We’ve seen classes go from Step Classes, to Cycle Classes, to Zumba, U-Jam, Power Pump, just to name a few. Now the newest thing coming out in group fitness is Tabata Work…the Tabata method has been around for awhile, but now its part of a new program and clubs are bringing it in as the newest and latest thing.  There are fitness crazes everywhere.

Enter Pole…yes, for many of us Pole is not only associated with dance, but we also look at it and associate it with fitness. Very often I have a new client walk in wanting to try a pole class. “I hear this is the newest craze!” I explain the benefits of Pole with the dance aspect, building confidence, etc…but I also point out the benefits of fitness with a pole. All the ways you utilize various muscles while learning different pole moves. The progression in order to build and learn safely without injury.

BUT…OH NO! here comes the big  BUT….as with any fitness program, you will NOT make  progress unless you are incorporating fitness in your life more than once a week! Yes…more than once a week! You cannot come into class once a week, do nothing else the other 6 days of the week and expect to improve! You are using your own body weight to lift, so you will need to train your body to be able to lift! Your arms, back, core, legs, lungs for cardio…yes…all of the above and more!

If Pole is your new passion, then treat it like a passion…You need to train…I’m not saying you have to join a gym, but you have to train! Now with YOU TUBE you can find anything, and I mean anything on a video. Every type of workout, using bands, straps, body weights, bosu, jump ropes, outside, inside…there must be 1000’s of trainers posting their fitness programs. Go for a walk, go for a bike ride, learn to use a jump rope! Everyone is spending so much time watching Pole videos to learn that crazy new trick,  spend as much time watching Fitness video’s to  learn how to improve your ABILITY so you can one day do some of these tricks. SAFELY…Personally I like to use lots of the Crossfit sites for new ideas for some of my fitness classes, I love the San Francisco Crossfit Mobility videos…just to name a few.

You get home late from work, traffic was a bitch, you’re hungry, the house is a mess, the kids have extra homework, Sally is sick…their are endless obstacles that will always, yes ALWAYS GET IN OUR WAY…LIFE IS NEVER GONNA GIVE US ALL THE TIME WE NEED. BUT, You have that extra 5 or 10 minutes. You really do! You do not need to spend an hour in the gym, or an hour to do a workout ..give it 5 or 10 minutes…Here is 20 minutes I am going to give you. Yes, sit down to watch your favorite 1 hour TV show, commercial comes on…STOP! Don’t fast forward that TV…use this time for push-ups, crunches, do a plank, jump rope….use that time and you’d be surprised that during a 1 hour show you get almost 20 minutes of commercial exercise time! When I was stationed overseas, we had no commercials on our tv shows…the shows were 20 minutes shorter….so I know you have at least 20 min. of workout time!!!

TRUST ME…every time you get your little workout in you are going to feel so much better about yourself! The best part is, you will get stronger, your endurance will get better, and you will see the improvements when you get on that pole…Isn’t this what its all about!

OTG “Original Twirly Girl”

When you first walked into Twirly Girl’s Studio, did you think you’d still be taking classes and hanging with the Twirly Girls ONE YEAR LATER?

Most people when they decide to try something new, are looking for some sort of change. Whether it’s a change in their fitness program, adding a fitness program, looking to meet new friends, or just wanting to try the new craze on a whim. We all have our own reasons for stepping out and trying something new.

The big question is whether you stick with it and for how long?

Part of keeping with a program is added benefit to your life, forming a strong bond with your fellow peers, and just feeling like you are part of a Family, or as I like to call it A Tribe. So how do you recognize someone who has stuck with it? At Twirly Girls once you’ve made your 1 year anniversary you become an OTG (Original Twirly Girl) and you get to wear your official OTG Shirt…this shirt is earned, not bought.

This is someone who’s dedicated themselves to sticking with the program, whether it’s because of fitness, wanting to become more confident, or just love hanging with a bunch of Twirlers…it doesn’t matter. They earned the right to be an OTG. They are part of the TRIBE. A Tribe called Twirl. When I see one of our students wearing their OTG shirt, they an inspiration to me for sticking with the program, but for me an OTG  is a friend, family and someone who I know is dedicated to being better at what they love.

In today’s world with multiple coupon offers, ready to grab you and pull you away to the latest and greatest cheapest deal of the day, it’s nice to know that our OTG’s stay with us.

So Congratulations to all the OTG”S this month! Jade L, Rebecca T, Luanda G, Christine M.

Mama Bel


3 Main Muscles That Can Cause Back Pain

Flexible Grace
Flexible Grace

The three main muscles that can cause back pain and are not even back muscles, are the hip flexors, the hamstrings and the glutes.

First, the hip flexors you use them to kick, leap, dance, and hold your legs up. They get overworked (and understretched) and they pull the hips to tilt forward (they’re attached at the front party of the spine)the

The hamstrings (the back part of your thigh) are used every time you squat, jump or run. They are also used to kick your back leg behind your or hold it up. They are integral in balance when you are on one foot.

And third, your glutes. They are used each time you jump, squat and land. They are used to turn your hips in and out, to balance you from turning out on single leg, and when strong, are the powerhouse of your run. Keeping them happy will make them pull at your sacrum less, meaning that your SI joint stays happier!

Bel Jeremiah
Owner Twirly Girls Pole Fitness
Personal Trainer

2012 Highlights

Rita, Bel and Lori68224_466885211926_209672616926_6272708_6272406_nAs the 2012 draws to a close, we take a moment to reflect on all the happenings during the year. We’ve had a great year at Twirly Girls. I’ve been blessed to bring in several new instructors. Grace Garcia, “Graceful Moves”, Lori Myers “Boys, Girls and Twirls, Jade Kim, Sexsational, Doug KorbGroup (white background) Twirly Tuff, Sarah Stolar Flying with Silks, and our newest addition Jennifer Hamm, Stretchy, Sexy.

Diana Kottke’s Dizzy Diva’s making their 1 year mark!

We’ve welcome lots of new Twirlers to our family….watching new friendships blossom! Our goal at Twirly Girls is to encourage, motivate and embrace each person who walks through our doors.

I hope each and one of you have a wonderful New Years…and since the world is still here after Dec. 21st…..Twirl On!

Happy New Years…Mama Bel

Lily, A Dazzling Spin Master at 60 Something

A story I would like to share:

Back in 2009, one of our Twirly Girls, Daisy, wanted to surprise her husband with a Birthday Pole Dance. Daisy bought a pole and we put it up in her bedroom. I went over to Daisy’s house so she could practice her routine in her own house.

Lily, Daisy’s mom was downstairs at the time. Lily came up and seemed a little interested in what we were doing. Lily at 61, had recently gone through some life changes, and Daisy thought maybe her mom could use a little spin in her life.

Daisy asked if I could show her mom a few moves… I sent Daisy downstairs to give me a change to work with Lily…we were having so much fun I forgot about the time,  an hour later we called Daisy upstairs to watch her mom dance.

I put on one of Lily’s favorite songs. She walked up to the pole, hesitated at first, closed her eyes, took a deep breath and transformed before our eyes…She danced, and floated around that pole. She hadn’t learned many moves at all, but she just let it go and she danced with so much passion. This was  3 years ago, but I will never forget the look on her daughters face. Daisy dropped to her knees and started to cry. She looked at her mom and said “Mom, you are so beautiful, oh my God, you are so beautiful!” Of course this brought tears to my eyes also.

Lily said, I guess our children forget we can be beautiful and sexy too!

Lily started to take the Grand Dames Pole Class I had created for women over 50. She brought some of her other girlfriends and they had a ball. Lily was also taking ballroom dance, so we would incorporate her style of ball room dance to pole.

I was seeing this amazing women blossom before my eyes. I wanted to share her story so I contacted a local newspaper.  Robert Souza from the Castro Valley Forum set up an interview date at my home. Lily was excited but very nervous. The day of the interview she literally called me to tell me she could not make it! Robert was already at my home waiting. I called Daisy and she said my mom is nervous but she’ll do it. Then I get another call from Lily telling me she broke down on the side of the road and couldn’t come. Well of course I drove out to find her and here she is at the corner, her car running just fine, with a sneaky, smile on her face, since her car was just fine. She followed me to my house, and I assured her if she decided she didn’t want to do the interview that it was ok…but she said she wanted to, she was just nervous. In the beginning of the interview you could tell Lilly was very nervous, then Robert asked if she’d like to maybe show a little bit of her dance….

Instant Transformation…..Robert looked at me and said…”Wow, I’ve never seen anything like this! She transformed right before my eyes to a beautiful, self-confident women. This was amazing.”

Robert asked her…wow, that was quite a change! You were so confident and you seemed to just get into your own space and forget we were even here. You didn’t look nervous at all.

This was the quote Lily gave him and he put this in his article:

“It’s very liberating to walk up to that pole and be able to do whatever you want to do with nobody dictating what you can and can’t do. It’s really training for your inner soul.

I love the fact that Lily found she could dance and put everything else behind her. Dance is just that…finding that inner passion and just letting everything else go.

BTW: Lily bought her own pole for her living room!