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2013 Mid-Year Roundup!

1 Jul

With every year that comes, we gain new friends, amazing new students and experiences that even we, as a group, never thought possible. We’re halfway through 2013 and once again we stand amazed at all the great things that have taken place! Here’s what’s been happening so far:

January 

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AXA Xceeding Xcellence Awards Night, Marriott Hotel

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Amigo Terrace Hotel Club Launch, Iloilo City

February 

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Gold’s Gym Pole Teacher Training, J-Center Mall Cebu

March 

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TV Guesting, GMA News TV’s “Taste Buddies”

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April 

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Polecats Manila Studio 1st year Anniversary

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Ruby Karen (Orange County Aerial Arts) Aerial Teacher Training

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Pole Stars Workshops with Estee Zakar, Natasha Wang and Crystal Lai

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TV Guesting on Solar’s “Daybreak”

May 

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60th Birthday Party, Edsa Shangri-la Hotel

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Yoga For Life, Quezon Memorial Circle

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TV Guesting on GMA News TV’s “Mars”

June 

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Stellar On Broadway, SM Sky Dome

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White Party Manila, Malate

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Maxima Machineries Inc, 25th Anniversary

So much more is coming our (and your!) way for the rest of 2013, and we hope that you stick with us through it all!

Join us today and take flight with Polecats Manila!

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Taking Flight

31 Dec

Everything starts with a little idea, a quiet musing. It happens in the shower, while driving, or doing the laundry. One tiny speck of an idea is all you need, and you already have the first ingredient for a great big reality.

Our idea was to come up with a name so we could form some kind of a club, print a shirt, take a few photos. And then we decided, “hey, maybe we can do a couple of performances too”. Which turned into, “you know what, it would be cool if there was a live band…”, which eventually became “i think we should perform with an orchestra”.

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As you know, our story is made up of little stories all clumped up into one big picture. These little stories are the things you probably don’t see happening — organising events, painting walls, working on other skill sets, eating and laughing together.

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Everything we have ever done as a group was always a step towards a bigger dream, a higher aspiration.

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This year we found ourselves in the Wellness Alliance, made up of an awesome group of people who want every single person to have a chance to change their lives through fitness. Not only in body, but in heart and mind as well. Now we find ourselves on the 22nd floor of Strata 100, hoping to change lives every single day.

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2012 has been an amazing year. We learned so much and gained so much that our cup is overflowing. So many great opportunities opened themselves up to us, and though uncertain on some parts, we decided to step out in faith and take them anyway. And we’re so glad we did, because all of these things are leading us to better things and higher ground.

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Next year, we plan on beating 2012. From just a few pole classes, we have somehow morphed into a real pole school. Next year, we aim to elevate the aerial arts in the Philippines. We’ve all gotten stronger, more flexible, graceful and powerful because of pole, and it’s time to start something new. We’re going to allow you to push yourself farther and higher than you have gone before. And once again, we’re going to turn your world upside down.

Everything we are today started with one small idea. We giggled at the thought. Today, we marvel at the reality. We are now taking that small idea into 2013 and we are allowing it to take flight, and we hope to see you right there with us.

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Have a fantastic new year everyone, and we’ll see you soon! 🙂

How I lost 20 Pounds (More or Less)

15 Sep

Christina Dy is the founder of Polecats Manila. She is an acclaimed international visual artist, an avid math essay reader, and a big fan of peanut butter.

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I was never skinny. I didn’t grow up athletic, and my childhood was spent playing the piano and reading encyclopedias. Well, there was a brief flirtation with the Ateneo Varsity Table Tennis team, but that was only because no one else showed up during tryouts. And then my adult life was spent slouched over and drawing. To sum it up, most of my life was spent sitting for long periods of time.

I guess it’s no surprise that I had a 32-inch waistline by the age of 26. It didn’t really bother me back then because I was happy. I had a blossoming career as a production designer, I had a fiancé, I didn’t care about the usual girly things like shopping and clothes. I was happy with simple things, and I just wanted to save up for the future.

But as it turned out, things didn’t happen the way I thought they would. The simple things got complicated, and the future I was saving up for wasn’t going to happen. And you know what? I’m very thankful things went the way they did.

When I started losing weight, I was at around 120 pounds. For a girl who’s 5 feet tall, that’s a whole lot of unnecessary weight! And then I lost about 10 pounds a year for three years. There was a point when I dropped down to 92 pounds! As of last year, climbed up to 101 pounds. But I haven’t gotten on a weighing scale since then. It stopped being about the numbers and it turned into something deeper. I realized that as long as my clothes fit well and I feel great, I’m okay with not knowing.

I wish I could say that losing all that extra weight and getting into shape was easy, but it wasn’t. However, it is possible, so very possible! And here’s what I picked up on the way to health.

STEP #1a : Hit rock bottom

Fall. Fail. And fail hard.

Did you notice that most people gain weight when they’re happy? From my experience, whenever you think everything is A-Okay, you don’t have enough motivation to stick through whatever it is you want to do. It’s when you WANT something to be better, when you see no other way, that’s when you go and achieve something.

STEP #1b. : Pick yourself up

This moment is crucial. Look at yourself in the mirror and accept three words: life goes on.

And then you’ll be faced with two options: 1. Go through life being unhealthy and feeling dumpy or 2. Go through life being healthy and feeling fabulous. Which one will you choose?

STEP #2a : Get off that couch. Now.

I don’t care what you do, just do it. Walk. Run. Bike. Swim. Do yoga. Dance. I find that walking is the simplest thing that everyone can do. You don’t need special equipment and you can do it anytime, anywhere.

Don’t like walking? There are endless options these days, how lucky are we! There’s a gym/ dance studio/ fitness hub in every city. There are fitness DVDs you can follow at home, or if you’re stingy, download them!

Do jumping jacks every time you have a spare minute. Or do 5 push-ups every time before sitting on your couch. Excuses are just that—excuses. They are unacceptable.

Step #2b. Do something that you love

I found something that I loved to do, which was pole dancing, and so I did it. I did it a lot. And I guess consistency is the important thing with everything, right?

Also, the scientists got it right, endorphins do work! The more I danced, the better I felt. The better I felt, the more I wanted to dance. It encouraged me to try out other things as well. I have grown to really love Yoga, I do circuit training for my cardio, boxing, and I’ve even tried parkour.

We work around 60 hours a week. What’s 3 hours that you give just for yourself?

STEP #3 : Put down that 3rd slice of cheesecake

I once dated a guy who was on a strict diet. I was very reluctant to have dinner with him at first, because I had never followed a diet ever. Hanging out with the rest of the Polecats makes that impossible, since we eat together more than we dance.

And then finally I decided to try his diet out. It was simple: no pasta, bread and pastries. All we ate were natural foods– rice, veggies, meat, fruit and tea. Eventually, I saw the effects of the diet. I looked and felt great!

Unfortunately, my recent allergy attack has severely limited my food intake. That means no eggs, chicken, seafood, chocolate and dairy. But I still eat all the time, because if I don’t eat every 3 hours my body hates me. What I do now is eat as much fruit and veggies as my taste buds can take, and limit the amount of processed food.

STEP #4 : Enjoy!

As you’re losing the weight, it’s going to get rough. You’ll WANT that 3rd slice of cheesecake. You’d rather stay in bed than go work out. So what you need to do is make things fun! When I go and workout, I do it in red lipstick, or with wingtip eyeliner. At the very least, I’ll eat pretty looking food.

Also, accept that self-control can’t always be strong. So every week I set aside one giant tub of popcorn (cheese + sour cream!), one donut and one burger. That way, I don’t feel awful when I eat those things, plus I now have a limit. I’m having just one of each a week, instead of one of each every day.

Don’t set unrealistic goals, or else you’re setting yourself up to fail. Going to the gym 6 times a week? Not going to happen. I set aside time to watch a movie or hang with friends, so that I’m actually enjoying my life, and look forward to working out on my own when I’ve had enough leisure.

Some things have changed since I’ve gotten a bit thinner. We all know that we live in a lookist world and people are often judged based on how they look. So if thinness is the standard, then I’d probably pass. I’ve noticed that people are so much nicer, especially when I’m wearing thigh-high boots.

But I’m still the same person inside. At times I’m reserved and quiet, sometimes loud and inappropriate, and the entire time still wanting to change the world.

A few great things have really changed though, like being able to run up and down the beach without having to catch my breath. Walking along Makati streets from market to market on a weekend, without my feet aching. Dancing all night. Carrying my niece the whole afternoon. Shopping for clothes without having to try them on– as long as it’s a Small, I grab it and go.

It’s these things that make life a lot more pleasurable, and they are made possible by a healthier body. So, if you’re done reading this, get off that couch, put your walking shoes on, and shut that excuse up. Change your life. I did it, and so can you.

12 Shiny Shimmering Splendid Poles (and More Surprises For You!)

31 Jul

The past couple of Sundays have been busy, busy days at the Polecats studio! Amaya and Myla, with their Police AJ and Bennett, spent so many hours drilling holes, checking poles, tightening bolts and screws and fixing wires and cords so that nothing gets in our way during our classes:)

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Thankfully, we’ve got such helpful Police who are always willing to offer their services and talents to make sure that our studio is always in tip-top shape!

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So now, we have 12 shiny, splendid poles in our studio! All original X-poles, 4 sport (static) and 8 spinning. We’ve got ten  45mm poles, one skinny 40mm pole and one chunky 50mm pole. The height of these poles are a whopping 11.5 feet! Time to get over that fear of heights 😉

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Here’s AJ “Spiderman” Cairo, who spent 5 hours up in the beams to drill holes for our next surprise —

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What do you think these hooks and screws are for? 😉 YOU’LL FIND OUT TOMORROW! 😀

But just to give you a clue — your teachers at Polecats Manila are committed to CONSTANTLY learning new things from the best, to make sure you always have quality education.

And now we’re going to be giving you something new to look forward to. Do you have an idea what it is? Tell us your guess!:)

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