FitSpiration: Francesca Carlson


Posted on Monday, 25th Nov, 2013

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FitnessLink's FitSpiration pieces profile the movers, shakers and makers of the UAE health & fitness world - those that inspire, motivate and aim to make a difference. From local trainers to those that have achieved huge fitness goal, each inspire in their own little way!

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Who:

Francesca Carlson

Occupation:

poleFITNESS instructor, Personal Trainer and Group Exercise instructor at OptimalFITNESS.

Tell me more:

Dubai Fitness Championship finalist, numerous Pole dancing performances, competed in the UK Pole dancing regional's and made the semi-finals.

My Fitness Journey:

I have been doing poleFITNESS for over six years and teaching for two. As I have always been a dancer but also admired gymnastics, I found pole to be the perfect sport for me as it is a beautiful combination of the two. This is also why I would place it under the aerial art category. I'm not entirely sure why I feel so passionately about pole or what drives me to train so hard to be strong and graceful or even what exactly it is that makes me feel so good after a training session; the only thing I can say about poleFITNESS is that I find it to be incredibly empowering and provides you with an unmatchable sense of achievement.

My Typical Fitness Routine:

I practice pole on Sunday and Wednesday which usually consists of me locking myself in the studio for over an hour until someone or something drags me out - of course I could quite literally spend all day in there, especially when I'm choreographing. Other days I am in the gym doing strength training, which right now consists mostly of body weight and stability exercises. I would like to say I do cardio but besides swim training once a week I don't really get time to fit it in!

My Top Wellness Tips:

1. Most importantly you need to enjoy what you do - feeling passionately about your sport or training will make you self motivated. That means that even those days when you don't feel like training, you'll find yourself in the gym and feeling so much better for it.

2. Eat right - your diet needs to support your training! Food is fuel and quite often I get mocked by friends for the three plates piled high with food after a heavy week of training!

3. Do your utmost to put back what you take out of your body whilst training! This can only mean positive things for your training regime! For example, I have a sports massage every week, I roll my muscles out every day, I stretch everyday and I make sure I get a good night's sleep most nights as this is when your body repairs itself. I find, for instance, if I miss a massage everything tightens up and it affects my performance.


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