Meet Alexandra Dominique
A Day in the Pole and Aerial Life of
When and how did your fitness journey begin?
I was looking for fun ways to get into shape and build strength training into my routine without the gym.
Why did you choose Sky High?
I found a Groupon one day for Sky High. It actually took me a few weeks before I pulled the trigger and bought it because I was nervous about trying something so different. I wasn’t in the best shape, and I was worried it would be too hard. After I took a few classes, I fell in love. The instructors were super helpful and the other class members were encouraging. It made me want to come to class all the time.
What did you hope to accomplish?
I have always struggled with body image issues. I felt that pole could help me become more comfortable in my skin. I wanted to feel stronger and get in better shape. I also wanted to build self confidence to do something I had never done before.
Who are you in real life?
I am a registered nurse and I work in a hospital. I spend most of my days in scrubs and caring for others.
What were your biggest struggles before/while starting pole/aerial?
My level of self confidence and body image issues.
Did you exercise before becoming a Sky High student? If yes, what did you do?
Not much. I would occasionally go to the gym or attempt running outside but I was not the most active person.
How do you deal with the physical strain that pole/aerial has on your body?
I’ve gotten quite a few massages over this past year. I also do stretches at home. I have realized that the fuel I put into my body is very important. I feel as though I have more energy, and less pain, when I eat a more balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies. Maybe it’s in my head but I feel as though the more junk I eat the more pain I feel after my classes.
Do your family and friends think pole/aerial is cool or crazy?
They think it’s pretty cool. I have been told that it makes me seem fearless, which I am far from. I always get positive feedback.
How has a Sky High instructor helped you?
Making my moves look better and preventing poor form. It’s not just about getting the moves but making them look better – and safely.
How has aerial/pole changed your life?
It has made me more open to trying new things. I never tried things because I always thought “Oh, I could never do that”. However, by seeing how far I have come after joining Sky High, I feel as though I don’t have that excuse anymore. You are more capable than you realize.
We know it hurts! Why do you keep coming back?
Because it’s fun!! I also feel as though there is no better feeling thanto finally nail a move after working so hard to get it.
Favorite Pole/Aerial Style
I like more of the fitness. It’s great to see the strength that I have gained and makes me feel really good.
The Carousel spin is my favorite. I also really love the hood ornament on spin pole. In silks I love the bicycle climb. I feel like the most difficult pole moves for me are those that involve my head below my hips. It’s quite an adjustment trying to get things while upside down.
Pole of course! Seriously this has become my absolute favorite thing to do. I also just started a vegetable garden.
I tend to listen to more pop culture music. Top of the charts.
Fun Fact #1
Hard to explain, but I can point my right upper lip.
Fun Fact #2
Another odd fact – I love pancakes but hate waffles. People say they are the same but I swear they aren’t.