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Ellen's Journey

Updated: Dec 5, 2018

I started at Altitude after having danced from age 5 all the way up to when I left school at 18, I then moved to Dunedin to study and after trying the gym on and off for the three years down there and my first year working back up in Christchurch I was well over it.

I’d never had to think about exercise before because it always just a part of what I loved doing. I hated that I had to force myself to go to the gym when I didn’t enjoy it. It was making my body stronger and fitter but was ruining my mind.

I’d seen facebook ads and had a couple of friends who liked Altitude on social media so I saw a few posts and thought, that looks like it could be fun. And so the internal struggle started. It took me SIX MONTHS from first thinking that it looked like fun to actually emailing in. So sent my email. Hovered over the send button button for what seemed like a million years and then did it. And OH MY GOD it was the best email I’ve ever sent.

Came in for a little look around and was overwhelmed by the number of people in not a lot of clothing but was reassured that I could start in shorts and T-shirt. “People tend to wear less and less the longer they’re here,” internally I had already decided that there was no way I was ever getting my ass in anything like that.

My first class was so frustrating. I didn't know a human could produce as much sweat through their hands and I did in that first class. I couldn’t figure out how everyone else was sticking and I just slid. Every time. I was promised that it would get better and one day it just happened. I stuck.

I started making progress and it was so rewarding.

The instructors were and continue to be so encouraging and always manage to make that new move that looks impossible feel achievable. Everyone is on your team at Altitude.

I have now been with Altitude for eight months and continue to be so grateful for the community I have found there. It’s that support that got me up on stage at the last showcase and in front of the camera for a photoshoot.

I am now always so excited to head to Pole after work (and in the weekend cause there’s no such thing as too much time at pole). And the exercise, which was the reason I started, has become so secondary to the self fulfillment and comradery that I have found. Altitude is special. I feel lucky to be a part of this community and feel so so loved. Never have I been part of something that feels so much like a warm hug.

Oh yeah and ‘those shorts’ that I’d vowed not to wear. Staple part of my wardrobe.

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