FILTHY RICH

gym trainer

New Zealand Fitness - - IN THIS ISSUE - By Lor­raine Thom­son

Emma Fen­ton’s foray into tele­vi­sion drama all started off with play­ing the part of a strip­per in the high pro­file Filthy Rich se­ries. The plot moved to work­ing in a gym as a “fit­ness ex­ec­u­tive” and later to tak­ing pole dance classes for well-to-do ladies.

Asked what she did to keep fit for the role, Emma says: “To be hon­est, back in the day be­fore this role, I didn’t do any­thing. I was into sports as a teenager – swim­ming and ten­nis and I rep­re­sented Auck­land in hockey.”

When she left school and went into drama, all of the sport stopped.

“When I got the role, I knew I had to be al­most naked on the screen at times and so I went to the gym and had a per­sonal trainer set some goals. I had a pro­gramme for car­dio, strength and core train­ing.”

Emma started off work­ing out at 151 Cor­po­rate Health in Auck­land, but later switched to a Jett’s 24-hour gym, handy to where she is liv­ing. She some­times ends up go­ing at 10pm at night to fit around film­ing.

“My fit­ness kicked in when I got the role as I knew how hard we would be work­ing. I couldn’t be tired. I had to be at my top level and feel­ing good and con­fi­dent.”

Asked where she learnt pole danc­ing, 25-year-old Emma says: “Well I didn’t want to look like an id­iot and so I went to Viva Dance Stu­dios and joined a group class. I went up to the teacher af­ter class and said ‘I need to get re­ally good, re­ally fast.’ She said ‘Are you want­ing to be­come a strip­per’ and I said ‘yes, but no’. I couldn’t tell her very much at the time, but I ended up hav­ing pri­vate lessons with her at the Cal­en­dar Girl strip bar in Auck­land’s in­fa­mous K Road.”

The teacher was a strip­per and Emma asked lots of ques­tions.

“I could learn from her what the men were like, how you got treated and how you talked to some­one. She is a re­ally savvy busi­ness woman. She knew how to get money and she is re­ally good at what she does. She was bril­liant. We did a lot of lessons to­gether and it was all hard work – strength, core train­ing and flex­i­bil­ity. I came home with a lot of bruises.”

Emma knew she had to learn how to do pole danc­ing and make it look easy, even though it wasn’t – and look sexy at the same time. She found it hard, but as far as fit­ness goes, she rec­om­mends it.

“I ac­tu­ally highly rec­om­mend it. In a class of 20, with all of those girls, it is quite em­pow­er­ing as well. You tone up very quickly, as you are lift­ing your own weight – in a fun way.”

Emma stopped go­ing to the gym at that time, as she no longer needed to.

“You re­ally get a sweat up and it is good if you go with your friends. It is a fun way to keep fit and you can see your progress. For a long time I couldn’t even climb up the pole. It took me a long time to get the strength to do that. When you did, it was a great feel­ing,”

Asked if she would take pole danc­ing classes again, Emma says: “I think so. I have even con­sid­ered get­ting a pole.” She has no plans on tak­ing up pole danc­ing as a ca­reer though.

The sex scenes in the show, was some­thing Emma found hi­lar­i­ous.

“It was just some­thing you had to do, although I didn’t have too many.” With the screen­ing of Filthy Rich com­ing to a close in April, Emma has al­ready got her fin­gers crossed there will be a sec­ond se­ries.

“I hope so. I have had a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back

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