The Sim­ple Life

Meet the women who left their day jobs to make you health­ier

Singapore Women's Weekly (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - BY LISA TWANG

Tall, lithe and supremely flex­i­ble, Ce­leste looks ev­ery inch like a pro pole dancing in­struc­tor. She spins ef­fort­lessly on the pole and aerial fit­ness hoop, nail­ing pose af­ter pose as she does the splits upright – then up­side-down.

Still, there was a time when pole dancing was just a hobby for Ce­leste. For­merly work­ing in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try as a flight at­ten­dant and later, a man­ager for an air­craft leas­ing com­pany, pole classes were a way for Ce­leste to de-stress. Today, she runs the Sin­ga­pore base for Milan Pole Dance Stu­dio, which was founded in Italy, and is a stu­dio part­ner­ships con­sul­tant for fit­ness com­mu­nity GuavaPass.

HOW DOES YOUR BUSI­NESS MAKE OTH­ERS HEALTH­IER?

“Health, in our opin­ion, goes be­yond our phys­i­cal bod­ies, but also in­cludes our men­tal and emo­tional well-be­ing. Our

stu­dios of­fer a wide range of pole and aerial fit­ness classes catered for all lev­els, open to all ages and gen­ders, which are great cal­lis­thenic and car­dio work­outs. Above all, we cre­ate a safe and sup­port­ive space where peo­ple feel free to ex­press them­selves through dance and move­ment, and build stronger, health­ier bod­ies.”

WHAT MO­TI­VATED YOU TO LEAVE YOUR OLD DAY JOB TO START YOUR CUR­RENT ROLE(S)?

“My pre­vi­ous job in cor­po­rate avi­a­tion was in­ter­est­ing and I had many op­por­tu­ni­ties to travel, but I was mostly sit­ting be­hind a desk. En­ter­tain­ing was part of the job, so it was harder to make health­ier choices for food. Of­ten, I’d be tempted to skip gym vis­its and go for drinks with clients or col­leagues in­stead. I def­i­nitely was much less ac­tive, and was not so health-con­scious in my choices of diet and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.

I started Milan Pole Dance Stu­dio’s Sin­ga­pore base in 2014 with my busi­ness part­ner Tracy Mak, af­ter we met the founder of the brand, Krys­tel Ar­bia, at a pole re­treat in the Car­ribean. Within a year of open­ing the first stu­dio we saw the dif­fer­ence that pole and aerial fit­ness made to our clients’ lives phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally, and we felt in­spired to do more for them. So in early 2015, I de­cided to leave my cor­po­rate job to ded­i­cate more time and en­ergy to the stu­dio, and the pole and aerial fit­ness com­mu­nity. When you’re sur­rounded by such pos­i­tive en­ergy, there is def­i­nitely much more mo­ti­va­tion to com­mit to a healthy life­style – my­self in­cluded!”

WHAT IS YOUR HEALTH­I­EST HABIT?

“Ever since I dis­cov­ered med­i­ta­tion over a year ago, I find it helps me sleep bet­ter, be more mind­ful and also im­prove over­all well-be­ing, just by tak­ing a few short min­utes a day. It is an easy habit to build, and doesn’t re­quire too much time, so I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to try it. I started with the med­i­ta­tion app Headspace last year, which is great for begin­ners.”

HOW CAN WOMEN ADOPT A HEALTH­IER LIFE­STYLE?

“Start small – you don’t have to train six hours a week to make a shift to­wards a health­ier life­style. Take a daily 15-minute walk, or start with one fit­ness class a week. Try dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties on a plat­form such as GuavaPass, find some­thing that you like, and build a sim­ple rou­tine. Also, work­out bud­dies are great, so make friends with peo­ple you see in classes!”

Sur­round your­self with pos­i­tive en­ergy to com­mit to a healthy life­style

CE­LESTE WANG 37, DIREC­TOR OF MILAN POLE DANCE STU­DIO, SIN­GA­PORE

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