Wildway Crew Stories: Allison Fiorini (Pole Fitness)
Our Wildway Crew highlights ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Within each of us lies the potential to live life to the fullest. We have the ability to choose our own destiny, live without fear or limits, challenge ourselves and grow, do and be whatever makes us happy. We have the ability to be free. It's how you live a Wildway of life and there are people all around us inspiring others with their actions. We want to celebrate that by highlighting and honoring those who #LiveWild.
Meet this week's featured Wildway Crew member:
Wildway of Life = Pole fitness
Outlook = "You've got what it takes, but it will take everything you've got." And ""If you can't stop thinking about it, don't stop working for it."
Wildway of Choice = Coconut Cashew Granola & Cinnamon Roll Hot Cereal
Meet Allison. After running marathons in 32 different states, she found herself burned out and injured. Needing something to strengthen her body and cross-train, Allison stumbled into the world of pole fitness and immediately fell in love. Not only has she excelled in the sport of pole dancing, but the benefits have trickled over into her running, allowing her to achieve times she never could before.
Here is Allison's story in her own words:
I've been a distance runner for the past 10 years
"I've been a distance runner for the past 10 years, with a primary focus on the marathon. I've run the Boston Marathon for the past seven years, and I've been knocking off my goal of running a marathon in each state over the past few years. I've completed 32 states so far. For awhile, my goal was to break 3 hours in the marathon. I got close with a 3:02 and won the Kentucky Derby Marathon in 2016, but I was burned out and injured.
I still run and I'm still pursing these goals, but my Wildway of life began 2 1/2 years ago when I began pole fitness. It began as a fun way for me to cross train and strengthen my body to avoid injury. It worked, because in my time as a pole dancer, I've set personal records in almost all distances - not just the marathon! However, since I began to excel at pole dancing, it's become an increasingly more important part of my life.
But my wildway of life began 2 1/2 years ago when I began pole fitness
I signed up to compete at the 2017 PSO Atlantic Pole Championships back in April. I competed as an amateur, but in the highest possible division. Much to my surprise, I won my division.
Here is my winning routine from APC:
In winning my division, I theoretically earned my "pro card" with Pole Sport Organization (PSO). I will be making my pro debut in November, when I compete as a professional, competitive pole dancer at the Northeast Pole Championships in Boston, MA.
My goal is to place at a PSO event in the near future in the top two so I can compete at PSO's national competition. I'm newer to the game than most pole dancers and have zero background in dance and gymnastics, so it's a tough goal. I personally believe that I can do anything I set my mind to - if I am willing to put in the work, I will be successful.
Since becoming a pole dancer, I've also become a pole dance instructor. Since I have a background in education as a high school teacher and a background in teaching yoga as an RYT 200, the transition to teaching pole dancing was a no brainer. Besides my love for being active, I truly love to inspire others to achieve goals that they never dreamed possible.
I personally believe that I can do anything I set my mind to - If i am willing to put in the work, I will be successful.
Live Wild. Dance Wild.
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