Miss Pole Dance UK: Former bikini bodybuilder shares fitness secrets after bagging title


FITNESS FAN: Cheryl Teagann swapped bikini bodybuilding for pole dancing

Cheryl Teagann has always been active and used to do gymnastics five times a week since the tender age of 11.

As she grew older the fitness fan started training for bikini bodybuilding competitions, which involved pumping iron six times a week and sticking to a strict diet.

But she hung up her glittery bikini three years ago, to turn her attention to pole fitness instead.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, Cheryl said: “I stopped bikini fitness competitions in 2014 to focus on pole dancing.

“My diet when I was training for bikini fitness was complicated.

“I was trying to gain weight at the same time as becoming stage lean, growing muscle and becoming mentally healthier.”

She continued: “I was not ready physically or mentally to be on stage but I was on stage for my own goals and reasons.

“I learnt a lot about macros, water manipulation, carb cycling and rebounding which helped me a lot.”

After entering Miss Pole Dance UK for the first time back in 2015, Cheryl has been wowing the judges and bagging titles ever since.

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She said: “Miss Pole Dance is a national UK competition which is open for female, doubles, amateurs, semi-pro students and semi-pro instructors.

“I entered as a semi-professional in 2015 and won that. Then in 2016, I had to send a video entry of one of my performances to enter.

“Over 100 people entered and around 14 people got through to the live finals, which I managed to win.

“The 2017 event was actually last weekend and I won the Doubles title.”

To maintain those gravity-defying moves on the pole, Cheryl currently works on her fitness for three to four hours each day.

She said: “I train every day practising different skills.

“One day it could be hand balance routines and exercises that work on my flexibility and then the next day I might do an overall weight session.

“In terms of actual pole dancing routines though, I usually do that three to four times a week. Health and fitness is my lifestyle, it’s not a chore, it’s my passion.”

Since taking up pole dancing, Cheryl has noticed her upper body and core stability has vastly improved.

She said: “I’m a lot leaner now that I’m doing pole and aerial.

“Health and fitness is my lifestyle”

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“Obviously, I’m not ‘stage lean’ as that’s not my goal anymore and I don’t think I could ever maintain such a low body fat percentage.

“Also, my flexibility is better now than it was when I was younger.

“I make sure that I dedicate one to two hours every day to stretch even if I don’t feel like it.”

So what’s next on the horizon for the pole dancing fan?

Cheryl said: “I’m currently training for a big competition in November for the UK in the elite category.

“I want to continue training and teaching people. Becoming a better and recognised coach for all my skills and fitness.

“I would love to create online programmes for people to follow in their own time and above all I want to continue to inspire others.”

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Source: dailystar.co.uk