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.”
Kerri N’Fuego competes in the ‘Exotic’ performance category during the 2017 Pacific Pole Championships
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.
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”
“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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