I’m not really sure if Christina Dy or CD as most people call her, would want to be known more as an artist or a pole dancer. When you talk to her about art and pole dancing, you will hear the same passion oozing from her words that sometimes you don’t know which one you’re talking about already. But no matter what she does, whether it’s spinning around the pole for one of the Polecat’s many performances and classes, or opening an art show, you will see the same level of excellence in her work.
I first met CD when 360 was just starting. She’s one of the founders of the popular pole dancing group called the Polecats Manila. Back then I never thought that pole dancing could be a serious form of exercise. I mean, if you talked about pole dancing back then, you didn’t think concerts, recitals, and classes quite honestly. But after seeing how physically demanding it was and actually experiencing it myself, I knew that pole dancing was legit in fitness. The tricks that you see the polecats do are really amazing and it starts with Momma Polecat CD. Here’s how she found fitness.
1. What was the moment when you realized that you had to start working out? What was your weight then and health state?
I never thought about working out. I was more of a books and piano kind of person. Also, our family wasn’t into fitness or sports. So I grew up an unhealthy chubby girl, but I didn’t think anything of it (thank goodness wala pang social media! hahaha).
Then, when I was 30, my fiance and I broke up. My friends tried to console me by taking me out every single day. We went bowling, drinking, karaoke— and pole dancing! So that’s how I got into pole.
I was 5′ flat and 120++ lbs. (++ because after it went over 120 I stopped weighing. It was just too sad haha! ).
2. Describe the first few days and weeks of your exercise and/or diet programming. Did you have a hard time adjusting or was it easy? If it was hard, how did you get through it?
My first pole class was terrible! I couldn’t do anything since I was so unfit. As in nothing! The next day I couldn’t lift my arms. But I was challenged. so I came back, again. i was still terrible! It was hard convincing myself to go back. But I said, give it a shot, I’ve got nothing to lose anyway. I gave myself a deadline of 10 classes. thankfully I got to do one spin on my tenth class haha!
3. Describe your current diet or eating habits and/or exercise program. Is it difficult to maintain?
I’m allergic to so many things that I will eat whatever I can that won’t give me a rash. I wish I could eat hard boiled eggs or steamed chicken after a workout but I’m allergic to those so. …. so yes my diet is difficult to maintain because I’m allergic to so many things. And I love sugar even if it makes me sick literally. I love chocolate but I’m allergic to it. so I just try to eat a bar instead of a whole box.
My exercise program is fun though! Polecats Manila members are required to train at least three times a week so my workout is part of my work–I don’t have to think about making time for it. And it’s something I actually look forward to doing. I supplement it with yoga classes at least once a week, plus circuit training and dance classes as well when I have time.
4. What’s your current weight now? How do you feel about your physical fitness and health?
Now I’m at 103lbs. My lowest weight was 92. I’m also a small/medium compared to an xs when I first dropped the weight. But that’s inevitable as a pole dancer. Our back, arms and thighs get bigger. And we really don’t care because what’s more important is that we get stronger to be able to do the tricks.
I feel really good now– I understand my body more, and I am able to do more things with it! A few days ago I was able to finally do a crow so yeyyy I think I’m pretty good for a 38 year old
5. What’s the best thing about being fit and healthy?
The best thing is the quality of life that comes with being fit and healthy. Like, I can walk around a lot without getting tired– useful for traveling. I can carry my nephew when he’s tired from playing. I can dance at a party all night. Life is more fun this way
6. Do you have any tips for people who are about to start exercising or fixing their eating habits?
I always tell our students– the first thing you have to do is show up. whatever it is you choose to do– running, boxing, whatever– show up. And then, after the first time, come back. so it’s important that you find something fun that you’ll want to come back to.
As for eating– take out sugar. Sugar is evil.
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