Mum-of-two Emma Colsey-Nicholls is in pole position after getting through to the semi-finals of an international competition.
The 32-year-old fitness instructor, from Blackpool – along with one of her students, Kim McAdam – will compete live in the International Pole and Aerial Tournament (IPAAT), in Nottingham, on the first weekend of April.
Emma, who owns ECN-Bodyworks Pole and Fitness Studio, on Chiswick Grove, Marton, and Kim had to submit video entries of them performing routines to a panel of judges.
Emma made the selection of the top eight scores in the expert category and Kim in the intermediate category.
They will perform in the semi-final on April 4, then the top three performers will be chosen to perform again the next day in the grand final, with one being crowned champion.
Mum-of-two Emma said: “I have been teaching pole fitness for seven years now and, after having my second baby nine months ago, I decided I would enter my first competition to keep me motivated with my post-baby training.
“Pole is amazing for getting you in great shape and I knew if I upped my training, it would help get rid of the last of my baby weight.
“I’m absolutely thrilled I even made it this far in the competition and it’s really boosted my confidence.
“I now just have to keep working hard to perform my best in the semi-finals.
“It would be an amazing achievement to win a competition less than a year after having a baby.
“At the moment we are both feeling excited, but I’m sure the nerves will come on the day.”
Emma and ECN-Bodyworks have had success in the past, with a number of members winning various competitions.
Emma added: “Pole fitness is now more recognised as a sport, it has its own Pole Sports Federation – and the pole fitness industry continues to push for it to be entered into the Olympics one day.”
Pole fitness is a combination of acrobatics, gymnastics, with an element of dance.
The more advanced moves in pole fitness often defy gravity – with athletes gripping the pole with a single foot or several fingers.
The lifts and tricks tone muscles, while high-intensity choreographed routines provide a cardio workout.