Avvini Athlete: Gabriela Lopez Aguilera
At Avvini Athletica we recognise special talents and want them to be seen and heard by our Avvini community. We firmly believe that everyone is inspiring in their own way and feel that there is a wide portion of our talented community that goes unnoticed, this is why we’ve decided to introduce a new series that aims to uncover the special talents that capture our interest across social media. This series showcases individuals who work hard and love what they do, whether that be in or outside of the gym. At Avvini Athletica we believe there is no set definition of what and who makes an athlete. If you have the commitment and strength to push your limits within whatever you passion is, you’re an athlete in our eyes.
To kick off our new series we’ve decided to sit down with the fiery Gabriela Lopez Aguilera. Gabriela loves staying fit and finds her fitness passion through aerial and pole-dancing routines and stretching. She’s been performing for over 10 years and hasn’t stopped since. Discover how Gabriela fell in love with pole dancing, what inspires her to perform and her advice for others who are interested in starting their aerial and pole-dancing journey.
AA: How did your pole-dancing journey begin
Gabby: I got into pole fitness around 10 years ago, I remember I came across a video on social media of women practicing pole dancing and I was so impressed by it that I thought, “I need to do this.” So I looked up some local studios and I just started pole dancing, and since then I just haven’t stopped.
AA: What about aerial and pole dancing appeals to you?
Gabby: What I love the most about aerial arts is the bond you create with people. Once you’re in a room dancing and training with everyone it’s such a safe environment, and at the same time it helps you to grow confidence within yourself. It’s just amazing, not only for your body but also for your mental health as well.
AA: What inspires you to keep going, even on those days when you really don’t feel like heading into the studio?
Gabby: Usually I remember where I started, when I started my first class that I had I wasn’t able to do anything. I felt so weak, but as time went by I started to become stronger and more flexible. I was feeling more confident, and usually that’s what keeps me going. To see how far I’ve come through all of this time is what keeps me pushing myself. Some days aren’t perfect, some days are really amazing but at the end of the day if you keep trying you’ll keep improving.
AA: What piece of advice would you give to young women who want to get into aerial and pole-dancing but need the confidence boost to get started?
Gabby: Usually when people find out what I do and see videos of performances that I’ve done, they usually say “Oh I could never do that, I’m not strong enough”. But what people don’t realise is when you come to an aerial class, you come to become stronger. Everyone starts at the same level, what I will advise women and everyone out there is to try it. It’s such a good environment and you won’t regret it. You’ll have so much fun, so just go for it, don’t doubt yourself.
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We’re always on the lookout for more special talent, if you have a special skill you want to share we’d love to see it! Tag us @avviniathletica pushing your limit in your Avvini Athletica activewear so we can share your story and talent with our community.
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