Saturday, 14 November 2015

Michael Donohoe - Mr Pole Fitness UK 2015 - 2016 Champion interview

Michael Donohoe - Mr Pole Fitness UK 2015- 2016 Champion
Learn more about Michael and his win

1: Winning Mr Pole Fitness UK 2015 means so much to me. I had a goal to win the competition since last year and to have reached my goal has been an amazing feeling.

2: I have been doing pole for a little over 3 years now. So I was just gone 30 when I started.

3: The hardest thing about performing is always dealing with the pre comp nerves. I use a number of breathing techniques to help me stay calm and focused. The more competitions I do the easier it gets but the nerves will always be there.

4: To hear my name announced as the winner was the greatest feeling ever. I have won a few competitions and the feeling never gets old.This time however it was even better as I really was focused and determined to win. It was a feeling of all my hard work had payed off.

5: I will take it easy for the rest of this year. I will be training a lot but more about experimenting with new tricks and movements. I have plans to compete in a number of competitions next year but just have not selected which ones yet.

6: I have so many favorite moves but the one that stands out most i guess is Skyline. I just love the power and shape of it. Also it was a trick i always wanted since i saw it and it took me a long time to learn and perfect.

7: Preparing for a competition is all about planning as far as I'm concerned. Gauging the time you have to the time of the comp and planning the weeks/months out. I have a specific plan of action which i always use which gives me the optimum time to structure the routine, develop it and have enough time pre competition to run through it. For example i always have the routine finished 3 weeks before time. So that gives me 3 weeks of run through training. Its quiet detailed and complex to explain the whole process now.

8: My favorite part really is the banter and fun backstage with all the other competitors. There is such a great atmosphere and so much support between us all. It makes the competition really special and I always remembered this since doing the same comp last year.

9: I wouldn't change anything about the day. Well maybe not falling out of my Brass Monkey Flip. HaHa!! I had done this trick a hundred times but unfortunately slipped on the day. Other than that nothing to change at all.

10: As far as diet goes I am a Vegan. So i don't consume any animal products at all. no meat, dairy or eggs. So I just eat a well balanced diet of grains, legumes, pulses, fruits and vegetables. I wouldn't drink any alcohol pre comp and avoid any processed sugary foods. This plan works very well for me.

11: Pole has changed my life. It brought me into a world where i met my beautiful girlfriend Terri Walsh, working in an amazing pole studio Fierce Fitness Dance Studio, many new friends and a chance to travel and see more of the world. It really is an amazing industry to be a part of and i wouldn't have it any other way.

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