I stumbled across this awesome story and wanted to share with all of you!
Meet Roz Mays - pole dancing instructor, fitness coach, and general bad ass.
She knows that her story is unlikely and even she didn't believe she would ever reach this level:
"If you'd have told me during that first pole-dancing class..." (which, she adds, kicked her ass completely) "...[that] I would eventually be leading classes of my own all around the country, and would have ended up on TV four times doing this, I would have slapped the shit out of you," she tells Refinery.
She started pole dancing about 8 years ago when she decided to stop being embarrassed to look in the mirror.
"Pole has been tremendous in helping me heal all the atrocities that I put upon myself.
"I spent the first 27 and a half years of my life absolutely embarrassed about how I looked, just thinking that I wasn’t as important, or I wasn’t as pretty, or that I didn’t have as much value as other women because I was bigger…"
"While I still have some crazy self-esteem issues, I’m much better than what I was. Pole was absolutely the biggest catalyst that helped me start to heal."
Because she knows how important confidence is, she spends a lot of time promoting self love and mutual appreciation in her classes.
"I’m that teacher that’s going to pause in the middle of class and say, 'Everyone, drop your weights, go to someone you’ve never met, give them a high-five, and compliment one of their muscles.' As cornball as that is...