This weekend’s Spotlight shines on a woman who embodies the kind of determination and will that speaks to the essence of ToughGirl. She is Kris Isaac-Flojo, a multi-talented, outgoing and witty young woman in her early 30s, wife to Niki Flojo, mother to Elon. This pole-dancing momma has some wisdom to share with other women, especially mothers, who are also on their challenging journey to fitness.
One of the trendiest fitness activities to take the social scene by storm is Pole Dancing. It was a little controversial in the beginning as pole dancing has always been associated with strip clubs and many conservative women felt it was too risqué as an extracurricular activity. It was such a new concept: pole dancing as a sport, a way to become stronger, to get fit, and to enjoy yourself. Except, this wasn’t a pole found in a strip club, but instead, an art that has been raised to a level of athleticism that requires patience, discipline, and commitment.
In 2009, Kris signed up for classes under Christina Dy. Christina and Kris grew close and their bond and common love (read: obsession) for pole (as they call it) resulted in the birth of Pole Cats Manila where Kris, along with a few other fellow pole dancers and friends, became a founding member and a senior instructor. They took their troupe of Pole Cats to corporate events and concerts where people watched in amazement at their graceful flexibility and unquestionable strength (not to mention how beautiful they looked in their sexy outfits). Today their classes have expanded to include special workshops on hoop, silk, flexibility and dance.
Growing up, Kris had always led an active lifestyle. She was a member of the school soccer varsity team, was training in Tae Kwon Do, went wall climbing, and always found herself engaged in some sort of physical activity. As a Jill of All Trades, Kris also has quite a few experiences under her belt which include being a radio DJ, academic tutor, and events host. She once ventured into the corporate world but quickly realised it wasn’t for her.
Today, Kris is a mother to an intelligent and strong-willed three year-old, or as she calls him, her threenager. Motherhood, she says, has forced her to become the best version of herself. It put the spotlight on aspects of her character that she knew were always there but she was too lazy or fearful to develop. Now as a mom to Elon, she wants and needs to become the person she hopes her child to grow up to be one day. Kris is a very hands-on mom and devoted wife as she gets by without a housekeeper or a nanny to help with child and domestic duties. She’s also a work-from-home freelancer, so time management is a very essential skill to have. This kind of frenetic pace and hectic lifestyle makes Kris more deliberate about the people she spends time with and the activities she participates in. With family as her main priority, the Flojo family see to it they attend events and social gatherings together to make the most of their time.
“rest and quiet are just as important to my soul as activity is.”
“Abs and toned muscles are great, and of course I’d love to have that! But at the end of the day, I just want to be strong and healthy enough to live an active life with my family.”
Her advice to other women and mothers who have their own difficulties and struggles with getting back on track with their fitness? Kris has this to say:
“It’s tough ladies, I know. It’s easy to reach for that muffin when you’re hungry and too tired to cook. It feels better to sit down and scroll through Facebook rather than do stretches or exercise. But you just have to do something, everyday. And then do one more thing. And then one more thing. Take it one day at a time, one step at a time, and take as long as you need. Don’t rush through it – understand it, enjoy how your body reacts to the changes. It’s a long road ahead, and that’s okay. But just do something, everyday. You won’t regret it.”