Mind Games by Claudia Moruzzi

In the pole dance or pole fitness world there is very little sponsorship. In South Africa we have so many talented performers who own the world stage. It is a dream for so many to be able to show their talent and hard work on the stages around the world.

Infinity Grip aims to do as much as possible to help athletes realize their dreams through any form of sponsorship that we can assist with.

This is our dream in building the brand.

One of South Africa’s absolute diamonds is Claudia Moruzzi. Infinity Grip is very proud to be sponsoring her to compete at the Pole Championship Series at Arnolds Ohio in March 2020. https://polechampionshipseries.com

She will share some of her training preparation and what it takes to be a champion.


Mind Games by Claudia Moruzzi


Let me just put this out there: I’m a performer through and through.

I love telling stories, conveying concepts or drawing attention to topics about which I feel passionately. If it’s artistic, or even just entertaining, I’m on board.

Sadly there aren’t many platforms where pole dancers can perform, except in competitions, so I’ve found myself competing a lot in recent years. It has been a time of immense personal growth and I’ve learned a lot about myself in the process.

For me, competing has been much more about mental strength and harmony than physical endurance. My biggest learning has been that I can say without a shadow of a doubt, I am not a “competitor”.

It has been necessary for me to make the distinction between “performer” and “competitor” because my motivation for dancing is the story I’m telling. I’m not there to win. I’m there to make you feel something.

Now don’t get me wrong. Winning is glorious. But when I’ve focused on the winning instead of the art, I’ve always failed miserably. Even worse than that, the joy was sucked right out of the whole process.

And yet I so easily lose my way. It’s just too simple to get stuck into perfectionism instead of immersing myself in the character.

This was brought home quite strongly when I recently qualified to compete internationally at the IPSF. I had a really strong routine when I competed nationally and I scored much better than I ever expected. So well, in fact, that I hold a new world record for the highest score in my category.

While this was such an honour, I found that it changed my focus in many subtle ways. I suddenly felt I had a duty to win at Worlds or I’d be letting myself down.

Competing at internationally is a very overwhelming experience if you don’t know what to expect. During my routine, I slipped in a trick that I have done for years. I tore a ligament in my hand and was unable to compete the next day.

I was devastated. I couldn’t understand how it could’ve gone wrong. And yet, I know that it was simply that I wasn’t entirely present. I was thinking of winning.

My routine for the PCS at the Arnolds is highly conceptual and deeply personal. Through all my intensive physical training as I prepare to leave for Ohio, I’m keeping my eye on the prize. The prize being, opening myself up to allow the audience on my emotional journey with me.


Infinity wishes her all the best in her training. In our eyes she is already a winner. To catch more of her follow her Instagram on https://www.instagram.com/claudiapoler/

To find out more about PCS click here https://polechampionshipseries.com


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