[Sarah Buchanan | Daily Star]

Cheryl Teagann has always been active and trained as a competitive athlete from the age of 13.

As she grew older, the fitness fan started entering bikini bodybuilding competitions, which involved pumping iron six times a week and sticking to a strict diet.

But she hung up her glittery bikini three years ago, to turn her attention to pole fitness instead.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, Cheryl said: “I stopped bikini fitness competitions in 2014 to focus on pole dancing.

“My diet when I was training for bikini fitness was complicated.”

“I was trying to gain weight at the same time as becoming stage lean, growing muscle and becoming mentally healthier.”

She continued: “I was not ready physically or mentally to be on stage but I was on stage for my own goals and reasons.“I learnt a lot about macros, water manipulation, carb cycling and rebounding which helped me a lot.”

After entering Miss Pole Dance UK for the first time back in 2015, Cheryl has been wowing the judges and bagging titles ever since.

Cheryl Teagann
She said: “Miss Pole Dance is a national UK competition which is open for female, doubles, amateurs, semi-pro students and semi-pro instructors.“I entered as a semi-professional in 2015 and won that. Then in 2016, I had to send a video entry of one of my performances to enter.

“Over 100 people entered and around 14 people got through to the live finals, which I managed to win.

“The 2017 event was actually last weekend and I won the Doubles title.”

To maintain those gravity-defying moves on the pole, Cheryl currently works on her fitness for three to four hours each day.

She said: “I train every day practising different skills.

“One day it could be hand balance routines and exercises that work on my flexibility and then the next day I might do an overall weight session.

“In terms of actual pole dancing routines though, I usually do that three to four times a week. Health and fitness is my lifestyle, it’s not a chore, it’s my passion.”