Pole Exercise Classes
The pole fitness frenzy is sweeping across the globe and has developed into a sport building up for an Olympic category
Pole dance combines dance and acrobatics centred on a vertical pole. This performance art has recently gained popularity as a mainstream form of fitness, practised by many enthusiasts in gyms and in dedicated dance studios. Amateur and professional pole dancing competitions are held in countries across the world.
Pole Fitness is an extension of pole dancing that uses the pole to its maximum potential as a versatile piece of fitness equipment. It works the whole body, improving muscle tone, flexibility, coordination, posture as well as upper body and core strength. You’ll be amazed at the variety of exercises that can be achieved with this simple piece of equipment.
Exclusive personal training
Book a class with Betty in her private home studio. She’s been practising pole fitness since 2015 and a fully qualified instructor since 2018, so whatever level you’re at – from complete beginner to advanced – you can be certain of getting the very best training so you can improve really quickly.
Classes are available on a one-to-one or two-to-one basis.
The benefits of pole dancing aren’t limited to developing a strong body. It can help improve your mental and emotional health, prevent injuries and increase mobility, as well as giving a boost to your social and love life!
Common Benefits Of Pole Fitness
- Helps to burn calories quickly – pole dancing taxes the muscles in the entire body and you are always moving, making it a great isometric and cardiovascular exercise.
- Builds self-confidence – once you master the basics and start strengthening your muscles, you will quickly begin to develop skills and a body that will turn heads!
- Reduce stress – one of the biggest benefits for pole dancing concerns your psychological and emotional health. After an intense pole dancing session, your body will naturally start producing endorphins, which helps to instill feelings of calmness and happiness.
- Increase your motivation for exercise – less of an exercise chore and more fun!
- Improve your agility – people often forget the importance of joint mobility and flexibility. As you become more agile you will have fewer problems with back & neck pain and muscle soreness.
- It’s good for your bones and joints – joint pain is a serious and persistent issue for many people and with particular reference to women who have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis later in life. Since you are not putting huge stress on your joints, pole dancing is a very safe form of exercise.
Looking for a great new way to get fit? Bored with the routine of the gym? Pole dancing could be for you!
What to expect
Each class will consist of a warm-up (mobility, cardio and flexibility), body conditioning, main pole work (pole tricks and combos according to ability level) and a cool down.
The pole classes will break down core elements including various spins, pole sits, dance movement, floorwork and conditioning exercises. In the process, you will improve body awareness and coordination. You will also increase upper body strength and flexibility.
You will be introduced to the essential elements of choreography and becoming a fluid pole dancer. The focus is the exploration of connecting movement and technique as strength develops. Don’t worry, you’ll soon be able to perform inversions in no time!
What to wear
Shorts are best! This will really help you as skin contact with the pole is required, and shorts will allow you to spread your weight with both your arms and legs. This makes it much easier as you’re not just relying on your arms and hands! Stretchy material is best so that you have a good range of movement. A vest top or t-shirt is perfect for the top half. Plus, bare feet or grip socks for your feet.
Never apply any form of moisturiser before using the pole. Moisturiser is never fully absorbed into the skin; instead, it will transfer onto the equipment during use and interfere with your ability to grip the pole.
Jewellery will impair your grip. Also, the poles are specialised pieces of equipment and jewellery damages them. Your jewellery will also become damaged and/or bent.
Common Misconceptions about Pole Dancing
- I’m too old – Wrong!! The pole is effective & fun at any age! There’s NO limit. More and more people over 40 are taking up pole classes.
- I’m not strong enough – You don’t need to be strong to start pole fitness. You’ll start a level that’s comfortable for you and with expert guidance and tuition, we’ll help you to gain confidence and strength.
- I’m Too Big/Out of Shape – Worried you won’t be able to do it? Firstly the pole will not fall down! Pole dancing is for all shapes and sizes. In fact heavier girls sometimes have a lot of muscle in comparison to skinnier girls. This makes them strong in their ability to hold their own weight. Pole Dancing is 100% effective for whole body fitness.
- I’ll Fall Off the Pole/Get Hurt – Here’s the truth. No one’s ever magically ‘fallen off’ the pole in class, especially in the beginning. Experienced instruction & proper technique will ensure your safety!
- I’m Too Shy, Don’t Want Others to See Me – We all lack a little confidence when we’re learning something new. Trust in your instructor to make you feel comfortable and be assured that everyone in the class is there to support one another.
- I Don’t Want to Wear ‘Skimpy’ Clothes – Proper Pole attire is not considered ‘skimpy but is very much a necessity. Your skin is a grip aid and required for a large majority of the curriculum. . Shorter shorts with a sports bra and tank are easily the best choice for class. There’s no reason you can’t be modest and comfortable.