Training Together: Your Guide to Being a Good Pole and Aerial Pal by Lottie Sanders

Things are finally starting to warm up over here in the UK (well, the weather is certainly warmer, but I can’t say there’s much less rain), so getting back into a full training regime is starting to feel a little more manageable. We love our pole and aerial studios for so many reasons – the wonderful equipment, our favourite instructors with their epic lesson plans, the thrill of getting a trick in class and the studio erupting with applause. The list could go on forever. But today, I’m focusing on another reason we love our home-away-from-home as much as we do: community and friendship. Ultimately, our pole and aerial training is a hobby, and a huge part of what keeps us coming back to our studios time and time again is the sense of community that comes with that. Even if our intention when we start out as an aerialist has nothing to do with making new friends, it’ll happen anyway, and there is something so magical about that.

All of this got me thinking – we talk an awful lot about how to be a good student, or how to be a good instructor, or studio owner, or all these other quite ‘official’ roles within pole and aerial, but when do we ever talk about how to be a good pole and aerial pal? I think it’s about time we chatted about just that: so this month’s XPERT blog is all about how to be a good training buddy in three straight-forward steps!

1. Support is a two way street – Every class has that student who is a natural born cheerleader. They clap, and ‘woop’, and celebrate the victories of others without so much as a prompt from the teacher. And doesn’t that feel great? When you finally master the elusive trick that you’ve desperately trained for weeks upon weeks, to be met with a hearty cheer from your classmate, a cheer filled with genuine happiness and warmth. The glorious reception makes your achievement that little bit sweeter. Now, it’s time to ask yourself – when your class cheerleader nails their trick, do you give them that same energy back? Or are you always relying on them to bring the noise? At first, it can feel a little bit awkward cheering for someone you don’t know very well, I get that, especially if you’re not a particularly extroverted person. But wouldn’t it be a little bit unfair if you only basked in the praise of others, and never dished that same praise back out?

If you’re reading this and thinking ‘oh no, I’ve been that person’, please don’t panic. We can forget these things easily. But take this blog right here as your reminder that support is a two way street, and it’s only right that if someone is giving you boundless backing in class that you dish some of that love to them in return. And honestly, if you feel a little self conscious dishing out that praise, I promise you no-one else will feel that awkward energy – they will be too busy smiling their head off at a compliment from one of their classmates.

2. The green-eyed monster isn’t welcome here – this might seem a little bit blunt but hear me out. Jealousy and envy are unfortunately an unavoidable part of life. Classes within our pole and aerial studios are often graded into level one, level two, and so on, but due to the nature of our wonderful artform, not everyone will have the exact same ability or skill set within those groups. There will be someone who is splittier than you, and there will be someone stronger than you, and there will be someone who seems to get things quicker than you, and it will be
frustrating. There will also be someone that looks at you and thinks ‘I wish I had what they had’. It’s a cycle. Very few things bring down the vibe of a group than someone being negative – this is true of life, not just pole and aerial classes. Inherently, jealousy and envy aren’t exactly positive emotions, so please just leave them at the door. We are only human, trust me I get it, but when you are in a group environment it’s important to remember that you are not the only person in the room. Stay grounded, and keep re-affirming to yourself that whilst there are things others are good at, there are plenty of things that you are also good at, and we are all on our own journey.

3. Be present in your practice – safe to say, we live in an age of distraction. Even as I write this blog today, the notifications pinging up in
the corner of my laptop have tempted me away from my typing more times than I’d care to admit. I would be remiss to not mention this fact of modern life when talking about being a supportive pole pal. We have all been there. For whatever reason, we aren’t quite engaging in our pole and aerial class like we usually are. Our mind is wandering, we’re not really concentrating, we may have even snuck a few looks at our phone under the guise of getting our camera out for a photo. I could talk forever about how this isn’t within the spirit of why we come to class, but I know no-one is intentionally self-sabotaging – we all know it's naughty to sit and scroll on Instagram when we are supposed to be training, and yet from time to time, we do it anyway. However, in a class scenario, it’s not just you who is facing the disruption of your wavering attention span.

When you are sharing equipment with somebody, it’s actually quite nice to have some back and forth whilst you’re training. A little ‘wow, that was amazing’, or ‘go on, you’ve nearly got it’ goes a long way and can make us feel much better in our practice. If the person we’re partnered up with isn’t really engaging, or scrolling on their phone, there’s a whole layer of support we’re missing out on – leading to our lesson feeling quite lonely. Next time you find your mind wandering in class, remind yourself of why it is you come to class. Yes, it’s to train, and yes it’s to progress, but it’s also to socialise and spend time with your pole and aerial pals – don’t neglect them by letting your mind wander too far elsewhere!

So there you have it, three ways to be the best pole and aerial pal you can be. We are only human, and it’s impossible to always be in our very best form, but keep these tips in mind and it’ll go a long way in helping to maintain those precious training buddy friendships!

Course Review: Flexibility Flow by Lottie ‘Adore’ Sanders

Welcome to another month over here on the XPERT blog – and this time, as promised, I’ll be talking all about my time taking the amazing Flexibility Flow course.

One of my most favourite things about XPERT training courses is the option to undertake face to face training. First off, I’m quite a visual learner, so the option to watch someone in real life demonstrate the tricks and techniques really aids my understanding of the course material. Secondly, getting first- hand experience with the handpicked trainers on team XPERT is an absolute privilege. Not only are you benefitting from the excellent XPERT certification course content, it is being delivered by someone with many years of pole and aerial experience, who is handing down all their valuable additional knowledge sprinkled throughout the weekend.

Let’s talk about flexibility. As far as my own is concerned, I’ve always been quite lucky with my ability to split and backbend when required – but I knew full well that just because I could do these movements myself, it did not mean I would be able to just teach them to others. Much like any other aerial apparatus, those who may attend your class will have varying abilities with some having never tried flexibility training at all. And within that, flexibility training can also (sometimes) get a bad rep. We’ve all seen the odd tutorial on Instagram that hasn’t given much thought for body stability and safety. So how do we ensure that we are providing both valuable, as well as safe classes for students to take part in? And on top of that, how do we keep our students on track with their flexibility training when they may all be at such different levels? Keep reading to find out just how all of my questions, and more, were answered.

Hosted at the lovely Studio Flare in Redditch in the UK, Flexibility Flow took place on a chilly January weekend. As I arrived at the studio space, I received a warm welcome from studio co-owner Ollie and our trainer for the weekend Amy Williams. With pole dance experience of over ten years, and several health, fitness, biomechanics aerial and nutrition-based certifications, and a passion for all things anatomy and physiology on top of that, I knew we were in for a weekend of in-depth learning.

Compared to many of the other XPERT courses I have been lucky enough to attend, the Flexibility Flow certification involved a lot of sitting down and taking in the information (so if you are to take this course I’d highly recommend wearing your comfiest training outfit for lounging in!) That being said, Amy kept us on our toes with regular interventions of activity – including one of my most favourite exercises for the weekend. Involving getting into a few flex-y poses of our choosing, then applying Amy’s best tips and tricks for getting a better range of motion, and giving them another go, my mind was blown. This exercise perfectly highlighted how targeted, specific cues can make such a difference in achieving our most dreamed about poses.

Come day two, I’ll admit, my mind was a little frazzled, but trust me, it was in a good way. We had learnt so much, and covered so much ground within the manual, that my whole outlook on flexibility training had morphed – in a good way. The course is truly jam packed with content, all designed to help you deliver the most effective and safe flexibility flow classes at your studio. One of the most valuable pieces of knowledge I took away was Amy’s perspective on mindset. With such an emphasis on sitting down and discussing the content as a group, my eyes were opened to the many different perspectives even those within the class had to flexibility training which opened up so many unique and interesting possibilities and approaches.

Overall, I had a really great time on this course, and I am so excited to share all this wonderful new knowledge with my students to help them on their flexibility journeys!

I was lucky enough to grab Amy for a quick chat about the course, to discuss the course, and she had this to say:

‘I hope that the main thing that people will take away from the course is a changed perspective and outlook on their own flexibility and the flexibility of the masses. Flexibility is not this complicated unachievable thing, and once you understand the foundations and build on top of that it’s actually quite easy and straightforward, you just need to have that basic understanding.’

I ask her which aspect of the course she enjoys delivering the most. ‘My most favourite element of this course to teach is genuinely all of it (which is sad I know but I love this course!) If I had to choose, I especially love the bio-hack elements to do with nerves and receptors where we can explore changing how we’re feeling and our state of mind. It’s great to look at changing someone’s outlook on what they can achieve and what they can teach to others.’

She continues ‘Overall, I just love sharing knowledge and information, and learning and gaining from the students and instructors that I meet on these courses. I hope that on mass we can start to make some really fundamental changes on the little things – like breathing! We can simply just breathe more, and life will be easier. I hope that by in some way influencing, on some level, the people that come on this course, they are inspired to delve more into the elements such as nerve flossing or breathing technique. Whatever sparks their interest. I hope this then has a ripple effect and it aids them to move forward and teach others to live a happier and more comfortable life.’

As we round off on our chat, Amy shares this valuable nugget of information – which is a true testament to the spirit of the course. ‘Flexibility Flow is often misunderstood – it’s not like other flexibility courses out there, it’s a good mix of forward thinking current information whilst covering the basics of the human body, whilst promising that every participant will gain something from the course. You don’t need to be flexible, in fact they would learn more the less flexible they are, as they will learn it all on their own bodies!’

Feeling inspired? Head to the ‘book a course’ section of our website and grab yourself a spot on the next Flexibility Flow course – you won’t regret it!

Progress Not Perfection – Why You Should Be Taking Progress Photos by Lottie ‘Adore’ Sanders

At the start of the year, we often cast our minds both forwards and backwards simultaneously. January comes around, and we may consider where we were the year before and ponder just where we would like to be twelve months from now – which often leads us to form our goals and aspirations. These goals can manifest themselves in a variety of ways – these could be life goals, mindset
goals, flexibility goals, or pole and aerial goals.

I was lucky enough to nab a space on one of XPERT’s amazing courses this month – Flexibility Flow (don’t worry, I’ll give you the full low down of my
experience in next month’s blog). Part of the course entailed taking a photo of a flexy move such as our split or backbend, then implementing the tips from the incredible trainer Amy, and executing the move again for a comparison photo. Needless to say, the change was incredible – but the experience got me thinking. Where are my photos of my early training days where I struggled to get myself up into a bridge, or the snaps of my not-so-flat Jade split? Well, these records just don’t exist.

Personally, this prospect made me a little sad. Baby pole dancer Lottie was pretty harsh on herself in retrospect. My attitude towards my self-perceived shortcomings was simply ‘don’t film me doing this, it’s rubbish’, batting away friends and instructors who offered to take a snap of my attempts at moves in class. My mindset led me to believe that the only real reason to take a photo or video of literally anything was if it was already, whatever that was in my mind, perfection.

Progress photos are a funny one. The name in itself suggests that each photo needs to be better than the one before. But any seasoned aerialist or sports person will tell you, the road to true progression is absolutely not a linear one. One week, you will come in and your split may be pretty close to the ground. The following week, you can feel like you’re back to square one. I won’t go into the several different reasons for this – tiredness, muscle soreness, hormones, temperature, lifestyle (the list goes on forever) – but what I will say is documenting these ‘setbacks’ is just as important as every shiny new progression you make.

Let’s take working on your front splits, for example, a fairly common goal for tonnes of polers and aerialists. You dutifully attend your stretch classes twice a week, and at the end of each class you give your splits a go. Your classmate offers to nab a photo of you, and they really insist on doing it because they’re a good training buddy, so you finally agree to handing over your phone. Sure, you’re wearing those leggings with a hole in them and your hair is scraped back in a Miss Trunchbull-from-Matilda style bun, and the lighting isn’t exactly Insta worthy. But that is a snapshot in time, a freeze frame of your very best efforts that day, a record of your hard work within that stretching session – and it’s important. Week to week, your splits may look frustratingly similar. But month to month? You may just see that space between you and the floor inch that little bit closer. Six months on, you may even be totally flat and contemplating throwing a yoga block under that front leg to start working on your over split.

When you’re living in the moment, it can become difficult to remember what things used to be like. Within the blink of the eye, you can forget just how hard you worked to get on the path you’re now on. The split that you now easily get into up the pole was months in the making; the active flex work, the strength training, the skin grip training, the breathwork fine-tuning. And what better reminder of all that culmination of your efforts is there than the ability to look back to where it all began.

The purpose of this month’s blog is pretty straight forward really, when you boil it down. Make 2024 the year that you truly commit to taking photos of your efforts in class. It doesn’t matter if you’re not looking Instagram ready, or if it’s not your best attempt of the day, because you forgot to get your phone out the first time. Heck, even if it’s the very first attempt you’ve given to get into your
splits in what seems like forever – take the damn photo. One day, when you’re flying through the air in a flawlessly flat Jallegra, you’ll be glad that you’re able to look back and see the start of your journey, too. This time next year, when you’re reading this blog and you remember the advice I gave you – that you followed, because you know I’m right – and you have a start-to-finish selection of photos of the amazing things you’ve learnt, you’ll thank me!

Tune in next month on the XPERT blog to find out all about Lottie’s experience on the amazing Flexibility Flow course – it’s going to be a good read!

Plan Like a Teacher, Teach Like a Pro: Review of XPERT’s Pole Instructor Plan Book by Lottie Sanders

Usually, you’ll find me talking on the blog about the amazing training courses XPERT has to offer, but this time I’m going to introduce you to a brand new product that’s sure to revolutionise your lesson planning. Introducing: The Pole Instructor Plan Book, an exclusive resource delivered by XPERT which is designed for you to take your pre and post class journaling to the next level. Stay tuned to find my top three reasons the Pole Instructor Plan Book is going to be your new best pole pal

1. Planned to Perfection – Once you cross the threshold from student to instructor, gone are the days of ‘just showing up’ to class. You have transitioned from the person being told what to do, to being the person to teach a group of others a new skill, and the one calling the shots on what they will be learning that day. The reality of this new prospect is that the best way to help yourself prepare for that responsibility is just to do just that – to prepare.

There are so many variables when teaching a class that you never know what will be thrown at you next. A question you’ve never been asked before, a student who simply isn’t getting on with any move attempted that day, someone visiting from a different studio who has learnt in a totally different way to your studio norm. You need to be prepared for anything. Of course,
you can’t predict for every single variable but you can create a cracking lesson plan packed with fun flow, tricks and transitions that’s guaranteed to keep your class entertained. This is exactly where your ‘Pole Instructor Plan Book’ delivered by XPERT comes in.

This amazing planner breaks down everything you may be teaching in a class, with sections for conditioning, static, spin, and choreography, you will never be short of space for filling in your best lesson plan ideas. And what’s more, there are handy spots for filling in pre-class announcement notes, and objective focuses too. There is no such thing as being too prepared – after all, it is much easier to remember the latest news at the studio that you need to promote to your students, or staying on task with what you wanted your students to achieve, if you have these objectives jotted down somewhere for your own reference.

2. Emphasis on Reflection – Planning is all well and good, but what is even better than planning? Reflection on that planning. Let’s get into the facts of this.

When we plan our lessons, we are writing up a dream list of what we would love for our students to achieve in that class. Within this, we have different markers for achievements – we want them to feel fulfilled, feel challenged, have fun, learn something new, and ultimately walk out the door feeling good. However, all of those things can be tricky to achieve in a single hour session, and it is certainly harder to predict for those variables when there are students you haven’t taught before, or if you are trying something a little different that day.

Not everything we do as teachers can be a success. It just won’t. You can teach a move textbook-perfectly, spot all your students magnificently, get them successfully into the pose, snap an amazing photo and there is still a chance you’ll be met with ‘I didn’t like that one’. Which is absolutely fine! We are allowed to dislike something even if we manage to do it. But it can be difficult to process these emotions as an instructor – after all, we are only human, and we want our students to have the best time and it can feel a little like failing if they have any not-so-positive feedback. However, I think we should flip that on its head. Feedback is good. Feedback helps you grow.

The Pole Instructor Plan Book comes with a handy section at the end of each double page class plan for ‘What went well? What did students struggle with?’ No longer do you need to sit and stew about the ups and downs of your class – write about it, instead. Often, it is not a ‘bad class’. Maybe it was just one move that didn’t work. Perhaps it was a particularly hot and slippy day, so the groans of reluctance you were met with at mentioning doing a pole sit was because of the heat. Did you have several students who attended a class or two on the same night, before yours? Moving forward, you can account for knowing that your students may be a little tired before your session. The variables are infinite, but the point is, if we sit and analyse these differences, we can come to realise that it is not all about us ‘being failures’ or ‘not good teachers’, rather sometimes, unpredictable things can happen. And moreover,
by jotting these variables down – we can plan for the future and ensure we minimise them happening again. Happy teacher, happy students, happy class!

3) All Your Plans, All in One Place – Lesson planning can be difficult. The pressure to come up with something new, exciting, and interesting on a weekly basis isn’t always the easiest thing. So stop worrying about always producing something different.

Let’s not get carried away here – of course, you cannot just show up every single week and do the exact same thing. But we can take previous lesson plans and adapt them. For example, in your intermediate class, you may work on an Outside Leg Hang for week one. So the following week, you might start working on a Hang Glider for those who are really nailing it. The week after
that, you want to change it up totally, and focus on a Cross Knee Release instead. But for the week after that? Don’t forget, you’ve laid the groundwork for your students and their Outside Leg Hangs. Don’t waste the progress that was made in those first two weeks by abandoning it to be forgotten.

All that being said – it is unreasonable to expect you to remember everything you’ve ever taught, and keep a mental note of absolutely all of it. So, pull out your trusty Pole Instructor Plan Book and have a little look back at the things you’ve taught in the past. The diary has a little space for jotting down the date, so you’ll be able to keep track of just how long ago it was you taught those moves, without the pressure of remembering off the top of your head. This feature is also especially handy if you get the inevitable question from your student ‘I want to work on what we did last week’, and you actually have a record of what it was you did. And if you’ve been doing your reflective journaling as I’d mentioned in point two above, you’ll have a record of troubleshooting these class plans too, so you can deliver them more confidently and better informed. After all, the better informed we are, the better our student’s teaching experience will be!

So there you have it: three key reasons to head to the XPERT store and drop the Pole Instructor Plan Book straight in your basket. Go to our Merch page to grab your copy, and get ready to enjoy all the benefits of good class planning coming your way.

Training Troubleshooting: Make the Most of Your Open Training Sessions by Lottie Sanders

You are standing in the studio, staring at your equipment and pondering what to do next. Conditioning? Your favourite tricks? Some flow? Or will you give in to the urge to sit and scroll on your phone until your training time runs out? We have all been there. Always being at your most productive is impossible, and for every training session to be the one you make a tonne of progress and come away with ten new tricks, countless Insta-worthy videos, and an overwhelming sense of achievement that you ‘used your time well’.

To make matters worse, we are trudging our way through November, with ever-darker evenings and a notoriously busy social season around the festive period on the horizon. The will to travel to our studio haven and get our bodies moving can become less and less. In my opinion, a good training session is not always measured by the most progress made. There are countless other markers for success, or at least, indicators of what makes your training ‘good’. I’ll unpack those as we go along – so for now, sit back and enjoy some top tips on how to get the best out of your solo training – especially with the end of the year looming. (These tips are intended for your independent training in your studio hire time, not when you are in a taught class).

Body vs Mind – What Do You Feel Like Doing Today? – Approaching your training session simply by assessing what trick you might fancy giving a go, sometimes is not the best way to go. With our ever-busy lives, you cannot predict when you’ll be able to carve out that coveted training time to work on your aerial skills. You might be headed to the studio after a full day of sitting at a desk, or direct from a school run. Other times, you might have slept badly the night before. Perhaps the class you attended last night was more strenuous than you were expecting, and you’ve got a case of the DOMS. The possibilities and variables are literally endless.

So what do we do when our mind is telling us that we want to practice our deadlifts, but our body is telling us ‘no’? Sometimes, changing our plan is actually the best way to go. It is not always possible to work on your most difficult, tip-top of the list goals. And that isn’t really what training sessions are about, either. In my most recent memory, some of my most favourite times. I’ve had at the studio have been when I’ve ended up training something totally different than I had planned.

Try keeping a note on your phone (or in your notebook, if you are that kind of learner) on things you want to train – and I mean anything. Pop big crazy moves on there, combos, things from class, super specific things like ‘forward rolls with perfect lines’, stuff that you know you can do but think you could do better. The more you put into that list, the better. And it means when you have a day where what you had in your head doesn’t quite happen when you arrive at the studio, you’ve got a whole resource at your fingertips of alternatives you can do.

Pick a Side, Any Side – As Long As You Do Both! – Another common issue mthat can arise once we are left to our own devices for training is just what to do
to fill the time. In class, we may be sharing with another person, and there is time for chatting and time spent with friends. When we are in the studio for a training session, there may be less opportunity for the social side of pole and aerial.

A great way to fill this time is by making sure you do both sides. Your instructor will tell you this every single lesson, and probably remind you every single time you try a new move. But, to be a realist, we all know that occasionally you’ll try the spin once on your left side, once on your right side, then pick whichever you prefer and keep going with that until the time expires on that portion of the lesson. The main thing is, you tried, right?

In any case, use your training time to actually, genuinely evenly train both sides. And don’t forget – you can visit your trusty, tried and tested regressions for moves that are a little too tough to do on both sides. An invert on your right side and fan legs on your left side is miles better than inverting on your right and doing nothing at all on your left. And by the time you’ve completed all your moves on both sides you will be amazed how quickly the time has flown!

Follow Your Lesson Plan – Some things in life are the way they are for a reason. Ever hear the phrase, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’? We can definitely apply this to our training sessions here. Your teacher creates lesson plans week in, week out that are designed to not only be fun, but also well- structured to ease your body into a pole and aerial based workout safely.

To decide how you are going to spend your time training, you can certainly look at what your teacher has instilled in you with their classes. After completing your warm up, start out with your conditioning, and a few easier things to get used to being on the equipment. Get your body moving first, then work on your more challenging tricks and complex flow after that. If you were in class, you wouldn’t be rushing along to the biggest trick you can do, so why do it in your training time?

Find Time For Your Basics – There is nothing wrong with spending your time training movement patterns you enjoy, or practising simpler moves. Sometimes, it can feel as though there is a lot of pressure to always be ‘new’. To always be giving something different a go. Producing a brand new video or photo for the ‘Gram each time you set foot in the studio.

Aerialist life doesn’t work that way. And it certainly wouldn’t be fun if it did. We don’t check off a hypothetical box every time we achieve a move to never try it ever again. Every time you hang out in a Delilah, or sit in a pole seat, you are developing your skills as an aerialist or pole dancer. It doesn’t matter if you can also do an ankle hang or butterfly flip, and your ego is trying to push you to always do the most advanced thing you can do. Repetition is important, and you inevitably be much more well rounded by making sure you keep on top of mastering the basics as well as the brand spanking, shiny new stuff.

Safety Always Comes First – Your safety is always paramount. Even though there will most likely be an instructor present at the training session you have booked, you are ultimately responsible for yourself. Don’t try something brand new that you haven’t given a go before. If you can’t do a layback without someone spotting you – the time to give it a go without a spotter definitely isn’t in open training. Make sure you put a mat under your equipment when doing your tricks. If something isn’t working for some reason, take a breather, write down what the issue is and ask an instructor next time you are in class with them – it may be a simple fix to a professional eye, so it certainly isn’t worth risking yourself trying to work it out (and let’s face it, trying to do something over and over that isn’t quite working is also extremely frustrating, so save yourself the bother). Keep hydrated. Take regular breaks, but not the kind where you sit on your phone on the floor for twenty minutes and let your body totally cool down.

This may all seem like obvious stuff, but in class this is something your instructor will usually prompt you to do. The best sessions are always the safest sessions, and vice versa.

There you have it – some of my top tips on keeping your open training on track. And remember, ultimately, your pole and aerial journey is your own. We all progress in our own ways, at our own rate, and open training sessions can be a great way to learn a little bit about ourselves through independent training.


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COURSE REVIEW: XPERT Children’s Pole and Aerial Teacher Training – by Lottie Sanders

Welcome back to another instalment of the XPERT blog! Autumn is well and truly upon us in the UK, with beautiful, crisp (albeit a little chilly) mornings one moment, to drizzly and dark afternoons the next. Staying motivated throughout the year can be tricky – after all, when the days get shorter our energy levels and will to ‘get up and do something’ can really start to fizzle out. But if there is one thing I am certainly glad I dragged myself out of bed to attend, it was the Children’s Pole and Aerial course delivered by XPERT. Read on to to get the
full low down about the course, how I got on, and what to expect.

I arrived at the host studio pretty promptly (anyone that knows me, knows I am a stickler for being on time). With my backpack filled with snacks, notebooks and my laptop in one hand, and a coffee in the other, I joined the bustle of the other eager learners, ready to take on a weekend of learning. The course was held at the gorgeous new space, Studio Flare, based in Redditch, which is co- owned by Jade Bensilum and Ollie Read. Studio Flare had an inviting atmosphere, and immediately put any nerves to rest before the weekend commenced.

Our trainers for the weekend were the incredible Stacey Snedden (it was very exciting to have our learning led by the head of training!) and Archer, who had come all the way from the States and is the head of sales and marketing for XPERT in the USA. Between them, the amount of knowledge was intimidatingly impressive. As Stacey began running through the fundamentals of the course, it became clear how excellent this course was going to be.

As always, the course began with the handing over of the manuals. One of the best things about XPERT is the courses and manuals are continuously updated and modified to give you the best information and teaching tools on the market. The manual covered everything from the moves, to safeguarding, to children’s development, and so much more.

Delivering pole and aerial training to children is not easy. The course wasn’t designed to teach you how to actually execute the moves (we did go over this too, of course), but the aim is to provide safe and effective coaching to children of all different ages. We covered everything from effective and fun warm ups, to tactics on how to keep attention spans as focused as they can be, to games you could implement in your class planning. I’ll admit, some of my most favourite factors of the weekend were running around and playing some games with my fellow attendees – stuck in the mud, anyone?!

The weekend covered everything you need to know about both running a children’s pole and aerial class, and how to introduce these classes to your studio timetable if you don’t already run them. Stacey and Archer were amazing at fielding any and all questions – it was invaluable to pick their brains on how to handle different scenarios and utilise their wealth of experience.

The final assessment was tough. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad it is – I wouldn’t want to be sent out into the world any less than totally prepared. The emphasis was not only on good teaching, but also on delivering the content in a fun, child-friendly way. We were tasked with providing both a fun and attention-grabbing class, as well as safe, informed and effective coaching.

Despite my initial nerves – I passed the course. Much like every other course, feedback was passed on individually at the end of the course in the form of a one-to-one. Archer gave me tons of super helpful observations and comments from her time assessing me throughout the weekend to help me continue to grow as a pole and aerial instructor.

I think all that is left to say is that if you’re on the fence about getting booked on for this course – do it. It’s a challenge, but it is so worth it.

Become an XPERT – Why You Should Book A Course Today by Lottie Sanders

Welcome back to your monthly check in with me here over at the amazing team XPERT’s blog. We’ve chatted about all sorts of topics here – everything from making the best out of training when the weather is too hot to handle, to candid reviews of what different courses have to offer. What we haven’t looked at, is exactly why you should take the plunge to book onto one of our amazing courses. If you’re reading this thinking, ‘I’m already an XPERT, this blog isn’t for me’ – stop right there. I’ll run through why you shouldn’t just stop at one certification. So let’s delve in – here are five reasons you need to get booked onto an XPERT course, ASAP!

Formalise Your Knowledge – Taking the step towards being a pole and aerial teacher is a big one. You will become responsible for the learning journey of countless students, and everything that comes with that. Insurance, First Aid training, self-employment contracts, invoicing, lesson planning, expanding your knowledge base constantly to stay at the forefront of the newest tricks and techniques. It is a responsibility, and It is not for the faint of heart. But amongst all of those new things to navigate, being a pole and aerial instructor is so rewarding.

To students, their instructor is a magical being who dropped to the earth one day with the natural ability to fling themselves round on aerial equipment, and an endless knowledge base on how to pass those skills onto others. The reality is quite a different story. You have spent time working on your craft to get to where you are now, and to be in the position to start teaching others. Make sure you start that journey right, with an accredited, high quality XPERT course.

On your XPERT course – whether that be online or face to face, you will be provided with a training manual which outlines everything from how to run your classes, to breakdowns of different moves, to helpful tricks and hints to creating a fun, inclusive environment at your home studio. The support doesn’t end once your training with XPERT is over, either. You’ll be given access to an online portal with all sorts of great resources to continue to supplement you throughout your instructing journey.

Spend Time Spotting – Earlier in the year, when team XPERT got together for the ‘Train the Trainers’ week, our head of training (and industry legend)

Stacey Snedden shared that some of the most common positive feedback received from course attendees is how much they enjoy the emphasis and practical application of spotting within the courses.

What is ‘spotting’? Simply put, when a student is going up into a trick (often a move they aren’t overly familiar with), and they need a little bit of extra support whilst carrying out the move – their instructor will be an extra pair of hands (literally) to help them execute the move safely and effectively. To those new to instructing, this can be a little daunting. Don’t worry, XPERT has you covered. Incorporated into the course is not only how to execute the moves on the syllabus, but how to spot them too. Your training will give you the knowledge on the correct stance to use, the correct hand positions, how to communicate successfully with your students – and if you are on the face to face course, a lot of time is spent spotting each other as you go along, too.

The Best in the Biz – When you check out who’s on team XPERT, it’s pretty much a wish list of everyone you’d ever want to get teaching hints and tips
from. Each trainer is handpicked and undertakes robust training to be able to deliver XPERT content – rest assured, no matter who is instructing your training course, the key is consistency. Your trainer will apply the same amazing XPERT methodology in delivering your course to give you the tools to be a safe, effective pole and aerial instructor.

CPD is Essential – Okay, so you’ve already done an XPERT course, and you have your regular classes at the studio. Why do further training? You need your CPD, that’s why!
We need to do our CPD so we Continuously Professionally Develop. What does this mean, and how does it apply to you as a pole and aerial instructor? Let’s break it down. When you teach a pole and aerial class, no matter the ability level, the students put their trust in you to provide great teaching. Great teaching is made up of a lot of factors – being safe, being fun, being well informed, being supportive, being inclusive, being effective, being well planned. It’s a lot of things (that list is only the tip of the iceberg). A big way to achieve the dream goal of being a great teacher, is to continue to work on developing your teaching skills. A great route to do this is by taking additional courses to keep your teaching ability in tip top shape.

XPERT training courses provide a safe space for you to work on your skills as an instructor. Under the expertise of our trainers, you’ll be able to ask questions and undergo practical training to work on your pre-existing skills, too.

For Everyone – With so many different courses, and ways of learning, there is an XPERT method for everyone. The face to face courses tour globally, with opportunities to learn from a trainer popping up at the studio near you available to view with a click of a button under our ‘Book a Course’ section on the website. And don’t be disheartened if you can’t see one for you – the site is always being updated with course availability, so just be sure to check back.

Online learning is also a great way to get your XPERT certification. With two available avenues; live online learning, and online self-learning, it has never been easier to access the XPERT training best for you.

So, what are you waiting for? Book onto your course today and start, or continue, your XPERT journey – we are so excited to have you!

Strike a Pose: Why Your Studio Should Host a Photoshoot by Lottie Sanders

There are several rights of passage when a new pole dancer or aerialist starts their journey; booking onto their very first course, purchasing their first matching outfit, the first time their feet lift from the ground in a spin or an invert. The list could go on forever. But the focus for today’s blog is a different milestone for any student, instructor, or professional alike – booking onto a photoshoot.

In case you have never attended one before – photoshoot days are wonderful. Excited participants arriving one by one, with outfits galore, and a list of their favourite tricks and screenshots from Instagram of beautiful poses that they will recreate with their own personal flair. A whole half hour (or whatever arrangement was made with the photographer), dedicated to them to show off how amazing they are, and capture their very best side.

Irrespective of the incredible confidence boost your studio family will get from their amazing photos at the end of the process – here are three reasons why you need to get a photoshoot booked in at your studio.

Giving Your Students a Focus – I’ve spoken on the blog before about the perks of putting on a showcase, and the focus your students can benefit from by having a routine to train. But the reality is, whilst an immensely fun event, there is a limit to how many showcases and performance opportunities you can create within a year – after all, with all the work that goes into the evening, many studios can only do one, or two a year! So, it is good to consider alternative ways to keep your students focused on building up their catalogue of moves. An excellent way of doing this is by hosting a photoshoot or two.

Working towards new movements and tricks is a huge part of many people’s training programmes. After all, we can measure our progress pretty well this way. But it is important to continue to revisit things, too – after all, without keeping our leg adduction (and that pesky skin grip) conditioned with seats, inevitably when we come to train our laybacks, we will have a harder time (and it’ll be much pinchier). When we think about what moves to put into our photoshoot rolodex, we may look at the newest, shiniest poses, but we also look at our old favourites. The moves we can do without even thinking. Moves that we can hold for absolutely ages whilst we wait for the apparatus to spin round to the exact right angle. By providing photoshoot opportunities, you will in turn be encouraging your students to revisit and practice all those moves, which will inevitably help their pole and aerial journey in the long run!

Social Media Content – We all know that the presence of social media is an ever-growing, ever-changing part of pole and aerial life. What trick may be trending one day, or what section of flow may go viral, is anyone’s guess. But there is certainly one thing that never goes out of style – a really beautiful photo.

Make sure that when you are looking at getting a photographer booked at your studio that you find someone reputable. In an age where practically every business is online, it’s fairly easy to find someone with an extensive portfolio showcasing their previous photography. Don’t be afraid to ask around your local (and wider) aerial community to find out about the photographer's reputation – after all, you’re inviting them into your studio safe space, to interact with your students. You want to make sure that whoever you get in is reliable and friendly, as well as providing great final images.

Once the coveted final edits are released from the shoot – reach out to your students and see if they’re open to share them with you in exchange for a shoutout on your social media pages. What better way to show off your amazing attendees than with their fantastic photos, displaying all their pole and aerial skills at their very best?

For Every Level – Photoshoots are for everyone. I’ll say it again – they are for everyone. Load up your Instagram and have a little search though your favourite pole star’s photoshoot images. The very best photos are more often the not, the most simple poses.

Your student base is made up of a wide range of people, with different ability levels and goals. When you are advertising your photoshoot, be sure to point out how the best images are the easy-to-hold, tried and tested poses. You can even lead by example – go through your own previous photoshoots and find your photos that demonstrate this exact point. Make sure that everyone knows they are welcome, and included.

Drop In vs Courses – What’s the Best for Your Studio by Lottie ‘Adore’ Sanders

One of the greatest things about being a part of a studio is the diverse range of students that come pouring through the door. You will have attendees who come to every class, train every discipline and practically live-and-breathe aerial. There will also be people who can only make time to take part once a week, between busy lives and commitments – and everyone else in between.

On top of this variance in availability, there are also many different types of learners. Your XPERT training will have prepared you for this, so I won’t spend too much time dissecting the in’s and out’s of learning styles, but what I will say, is you’ll notice distinct differences between those who need everything dissected into every tiny detail before jumping on the pole, and those who need you to stop talking to just get onto the pole.

All are welcome, of course, but there are certainly different ways to harness the best way of teaching, and therefore enhance the overall learning, of all your different kinds of students. One way your studio can provide the best service for all is to provide a blend of drop in classes, and month-long to six week style courses. Strap yourself in, and let’s dissect just how to make these two different kinds of classes work best for you, and your students.

Just Dropping In – Why Drop In Classes Are Great
A fact of life is for some, it is pretty unlikely that your average person is guaranteed to be free at the same time, on the same day, every single week. Our lives are busy, and with commitments to work, family, and even just finding some time for rest can be a challenge in itself. Making sure that your studio timetable reflects people’s sometimes hectic personal schedule is a great way to cater to your community. An excellent way to make sure that your students can get their pole and aerial fix no matter what is by providing a range of drop in classes.

What defines a drop in class? Like the name suggests, this is a stand-alone class where the tricks and techniques taught are unique to that one class. You do not have to have attended the week before in order to know what is going on. You can, of course, develop specific skills week on week – but it is vital that if someone is there one week, and cannot return again for another three weeks, that they are able to follow along with the class plan. Often, drop in classes are divided up into ability levels. This not only makes it easier for the
student to select the right class for them, regardless of day or time, and also facilitates the teacher being able to set the right level of challenge to each session. These classes are usually at a set rate cost, with some studios providing discounts depending on frequency of purchase (through class pack or membership schemes).

A great benefit that your students can reap from being a serial drop-in attendee, is the opportunity to try all the wonderful different disciplines and teachers available at your studio. They can effectively curate their own weekly timetable of exactly the skills they want to work on, on a basis that suits them. And by learning from different instructors, they will pick up tips and techniques along the way which they may never have learnt before trying out different class styles.

For studio owners and teachers, a drop in class is also an excellent way to test the waters. Do you have a class idea that you’re not sure will work? Pop it on the schedule as a one-off drop in. Get feedback from those who booked on. If it was a massive hit – amazing, consider re-formatting into a course or making a regular slot on the timetable. Didn’t go so well? That’s fine, it was only a one off anyway, and not every idea works as well in real life.

Whatever way you look at it, drop in classes are an essential part of your studio timetable. And make sure you provide a range of ability levels and styles available throughout the week in order to really get the benefits!

Well, Of Course – Why You Need to Run Courses, Too
So, you’ve got your drop in strategy nailed, and each of your classes is filled to the brim each week. Why should I even look at putting on a course, you may ask. First off, let me explain what I mean by a course.

A course is defined as a week on week set of classes – usually running from four to six weeks. A common way that courses are run is through the use of choreography or routines. This does not mean it is a dance only option. If you think of more advanced classes where combinations are more common, this is just an extension of that. The course will be pre-booked with the same people week on week, and you are able to build up on skills each week, and revisit the previous week and recap without having several confused faces pop their hand up. A course is pre-booked and pre-paid for in advance, with some studios opting to provide a discount, for example, six sessions for the price of five for committing to the course.

One of the main benefits of a pole and aerial course is continuity. Your student knows before they walk in the door that they will be developing a specific set of skills throughout that four to six week period. They will have more time in order to learn things they find tricky – instead of having to rush to learn that spin variation in one choreography session, they can practice over the duration of the course and continue to get tuition from their teacher. Confidence can be built in their own time. On top of that, as the course is pre- booked, they will also get to know the same group of people in that class over the coming weeks and hopefully make new training buddies left, right and centre!

Also, as I mentioned above, whilst you will have a cross section of your student base who are never free on the same day, or same time every week – you will also have attendees who are available more frequently, and may find it challenging to work out the best timetable for them through drop ins. By having a few set courses woven into your schedule, it becomes much easier for them to structure how their training week will look.

From a class planning perspective, a course is beneficial because you know you will have the same set of students each week, you know what parts of your choreography will have the most challenges and therefore will need the most time and attention, and you will get to know your learners. If, on week one, they are more advanced than expected, you can ramp up your tricks in the coming weeks. If you find they are struggling on certain aspects, you can slow things down and alter the class plans to reflect that. You can nurture your student’s learning journey much more easily when you know you have a decent amount of time with them, and you can be flexible in what you teach by having prior knowledge of the ability levels you have to work with.

There you have it. So, now you’ve weighed up the pros and cons of drop in classes vs courses (and hopefully concluded a blend of both is best), head to the online XPERT portal for all your class planning needs. There’s videos and tutorials a-plenty to keep you inspired and supported on your teaching journey

Too Hot to Handle – Your Hot Weather Training Guide by Lottie ‘Adore’ Sanders

Here in the UK, summer is in full swing and it is safe to say we appear to be in for a scorcher. Whilst the extra sunshine can be great for your mood – hello, vitamin D – the sizzling temperatures can be a little disheartening when it comes to your pole and aerial training, and this can have a knock on effect to instructors everywhere with decreased class numbers.

So, what do we do about it? Unfortunately, we can’t temporarily pop a block on the sun whilst you’re beasting some conditioning at your weekly tricks class, nor can every studio get air con installed (if your country’s climate is anything like the UK, you’d only benefit from that pricey tech for three months out of the year, if that). But we can certainly make adaptations to your training to optimise this sweaty time of year, and keep your pole and aerial goals on track! I’ve got tips for students and instructors so stay tuned, let’s hack your summer schedule.

1 – Be realistic. Okay, so this might seem obvious, but are you the type of person who books onto every single class and has a full five day roster of sessions you attend? We all know that with the longer, brighter days, chances are you will have more social events than usual which may even encroach on your usual training sessions (how dare they). It is good to remember that
whilst pole and aerial is important to you, making time for these social engagements is great for your wellbeing too.

What I’m proposing here is maybe dropping a class or two – just for the summer! – to be able to factor these engagements in. Now, I’m not saying to stop completely. No way. But if you stick to your five day a week schedule, and find yourself cancelling at the last minute and messing up your routine, it’s easier to get knocked off track. And when we get off track, it can be harder to find your way again.

Think about dropping an evening or two of training and committing to the days you definitely want to do. Would you be lost without your weekly flow class? Amazing, keep that one on. Commit to three days instead of five. Then, if you get invited for social events, you can factor them in around those set training days. ‘Sorry, I can’t do Wednesday as I train then, but I’m always free Thursdays’.

2 – Come prepared. Any seasoned studio-goer knows that one of the usual pre-class announcements is ‘make sure you drink plenty of water’. Unsurprisingly, when it is hot, it is even more important to stay hydrated. If you’re the type to dash to class straight after work, make it a part of your morning ritual to chuck a water bottle in your bag. And if you’re the type that
doesn’t like water (I get it, it is the definition of ‘plain’), invest in a mini bottle of squash to keep in your bag, too.

Another great thing to have in your bag is a towel. I know, sweat isn’t very glamorous, and we’d all prefer to live in a world without it, but the reality is, your body is trying to help you get through your session by producing those little beads of liquid on your forehead. The main function of sweat is to regulate your body temperature. Potentially, it can feel a little embarrassing whacking out a towel in the middle of class – but I can assure you, most of the class will be envious of how well prepared you are. Especially in pole, we rely on our skin grip, so wiping that knee-pit down, or towelling down your hands before going up into a move if you need to is only going to help your performance. So don’t be shy!

My final hot weather kit suggestion is a mini fan. Okay, so this can make you look so extra – but is that really a bad thing? I take mine absolutely everywhere with me now; on the bus, to the office, while I’m watching TV and yes, to the studio. Many times. Trust me, it’s a good investment.

3 – Always remember to warm up. Yes, it is hot outside and therefore your body might feel warmer sooner – but that doesn’t mean you should reduce your warming up time at the start of class. Warming up; is not just about getting the body warmer (teachers – remember your XPERT training on this!), we are looking to get you moving so we can do our fun pole and aerial shapes

You can always look at adapting elements of your warm up if you need to ease off on the intensity a little when it is hot out. If you know that jumping around, or jogging on the spot at the start of the session is going to have you drenched in sweat and gasping for breath before you have even begun, it may be worth exploring other options. For example, at my home studio, Pure-
Studios in Hereford, we have resistance band reps incorporated into our warm ups. They are an easy, cheap bit of kit (we sell them on our Teamup store for a couple of quid, but students are encouraged to bring what they have if they prefer), that really help to target the upper body muscle groups we use for pole. You do not have to do exactly this – but think innovation! And whatever you do, if you are an instructor, remind your students to take a drink or rest during the warm up if they need to. Just because it may seem obvious that they can take breaks, it can feel a little daunting if you’re not given permission to do so.

4. Flow is fine. You will often find me preaching the joys of levelling up your flow during the colder months (yes to keeping all your clothes on), but this advice applies when the weather is hot, too. Sometimes it is simply too hot and sweaty to do big tricks up the pole, and that is fine too. Use these sessions to revisit your spins, refine your step around technique and
pirouettes, explore your movement.

Running a hybrid class is a great way to do this, too. Much like in winter, where I like to begin with flow to make sure the students and the pole are nice and warm, you can use this tactic in summer. Start with a few tricks before your students are too hot and sweaty, then ease off with some challenging flow towards the end. Incorporating more dance elements is a great way to
keep your students progressing even when the clammy weather is stamping a big 3939; on their tricks goal of the month. Sure, they might be too slippery for a layback, but they can certainly work on perfecting a snazzy forward roll, or shoulder stand.

You do not have to make this the whole basis of your class if you have a room of tricksters – but remind them that flow will make them stronger, too. And, ifthey ever decide to create a routine in the future, they will thank you for this ground-based time.

5. Remember, pole and aerial is difficult. Read it back, say it aloud, get it printed off on a giant poster with big arrows pointing at every word and underline several times, and hang it in the middle of your studio. Maybe that’s a little extreme, but my point is – as a teacher, it is your job not only to teach your students, keep them safe and be a cheerleader, but is also about
managing expectations. The reality is that sometimes, you’re going to try and clamp your thighs around the pole, and you will just slide to the floor. You will
come to a hoop class and be sweating through your top before you’ve even done one pull up. And that is okay.

We can forget that actually, what we are doing when we get up on our equipment is pretty incredible, and it can take years of practice and finesse to get ‘perfect’. If you have a bad training session, this won’t be the one you look back on. You will remember the day you got your biggest best trick, the cheer from your classmates when you finally let that hand go, the day your teacher says they are proud of you for how much work you have put in. Don’t be hard on yourself, you’re here because you love pole and aerial, and your studio – if you have a rubbish, slippery day, in the scheme of things, tomorrow is another day.

REVIEW: XPERT’s Pre and Postnatal Course – Lottie ‘Adore’ Sanders

Transporting myself to the early days of my pole journey, I remember the excitement of one of my pole dancer pals who revealed she was three months pregnant. She had spent the lead up to that first scan secretly revelling in her new identity as a mother-to-be, hoping that her baby could share her exhilaration and passion for pole and aerial, with a whole new world of wonder at her feet, ready to be discovered. As a fully fledged instructor now, my heart sinks at the thought of that same pole pal – or anyone else in a similar situation – having to be excluded from their weekly class ritual, losing the contact to their studio family purely because there was no one at their studio
certified and able to provide them safe classes. Heartbreak no more – cue the superhero music, XPERT are here to the rescue once again, with their Pre and Postnatal Pole and Aerial course. Read on, and learn about how I got on at this amazing face to face certification.

Upon completion of this course, my first instinct was to take a day for myself. Read a trashy novel, spend the day in bed, create a cocoon of snacks and comfort to decompress. Instead, I have found myself taking to my laptop to further immerse myself in all things pre and postnatal, and sharing my experience on this course is how I’ve felt compelled to continue.

XPERT’s Pre and Postnatal training is a difficult course, I won’t lie. The knowledge covered, and some of the themes discussed are thought provoking and can be complex. But then, this wouldn’t be an effective course without these factors. Undertaking pre and postnatal clients as a pole and aerial instructor is a serious undertaking, and in order to provide effective, safe training for all, a full spectrum of content needs to be covered. This is not to put you off – if you want to take your teaching to the next level, definitely sign on. But be sure you are ready to take the training weekend seriously – there’s a lot to take in!

The weekend began at my home studio, Pure-Studios in Hereford. As we all sat down and introduced ourselves, our trainer for the weekend, Natalie Leworthy, talked us through what to expect. The passion for this subject exuded from her as she spoke, drawing from her own experience as a mother, as well as the scientific and anatomical theory. Natalie is a level four personal trainer and practicing sports therapist specialising in pre and postnatal rehabilitation and lower back pain management – and also wrote this particular course.

As with every XPERT course, we were given our training guide for the weekend. Consisting of over one hundred pages of content, this amazing bound booklet was the perfect accompaniment to the sessions. Natalie guided us through each section, covering anatomy and physiology, prenatal focus and guidelines, the childbirth and early postnatal period, postnatal focus and guidelines and so, so much more. This all sounds like a lot – but under Natalie’s instruction, the topics were covered in great detail but with a personal, relatable and accessible approach.

I was pleasantly surprised by just how much information I had taken in as we went along – and thankful for the knowledge I already had thanks to my previous XPERT certifications. The great thing about this course was the way the content drew on the context we already had as pole and aerial instructors, and built on that in order to safely include, encourage and coach our pre and postnatal clients moving forward.

The best part of this course, for me, was just how in-depth the training was, and as a by-product of this – how passionate the course was for implementing safe and effective training standards. Just by reading the manual you got an authentic sense of just how enthusiastically this course had been curated. The energy is infectious – not only have I come away with another shiny XPERT certificate and t-shirt, my eager brain wants to learn even more. And I think that is brilliant. Studio owners and instructors: trust me, you’re going to want to get this course booked at your studio.

Please note that I was whilst I attended this course free of charge thanks to the wonderful team at XPERT, all of the opinions expressed are my own and I was tested under the same circumstances as everyone else.

In The Spotlight: Five Reasons Your Studio Should Have a Showcase by Lottie Adore

For many, a positive perk of pole and aerial is that this artform can come with the coveted opportunity to perform. This urge to take to the stage may ensnare all,
whether that be beginners fresh to classes, and professionals with many years experience alike. Your mind may wander to competitions, and how they provide this
platform within the community, but they simply aren’t suitable for everyone. In lieu of competition, where can we look to next? It’s showcase time, baby!
Let’s delve into this a little further – here’s five reasons to prove that if you aren’t holding a showcase at your studio, you, and your student base, are missing out big time:

1 – Give Your Students Focus – We know how easy losing training motivation can be. Sometimes, all that it takes is skipping one or two sessions in exchange for a
sleepy evening on the sofa, and that’s that. The will to attend the studio fizzles away faster than you can say ‘Fonji’. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge advocate for rest, but we all know consistency is also your friend when it comes to levelling up your aerial game.

Now, in my own experience, the best routines to take to the stage are around 70% of the things you absolutely can do, and 30% of the things that you need to nail first (as
a rough estimate). Pushing yourself to learn, or neaten up, some new tricks and movements is absolutely wonderful and will help to ‘wow’ your audience, but realistically, you want to showcase your pre-existing talents as priority. In other words, play to your strengths, but challenge yourself to throw in a wildcard or two.

This is a winning formula to tease your students who have fallen off the wagon back to classes. The aim isn’t to force new things that can overwhelm or are too
challenging, it’s about celebrating the unique skills of each human who comes to your studio. For some, especially those without previous performing experience, the
challenge could be to pole for a whole two or three minutes, or even getting up in front of others in the first place. After a fun evening of sharing their best tricks – or no
tricks at all, the beauty of showcases is truly all styles are welcome – to a cheering crowd of their peers, they will be back in classes in no time with a new lease of training life.

2 – Showcases Bring Students Together – So many studios nowadays offer such a wide range of classes – which is such a wonderful testament to how much our pole
and aerial community is growing. Think of your timetable: you might have Trapeze on a Tuesday, and Pole Flow on a Friday, with a whole different set of students that attend each – and they may never, ever cross paths.

Of course, this is totally unavoidable. Someone focusing on levelling up their Hoop game is unlikely to ditch their weekly tricks class to drop-in to a Spin Pole session. But wouldn’t it be nice to factor in a little time for your students to meet some fellow like-minded students, without having to compromise their personal training regime? You might guess what I’m about to say – that’s right, showcase! The wonderful thing about organising this kind of event is that it doubles up as a studio social, too.

Let’s take a step back in time to baby Lottie, to a time when even doing a pole seat in front of someone else made me feel a little nervous. Part of those nerves I can
retrospectively see rooted back to feeling ‘not good enough’ to execute my skills in front of others. Providing a showcase space and encouraging your students to come, even if they don’t want to perform themselves, creates a conversation. They can enjoy the hard work of their peers from the security of the crowd, whilst also seeing
for themselves how much of a safe space these showcases can be. Your performers will be a positive role model to the audience members, showing the rewards of ‘getting up and having a go’.

3 – Friends and Family Join the Party – Our friends and family can see dribs and drabs of what we do when we disappear to the studio for hours at a time, but there is
certainly an air of mystery to the aerial arts. Misconceptions and misinformation is rife, with questions ranging from ‘I’m not flexible, can I do that?’ to ‘I’m not fit enough, I won’t be able to join in, will I?’. Those of us indoctrinated into the aerialist way of life know the answer to these queries of course – there’s no such thing as being too inflexible, or too unfit to join the club, that’s why you come to class, to learn. But those are just words. They’re quite easy to say, but often, people may not believe them.

By hosting a showcase at the studio, you have the unique opportunity to invite people along in a non-participatory capacity. They don’t have to dig out their gym kit,
or choose a discipline to attend – they are coming to watch your wonderful student base do what they do best. Sure, the majority will come along simply to support their loved one – which is also absolutely wonderful – but who knows, you might plant a seed of inspiration in a budding prospective polers mind!

4 – Everyone Can Get Involved – Inevitably, you will have students who do not want to take part in your showcase. There may even be a majority who don’t fancy it, and only a handful that do (if that happens don’t panic – rope your instructor team to do a couple of performances and you’ll be grand). But that doesn’t mean it’s exclusively an opportunity for those who are routine ready.

Every event needs pole cleaners, a videographer, photographer, stage hands running the performer roster. Advertise roles to your student base to be part of the show even if they don’t want to perform (of course, for small in-house shows it may not be possible to offer payment, but you can always call it a skills swap – a free ticket to watch for their time). This will ensure more even people can feel included and welcome, without the pressures of routine creation. Getting to be part of the show without actually taking to the stage might just give that nervous student the nudge they needed to take the plunge to participate with performance at the next event.

5 – Providing Non-Competitive Performance Opportunities – Competition is a magnificent, much-loved institution within our pole and aerial community. My own journey truly flourished once I partook in competitive performance. But taking to the stage for the first time is frightening, especially as an adult who hadn’t performed since primary school plays nearly twenty years previous.

Your showcase can, and should exist as a place for your students to explore their inner performer before taking on the additional pressures competition can bring. At the start of the show, give your audience a jovial reminder that they are to cheer for everyone, regardless of whether they know them or not. You want to create an atmosphere that will either give the students all the spotlight they need, or encourage those that want to try competing all the confidence they need to take the next step. Think positive and encourage positivity. Remember, this is your studio, and you make the rules!

Consistency Really is Key – Behind the Scenes at XPERT HQ with Lottie Adore

Transport yourself back in time to February, a dark and drizzly time of year (if you’re in the UK, that is), with little to look forward to until the warmer, springtime months. At least, that
was the case for me, until I received a coveted invitation to the XPERT ‘Train the Trainers’ week. Read on to join me, and learn all about my experience behind the scenes at the
gorgeous new XPOLE Academy in Hertfordshire, UK, getting to meet all the wonderful faces that make up the XPERT team.

With an eager arrival time of 8am, my friend and XPERT colleague Annie Norris (owner of Pure-Studios Hereford and accomplished pole dancer) and I met up, coffees in hand and ready to immerse ourselves in all things XPERT. Excitement filled me as we arrived – anticipatory butterflies of what the week was to entail. I received a warm welcome from XPERT alumni, and fresh faces also new to the week greeted us as we headed through the studio doors. Despite being hosted in the UK, trainers had come far and wide, from all over the globe to take part.

The XPOLE Academy is new for 2023 – or as industry legend Stacey Snedden, Head of Training and Development at XPERT informed me, new that very week! The luxe, matte
grey flooring was freshly laid on the Monday, ready for the XPERT week to go ahead. The aim of the studio, she informed me, was to exist as a purpose-built space by the global
leaders X-POLE International themselves, and to provide quality classes to the local surrounding area of Potters Bar, as well as a base for all things XPERT. Don’t fret – the
amazing trainers from XPERT will still be touring various studios globally to share and impart their knowledge and teach courses, but you can certainly expect to see the XPOLE
Academy featured on the website as a host, too – and trust me, this gorgeous space is well- worth a visit. The academy itself is beautifully light and spacious, with (almost) unthinkably
high poles, and enough rigging points to fill any aeralist’s heart with joy.

As the group assembled for the day to commence, it’s safe to say, the amount of talent being gathered under one roof is intense. Everywhere you looked, there was another brilliant poler or aerialist, and each one as friendly as the last. We split off into two groups – the pole team led by Chloe Anderson and Jakub Kolasa, and the aerialists led by Hannah Nicholls and Vanessa Bagge. I elected to follow the pole team, as my own XPERT certifications lie firmly in this field. The session consisted of spotting techniques, troubleshooting, and
providing consistency across all the trainers capabilities and offerings.

Now, the term 'consistency' may just seem like another buzz word thrown around – but in this case, consistency really is key. The ‘Train the Trainers’ week was curated to put each
participant through their paces, led by Master Trainers, to ensure that everyone is on the same page. The peer reviewed content is ever-growing, and XPERT is always one step
ahead, striving to purvey professionalism and – you guessed it – consistency, across the board. As I moved around the room, talking to the many different people that made up the team, the message was clear. The commitment to quality training and providing the best teaching tools to the next generation of pole and aerial instructors remained a constant
theme to everything we did.

The rest of the time was filled with top tips, training activities, assessments and more – we were really put through our paces! It is certainly safe to say, my eyes have been opened to
just how much work goes into providing the training courses, and it is immensely impressive. Stacey and Vanessa were at the forefront of the week, delivering the vision of XPERT to the
group, providing opportunities for questions and clarifications, all whilst ensuring a commitment to cohesion amongst us all. It is a tough job – and they certainly do it well.
The week finished with a photoshoot and content day, with half the studio divided up to run videography sessions and the other half for photoshoots. Dressed up in our new XPERT
swag (I’m still living in my hoodie now), we all got to take part in all the different activities going ahead. After I got my headshots done – by the amazing Jo Dandridge – I settled in on
one of the brand new yoga mats to take part in some mock classes. You can keep an eye out for me in future XPERT content, being put through my paces in a thorough warm up by
Lea Roth, and listening intently during Jakub and Chloe’s class lecture on the anatomy of stripper heels.

I could gush on forever about how amazing, and eye opening this week was, but the simple truth is this – at XPERT HQ, consistency really is key, and if you are looking to level up your
pole and aerial knowledge, you need to get your course booked in with XPERT as soon as you can!

‘Love is in the Air – Why Pole and Aerial Should Be Your Valentine’ by Lottie Adore

All my life, exercising has been difficult. I was never prompted to hit the gym, or try my hand at a sport for any positive reason. Often, these attempts to ‘get fit’ stemmed from a general dislike for my physique. Getting myself to these different activities was challenging simply because I didn’t really enjoy them. After a few minutes on the treadmill, my mind would wander and wish I was anywhere else. The gym instructor barking orders to ‘work harder’ and ‘feel the burn’ did not motivate, only affirmed just how little enjoyment the class gave me. Much like a failing relationship, the more I tried desperately to change myself to fit the mould of this approach, the worse everything seemed to get, and the less I wanted to bother.

This is of course, not to be scathing towards different forms of exercise. I still do my fair share of cardio, and totally concede that there are many who swear by their weekly HIIT style classes. But discovering pole and aerial back in 2018 enlightened my disillusioned, and
mistrusting attitude toward exercise. There was indeed a different way to workout – a way that tricked me into forgetting I was even doing so. I wanted to give love of exercise a second chance.

Not long into my journey, I soon disregarded how awkward I felt in my body, and focused instead on what my body was doing for me in a trick. My worries about fitting in melted away amongst the sea of different humans in each class I attended – we may not have anything in common on the outside world, but in our glorious studio bubble, we all wanted to achieve that new and exciting move. Once upon a time, I loudly proclaimed ‘I can’t dance’. Now, my favourite thing to do (and teach) is flow around the pole, or a gliding floor routine.

I could gush on forever about the benefits of pole and aerial. But the simple truth is, my love for this art form isn’t simply just because it’s a hidden exercise, or because it’s good for the mind and soul, or for the friends made (although these, of course, are absolutely wonderful reasons too). Pole and aerial teased out parts of me I never even knew existed. Undergoing the transformation from newbie through the studio doors, to the dancer and instructor I am today is living, breathing proof of the benefits of forging this bond with my favourite apparatus, and how in a way, this is one of the best relationships I’ve ever had.

This February, I’ve decided love really is in the air – and that pole and aerial is my Valentine. Here’s three reasons it should be yours, too.

No Judgements Here, Come As You Are – Whatever your past relationships with exercise are, it doesn’t matter. Our studios open you with open arms, and a genuine want to encourage you on your journey whatever that may be. Had a bad day? No problem, forget your troubles for an hour or two and focus instead on the class your instructor has lovingly curated for you. All of your favourite outfits are in the wash, and you’ve only got your mismatched and well-loved kit for class? No problem – it’s not about what you look like, we’re just happy to have you here. You don’t have to start out your relationship with aerial pretending to be someone you’re not.
You are not expected to know all the lingo or be super strong. That’s why you’re here, to learn. Often, you will step foot through those studio doors to a totally new world full of things you’ve not seen before – and isn’t that so exciting?

Keeping Your Self-Love Date Night Fresh – There are so many different types of classes on offer, it’s impossible for things to get stale in your pole and aerial romance. Conditioning, flow, tricks, contemporary, sexy style, heels, open training sessions. Think of your weekly class as your self-love date night – pick your favourite, and spend some time with yourself learning a new skill. And remember, you can change it up any time you like! Trying a variety of disciplines and styles will only make you a better aerialist, and has the added bonus of keeping you engaged and interested, too.

Pole and Aerial is Always Waiting For You – Life getting on top of you a bit, and you’ve got no time for your classes anymore? That’s okay, we understand. No really, we do. Pole and aerial studios aren’t built on foundations of guilting people into coming, it’s about creating a community of glorious, like minded individuals who find flinging themselves around a X-Pole or dangling mid-air off a bar or silk is their kind of fun. So don’t sweat it, if you need a break, take a step back. Most top level professionals have had to have some time off for one reason or another and returned with a renewed love for the art form.

So there you have it! Three excellent reasons on why you should save yourself some money on a card on the 14th of February and proclaim pole and aerial as your Valentine instead. I hope you have an excellent month, and look forward to chatting with you again soon – where I will be sharing some exclusive behind the scenes from XPERT HQ!

Inspired to take your relationship with pole and aerial to the next level? Look no further than XPERT for a wonderful range of courses; perfect for those starting out on
their instructor journey, or those looking to expand their pre-existing knowledge. Head to to find a variety of disciplines available all over the world – both in studios and online.

New Year, New Students, New Mindset – Your Guide to Navigating the New Year Changes at your Studio with Lottie Adore

2023 is well and truly upon us, and as new year tradition often dictates, people are filled with vigour, and an urge to try something different. New looks, new habits, new hobbies. Any frequent gym goers amongst you will know first-hand that the fresh faces eagerly bursting through the doors can be frustrating. Even with the best intentions, suddenly having a waitlist for your regular gym class, or the inability to jump on that equipment whenever you want due to a sudden influx of newbies is enough to fan the flames of micro-resentments.

At pole and aerial studios, we are often cut from a different cloth. Brand new faces are not something to be avoided, but celebrated. Each new person indoctrinated into the aerialist way of life is a thing of beauty, a joy to behold. Our guild is a special one – you don’t need to already be a superhuman to get involved, we just require to have an open mind, a thirst for learning and willingness to try. The passion for pole and enthusiasm for aerial exudes from our spaces, and beguiles all those who join – a one-session-a-week hobbyist or self-certified aerial obsessive are welcome unequivocally. We are always thrilled to see you in class.

In spite of this, embracing new things can be challenging. For many of us, our studio is not only the place we train, but a safe space to escape to and forget our stress from the day. Whether you have trained for years and mastered your craft (if that ever truly happens), or are six months along in your journey, we are ultimately creatures of habit. At the start of my personal pole voyage, you would only ever catch me using one specific pole in the corner of the room, next to the mirror. Flashforward to present day Lottie, and you will still find me gravitating towards that same brass X-POLE, enjoying my ‘prime location’ within the studio space. We all have a trusty pair of leggings that are perfect for everything aerial and will ultimately break out hearts when they are eventually un-wearable. That coveted parking space outside the studio that it is easy to reverse out of. The list could continue forever – the point is, familiarity and consistency is just yet another reason we love our studios, and adore our studio owners for providing that space for us, so much. Even with changes and instability in our own lives, the studio can be our place of reliability, our personal paradise.

January can bring on a lot of changes to your home-from-home. Taster sessions, students daring to try a new discipline, the return of familiar faces who just needed that new-year-
nudge to come back into the fold. With the arrival of these differences, our regular studio habits may have to alter (at least for a little while). So, welcome to my top tips for navigating your way through the new year changes – students AND instructors, stay tuned, there are hints and pointers for you both!

Tips for Students
1 – If you arrive and someone is on ‘your’ pole or aerial apparatus – remember, they don’t know it’s ‘yours’! So, we all know that we don’t actually own our favourite equipment
spot at the studio (although we’d probably pay a couple of quid extra to reserve a space from time to time if we could). If you arrive at your class and a newbie has popped their water bottle down by your favourite hoop, try to remember they more than likely don’t know that that hoop is your proverbial soul-mate. Don’t panic, take a breath.

There will be more than enough apparatus to go around. Jumping on a different hoop, trapeze, silk or pole may even help you on your journey – if you were to ever perform, you
couldn’t bring that same bit of kit along with you.

Alternatively, approach this from a totally different angle – if your class has more than one person to a piece of equipment – why not ask if you can share with them? That new student will feel so much more welcome if you take the first friendship step yourself, and you get to still enjoy your favourite spot. Everyone wins! Either way, these solutions are better than spoiling your own training session by dedicating your time to quietly resenting someone else in the room – especially when that person absolutely has no idea that is happening.

2 – Take the chance to try something new, too. All those taster sessions that have appeared on the studio schedule are not just for totally new faces (unless your studio has
specified otherwise), why not give something else a go? Cross training is not only good for the body, progression and injury prevention – it’s fun too. Having many strings to your bow is a good thing, and you may just surprise yourself with how transferable your existing skills are. And even if those skills don’t quite carry over, being a total newbie can be exhilarating. We don’t do pole and aerial because they are easy (because they’re not, if we wanted ‘easy’ we would have never taken our first steps through the studio door), we do it because we love a challenge – so embrace that. Your studio owner will also be so grateful for your support. Having lovely full classes, with pre-existing students present as a living, breathing positive testament to how good the studio is, is an instructor's dream!

3 – Be kind to yourself. We all know comparison is the thief of joy – but as a practice, much easier to say than put into positive action. There are so many factors that will affect a persons’ progression in pole and aerial, and that new student who seems to be effortlessly busting out those moves you’ve spent months struggling with is not doing it to slight you, or make you feel bad. Your journey is just as valid and individual as anyone else’s, and even the most self-perceived ‘disastrous’ training sessions will have something useful to take away. Sometimes, what can feel like a bad performance could be made even worse when there are new faces in the room, an additional pressure to always ‘be good’ because you’ve been attending for longer. Remember it is okay to feel that way, but you are there for YOU, not to try and impress others. A very wise person said to me that even when you are feeling rubbish, think of one thing that makes you happy. Do this with your classes too – maybe you did a particularly strong straddle, or your teacher complimented your lines, or you got to see an aerial friend you’d not seen in a while. Sometimes, even just turning up to class in the first place is a triumphant win, and worth celebrating.

Tips for Instructors
1 – Value your new and pre-existing students equally. This may seem like an obvious point, but hear me out. Nothing is worse than when we’re renewing insurance and they keep
their best deals for new customers only – seemingly, you can wind up paying more for remaining loyal. Our regular students that keep coming back through the good and bad times need to be championed and prioritised just as much as newbies encouraged through the door. A happy group of regulars are a living, breathing, positive review for you and your
studio. Even if your priorities are temporarily averted due to an influx of new students, there are lots of ways to keep your current learners happy. If you have a student Facebook group, or newsletter – let them know you’re expecting new faces for the start of the year (just because you know this, they may not). Invite them to the taster classes too (if you’re able to facilitate this). Assure them their favourite sessions will still be running even if there are temporary timetable changes. Communication is so key, and your current student-base will be glad to hear from, and be reassured by you.

There is also an importance in making sure things don’t become clique-y. You never want new students to feel your classes are inaccessible because everyone in attendance is
already friends. This is a point that is delved into on your XPERT training – but in essence, your job as an instructor is to facilitate a nice, welcoming environment for all, and not to prioritise anyone unfairly for any reason (including if they’ve been coming for longer). If in doubt, chat to your fellow instructors or studio owner, start a conversation. Your peers will want to help you, and your student base, as best they can.

2 – Remember how being new feels. As a follow on from my last tip – remember that starting a new hobby can be absolutely terrifying. Of course, you do not need to coddle every person who comes through the door – your job is to focus on the whole class, not just an individual, but remain mindful of how it feels. My best advice for this is to actually TRY
being a new person once in a while. I recently went to a hot yoga studio for the first time, and it was a great personal reminder of how awkward, and embarrassing (this is a weird one isn’t it, it really shouldn’t be) walking into a new space is.

3 – You are important too. All these new faces at the studio can increase your workload significantly, especially after what can be a quiet Christmas period. You’re only human, and
you cannot be available every second of the day – especially if you have other commitments outside of pole and aerial. Set clear boundaries with your students and factor in specific lesson planning time for yourself during your training sessions – and make sure you train for yourself too where you can. Your wellbeing is always a top priority, regardless of how many new starters you may have coming to your studio. That’s a wrap! I hope you’ve found some helpful hints and tricks in there to better navigate what can be a very busy time at your studio. Students, new and old – enjoy a brand new year of learning new tricks and finding your identity as a poler or aerialist. Instructors and studio
owners – good luck for a brand new year. May your classes be full and private lessons be many!

If your new year’s resolution is to smash that CPD, or even start your journey to being a pole and aerial instructor – XPERT has the course for you. Head to to find a variety of disciplines available all over the world – both in studios and online.

5 Amazing Health Benefits From Pole Fitness

Looking to tone your body? Fancy boosting your general well-being? Pole fitness can help you achieve this and so much more, as it’s an amazing form of exercise which is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. So, let’s take a look at just some of the incredible benefits you’re likely to feel with pole fitness.


We all need sleep, and when we don’t get our recommended quota, it can make everyday life slightly more difficult to navigate. During pole fitness, you’re releasing lots of healthy hormones which enhance your mood, reduce stress levels, and therefore make sleep far easier to obtain.


There are lots of moves which require immense upper strength to maintain balance and accentuate certain body parts in a particular way. With nothing but your own muscles keeping you safely attached to the pole, you’re receiving a comprehensive workout not possible when based on the ground along with additional support making things a lot easier.


You’re often stretching, tucking and spinning, all of which equates to greater levels of flexibility across your entire body. Whilst based above the ground, your body parts have no choice but to adapt and strengthen in brand new ways, otherwise moves are difficult to perform, and you may even lose your sense of balance altogether.


This is great for the older demographic who can typically lose their sense of balance. During pole fitness, you’re constantly training your brain to coordinate your body, creating safe levels of balance that also ensures you get the most from your exercise. Having a stronger grasp with balance is crucial for everyday life, especially for even really basic things like walking.


We all struggle, but there are lots of amazing ways to feel better about yourself, and one that has always stood out would be any form of exercise. Regarding pole fitness, you’re using lots of concentration to maintain balance, and if you’re part of large classes, you’ll feel the benefit of comradery among people who share the same interest.

How Many Times a Week Should You Do Pole Fitness?

It’s best to work your way up to around 3-4 workouts a week. Like any form of exercise, it takes time to master, so tread cautiously to begin with, especially as you’re dealing with great heights.

How Long Does it Take to Get Good at Pole Fitness?

Depends really on how much time and dedication you’re willing to put in. Pole fitness is tricky to grasp, and that’s why our XPERT trainers are very careful about how they instruct brand new teachers, so they’re delivering programs we know can accelerate these benefits in the most effective way possible.

Become an XPERT Trainer

We’re one of the largest schools in the world for both pole and aerial fitness trainers. Discover our upcoming courses and begin your journey to becoming a renowned teacher, who people can trust for fitness programs that make a real impact on their lives.

Contact our team today for further information.

The History of Aerial Silks

One of the many forms of aerial fitness we help people teach would be silks, and for very good reason. This particular performance type can bolster your core, arms, legs and grip though a range of techniques not possible when working out on the ground. 

If you’re new to the world of aerial silks and want to find out more before taking this up, we have closely analysed its origins and how this became such a firm favourite for lots of people around the world. 

When Did Aerial Silks Originate?

The origins for aerial silk fitness goes all the way back to the very late 1950’s, in which a French circus claimed to be its birthplace, as performers were encouraged to come up with fresh ideas to entertain audiences. However, only one local newspaper article reported on the event, so its credibility is often disputed. 

There’s other reports which suggest how the foundations for aerial silks were fashioned in a Circus performance called Cirque du Soleil in 1987 by Andre Simard, who worked as an acrobatic research and development specialist for the Canadian Entertainment Company. He then used this framework to mould the performance style we know today in 1995. It’s a hazy history, but whatever its real origins, this type of fitness has been with us for several decades now. 

When Did Aerial Silks Become Officially Recognised?

Despite being around for so long, it wasn’t until 1998 that aerial silks were first officially recognised. Since then, many artists have experimented with the intention of crafting lots of amazing moves which work perfectly when hoisted with smooth and silky fabric being deployed. 

Why Are Aerial Silks So Popular?

Aerial silks is a great form of exercise that helps you focus on upper body strength, with certain body parts working hard to keep you held in a particular stance. Being hoisted above the ground also means lots of unique positions are now possible, giving you the opportunity to work muscles in brand new ways. You can also improve your balance and gain a much stronger connection between your body and mind, something which can prove hugely advantageous in your everyday life. 

Over the years, aerial silks have also become a staple for a variety of performances, with elaborate tricks and drops being used to create thrilling spectacle. Holding a position to great effect can also be used to enforce emotion, with graceful movements helping the performer really accentuate powerful vibes at every turn. 

Learn How To Teach Aerial Silks

Fancy becoming an XPERT aerial silks instructor? You’ve come to the right place! Our program is packed with all the essential theory you need to teach aerial silks at home or the gym for people of all abilities. We simply require 12-months’ aerial fitness experience, and you’re set to learn over 50 spotting techniques, anatomy, physiology and much more.

Contact Our Team Today

If you’re interested in becoming an aerial instructor or something completely different, be sure to contact our team today for further information about what each of our courses include.

Teaching Pole & Aerial Fitness To Children

Teaching young children about pole and aerial fitness is a great way to lay crucial groundwork they need to perfect these forms of exercise over the course of many years. 

Are you looking to inspire and educate the next generation? Then before you get started, it’s important to understand how adults and children need to be instructed differently. 

Only with appropriate training programs can you be sure health, safety and legality have been considered where necessary. 

Is Pole Fitness Appropriate For Children?

Yes, absolutely! Simply make the required adjustments to any equipment being used in relation to the child’s age and strength. Other than that, be sure to find trustworthy instructors who will teach a safe and methodical program, in which moves are being performed appropriately. 

What Age Can You Start Learning Pole Fitness?

Children as young as five can feel the benefit from pole fitness. In most cases, programs will be separated into specific age brackets, so that very young children are following a different approach to teenagers.  

Who is Suitable to Teach Pole and Aerial Fitness to Children?

To learn how children should be taught pole and aerial fitness, you will need to have a minimum 12-months experience under your belt as either an instructor or teaching assistant. Our course will have both a practical and written exam to really enforce the specific knowledge you need to instruct these forms of exercise correctly. 

What are the Benefits of Pole Fitness?

Much like adults, children who participate in pole fitness are likely to improve their muscular strength, increase flexibility and enhance coordination skills. This form of exercise can also do wonders to your mental health, something which may prove hugely beneficial during exam season. 

What are the Benefits of Aerial Fitness?

With their body elevated high above the ground, children can stretch into positions they’ve never likely reached before. Their spinal compression will therefore be enhanced, and they should also develop a much stronger sense of balance. 


There are in fact many reasons to start teaching these forms of exercise to young children. Not only do they provide amazing health benefits, but classes can be a great social experience, and in the case of pole dancing, this is an official sport, which means children have something to aspire to with lots of competitions available all-year round. 

Do You Want to Teach Children Pole & Aerial Fitness?

We have a course made just for people who want to deliver child oriented programs. Follow our carefully crafted course to learn how over 70 spins, tricks, and transition moves should be taught to the younger demographic.

You’ll also pick up lots of information on both anatomy and physiology, to ensure you have a deeper understanding of how these forms of exercise can impact the body and mind of young children. 

Get Started Today

To get the thorough understanding you need to teach children pole and aerial fitness, book a course today with XPERT. Get in contact with us directly to learn about anything else we currently offer. 

What To Wear For Pole Fitness

To get the most from pole fitness, you need to wear clothing which is both comfortable and not going to compromise the effectiveness of any routines. Being comfortable baring some skin will make it much easier to keep your grip, but the clothing also needs to make you feel secure, so finding the best solution which can also keep you suitably covered will be a big concern for many. 

Why Do You Need Bare Skin For Pole Fitness?

Without bare skin being exposed to your pole, it’s going to become increasingly more difficult to perform certain moves. Your skin will create the strong grip you need to remain stable, secure and firmly locked onto the pole, so you can focus on your movements. If you wear slippery clothing, this will of course lead to slipping down the pole. 

Why Do Pole Dancers Wear Platform Heels?

Quite simply, wearing platform heels will give you greater elevation, which means you’ll be able to grip higher on the pole. You’ll also find heels are a great way to maintain stability when you decide to flex your legs outwards during certain routines. Adopting a graceful presence is also a must for pole dancers, and once again platform heels will prove advantageous, seeing as they’re often designed with lavish appeal. 

How To Safely Wear Heels For Pole Fitness

Make sure to point your toes the entire time you’re using heels, as this will increase your capacity to maintain balance. Also consider making movements with the curved part of the outsole to ensure you perform gracefully. Our Essential Science of Heels instructor training course will give you the knowledge and confidence to teach pole fitness safely in heels.

Can You Pole Dance With Fake Nails?

Grabbing hold of the pole is pretty important, so despite the glamorous appearance you get with acrylic nails, it’s best to avoid this to deter poor gripping. 

Types of Pole Fitness Clothing

Below are some of the common pieces of clothing used for pole fitness and why they’re often worn. 


Small, tight shorts are the most practical clothing for pole fitness, keeping your legs fully exposed to allow for maximum skin contact on the pole, no matter what moves you’re performing. Just make sure they fit well and make you feel secure and confident so you can concentrate on perfecting your moves.


You can in fact cover up your legs when pole dancing and never at the expense of your grip. Just make sure to wear leggings made with silky materials like polyester. This also ensures you have the elasticity you need to stretch your legs effectively. 

Sports Bra

A conventional wired bra will make movements far more restricted, so use sports bras instead during pole fitness. If you’re confident enough, these can be all that’s needed for the upper part of your body, and there’s plenty of sizes and styles to choose from, so it’s easy to pick something which makes you feel confident when exercising. 

Knee Pads

If you are new to pole fitness or are learning new moves, protecting your knees will be important to avoid bruises. Building up your upper body strength and learning to control your descent from the pole takes time and landing with a bump on your knees is a sure fire way to have you hobbling the next day, so get yourself some knee pads until you’re confident you have nailed the landing.

Become an XPERT Pole Trainer

Learning what to wear during pole fitness is just one key area covered when teaching people how to instruct this form of exercise. Do you want to become an XPERT trainer? Take a look at our current available courses which are now both face-to-face and online. Contact us directly for more information.

Training Aerial & Pole Whilst Pregnant

Extra precautions are needed with everyday life when you’re pregnant, and this certainly applies to both aerial and pole fitness. For most straight forward pregnancies, it’s still hugely beneficial and recommended to maintain a regular exercise regime, but there are careful considerations and adaptations needed to minimise risks as much as possible. Below we have listed a few really simple steps you can take, and also tackled some common questions people have in regards to aerial and pole fitness whilst pregnant.

Reduce The Risk Of Falling

Proprioception and balance are hugely affected by the changing shape of the mothers body. To combat this, careful spotting techniques should be used to reduce the chance of falling. Whilst you should only be training movements you’re very secure in, it’s also advised to have a crash mat down as an extra precaution.

Don’t Over Exert Yourself

Know your limitations! Your physique is comparatively different to before, and this should always be taken into consideration. Training should be limited to around 45 minute sessions, taking great care to avoid over heating. Regular breaks should be taken and it’s advisable to work on short combos rather than long ones.

Let’s Tackle Some Common Questions

Is It Safe to Hang Upside Down While Pregnant?

That depends entirely on the individual. Conditioned individuals with no pregnancy complications can continue to invert for as long as they can comfortably and safely do so.

Is It Safe to Spin While Pregnant?

Again, every pregnancy is different. As balance is already compromised, spinning may cause additional issues if performed for too long or too quickly. Due to fluctuating hormones amongst other things, many pregnant individuals experience forms of morning sickness for vary degrees throughout pregnancy. Spinning would not be advised in those cases!

How Can I Strengthen My Pelvic Floor During Pregnancy?

Completing core bracing techniques such as ‘hug the baby’ and diaphragmatic breathing throughout pregnancy can not only help reduce low back and hip pain, but also reduce the chances of incontinence after pregnancy. It’s also a lovely way to bond with your bump as it lift baby closer to your heart, soothing them with your heart beat.

Moves to Avoid

Lying on the back from 16 weeks

Lying supine isn’t recommended from around the start of the second trimester or from 16 weeks at the latest. This is due to an increased risk of supine hypotensive syndrome, which is caused by a lack of oxygen to the baby. Counter this by exercises on your side or all fours instead.


Routines which focus on the stomach are never advised for anyone pregnant so avoid more superficial ab work such as crunches and instead opt for deeper core work such as knees down plank or cat / cow.

Movements that make your nervous or uncomfortable

If you’re uneasy or uncomfortable about how safely you can perform a movement, then simply don’t do it! There will be plenty of time for all that once your little one is here.

Want To Teach Pregnant Women?

We have now added a brand new training program to our current offerings, giving instructors the tools to learn about key changes which need to be considered when teaching anyone pregnant. By following our curriculum, you will be guided through the most suitable anatomy and physiology content with lots of additional information available regarding things like breastfeeding and c-section recovery.

Contact Xpert Pole Fitness Today

For more information about our pre and post-natal program, or anything else we provide, please do not hesitate to get in contact with a member of our team today. We look forward to hearing from you soon and getting you started on your journey towards becoming an Xpert trainer.


Introducing Static Trapeze

Heading into the brand new year, we’re already expanding our range of amazing training courses to now include static trapeze. Our course adopts a similar model to our existing catalogue, giving pole fitness teachers the opportunity to broaden their scope of knowledge and expertise. Below, we have tackled some common questions related to static trapeze, hopefully providing the insight you need to kick-start your teacher training for this highly rewarding form of exercise.

What is Trapeze?

Commonly used by circus performers, a trapeze is another method for keeping people elevated safely, offering the means to perform certain exercise routines not possible when based on the ground. The trapeze itself is made from two hanging ropes connected to a single pole. This will be used to support your hands and legs whilst you swivel and swing around. 

Is Static Trapeze Hard?

It takes time and lots of practice to master the art of static trapeze, and even then, with the apparatus not being fixed similar to that of poles or aerial hoop, you really have to exaggerate your movements to make any sequences come across with any kind of elegance. The key is how you use your body weight, since this largely factors into the movements you aim to display. 

Is Trapeze a Good Workout?

We haven’t added static trapeze for no reason! It’s a great workout for both the body and mind, where constant use of your upper muscles will enhance core strength, and the constant coordination required is also a great way to improve your mental capacity. Completing these workouts can be a real triumph, especially when you consider the complexity of being hoisted high above the ground on what’s essentially a playground swing.

How Do You Use a Trapeze Swing?

Grab hold of the main pole with both hands and keep your body straight. Now push your legs outwards and tuck them inwards before placing them over the pole until you’re ready to release, facing towards the ground, and always keeping your body arched backwards. You can return to your original position by putting your hands back onto the bar and then tucking your legs away, where you can then hang straight once again.

Learn How to Teach Static Trapeze

Over recent years, there’s been a real surge in popularity for effective aerial fitness programs. We’re therefore delighted to add static trapeze to our range of offerings, where prospective teachers can now learn how this should be taught in one of the first approved teacher trainings available. 

Certified by Active IQ, Pole Dance Community and Pole Safe Federation, you will learn everything you need to know about muscles, movements, progressions & regressions in the most efficient way possible. 

This brand new course is open to anyone who has successfully completed a minimum of 6 months aerial fitness and believe they can pass both practical and written assessments. If you want to learn how to teach static trapeze, feel free to get in direct contact with a member of our team today.

Basic Aerial Hoop Moves

Looking to strengthen your body? Then definitely consider aerial hoop exercises! This has continually proven to be one of the most effective methods for both toning and building up muscles around both your arms and legs. If you’re new to aerial hoop, or already understand it’s history and need new moves to teach students, we have put together some of the best for you below.

The Star

To get this one started, you will be required to position yourself within the middle of the hoop and slowly lean backwards until your back reaches the lower part of the bar. Then, move your legs against the hoop and stretch your arms until they face all the way down. The key is finding the right balance, and as always, never attempt such moves unless you have been through some kind of aerial hoop class.

Front Facing Stretch

You’ll probably notice how most moves require you to face backwards, but doing the complete opposite can also be hugely beneficial. Firstly, move into the hoop until you’re balancing yourself only with the upper part of your legs. Use both hands to keep yourself stretched, and if you’re confident enough, release one hand at a time to really work those muscles.

Amazon Split

The amazon split requires you to firstly sit upright within the hoop. You will then need to lean backwards and stretch one leg until this has been placed flush in an upwards position. The other leg should stretch downwards, therefore creating a split. It’s up to you how far you stretch and for how long, but it’s worth noting how this would definitely be considered one of the more complex moves to complete safely.

Single Leg Cradle

Not ready for the amazon split? No worries! Take things down a notch with the single leg cradle, where you’ll be simply required to lift one leg and rest this over the other. It’s a really simple yet effective method for stretching and working your leg muscles without the danger of overstraining yourself. A definite must for beginners!

Kitty Cat

Here, you’ll be supporting your entire body with your arms. That’s because your legs will simply rest dormant across the hoop as you use your arms to feed your body downwards until you have stretched out completely. Be careful! It could be difficult to hoist yourself up once the exercise has come to an end, so make sure you’re confident with the strength you’ve built-up around both arms.

Want to Learn How to Teach Aerial Hoop?

It’s vital you follow carefully crafted programs before you even attempt to teach aerial hoop to anyone. There’s lots of safety to consider and unless you understand the complexity of this exercise yourself, you won’t be able to educate people to deter significant problems from occurring. We’re more than happy to supply both face-to-face courses and online courses, simply take a look at what we have scheduled for further information.

If you would like to speak with our team members about anything we offer, simply get in contact with us today.

Moves That Can Be Done On a Spinning Pole

Using a spinning pole can do wonders to your stamina and core body strength. Don’t just take our word for it! Many of the world’s leading artists use pole fitness for their music videos and personal health. This form of exercise is highly effective compared to ground-based routines, simply because you’re far less limited. Using a spinning pole at home or a specialist centre gives you ample opportunity to extend your legs, bend your body and stretch your arms in new and exciting ways. So, here are just some of the most common moves you can try out for yourself.

Back Bend

If you’re new to pole dancing, you might want to start off with moves that require your feet to remain firmly on the ground. A great place to begin would be the back bend, where you’ll need to hold the pole with one arm and bend your body until you’re standing using only your toes.

Carousel Spin

When you’ve managed to enhance your upper body strength, you may want to take on moves where you’re not using the floor for support. Try the carousel spin, but only if you’re confident! That’s because this move requires both arms to stretch fully, one being paced above the head and one below. This will enable you to hold your body up and away from the ground completely.


You can obviously do this without a spinning pole, but with this by your side, you’ll have more confidence when making your attempts given the support they provide. A handstand is a simple yet really effective way to bolster your core arm strength, owing to the fact they are the only thing keeping your entire body upright.

Fireman Spin

Taken loosely from the common technique used by firemen when sliding down poles, the fireman spin does wonders to both your leg and arm muscles. With this move, you need to pull your body halfway up the pole and tuck in your legs. Hold this position for as long as you can, and doing this frequently enough will prove a really effective method for toning your body.

Scissor Sit

Moving onto more complex moves, and one of the most effective would be the scissor sit. The move gets its name due to the manner in which your legs should be positioned, and that’s with stretches being made at an angle similar to that of scissors which have been opened out. You then need to lean your body ever so slightly toward the floor and use one arm to keep yourself upright.

Horizon Plank

Want to try something really extreme? Then the horizon plank is a move that sees your entire body adopt a horizontal position. To ensure you remain supported, place one arm below the body and one above. Your legs will also need to pinch the pole for further solidity.

Learn How to Teach Spinning Pole With Xpert

Do you want to teach spinning pole fitness? Then we can show you how! Courses are often readily available both face-to-face and online. If you would like to learn about what we offer, you’re more than welcome to contact our team, and we can discuss what you’re looking for in much greater detail.

Tips for Teaching Aerial Hoop

Teaching aerial hoop is immensely fulfilling! If you know the core benefits and the history behind aerial hoop, then being able to introduce this to more people will not only make you feel great, but newcomers will be starting out their journey into superior balance, stamina and well-being. However, given the complexity of aerial hoop, and of course the many safety concerns to think about, we have decided to point out some very simple things you should consider when teaching this form or exercise to anyone new.

Speak Clearly

There’s lots to get your head around, so you can imagine how poor communication is never a good thing during just about any teaching session. Really articulate the importance of every single detail, and make sure this has been explained clearly and also in the simplest terms. It can become incredibly overwhelming when we’re introduced to new things, so maybe think about breaking down each aspect behind your program so that information is easily digestible.

Know Your Stuff

You’re not going to be able to teach unless you know aerial hoop exercises yourself. This has to be taught correctly to minimise the chances of serious injury, which means finding a suitable course which teaches you precisely how things should be explained. We have aerial silk courses available right now, whether that be in-person or online. We train people to become experts, handing them comprehensive knowledge about all aspects behind this form of exercise. Calling upon our master instructors, each with years of experience, we can supply the finest training found anywhere in the world.

Take Breaks

Aerial silks can be exhausting, so don’t wear your students out! Take breaks, and if necessary, take lots of them. Even if people appear fine on the outside, they may be unaware of the physical impact this form of exercise can have on the body, which means dedicated periods for winding down are vitally important for both health and safety. Other students may be nervous, and pausing for a moment could be what’s needed to recharge the mind before going again. It’s also important that you stop yourself, since fatigue could hamper the effectiveness behind the delivery of your training techniques.

Let People Learn at Their Own Pace

Be considerate of the fact some people learn fast, and others may need additional time to process things. When teaching aerial hoop, put together a program which caters to everyone, not so much that delivery is overly slow, but also not in a way that speeds everything up. Always repeat things people may have struggled to comprehend, and maybe even consider getting natural first-timers to help with others who are experiencing difficulties during the lesson. The aim is to make this exercise accessible to every single person, which means taking the right approach from the offset is crucial.

Learn to Teach Aerial Hoop with XPERT

As previously mentioned, we have a wide range of courses available, each providing you with carefully crafted programs to ensure you’re teaching aerial hoop correctly. To find out further information about this or any other courses we supply, get in contact with us today.

How to Get Started With Aerial Silks at Home

You’re more than welcome to return to the gym as restrictions continue to ease, but many of us have now developed a permanent liking for home-based workouts. Having a dedicated space at home could help you save money, and it can be far more convenient when trying to learn new skills for the first time away from the public eye. Are you thinking about taking your aerial silk exercises away from studios? Then here are some important things to consider when participating in this activity at home.

Pick a Suitable Workout Space

To undertake aerial silk exercises, you need ample space at your disposal. Many routines require exaggerated movements across your entire body, so anything which gets in the way will only disrupt the effectiveness of your time using what is pretty specialist equipment. Once you have found a suitable space, you also need to ensure the general construct in place has the capacity to keep you upright. Your focus should mainly be on how the silks are fixed onto the ceiling, and in the case of most residential buildings, this is not advised unless you have built rooms from top to bottom so that heavy loads can be accommodated effectively.

Consider Health and Safety

Given how aerial silk exercises require you to be based high above the ground, the importance of health and safety really cannot be overstated. If you’re new to the activity, it’s probably best to have someone else nearby just in case an issue arises during your routine. You should also think about a soft mat, which can be placed below, helping to cushion the blow that may come from a fall. It’s a great form of exercise, but only something which should be undertaken by people who understand the complexity behind common moves and how to perform them both correctly and safely.

Learn From Experts First

Being able to teach aerial silks will likely mean you’ve been put through some form of program. If you haven’t completed an aerial silks training course, then definitely look into this! We have a broad range of courses available, offering you vital theory and insight into how this should be taught correctly. Face-to-face courses are being held in the UK, US, Germany, China and Hong Kong, and we can also provide online aerial silks training for people who would rather learn from the comfort of their own home.

Why Learn Aerial Silks?

Unlike workouts based on the ground, aerial silks will give you the opportunity to stretch into positions not possible unless you are hoisted in the air. This means you can work muscles in more effective ways, helping you tone your figure and develop a greater amount of core body strength.

Further Home Exercises

It’s also possible to participate in pole fitness at home. After you have purchased the most appropriate pole for the home, you will also need to consider health and safety, but in this case, you should find installation is not so reliant on the construct of your ceiling, given how they fix both to the upper part of a room and into the floor.

Learn to Teach Aerial Silk Exercises Today

Don’t wait any longer! Get yourself booked onto our courses today and start your journey towards teaching the art of aerial silks in a fun and safe way. For more information, simply contact our team directly.

History of Aerial Hammock

It’s unclear as to when hammocks were first used for exercise purposes, but we do know the concept as a whole was first conceived over 1,000 years ago. The original purpose was not for chilling out or taking part in aerial hammock classes, but rather offering people protection against insects when based in tropical environments. Since then, hammocks have become a common feature across gyms, gardens and hotels for a variety of purposes.

What is Aerial Hammock?

Aerial hammock is another great exercise based above the ground, offering you the opportunity to decompress your spine and increase your flexibility. During most programs, you’ll be working on core fitness, yoga and a variety of tricks which all aim to bolster your physique. When elevated in the air, you can work on building your muscles with a selection of movements not typically possible when exercising on the ground. You’ll also be able to generate lots of adrenaline which can help you feel a lot better about yourself. When you’re stressed out, turning to this form of exercise can be an effective way to brush aside tension and anxiety before this builds up further.

Aerial Hammock
Aframe for aerial exercise

How Much Weight Can Aerial Hammock Hold?

So long as your ceiling is constructed with the required solidity, you should be able to support up to 3,000 lbs, so no limits really in terms of weight. It’s vitally important that any equipment has been secured correctly, since falling from great heights can be dangerous, especially if you’re moving into upside down positions during your exercise routines.

How Can I Learn to Teach Aerial Hammock?

We offer a range of courses, helping people learn precisely what’s needed to teach this form of exercise effectively. During our programs, you will be taught over 50 different tricks, how to warm up and cool down correctly, and also important safety aspects. Our training has been accredited by the likes of Active IQ, NASAM and Yoga Alliance, demonstrating our credentials to deliver comprehensive levels of expertise to all participants. You need to have a minimum of 6-months aerial fitness experience before enrolling, and you will need to pass both written and practical exams in order to pass successfully.

Learning Instructor Course
Learn How to become Instructor

How Do I Become an Aerial Hammock Instructor?

During the Pandemic, we have offered online aerial hammock classes, providing you with everything needed to become a teacher of this exercise from the comfort of your own home. If you would rather complete this training in the physical presence of our instructors, then we have a number of programs scheduled throughout the remainder of the year.

Contact Xpert for Further Details

If you want to learn more about what we can offer for aerial hammock classes, then get in contact with our team today. We can also explain any other courses available, giving you further insight into the key benefits and what you can expect should you sign up.

Would you like to teach Aerial hammock? Get in contact with Xpert Fitness today!

Best Pole to Install at Home

Even though covid restrictions are starting to ease, there’s many of us who still prefer the idea of exercising from home. This obviously applies to pole fitness enthusiasts, and there’s currently a wide range of quality products which can be installed at your home to help satisfy this new trend. So, if you’re thinking about turning some unused space into a pole fitness facility, we have taken a close look at some of the best products around. 

SPORT (NS) Pole Fitness Pole

If you’re new to pole fitness and want something which doesn’t compromise quality over price, then the X-Pole could be precisely what you’re looking for. One of the great benefits would be its simple installation process, heightened by the fact no ladders will be required. 
The pole can be adjusted to various heights and won’t be permanently fixed, therefore re-locating this to another part of your home is easy. You can choose from either chrome or powder coat finishes, simply pick out the most appropriate for your existing décor. As this pole has been specially designed for beginners, the product is only available as static/non-springing to ensure simple passage into the world of pole fitness. 

sport ns fitness pole
Xpert NXN Fitness Pole

XPERT (NXN) Pole Fitness Pole Static and Spinning Pole

As the most popular fitness and dance pole in the world, this is by far the best choice for experts who have mastered this form of exercise. The pole offers both spinning and static capabilities as standard, and you’ll find installation is a straightforward process from start to finish. 
There’s also a slew of finishes to choose from, which currently includes chrome, brass, titanium, gold and powder coated. When installing the pole, no drilling, screws or bolts are required, since this will be pressure mounted in place. Moving the pole into different locations is also simple, as disassembly can be done quickly for both storage and transportation. 

XPERT PRO (PX) Pole Fitness Static and Spinning Pole

When blending the best qualities from the XPERT along with the X-Lock, you’re handed the XPERT Pro. With the X-Lock system in place, you can seamlessly switch from static to spinning instantaneously. All that’s required is a simple flick of the wrist to make the change and the same to move everything back again. 
Ample colour choices are also available with this pole as you can once again benefit from chrome, stainless steel, brass, titanium gold, powder coat and even silicone finishes. This provides you with a safe and sturdy solution, with instructional videos available, giving you more insight into how this should be used properly. 

Xpert Pro PX Fitness Pole

Pole Away

Space can often be at a premium in many households, so definitely look into the Pole Away concept. This has introduced a brand new dimension into the way poles are installed and then stored. Putting this away is seamless, and the final result means maximising room utilisation. 

We Offer Online Pole Fitness Courses

If you want to develop more skills needed to teach, why not take a close look at the range of online pole fitness courses we have available. You can also contact our team directly for further information.

History of Aerial Hoop

Using aerial hoops is a great way to improve muscle strength and state of mind. With your body positioned high up in the air, you will be able to really stretch yourself and achieve the ultimate muscular workout, devoid of the limitations that come from being based on the ground. 

This form of exercise has been a popular choice for many years, but where did it all begin? We have taken a close look at the origins of ariel hoops and why this concept can be so immensely beneficial for your body.

Who Invented Aerial Hoop?

A gentleman named Edward Van Wyck is often touted as the man who helped to invent the concept we know today as aerial hoops. 

When circus performances were in high demand throughout the early part of the 20th century, there was constant need for brand new equipment, and this paved the way for aerial hoops, which has now become one of the most frequent components behind such shows. 

Edward Van Wyck was a well-known juggler and creator of props in America. Before his death in 1952, Van Wyck invented a number of aerial items, helping to pioneer a brand new age of quality apparatus to be used by performers.

Is Aerial Hoop a Good Workout?

Much like aerial silks, this form of exercise benefits from the fact you won’t be based on the ground. This should mean certain bodily positions which otherwise can’t be achieved will be incorporated into your routine, giving you a more rounded workout. 

Some of the key areas to feel the value would be your arms and upper body, giving the means to massively enhance your strength. Another reason to consider aerial hoops would be the positive effect this can have on coordination, since you will be required to maintain balance and control.

Is Aerial Hoop Dangerous?

Yes this certainly can be! It’s recommended you have been through a course before taking on this form of exercise, otherwise you could be at a serious risk of falling from great heights. 

It goes with saying, this could see you inflicted with major bodily harm, so either learn how to complete such exercise from aerial fitness experts, or think about something else to help improve your core muscles. 

People thinking about teaching this form of exercise should also seek out professional aerial hoop instructor training. This way, you will be explaining things correctly, placing more focus on the important theoretical aspects which always need to be considered.

Is Aerial Hoop Hard?

Aerial hoop workouts can be difficult to master at the start, but persevering will mean you reap the rewards much further down the line. Just like pole dancing, this form of exercise can be tough on your hands, so getting your grip under control should make the rest slightly easier. 

It can take up to three months in order to feel reasonably proficient with Aerial hoops, and only through regular practise can you be sure that better use is possible in the future. 

Contact XPERT Pole Fitness for Aerial Hoop Courses

Aerial silks are another great form of exercise with much the same concerns. Once again, experience of using such equipment can only be formed when battling through the trials and tribulations which become apparent at the very beginning. 

Would you like to teach Aerial hoop? Get in contact with Xpert Fitness today!

Is Aerial Silks Good Exercise?

Are you looking for an effective way to enhance your core muscles, but find conventional exercise isn’t doing the trick? Then have you considered aerial fitness? Although this isn’t often seen as the go-to choice for people who want to improve the strength and tone of their figure, we are here to explain how this could very well be the key to unlocking greater levels of balance and stamina with your body. 

What is an Aerial Silk Workout?

When carrying out aerial silk exercises, you will be suspended high in the air and be required to use your muscles to maintain balance. There are various types of movement you can make which aim to improve your strength and posture. Being able to flex your body and stretch into positions otherwise not possible on the ground means you can oversee the ultimate workout!  

The set-up for aerial silks will see two separate pieces of fabric being secured onto the ceiling. This means all the movements you make will be against gravity, giving you the capacity to really work those muscles. Once you gain more confidence, you could progress into performing some rather spectacular spins as you weave through the material. 

Is Aerial Silks a Good Workout?

The simple answer is yes! If you are someone who wants to find brand new ways of improving bodily movements and strengthening core muscles, then aerial silks will provide the very activity needed to accomplish this with distinction. After you have undertaken a few exercises, you should notice fairly quickly how your stability, posture and even well-being has increased quite substantially. 

How Much Weight Can Aerial Silks Hold?

Despite their flimsy appearance, you may be surprised to hear that silks can often come with huge breaking strength, which means everyone can use this as a form of exercise. The fact silks can accommodate pretty hefty loads, you can be sure that usage will be no problem even when you have mounted up quite a large amount of muscle. 

Can You Lose Weight Doing Aerial Silks?

Although aerial silks are generally used for muscle improvement rather than being a standard cardio workout, you may find that using these techniques along with things like running could create a more robust plan of action when fighting to lose some pounds. 

Can You Hang Aerial Silks in Your House?

Unless you have a home which comes with immense structural solidity, you are probably best to leave any aerial silk exercise to specialised gyms or centres. You may also benefit from having people nearby when you are hoisted away from the ground, as falling from great height may lead to disaster without immediate attention. If you do decide to carry out these exercises at home, it may be worth looking into online aerial silk courses before you get this underway.

Contact XPERT Pole Fitness for Aerial Silk Courses

Do you want to teach aerial silk exercises? Then we can show you how! Our courses are designed to teach people the key components to ensure they know how to carry out safe and effective aerial silk lessons. We will focus on anatomy, physiology, and point out important aerial safety measures. Get in contact today for more details.

Music Artists Learning Pole Fitness for Music Videos

The music industry is now largely defined by the video content being created by artists who want to ensure they are providing the visual impact needed to truly bolster their new material in the best possible way. Across the board, we have seen artists from a wide range of well-known genres use specific dance techniques to compliment the tone of their songs, helping to engage with their audience in new and exciting ways.
Over recent times, we have also seen a surge in leading musicians who have used pole dancing as the focal feature of their video, demonstrating to anyone interested in the activity that this is now something hugely prevalent within the world of pop culture. With this in mind, we have taken a close look at some of the most famous music videos which have pole dancing placed firmly at the centre and why it might be time to look into an online pole fitness course to keep you regularly exercising during the Pandemic.


Rihanna – Pour it Up (2012)

Ever since she burst onto the scene, Rihanna has continually helped to pioneer an age where music videos are a prime opportunity to flex creative flair. During her music video for “Pour it Up”, the Barbadian singer uses pole dancing to compliment what is a smooth and edgy number. Several cuts are made during the video where slow motion footage can be seen of her using the art of pole dancing to great effect, with the climax including an impressive hold from an upside down position.

Kelly Rowland – Work (2007)

American singer, Kelly Rowland also used pole dancing as a key feature behind her fast-paced dance number “Work”. During the video, the artist is seen displaying some intense moves and uses her time pole dancing as a means to counteract against the elements of the video which have a much higher tempo. With pole dancing at the heart of the video, Kelly is able to exaggerate movements and utilise her figure to keep things engaging throughout.

Britney Spears – Gimme More (2007)

Throughout Britney Spear’s world famous career, she has treated the music industry to some iconic videos, and decided to use pole dancing as the centre-piece of her song “Gimme More”. Within the confines of a raunchy night club, Spears can be seen using pole dancing during the entirety of the video, showing how much physical exertion can be undertaken over a pretty short period of time. The pole allows Spears to move aggressively up and down, providing the much needed movements for the style of song, while also handing her a hugely beneficial period of exercise.

Katy Perry – Dark Horse (2013)

You will often notice how the production value for pretty much any Katy Perry music video is very high, so the fact she decided to incorporate pole dancing into her song “Dark Horse” is a huge endorsement for this particular form of exercise. As a highly accomplished performer, Perry uses the pole to display her flexible body and even completes the splits. The use of pole dancing is also brought into play as a way to blend seamlessly with the beat of the song.
You can learn more about the core benefits behind pole fitness and our range of courses by contacting our team today.

You can learn more about the core benefits behind pole fitness and our range of courses by contacting our team today.

Toxic Positivity: Finding your Mr Brightside

Toxic positivity: “We define toxic positivity as the excessive and ineffective overgeneralization of a happy, optimistic state across all situations. The process of toxic positivity results in the denial, minimization, and invalidation of the authentic human emotional experience.”
The Psychology Group

Those who work in the pole industry are generally a positive lot. We know that a positive mindset reaps huge rewards. We create an environment for our students of support and positivity. We are absolute masters of inspirational quotes and memes about never giving up and hard work paying off.

More than ever, we are hugely appreciative of support from our friends, family and loved ones. Messages of kindness and consideration are invaluable to us in these difficult times. But as we leave Lockdown 2 and enter Lockdown 3: The Return Of The Tiers, the sequel we all knew was in production but nobody wanted to see, misplaced positivity can reach toxic levels.

It may be wonderful for those with secure employment and steady income to spend December looking forward to lovely nights under a blanket and extra quality family time as the nights draw in, but for the majority of the pole industry, watching studios close their doors yet again, small businesses that took years to build, is heartbreaking and soul destroying.

Here’s why now is not the time for unsolicited albeit well intentioned advice – or, how to find your Mr Brightside in what can feel like a sea of toxic positivity.

It’s only for a few weeks – stay positive!

It isn’t only for a few weeks. It’s a few weeks on top of the four week lockdown on top of the original four month lockdown, longer in many parts of the U.K. Businesses only reopened their doors a few months ago, and under a whole new complex set of regulations.

And is it really only going to be a few weeks? And even if it is, what about the next sequel, Lockdown 4: Lockdown With A Vengeance? Or its sister spin-off franchise: Lockdown Vs Brexit?

No you’re right. This negative mindset doesn’t help anyone. You are absolutely correct. Ok. Let’s be positive! It IS only a few weeks.

It’s just a month! So I’m sure you wouldn’t mind giving me your months wages. You won’t even notice right? A months outgoings is NOTHING! Especially not the month before Christmas. It’s fine. I’ll just give you my bank account details and you can send it right over yeah? Cool.

What I’m sure you actually mean: “let’s hope it’s just a few weeks. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.”

I heard you can get a grant/assistance/some kind of financial help!

Oh thank you for your second hand incomplete vague advice! We are saved!

Let me assure you that EVERY SINGLE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER with any brain capacity whatsoever has spent a considerable amount of time, possibly including watching the sun set and rise, frantically researching every single possible option available to us. We know this industry inside out – as well as you probably know yours, surprisingly. Additionally we are a very strong community and we share a lot of knowledge, information and support. There is not a single piece of information relating to our industry we don’t know about, or haven’t thoroughly researched.

If you are a friend who is genuinely trying to help or offer support, thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we do appreciate that and we love that you are thinking of us. But if you are trying to tell us we don’t need to worry because you read something online, chances are we already know about it, and no, it’s not necessarily all that helpful. And no, we can’t invoke some ancient rule from the Magna Carta either.

What I’m sure you actually mean: “I hope you’re able to get financial support, I feel for you. And also you have a nice butt.”

I heard from my mate that you can *insert weird loophole theory* why don’t you try that?

Ah, the magical dance of the loophole.

We are professional business owners. Exploiting loopholes is morally questionable at best, and dodgy as f*** at worst. One of the reasons our students trust us and feel so comfortable coming to us is our professionalism – during this pandemic we have invested a huge amount of time implementing extensive Covid safety policies and a huge amount of money on strict cleaning regimes and equipment. Gym settings have to be one of the most stringent industries around for post Covid secure policies, and as a result studios and gyms are one of the lowest places for Covid transmission. Who is going to risk endangering students and inviting the wrath of the local council and Public Health England because “my mate on Facebook says a girl he went to school with registered her premises as an ambulance so technically she can open as it’s classed as an an emergency”

Stop playing games with our professional business. You’d run a mile if we suggested illegal practice for your business, and we are running a mile from you.

What I’m sure you actually mean: “I know you’re a professional and know what you’re doing. I respect any decisions you make because I’ve seen you come this far and I have faith in you. Also you’re a total badass.”

Can’t you get another job?

Let’s be clear here: we are well aware that we may need to look at other ways to bring in a wage. This is true of everybody, in every industry and every profession. Nobody is above that. But before you suggest this to your friend because, in your opinion, working in the fitness industry is no big deal, just think how you’d feel if someone suggested this to you. To set aside all the work you’ve put into your long term and successful career, your training, experience, promotions you worked so hard for, successes you achieved, networking within your industry, respect of your peers, relationship with your clients… the list goes on. Just because our industry doesn’t sit behind a desk and make deals over board room tables, doesn’t make it any less valid.

The jobs we are currently in are what we have worked towards for years, possibly decades. Dancers, gymnasts and athletes may even have been in training for these roles since we were in school. Our jobs are not typical ones, they are fairly niche specialities, that we work and train for, perfecting techniques, practising, rehearsing, training. Our jobs are our passion. At a time when the nation’s both physical and mental health is so crucial, we take that responsibility to our students very seriously. If we are lucky enough to have made our passion our business and livelihood, please don’t underestimate how hard it is to be told to walk away from that and “just get another job”. It’s not just a job to us. It’s really isn’t. As I’m sure yours isn’t to you.

Additionally, you may have noticed that we are in the midst of a global pandemic, and businesses are losing employees at a high rate, not taking on new ones. What makes you think we can just walk into a new industry in which we have no experience and pick up a new job?

An extra aside here: Please don’t throw around jokes about what you see as menial labour or inferior jobs. Laughingly throwing out comments about oh well, you can always work in McDonald’s/Tesco/sweep the streets/become a stripper is fairly insensitive – a lot of people do those jobs and do them well and with pride, and are keeping the country going. They aren’t a hilarious back up plan for when you can’t do your lovely comfy well paid job.

What I’m sure you actually mean: “I know how much you love your job and your students and how hard you’ve worked to come this far, and I really hope you’re able to keep going. You’ve got this!”

Don’t try to get me into your MLM scheme

Ok no shade here, each to their own and if you are doing well and are happy in your MLM role then power to you. But if you pop up with your “hey babe! How’s it going?!” in my inbox and try to tell me I can make heaps of cash joining your “team” you’ll be taking a long walk with your vitamin pills/magical serums/whatever where you won’t find them for a long time. Extra gross points for trying to exploit the pandemic to make sales – “at times like this it’s even more important to look after your health and boost your immunity with this weight loss tea” thanks hun!!! Now f*** off.

What I’m sure you actually mean: “I wish I could help you, I feel so helpless watching people I care about feel so worried. Please know that I’m thinking of you and trying to be positive. Also did I mention you have a great butt.”

We are all in the same boat. Lots of people have it worse

Saying you can’t be sad or upset about something because other people will always have it worse is like saying you can’t be happy because other people will always have it better. Feeling frustrated, worried, sad or lonely is perfectly valid and we shouldn’t constantly feel like we have to put on a happy face. And no, not everyone is in the same boat. There are lots of boats, a whole flotilla of boats, and some are sinking faster than others. I love a crap extended metaphor as much as anyone, but please stop talking about boats.

What I’m sure you actually mean: feel free to unload on me at any time because I know it’s crap for you. And after we’ve moaned a bit we can have a laugh and hopefully it’ll cheer us up a bit.

Learn to read the room

Maybe despite everything, you’re on a trajectory of joy and success.

Doing well despite the world going to hell? Promotion? Pay rise? Sleeping with Ryan Reynolds? Fantastic! Good for you! That’s great!

But here’s the thing: maybe now is not the time to plaster that all over Facebook in glorious HD Technicolor. To be clear, this is not ragging on people doing well. You deserve that and have worked hard to get there, and as your friends and loved ones we want to celebrate that with you. Truly. Via zoom, if necessary. But a little consideration and compassion for people who are worried about losing everything goes a long way.

What I’m sure you actually mean: “I really want to share my good news with you because you’re a special person in my life and you’re important to me. But I also know it’s ok for you to have a bit of a moan and a mope and maybe I’ll wait until you’ve had a bit of time to do that before I bring this up.”

Tough love

Maybe you are a proponent of tough love. Maybe you think a strong dose of reality is what everyone needs. Maybe you genuinely don’t care about how other people feel or about their opinions of you. In which case, great! Congratulations on your psychopathy bro. I’m sure it’ll stand you in great stead in years to come as your friends slowly stop inviting you to things and you’re left alone. There is absolutely a time and a place for tough love and some stiff upper lip and all that. But ask yourself – is this really what my friend needs right now? More than ever at the this time it’s important to look out for each order, be kind, be caring, be considerate, and be empathetic.

And that, right there, is my positive stance at this moment in time. My students have been amazing, and have adapted to the new rules and regulations and procedures with intelligence and good humour. They have been kind, loyal and supportive, as has this industry and community as a whole. I feel very lucky to be surrounded by such hard working, positive, inspirational and uplifting people both in a work capacity and as my friends.

There is always hope. More than ever, we need to look out for each other, and support each other. Now is the time to get creative with our businesses, and rely on all our knowledge, experience and instinct to get through this. With so many opportunities opening up online, more than ever we can support our instructors and friends by taking their online classes, and supporting our studios.

There are tough times ahead but I know I’m not going through it alone. And THAT is my Brightside.

Bexiita Ackland

Online XPERT Training Courses

With the world on lock down and unable to train in our beloved studios, the XPERT team have been working hard to bring you our new project "XPERT Online". XPERT's ethos is really all about face to face training, as we believe this is the best way to really get the full XPERT experience. However due to us keeping in line with government rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have postponed all face-to-face training courses until the beginning of May.

To be able to keep training with XPERT,  the team have been working really hard to develop 3 new online training courses for you. We are excited to now offer:
Online Pole Fitness Level 1&2
Online Flexibility Flow
Active IQ Mental Health Awareness

Our online manuals are now available. We've already had a great response. Below are some of the main questions answered.

  1. Time: You can take your time, there is no time limit to the course so do this as and when you feel you want to. Once completed fill in your learner pack and send this back to us.
  2. Once you have registered we will give you access to your account online, including our online videos and our A&P section. You will also receive an email inviting you to a private Facebook group where you can ask for assistance at any time.
  3. Once you have completed the Learner pack send this to us and an instructor will be in touch. Our team are here to help you in any way.
  4. To complete the course you will need to do a written exam and a practical and also attend a live zoom meeting with a trainer.

Face-to-Face Training

5 reasons why face-to-face training will always be my favourite way to learn and train others written by Amy Williams XPERT Trainer.

Two heads are better than one ...... well actually maybe even slightly more than that! I would like to talk about the benefits of face-to-face training.

I have always had a huge passion for learning, but like many others I didn’t discover it until much later in life.

At school I was dyslexic and didn’t know this until later in life due to travelling as a child.

I think it’s one of the reasons why I became passionate about teaching and even more so about becoming an instructor trainer.

I quickly realised along my journey that everybody learns differently, and with face-to-face training everybody can benefit. Regardless of your learning style.

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Tick all the different learning styles - If you’re a visual learner - amazing because you have a living, breathing 3D human to watch and interact with. Maybe you are more detail oriented and like to ask a lot of questions and by having a trainer right there in front of you, you can rapidly begin to understand the topics being covered and if you don’t - you get to ask until you do.

I ALWAYS remind students and instructors that I am teaching, that there is no such thing as a silly question. A good trainer should encourage you to ask as many questions as possible and if they know the answer, GREAT, and if they don’t, they will go and find out for you.

Face-to-face trainings also have atmosphere. You get to meet new people that have the same interests as you at heart. Not only by having more than just you and a teacher, it means we get a whole wealth of experience and knowledge to work with, observe and learn from. You get to see the moves, poses and postures on several different people, rather than just on you or someone on screen or in a textbook, where it can often be tricky to fully understand the true technique of something. This is very important if you are new to teaching as you only truly grow as an instructor when you begin teaching.

Although my very first pole course was different in comparison to what XPERT offer today, there is no way I would have had the confidence to start teaching without it. I love to ask questions so if I had tried to do an online course, life would have got in the way or technology would have failed me and I may have even given up on the whole idea.

I have participated in so many different courses, workshops, certification and seminars over the years, both online and face-to-face. and the ones I have in enjoyed the most are where I have had an instructor present right there in front of me - the great ones will inspire you and make you feel equally at ease but excited to learn.

For me there is no greater feeling than the abundant energy that is always present during face-to-face trainings. We are a hugely excitable passionate bunch of humans and we love to share.

At XPERT we create exciting learning environments where we can bounce off each other to help inspire you to become the greatest instructor you can be. Below are 5 reasons why FACE to FACE learning will always be my favourite:-

  1. Focused engaged learning - Most of us instructors and studio owners have VERY busy lives, and sometimes we can neglect our own professional development in order to help progress and nurture our students. There are just not enough hours in the day and so by booking face-to-face courses, it gives you specific dates and times to make yourself available and fully focused at the task in hand. With face-to-face training there is dedication and much more focus, being organised and prepared to focus on this one area, and with XPERT we have courses in most countries so you can go somewhere convenient and close to home. That being said, we have courses in some AMAZING locations all over the world - London, Oslo, Rome, you can book yourself on to your own mini learning retreat and get some personal growth at the same time! Find a Course
  2. Networking - At face-to-face trainings you are put in a room with likeminded people who share similar goals and passions. You may meet a studio owner, meet a pole idol that you didn’t know about, or find a new training buddy. Sometimes you meet people so like you it’s nice to know you’re not the only one. Every course I teach I see a huge amount of networking and peer level bonding occurring. Often those students keep in contact and you see it grow into wonderful things – you’ve got to love social media!
  3. Atmosphere - You get to meet new people that have the same interests as you at heart. Not only that, but by having more than just you and a teacher on screen, it means we get a whole wealth of experience and humans to work with, observe and learn from. You get to see the moves, poses and postures on several different people, rather than just on you or someone on screen or in a textbook, where it can often be tricky to fully understand the true techniques. This is something that is so important if you are new to teaching as you only truly grow as an instructor when you begin teaching.
  4. Interactive - I ALWAYS remind students and instructors that I am teaching and that they should ask questions. A good trainer should encourage you to ask as many questions as possible. Also, you get to try things first hand, making sure you are executing the correct techniques and visual cue for your students. The interactive nature of XPERT courses also help to solidify your learning, as you are more likely to remember something you have experienced with all your senses rather than just observing from the side lines.
  5. Value - Yep face-to-face trainings are amazing value even though they may often be more expensive, but with XPERT you get the dedicated training dates, online resources which include videos of all the moves we teach you in person, plus all the other things such as manuals, as well as your assessment and feedback in person.

So basically, you get the best of everything, face-to-face, online and written resources, and you can call me biased, but all this is delivered by some of the industry’s best instructors, aerialist and pole dancers.

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Why Take a Teacher Training Course

Why an XPERT Pole Fitness Teacher Training Course Could be Right for You written by Lindsey Kimura.

Whether a student looking to deepen your pole and aerial practice or a seasoned instructor, taking a teacher training course is always beneficial.

Training programs set standards for safe and effective instruction and provide a structure and method for helping everyone reach his or her teaching potential. If just starting out, you learn a great deal of new material. If teaching for a while, you receive fresh perspective on teaching and knowledge that complements your current instruction.

When the opportunity to take XPERT arose in 2011, I thought “Nah, I don’t need that. I’ve been teaching for over a year and feel fine with my teaching.” Despite the initial hesitation, however, I decided to take the course and was so glad I did - it was gold!

We learned how to craft spicy and dynamic warm ups, understand muscles and their functionality, use exercise science and anatomical cues in instruction, teach moves in new ways, learn and practice safe spotting, design fluid combos, and utilize constructive feedback. I came away with exciting new warm ups, a larger library of moves, practical ways in which I could be a better teacher, new connections with other participants, and so much more!

Over time the XPERT program has grown tremendously becoming a worldwide brand with trainings in beginner, intermediate and advanced pole, spin pole, aerial hoop, silks, hammock, flexibility, and pole and aerial for youth. XPERT is in over 20 countries, in 7 languages, accredited by top certifying bodies ACE, AFAA, Active IQ, and Fitness Australia, has 1000s of instructors trained, and can be held anywhere in the world. XPERT is far more than a weekend-long teacher training. The knowledge, wisdom, insights, practical applications, and connections gained through the program are invaluable and seep into your teachings forever.

We all have the ability to share our love of pole and aerial by helping others learn. As teachers, we each have strengths and special gifts along with areas in which to grow and develop. The XPERT program provides a structure, system, and elevated standard for becoming the best teacher we can be whether we are just starting out on the journey or are a seasoned professional looking to gain more knowledge and experience!

HFE Interview with Sarah Scott

Master Pole and Aerial Fitness Trainer Sarah Scott Shares Her Thoughts on the Mainstream Success of Pole Dancing

Sarah Scott is an international pole dancing performer and master pole and aerial fitness trainer. Her numerous accolades include 1st Place at the 2012 Miss Pole Dance UK, and 2nd Place at the 2014 World Pole Dance Doubles. She’s also made several, high-profile TV appearances including Sky 1’s A League of Their Own, and gained a huge social following.

Sarah recently spoke to HFE (Health and Fitness Education) and explained why pole dancing has become so popular. She said: “Pole dancing is nothing new, but recently it’s become a lot more mainstream as the fitness world is realising it’s a brilliant way of getting people involved who would otherwise be fearful of the gym environment… (it) helps women get another view of their bodies. It’s not just about losing weight, but about being part of a group and having fun. Most importantly of all, it takes the emphasis off the exercise itself and places it onto the mastering of a technique, which is where the enjoyment and commitment come into play.”

She went on to explain how pole dancing provides an exciting alternative to regular fitness classes: “The other big advantage pole dancing offers is the sense of support… Normally the same people are going to pole classes every week and if someone gets a move they’ve been struggling with then there’s a big round of applause. That sense of group support is hugely motivating and reassuring.”

Sarah also offered some advice for personal trainers looking to get into pole and aerial fitness: “The PT industry can be incredibly competitive, so if possible you really want to carve out your own small niche… The first step is to get certified which they can do through number of providers or gain their qualification with XPERT Pole & Aerial Fitness, which is the only provider to offer the QCF… This qualification has really helped to give the industry credibility and raise the overall standard.”

Read the full interview on HFE’s blog.

About HFE

HFE (Health and Fitness Education) is a leading training provider of personal trainer courses and fitness qualifications. They have recently received an Outstanding Achievement at the ukactive Active training Awards for Best Use of Technology.