Can I do Pole and Aerial Fitness?
Yes! These activities are for anyone who wants to become stronger, more toned, more flexible, and enjoys a fun, sociable workout. Our instructors are trained to work with people of all fitness levels so you are gradually building strength as you advance.
What are the benefits of Pole Fitness?
The benefits of these types of exercises are both physical and mental. You will not only develop more strength, agility, balance, and endurance, and become more toned, but also have more energy and sleep better. In our experience, we have also seen the mental benefits that come along with accomplishing something new. Our students have gained more self-esteem, seen a decrease in their struggle with depression, become more extroverted, and gained the confidence that comes from doing something they never thought possible.
What do the lessons entail?
During your class you will begin with a warm-up to get your muscles ready for exercise. Then you will learn a variety of moves and tricks, depending on the activity, as well as strength training and flexibility exercises. We also have classes specific to different styles of dance, strength training, and flexibility providing you with not only a new acrobatic activity, but also classes specific to different needs.
What if I am running late and miss the warm-up?
We have a very strict late entrance policy and students will not be allowed into the class if they are more than five minutes late to ensure that you participate in the warm-up exercises. Warming up allows your muscles to prepare for exercise and reduces the risk of injury. It is imperative that students participate to prevent getting injured. We recommend everyone be at least 10 minutes early to class. If you are a new student here for your first visit, if you are less than 10 minutes early, we cannot guarantee entrance into the class as we need to make sure you have a waiver on file, show you where the restrooms are, review covid procedures, and get your station set up.
How often do I need to take classes?
That is a matter of preference depending on your schedule or how quickly you would like to advance. We offer several package options to accommodate your schedule, ranging from individual classes all the way to monthly memberships. Start with what you feel is comfortable to commit to and we will help you pick a package that fits your needs should you want to come more often. That being said, the average attendance per week is 2-3 times.
I feel too old for this. Can I still participate?
Absolutely! Exercise has no age limit and we welcome people of all ages to join us. You are never too old to try something new or have a good time. Our current student population ranges in age from 16 to 68 years old.
How flexible or fit do I need to be to take a class?
Because of the variety of exercise and the experience of our instructors, you do not have to have a certain fitness or flexibility level to join in. We will work with you and your body’s abilities to make sure you feel successful no matter what. Be conscious when you are just starting out that everything takes time. Do not be discouraged if you don’t see results quickly. When Lauren started out in 2011 she could barely touch her knees when reaching for the ground, and it took 2 years to be able to touch the floor! Keep trying and you will get there.
Is the equipment strong enough for me?
Yes, the poles are built to withstand lots of weight and pressure since eventually you will be swinging yourself around them and be upside down. Same with the aerial silks as you will be wrapping yourself into them and performing drops. We take great care in making sure that our equipment is installed properly so you feel comfortable in your workout.
Are these activities injury provoking?
All activities carry with them some risk of injury. However, our programming is built to cater to your abilities and build up strength progressively to prevent injury.
I have had injuries in the past. Can I still do this?
If you are nervous about starting any exercise program, especially with previous injuries or medical conditions, we recommend you consult with your physician. For your safety we do ask that you disclose any previous injuries and conditions to us, and in rare cases we may require a physician’s release to ensure there are no restrictions and you are ready for exercise.
Do I need to strength train elsewhere as well?
Not necessarily. In addition to the awesome workout you will get with pole and aerial, we do provide strength training and flexibility classes that will help condition you further. However, cross training is a great thing to do and we would never discourage anyone from exercising in other ways.
Do men do this too?
Yes! While these activities are predominately female, men are welcomed and encouraged to participate. It is a great upper body work out and can be catered to male abilities just as well as to female.
What should I wear?
For pole fitness we recommend tank tops and sports bras, and tight fitting shorts (you can wear pants over them) for bottoms. For aerials you will need more skin coverage to prevent skin irritation from the fabric, so tight leggings and a shirt with sleeves is recommended. Other classes may require different attire. Check the class description for specifics. Most of the classes are done in bare feet.
I have sweaty hands. Will that prevent me from doing well?
Sweaty hands can make things difficult. We offer alcohol rubs that help dry out the hands, as well as some sample grip aids that will assist. Many times after a few lessons hands become less sweaty as you become more comfortable.
Do I need to remove my jewelry during classes?
Yes. Rings can scratch the poles and cause calluses under the fingers, and other jewelry can snag the fabric of the silks. We ask that jewelry other than small necklaces and earrings be removed before you begin class.
What else should I know about preparing for my class?
We do not advise the use of lotions or gels before class. They can make the skin slippery and you won’t stick to the poles. However, we do recommend that you choose a water based moisturizer to use on a daily basis since moist, supple skin will actually help you stick to the poles.