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.

Sleep

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.

Strength

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.

Flexibility

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.

Balance

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.

Mental

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.

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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.

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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. 

Summary

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. 

Shorts

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.

Leggings

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.

Crunches

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.

Handstand

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. 

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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.