There are so many pole dancing studios out there, how do you know which one too choose? While some might be cheaper than others, don’t let the price fool you, cheaper isn’t always better!
- Certified Instructor – You will want to ensure that your future Pole Fitness Instructor is certified! Not just for any type of fitness but pole fitness especially. This is to ensure that you instructor is aware of proper grips and explanations of moves and pole safety. Instructors who have taken for example the PFIC (Pole Fitness Commission of Canada) or CPA ( Canadian Pole Fitness Association) courses will also be properly insured. Ask to see a certificate don’t be shy!
- Poles – Everyone has a preference with poles there are different finishes, widths and of course height. If you have small hands you may prefer a smaller pole or if you want to increase your grip you may prefer a 50mm. Ask your pole studio which sizes they have. A mix of 45mm and 50mm would be ideal to switch it up and get acquainted with both. The finish is also important as stainless steel is ideal because it doesn’t hold germs and is good for clients with metal allergies. Other finishes include chrome and brass. Chrome is not good if you are sensitive to metals as you may become irritated. Brass which can be great cause it is sticky holds onto germs since it is a porous metal. Also asking if you are required to share a pole for your class or if you get your own is a good idea. For beginners it is crucial to have your own pole for the whole class since you will mainly be doing basic spins and floor work, but in advanced pole classes it is nice to have a pole buddy to spot.
- Safety- Pole dancing is a great workout fun, athletic and sexy but while training to look like a floating awesome butterfly you will want to make sure that your studio has proper crash mats. Not thin squishy mats heavy duty ones minimum 5 inches thick that Velcro around poles. While learning new tricks this is ideal because accidents happen!
- Variety- So you do pole dancing and fall in love but maybe want to train to get stronger or more flexible but don’t have a gym pass or just simply enjoy group fitness classes. Choosing a studio that offers a wide selection of classes from flexibility and aerial yoga to train your body to get more flexible and get that feeling of being upside down before attending an intermediate pole class where you start to learn inverts may not be a bad idea. This will keep your body guessing and keep you entertained with your pole fitness classes so you stick to it and see faster results. Most studios offer memberships or packages that include more than one class a week with practice times so you can go often and use the studio to practice on the pole if you don’t have one at home.
- Positive Atmosphere- Lastly you will want to choose a studio that is a positive environment with friendly staff and instructors. Why not try a teaser or intro class at a few studios to find the perfect studio for you! Most studio offer an introductory price for new clients. Everyone is different, some people will choose a studio over price and location but make sure to look into the above suggestions and keep quality at the top of your list while searching for pole dancing classes!