Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I have never properly exercised before, I’m not very coordinated or in shape, will I be able to start pole with you?
A: Of course! Pole Fitness is a strengthening and toning process and there’s no problem if you haven’t done pole before, or even much exercise. You will gain the strength and the flexibility necessary for any kind of move if you keep coming to classes regularly and you are in the right mind-set.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Bare arms and legs are essential for gripping onto the pole, so I suggest shorts and either a t-shirt or vest. We tend to go bare foot, but dance shoes are also an option. Try not to moisturise or shave on the day of your lesson (sorry!) as this can affect your grip on the pole.
Q: How do I book on to a lesson with you?
A: All of my regular classes are bookable through my booking system www.bookwhen.com/clairelouisepole. Once you have booked your class through the system you are able to manage your booking yourself, including cancelling your booking should you need to. Please note that all classes are subject to a 24 hour cancellation policy.
If you would like to book a party or a private lesson please contact me via the contact page.
Q: I am feeling incredibly nervous and shy about starting pole fitness, any advice?
A: Don’t be nervous! You will be surrounded by beginners, all who have felt the same. We are a very friendly bunch of people and will make sure that you feel welcome and supported.
Q: I am not a beginner and I have done pole fitness before. How will I know which of your classes will suit me best?
A: The pre-requisits for each class are set out on the booking system. If you are in any doubt as to which class will be the most suitable please don't hesitate to contact me.
Q: Will you provide everything?
A: The studio will have everything you need for a class. We recommend that you bring a towel and a water bottle.
Some students use grip aids such as chalk or liquid chalk. There will be some grip aids available for you to use and try during classes and I can advise you where you can buy your own if you wish.
Q: Is there any risk of getting hurt?
A: As with any exercise there is a risk. Classes consist of a full warm up and cool down to prevent injury.
With pole you may expereince pole burns on the skin and bruising. This will subside as your skin conditions and becomes used to the moves that you are doing. We place a high emphasis on student safety. We encourage the use of crash mats and teach student how to 'spot' moves safely.
Q: I’m a man, can I still join?
A: Of course! Pole fitness is for both men and women and you will get strong and lean from pole. You can attend a regular class with women or sign up to a private lesson if you’d rather learn on your own.
Q: I want to start pole but with a friend of mine, not with a whole class. Can I still learn pole?
A: If a group class is not for you then feel free to book a private lesson with me. These are more flexible than whatever will be done in class as they are specifically tailored to you and your friend’s requirements and are on an ad hoc basis. However don’t be shy about joining a class – the pole community is a wonderful way to meet new people and make new friends.
Q: I’ve got a specific move in mind I want to practice, can I do that in a class rather than do whatever you are teaching?
A: I ask that all students attending my lessons follow what I am teaching that week. This means I can ensure that people are carrying out moves safely. Feel free to request moves for me to add to future lesson plans. If there is something specific you want to work on please feel free to contact me about a private lesson. If it is just about practicing moves that you have learned Spin City runs a practice session on a Saturday monring 9.30am-11.30am for this purpose with an instructor on hand to help.
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