Untangling risk factors for injuries in circus artists in the USA.

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Untangling risk factors, including discipline-specific exposure for injuries in preprofessional and professional circus artists in the USA.

This prospective cohort study aimed to analyse injury patterns in preprofessional and professional circus artists based on their exposure to specific circus disciplines. The study enrolled 201 circus artists aged 13 to 69 years, with 172 female and 29 assigned male at birth. The participants were located in 10 cities across the USA and were followed for one year. They recorded their training activities weekly and underwent evaluations by physical therapists to identify and document injuries. The study utilised the circus-specific extension of the International Olympic Committee’s consensus on recording injury and illness in sports to analyse the injury patterns.

The completion rate of the study was 77% (155 participants). The data were analysed based on participant subgroups, including age, professional status, and assigned sex at birth. The highest injury rates were observed in males (5.69 injuries per 1000 exposures). Regarding specific disciplines, the highest injury rates were associated with aerial disciplines involving ground elements (5.93 injuries per 1000 exposures) and aerial disciplines alone (4.26 injuries per 1000 exposures). Adults experienced more injuries related to aerial disciplines, while adolescents had more injuries related to ground disciplines. Non-time loss injuries were also more common among adolescents. Females had a higher proportion of repetitive injuries compared to males. Females had a higher proportion of repetitive injuries (70% vs 55%) than males (χ2 (1) = 4.43, p=0.035). Participants with a history of eating disorders had a higher number of injuries compared to those without such a history.

This study on injury patterns among circus artists has some potential flaws that should be considered. Firstly, the generalisability of the findings is limited as the study was conducted in the USA with a small sample size from specific cities. Additionally, relying on self-reported training logs and injury reports introduces the possibility of recall bias and misreporting. The study also experienced selection bias, with a completion rate of 77%, potentially affecting the representativeness of the enrolled participants. Moreover, the lack of a control group hinders comparisons with non-circus artists. The study primarily focused on injury occurrence rather than severity, limiting the understanding of the true impact of these injuries. Furthermore, confounding factors, such as previous injury history or training intensity, were not extensively addressed. These limitations emphasise the need for further research to validate and expand upon these findings.

Despite the potential flaws in the study, several noteworthy aspects should be acknowledged. Firstly, a prospective cohort design provides a strong foundation for examining injury patterns over time. Additionally, the study’s adoption of the circus-specific extension of the International Olympic Committee’s consensus on recording injury and illness in sports demonstrates a tailored approach to analysing injuries in the context of circus arts. The inclusion of a diverse range of participants in terms of age, assigned sex at birth, and professional status enhances the study’s applicability and allows for insights across various subgroups. The longitudinal follow-up period of one year enables a comprehensive understanding of injury patterns among circus artists. Moreover, the study successfully identifies intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors, such as age, assigned sex at birth, and history of eating disorders, shedding light on important considerations for injury prevention strategies. Lastly, emphasising the intersectionality of these risk factors highlights the need for a nuanced approach to promoting safety and implementing effective training practices within the circus community.

In conclusion, this study demonstrated that various factors, including age, assigned sex at birth, history of eating disorders, and exposure to specific circus disciplines, influenced the risk of injuries in circus artists. To effectively manage these risks, it is crucial to consider the intersectionality of these factors at both individual and group levels.

Jane x

Is Pole Fitness A Good Workout?

Is Pole Fitness A Good Workout?

Pole fitness is a whole body workout, helping you to build serious upper body and core strength, coordination and flexibility with a combination of cardio, bodyweight training and dance. If you’re curious about pole fitness, this quick guide on muscles and moves from X-POLE is the perfect place to start.

Shoulders and Upper Back:

  • The shoulders and back work hand in hand and comprise the most important muscles used in pole and aerial fitness.
  • Movement Example: pole or aerial Invert (i.e. going upside down).
  • Muscles Used: deltoids, trapezius, latissimus dorsi, rhomboids, rotator cuff group. 

Arms & Hands:

  • Your forearms, wrists and hands are the most used body parts as this is what you’re holding on with. The bicep and triceps work together to lift, pull and push your body into each position needed. So, your arms will be getting a good workout for the entire session.
  • Movement Example: corkscrew.
  • Muscles Used: bicep, tricep, brachioradialis.

Core:

  • Having a strong core is key to lifting into moves with control. It is good practice to work on your core strength by cross-training and conditioning.
  • Movement Example: pull up crunch.
  • Muscles Used: transverse abdominals, rectus abdominals, internal and external oblique, serratus anterior.

Lower Back:

  • Working with the upper back and core, the lower back muscles play a huge part in your entire body’s functions, attaching to the hips and abdominals. They help hold up the spine and gluteal muscles. Having strong and healthy back muscles allows you to have better control in and out of moves, perform backbends, and have good posture.
  • Movement Example: bridge.
  • Muscles Used: erector spinae, latissimus dorsi, obliques.

Lower Body (Hips & Bottom):

  • Your hips and bottom comprise many muscles that will help you in pole and aerial. For any split, fan kick or leg extension, you need your gluteal muscles, hip flexors and surrounding muscles. It is essential to work all equally to avoid injury and overdevelopment.
  • Movement Example: fan kick.
  • Muscles Used: hip flexor (psoas major and minor, Iliacus), glutes, hamstring.

Legs:

  • Your legs play a big part in your posture and lines; by engaging your quads and calves, your legs will straighten, allowing your foot to point and flex when needed. It is vital to stretch your leg muscles to build flexibility. 
  • Movement Example: splits.
  • Muscles Used: quadriceps, calves, hamstring.
Original Article: Health Wellbeing Magazine 17th January 2023

5 Signs You Need to Take a Mental Health Day.

Perhaps nowhere more often do people tend to ‘put on a brave face’ than in the workplace. This might be because you’re a private person, you don’t want your boss to think you’re not doing your job effectively, or you use work as a distraction from your dwindling mental health state.

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These are 1 time only offers to grab a bargain. Typically these offers are for members only but to give you a sample of our great services and the amazing community that we have at the studios, enjoy these at such a bargain you cannot miss out. You must use the code (If applicable) at time of purchase. No mistakes will be rectified.

Pilates Reformer 1-2-1: 

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Clinical Pilates is a 1-2-1 session specifically with the Pilates Reformer & is advisable if you are recovering from an injury or for those experienced in Pilates that want that extra challenge.  This specialised & focused support is an invaluable investment in enabling yourself to be pushed to your own ability. This session is on a 1-2-1 basis to boost confidence prior to returning to group fitness sessions.

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The perfect option if you are not sure on diving into the deep end of becoming a member.

This block is valid for any 10 sessions on our schedule. The block begins on the date of the first registration. Valid for 6 weeks. No limits on weekly use of classes. No refund or transfers and usual T’s & C’s apply.

We only have 10 of these available as we are a members only studio and almost at studio capacity. Take advantage before its too late!

For our VIP's...

Want to catch up on sessions? Repeat your favourite Hybrid sessions and have on demand access to them?

Well wait no more…

  • Perfect Fitness On Demand: A collection of our hybrid sessions, typically Pilates and Stretch & Flex, does inc many more. If we have completed as a hybrid you will see it here. Almost 100 filmed sessions.

Monthly access to our most popular virtual sessions, this is updated every month with our latest videos and you have access to your full library for the duration of your subscription. Members and participants get access to their sessions for 7 days, however now VOD allows you to have unlimited access to our whole library and which is building every month with new content that you can access whenever and however often you wish.  Reduced for members – contact Jane for your membership code.  

Platinum VIP Membership.

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Available just once a year GRAB THIS BARGAIN! Our RARE and UNIQUE subscription that includes our Boutique and Traditional Group fitness sessions per month and Pole or Aerial Credits per month (Subject to typical T’s & C’s), it is the ultimate membership that we offer once a year – that is it.

You will have the ultimate 48 class credits per month to use for the endless class options on our timetable, both LIVE and Virtual.

  • 1 year access to our Video On Demand service.
  • As a studio member you will also be entitled to 50% off Sports Therapy sessions.
  • 50% off Internal Workshops held by our amazing Instructors.
  • In addition as a VIP you will get 50% off any additional class credit sessions (should you need them).

It is deemed your choice to attend as much or as little as you wish and therefore we do not accept responsibility for your usage. Subscriptions that have a set numbered limit of classes/sessions or credits per calendar month will not be rolled over if not used within that calendar month unless will no exception for this subscription. 

Specific T’s & C’s:

It is a 1 off strictly non refundable payment at the start of the 12 months, does not roll over, cannot be put on hold for any reason / cannot be extended. Late cancellation of session still looses credit &  No Show fee still applies if you do not cancel your sessions. Term start and end date is started from date of purchase. Current members CONTACT Jane to organise your upgrade.

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Our Perfect Roadmap

Our Perfect Roadmap...

Gyms and Studios – much like the rest of the UK, have been closed since the government announced another national lockdown on 4 January 2021.  And BOI have we missed you all, virtuals have been a lifeline to many! but now at least we have some kind of roadmap to follow.  

So here is our Pole Perfect Fitness Roadmap and some key dates for your diaries…

Outdoor Group Fitness – As of 29 March:

  • You will be allowed to exercise outside for your favourite group fitness sessions, this is obviously subject to the reliable British weather.  If not suitable your Outdoor class will be cancelled and you will automatically be transferred to the online virtual option.

Indoor Individual / Solo Apparatus Training – As from 12th April:

  • You will be allowed indoors for Individual / Solo Apparatus Training which means although there will be an Instructor to offer you appropriate safety guidance and tips with what you’re trying to achieve (similar to how you would in a standard gym environment).  It is up to you the individual to warm-up & cool-down effectively for your session, safety paramount at all times!  Whatever is used must not be shared and cleaned post-session, adhering to the studio’s covid cleaning practises at all times.
  • Personal Training 1-2-1s are permitted indoors and discounted availability for members (Daytimes Only).
  • Kids Indoor Circus sessions are permitted indoors from this date.
  • Instructed Group Fitness sessions such as Pilates / Strength & Conditioning etc, are still only permitted Outdoors or Virtual at this stage.

Instructed Indoor Group Fitness – As from the 17th May:

  • Instructed indoor group exercise classes are expected to open up as part of Phase 3 of the government roadmap out of lockdown.  This means the earliest you’ll be able to book into your instructed Pilates or Yoga Wheel class indoors is 17 May 2021.
  • At this stage – Numbers will still be restricted to household or bubbles sharing of equipment.

No Matter What:

  • Our Studio Assistants or Instructors will ensure rigorous cleaning procedures at all times, with regular cleaning of high-contact touchpoints throughout the Studios.
  • Queue management is outside with 2m spaced markings, entrance only permitted once the Instructor has completed the required protocols which ensure your safety before / during and after your session.
  • All sessions must be pre-booked.
  • All equipment, including mats, will be cleaned between classes.  But you are encouraged to bring your own as much as is feasible.

If you have any questions, please ask away.  The PPF Team will be more than happy to answer any of your questions and feedback is always appreciated.

The Pole Perfect Fitness Team xxx

Be like Susan…

Positivity, encouragement and inspiration are at the heart of everything we do and teach at Pole Perfect Fitness.

Jane C

So what does that mean?

Susan comes to us having been doing fitness most of her life, admitting never sticking to a plan that long. Susan found fitness boring and not focused on what she needed. So found Pole Perfect Fitness and has never looked back. Susan like structure – having a day job that requires that it is a way of life. So classes at Pole Perfect Fitness are structured per ability and apparatus, limited numbers so our instructors can focus on her experience with us.

Why is Structure so important?

Structure is a way of organizing your life so that it makes sense to you. Our lessons provide adaptions and progressions no matter your ability. We create an environment that gives permission for our students to boost their own confidence through sessions with a sense of ownership, order, and organisation. This structure provides direction in your workout and ultimately life, enabling you to act instead of standing still because of a lack of direction or decision paralysis. Structure and knowing what you’re working towards as a team builds motivation and efficiency.

Corrr that sounds a lil deep?

Indeed, but honestly classes are so much fun because why take life too seriously, fitness should be fun, so with like minded people, we offer a modern approach to traditional fitness.

Pole Perfect Fitness was created to offer a place for people like to Susan to come along, group fitness based exercise but like nothing else, if its different and unique you will find it at the studios. To inspire people to come together and as a team or community; have a great time improving their health. Because we make it fun it’s easier to stick to and have it become not just routine but part of people lives. In a world when Susan and well all of us have to be so serious all of the time – our studios allow people to play, to unwind and de stress. And that is why community and play enrich peoples lives.

Classical VS Contemporary Pilates- Why all the fuss?

What defines a teacher referring themselves as classically trained to those that teach a more contemporary style? You hear the term “classical” being thrown around, but what does it truly mean? Read on below to discover that there are actually two camps of classical Pilates, “Pure” or “Romana” trained and those who keep within the Classical methodology but have interpreted Pilates’ intentions differently. On the other end of the spectrum, is the Contemporary instructor, who interchanges the classical style with a more “free form” method of teaching, allowing for the general health and well being of her student(s) to guide the session. It is important to distinguish between the two and find out which style you prefer!

CLASSICAL PILATES- Pure vs Subset.

Pure/Romana classical Pilates covers ONLY Joseph Pilates’ original work. This means his original exercises and the order in which they were performed never change- these exercises are gleaned from the Pilates Elders (those who studied directly under his tutelage), pictures, and side-by-side pictures converted to video. There are no variations (except for ADVANCED exercises and to move to other apparatus at the discretion of the instructor), modifications or stepping out of sequence. This applies both to mat work and the reformer. If an exercise is modified or changed in any way, a pure classical instructor will let her student(s) know that the exercise is not a Pilates exercise or may refer to it as a preparatory one.

Joseph Pilates also created a set order of exercises on the mat and reformer. A pure classical Pilates teacher follows this order every time s/he instructs on the mat (and reformer). S/He may omit exercises to make it suitable for the level of the client- from the beginner (fundamental exercises) to the advanced exercises [truly challenging for even the strongest, healthy client], and finally to the super-advanced exercises [the extra challenge for elite athletes and Pilates professionals). These systems were developed to help apprentices and new teachers know what to do and what not to do with a client. His sequence appropriately warms up the body, challenges and cools it down. This order strengthens and stretches the torso, arms and legs in all planes of movement, challenging clients in the appropriate progression with and then against gravity: lying down, sitting up, kneeling, standing.

Although it is important to note that there are some key elements that distinguish classical instruction from contemporary Pilates, it is also important to understand that there exists a subset of classical Pilates teachers that contend that the pure classical guidelines are not entirely valid or substantiated. This confusion stems from some of the Elders (Romana being the first to study directly under Pilates and is known for creating the pure classical method), their students and those students’ students-where there appears to be a dilution of Joseph Pilates original teachings due to more word of mouth instruction rather than written and recorded manuals. This lineage of master teachers, although attempting to pass on the pure classical teachings through one on one apprenticeships and training programs, did not clearly outline their methodologies through any consistent recorded work and therefore there eventually developed some discrepancies between what is a pure classical vs a subset classical teacher.

Below is a list of what are some common characteristics of a classical teacher and whether they define themselves as pure classical (often classifying themselves as Romana-trained) or a subset classical teacher:

PURE/ROMANA TRAINED:

  • Flattening the lower back in supine exercises
  • Squeezing the buttocks/sit bones all of the time
  • Pulling the shoulder blades down the back all of the time and when in a shoulder supporting position pushing the shoulder blades off the back to get them to appear flat on the back.
  • External rotation of the leg in the hip (with the ballet term “turnout”) in nearly every exercise
  • Dance-like style of movement.

CLASSICALLY TRAINED SUBSET:

  • Neutral Pelvis in supine exercises
  • The buttocks/glutes/sit bones “un-squeezed” to keep the lower back of the pelvis open and balanced.
  • Open collarbones and draw the shoulder blades on the back more than draw the shoulder blades down.
  • Teaching with the legs parallel and together or parallel and apart position except during heel to heel connection and “Frog” work where external hip rotation is used.
  • Flowing movement is emphasized, but less like dance and more like exercise.  Pilates didn’t like dancers. He said, “Dancers ruined my method”. Fluid movement is part of it, but the style of movement is more like a long, lean muscle man, rather than a ballet dancer.

CONTEMPORARY PILATES: Thinking outside of the box!

Rael Isacowitz- Founder of BASI Pilates

Contemporary Pilates, on the other hand,  is also based on the work of Joseph Pilates but has been modernized by adjusting the exercises to fit with modern research and has a heavy influence from physical therapy and bio-mechanics. Many exercises remain the same, but a whole new slew of exercises have been added, or variations have been added allowing for injury rehabilitation and creativity by the instructor. Contemporary Pilates will generally teach exercises in a “neutral pelvis” or the position one’s spine is in when standing upright in a healthy posture. However, flattening the spine when appropriate remains an option. When laying on one’s back the lower spine will have some space between the back and the floor, and the hip points and the pubic bone will all be in one plane. This style of Pilates has more options available in terms of sequencing, inclusion of props, modifications or variations of exercises and when teaching on the apparatus, discretionary use of machines depending on client ability, progression, availability of equipment etc.

THE FUSS:

There is a continuous, and often hotly contested debate in the Pilates community about which style is the “TRUE” Pilates Method with the pure classical group drawing a very strict line in the proverbial sand. Their mindset is the original repertoire can only be termed Pilates, any deviation or derivative is not Pilates. However, the superior courts ruled that Pilates can not be owned by anybody or governing institute, including the Pilates Method Alliance, so their voices, comments and opinions are challenged and oftentimes routinely discarded.

The contemporary teacher will tell you that Joseph Pilates was an innovator who would have improved his method with any substantiated discovery or advancement of any knowledge in modern medicine, anatomy, biomechanics and kinesiology.  They will also counter the pure Pilates sect that people 30-60 years ago do not move like they did when Joe Pilates was alive. The current sedentary culture, along with the advent of computers and the smart phone has created a wave of bodies suffering from tight shoulders and hips, increase kyphosis in the thoracic spine, forward head and general bad postural habits. The Pilates Method must therefore adapt itself to this startling trend.

Original Article: 

http://www.coreconceptschicago.com/blog/2014/6/15/classical-vs-contemporary-pilates

Top 10 Health Benefits of Aerial Yoga!

A combination of traditional yoga poses, pilates and dance with the use of a hammock, aerial yoga defies gravity and allows you to perform various yoga poses that may be difficult to do on the ground, but easier in mid-air. It’s fun and acrobatic, so for those of you who dreamed of being a trapeze artist as a kid, this can give you a taste of what it is like.

Here are the Top 10 Health Benefits of Aerial Yoga:

  • Total body workout: Due to the nature of aerial yoga movements, almost all the body parts are forced to move and stretch. Muscles are toned and redefined, and joints are regenerated and strengthened due to these movements.
  • Psychologically beneficial: Aerial yoga helps rebuild your emotional system because it clears the mind and relieves stress due to its meditative state. It also helps you combat stress throughout the day and increases your creativity, which leads you to develop your own artistic skills.
  • Improves flexibility: Aerial yoga helps you to move more freely, with less effort, by counteracting gravity. Suspension in the air releases tension on the bones and muscles, increasing flexibility and deepening your practice.
  • Heals back problems: It gives you the chance to hang freely, allowing your spine to lengthen. With less strain on your back while doing the exercises, it eases tension in the spinal cord and hip joint, helping you feel better.
  • Increases strength: Aerial yoga improves strength and flexibility, which carries over into other daily activities. The core workout is a beneficial cross-training, as it helps runners increase stamina and be able recover faster.
  • Puts you in a great mood: Another key benefit of doing aerial yoga is that it gets your adrenaline going while going against gravity. It also releases “happy” hormones like serotonin, endorphins, oxytocin, dopamine, which boost your mood and help you feel more energetic.
  • Improves balance: While going against gravity can be exciting, aerial yoga also helps with balance and stability in daily activities. Balance is a key component in daily activities, and aerial yoga helps maintain a good balance both inside and out.
  • Aids digestion: The different types of stretches and movements help improve the digestive system, thus helping in healing various digestion-related issues, including constipation and indigestion.
  • Old age and heart disease: Aerial yoga improves the circulation of blood, thus combating aging and its symptoms. Aerial yoga also helps detoxify the circulatory and lymphatic systems, which lowers the onset of various cardiovascular issues.
  • Improves memory: Aerial yoga fortifies your neural connections, thereby, rendering better memory power. In a way, practicing aerial yoga can make you smarter!
Aerial Yoga – Pose

Benefits to Group Fitness

Group exercise is one of the most effective ways to get in shape and lead a sustainable healthy lifestyle.

Benefits of group exercise include:

  • Variety in your workout
  • Camaraderie between participants
  • Higher endorphin output
  • Better performance in classes due to more regular attendance

Embrace the benefits of group fitness. Meet new people, break the workout plateaus. Constantly refreshed and challenging workouts.

What is Bungee Fitness?

For anyone new to the idea of working out in a bungee harness, here are some answers to your most asked questions…

What is Bungee Fitness?
Bungee Fitness is a different way to exercise compared to traditional workouts. It is a revolutionary full body training system for fitness and rehabilitation, combining resistance training with a cardiovascular workout and using your body to push against the bungee cord.

How is a Bungee Fitness workout better than other workouts?
Weightless training in a bungee harness means you can complete a high intensity workout with no stress on your joints. A low impact workout in a bungee offers people of all ages and body shapes, a new, innovative and fun way to train and rev up metabolism, improve mobility, balance & coordination and quickly burn hundreds of calories.

Diane leaping for JOY in our Astro Bungee classes!

What happens when I arrive at a Bungee Fitness class?
Before taking part in a typical Bungee Fitness class, your height and weight are measured to assess the level of bungee support that’s right for you. Your bungee harness is then fitted about your waist and legs before being hooked up to either one or two bungee cords. 

What should I wear?
The Astro Durance luxury harness is the most comfortable bungee harness on the market, but extensive workouts can be a little harsh on your skin, so it’s recommended to wear clothing that isn’t too loose and an extra layer around your hips and waist (shorts over leggings or well fitting tracksuit bottoms are popular choices). 

Should I avoid food before a class?
Whereas food needs to be digested before you step into the bungee, you want to avoid being light-headed when taking part in a high intensity workout where you can sometimes be upside-down, so snack/ protein bars are a good way to get an energy boost before a class. Pole Perfect Fitness recommends no sooner than 1/1.5 hours before class, and ideally a lighter meal.

How is the ASTRO-DURANCE® Bungee Fitness System better?
Workout harder and longer with Astro Durance premium bungee fitness. The patent pending tube lining in our ASTRO-DURANCE® bungees provide more buoyancy and stretch helping users to be lighter on their feet during training. Our design creates a much safer experience allowing users of all skill levels, including those with disabilities or needing rehabilitation, to maximize individual performance. Our patent pending bungee sleeves are extremely durable and washable, handmade using a heavier fabric that won’t bunch up or fall down no matter how extreme your workout is.

Get in touch with Pole Perfect Fitness and see when you can join in!

Written by Astro Durance Bungee UK

A sample of our Astro Bungee Fitness classes.

PDC Approved 4 star pole dancing instructor Jane Cole receives The 2016 Grading Assessor Award.

Jane Cole is one of three people to achieve this award for outstanding contribution to the pole dance grading system (AAP). The other 2 awards went to Mary Ellyn Weissman and Karen Currie

Between these three awesome ladies they have graded several hundred pole dancers contributing towards the fact that last month (April 2016) we saw the 1000th graded pole dancer get assessed which is pretty impressive. Congratulations again to Jane and well done to all her awesome polers who have made the grade. 

Find out more about our award wining grading assessor Jane Cole and her pole journey:

What do you feel the PDC pole dance gradings give to your students/school?

I feel it gives a more structured formal way of tracking their progress. I compare it to Ballet exams but the pole equivalent. Although I have my own syllabus for each apparatus I teach; PDC offers that slight difference and an addition to their training to give my students the whole package and give me that professional edge.

Jane Cole Pole Perfect Fitness
Ballerina with Pole Silk

Would you recommend the pole dance grading process to others?

I would recommend those who wish to have a formal idea of where they are at compared to a national standard. It gets students to think not just of tricks but the whole package that ultimately makes them better polers.

What do you think is the hardest part of the grading?

Hardest part is explaining to my students to not over complicate the process but also the commitment required. Pick a song that they can move to not what the trend dictates and be prepared to put the time and effort in.

Do you have any more pole gradings in the pipeline?

Yes I run quarterly examinations at my studios, personal training sessions or Skype assessments for those who are far away.

How long have you been pole dancing?

I’ve been pole dancing since approximately 2006.

What got you into pole dancing?

I had seen an article in Cosmopolitan about all these A list stars doing a new fitness craze. Having always been into my fitness I was intrigued. I started some sessions and was hooked by the challenge instantly. 

What did you do before you started teaching pole dancing?

Before I qualified as a Pole Instructor/Group Fitness etc I was a Bar Manager and part time Door Supervisor. Before that a Site Secretary and Employment Law Assistant.

What is your favourite pole move?

My favourite move has to be Genie. (See picture below left)

What made you start teaching pole? 

The whole body challenge it provided is hard to be beaten in the gym or studio. I moved to an area where there was no pole so I had to create Pole Perfect Fitness. It was and still is providing that unique and quality alternative fitness to those who want a fun, safe and supportive environment.

Have you entered any competitions? If so tell us about your experiences?

No, the opportunity has never been available plus I’d prefer to see my students shine rather than become the light that blinds them.

Which pole dancers inspire you?

Everyone that has the courage to start something such as pole is inspiring. But I guess my first pole crush was Felix Cane. More to my inspire / crush list has to be Crystal Gibson who is just the best laugh and friend ever, Jamilla is a wonder, Maddie & Michelle are Flexy and sexy inspirations and of course Sarah Scott.

What move is your Nemesis?

Lol many, guess we all have them it’s how you overcome that’s the trick. 

Do you have any other sports/hobbies?

Running 2 studios The Fitness Studios and Pole Perfect Fitness keeps me rather busy so not much time, I’m in process of training to be a Sports Therapist. So quite a sporty active person. Hobbies when I had time was Dressmaking but I do enjoy studies and improving knowledge.

Do you have any pets? 

I have 3 dogs and partner 🙂 Lexi who’s a mental Rottie but soft as anything, Kez who’s a fluffy Sheltie who’s like the boss of the clan, and little Freddie a Yorkshire terrier who is Lexi’s little brother and thinks he’s the same size as her.

What is your preferred footwear for pole dancing?

Jane Cole Pole Perfect Fitness Teacher
Jane showing a Gemini Leg Hang

I generally pole barefoot however like most am getting increasingly into my Pleaser collection. That and thigh high boots if I do Sexy Stilettos classes within my studios. 

Do you prefer 38mm, 42mm, 45mm or 50mm poles?

I don’t mind any, I realise that each brings its own benefits and challenges which I then embrace. However if pushed for an answer typically I’m on a 45mm chrome.

Titanium, chrome or stainless?

Only ever had chrome although have recently purchased a bright pink silicon which is fun (if you don’t like skin).

Static or spinning?

For most of my pole life static was the only way, having done some research and habits within my school we generally can be found with Spinning pole preferences.

Any fun student stories?

Ahhhhhh hard one, we have such a laugh in sessions that funny stories are a weekly occurrence. 

Do you use any grip aids or gloves when you dance?

I’ve never used gloves and don’t allow on classes as skin does need that contact and toughening up. Personally not one that really needs grips aids as a rule but basic climbers chalk if it’s hot or itac for shoots where I need to be in 1 place for a while.

What are your plans for the future?

To continue with building my studios Pole Perfect Fitness and The Fitness Studios, to be known as specialists,offering unique and quality sessions not available anywhere else. Building my therapy client base Daytimes with my partner Terry, adding to his extensive skill repertoire. And have aspirations to be judging competitions in the Pole and Aerial community, though I have much to learn!

Perfect finish for Pole Fitness Studio

A King’s Lynn pole fitness studio has won an international industry accolade, beating off more than 300 other entrants from around the world. Pole Perfect Fitness, based at The Fitness Studios on Austin Fields, has been named United Pole Artists Studio Choice Award winner 2017.

The awards were held to recognise the hard work and dedication of pole studios around the world and more than 300 studios were nominated, including some of the biggest and best known in the industry.

Pole Perfect Fitness classes are a fun and exciting way to get fit, offering a whole body workout helping people to lose weight, tone up, increase flexibility and feel great!

Jane Cole
Pole Perfect Fitness Instructor Jane Cole

Jane Cole (pictured left), lead instructor and owner of Pole Perfect Fitness, said she was honoured and overwhelmed to have been nominated.  She said: “I would to thank everyone who took the time to nominate my studio and to everyone who voted. A huge thank you must go to my team of instructors who support me and Pole Perfect Fitness making it the studio it is today. “Positivity, encouragement and inspiration are at the heart of everything we do and teach at Pole Perfect Fitness.

We pride ourselves on a professional, structured, step by step, fun and safe teaching environment. We want people to feel empowered and encouraged to develop their fitness and confidence in a modern and unique way. All ages, sizes and abilities are welcome.” 

Jane Cole

Pole Perfect Fitness was established in 2009 and is King’s Lynn’s only professional pole fitness studio. Jane, a personal trainer and fitness expert, is one of only four instructors worldwide to be a pole dance community online grading assessor. Jane is also a PDC approved 4 star pole dancing instructor

For more information contact Pole Perfect Fitness on 01553 277520.

Congratulations to Pole Perfect Fitness Studios on their amazing success.