Look after yourselves!!!!

It’s great having a studio that’s so popular.  Honestly it is great.  I love seeing the same faces numerous times a week.

I am also noticing another pattern though.

YOU AREN’T LOOKING AFTER YOURSELVES!!!!!

Now I love you all dearly you know this but I would like to keep seeing you in the studio.  In order to do this you really do need to take care of yourself!

 

Pole is a very high impact activity.  It can burn around 400 calories per hour you do it especially when I really kick your arses!

If you have one of my memberships then you can be coming to the studio for a class at least 3 times a week and upwards of that.  It’s a LOT of work on the body.

This isn’t to say don’t do it…..It’s to say do it properly.

So how can you do this then……

Well….

 

  • Warm up and cool down PROPERLY! – You know who you are……there are a few of you who seem to think that because you come so often that proper warm up and cool down is not for you experienced lot….well erm…actually it is! A high impact activity needs you to be warm first.  ESPECIALLY when it’s getting colder!
  • S T R E T C H – Yes stretch.  Building muscles means you shorten them.  Stretching will enable you to increase your strength and widen your range of moves on the pole.  We have 2 very good flexi classes at the studio AND every 1.5 hour session has a stretch at the end of it.  Utilise these sessions they are good for you I promise.
  • Utilise Sports massage –  We have Ben practically on site! Maintenance massage is good every 4-6 weeks just to keep your body ticking over nicely.  If you are on one of the higher passes especially.  Get those muscles loosened BEFORE you end up injured!  He isn’t that expensive either £20 for 1/2 hour or £35 for an hour (gold and platinum passes get a discount)
  • Sort your diet out – Yes I know I am the ultimate hypocrite for this.  BUT you need to keep your body properly sustained.  If you eat a varied and balanced diet (what the hell is one of them?!)  then you should be fine BUT I know many of you don’t.  Please eat properly.  Your body really needs it.  If you can’t eat enough to boost your protein intake then look at protein powder as an addition to your diet.  That is ONLY if you don’t eat well enough though.  If you don’t need extra protein trust me your body will let you and everyone around you know!! (It expels in a very windy fashion)
  • Take rest days – Yup why would I say that…….surely I want people in my studio right? Well yes I do but I want you fully functioning ta muchly!

 

Okay not a wholly scientific blog but more a nagging pole mummy blog.

Feedback oh how I love thee!

AKA Survey monkey you are a GIT!!!!

*Ahem* right then.

I posted a survey up on the 16th June to start the process of changing my timetable to be better for you lot. I promised I would post my feedback on the info I received so here we go:

Q1 asked: We value your feedback so before we put in place a new timetable we need to know what you want. Please comment on what you would like to see happening in the studio:

The feedback on this one is more or less identical as what the feedback was for Q7 I realised after publishing that I had duplicated and felt like an idiot but ho hum.

Q2 and Q3 asked about bootcamp the feedback was:

The feedback from this was interesting, many of you haven’t attended but the reasons were very varied. Cost was one but I am sorry £5 for bootcamp is very reasonable. I don’t include it in the pass as it is cost prohibitive to the studio. I love you all dearly but I cannot absorb the cost of bootcamp into studio running costs it needs to pay for itself!
There was also an element of fear about bootcamp. I promise you if I can do it so can you all!!! Nick is pretty good at pushing but knowing the limits. Come on! Give it a go and I mean more than once……you all remember your first pole class and how much you hurt….well bootcamp is similar! It takes a couple of classes to get into your groove for it.

Q4 and Q5 asked about Burlesque:

I was quite disappointed with the feedback for this as when ever I talk to people about the studio and mention burlesque they bite my hands off for info about it! So I can’t really understand how the interest is so low……This is one that will need much more investigations I think.

Q6 asked what you liked about the studio:

Okay I admit this question was for a bit of an ego stroking 😉 but I am really pleased with the feedback. I am glad that the most common word is FUN! That brings me so much JOY it’s unreal! I want the playground to be fun for everyone and I will do all I can to achieve this.

Q7 asked what you disliked:

This was a very important question for me to ask. I need your honesty to make the studio awesome. And I am pleased you *nearly* all took it in the manner I needed.
this analysis may be a bit longer bare with me.
Busy classes more instructors: If I have a class with more than 8 people booked in I will have classroom support there. The problem occurs when people don’t use our online booking system or even tell me they are coming. If I only have 6 people booked in I’m afraid it is cost-prohibitive to have another member of staff there. But when I have 6 booked in and 14 turn up I have problems. You all deal with it so well thank you but please please PLEASE use our booking system to book onto classes.

Not enough poles: I can’t do anything about that I’m afraid, we have the biggest pole studio in Sheffield!!!

More structure to classes: Having a mixed ability class means a rigid structure is unviable…..those at lower abilities would feel left out as higher abilities need more spotting etc….I try and keep it fair and balanced but I am very laid back about it and I apologise for that. I will try and add something new for each level in all classes in future 🙂 Also my classes do still have a structure warm-up, Spins, Conditioning, climbs inverts and then cool down. I just have to clarify it a bit more which I will do.

Men in the classes: I am all about equality in the studio hence why I allow men into all my classes. I understand it can feel intimidating so in the new timetable I will have a Men only and a Women only class available BUT all other classes will be fully inclusive. Any inappropriate behaviour from men or women will not be tolerated in the slightest. I want my studio to be a safe place for all!

– Ideas on progression – My laid back attitude inhibits me here. I know how to push you all I promise. I do have PDC grading abilities for those of you who would like to aim for something. I try to convey the progression I’d like people to take and I need to be more aware of what people are aiming for. If you do want to learn something research and ASK ME! as we have well established I am not psychic…..as much as I wish I were!

– Class Cancellations: I will always try my best to get a class covered if I am unable to attend but most of my cover instructors have 9-5’s and cannot make daytime or early morning classes. I am a mum of 3 and they will ALWAYS come first. Sometimes *some* cancellations are unavoidable. But for those of you on a pass you are already getting great value for money so to imply that you are not getting the most out of your pass because of my very rare cancellations is unfair I’m afraid!

– Jacuzzi and bar: Come on now!!!

Q8 asked about what you would like more of at the studio:

– Longer pole classes: This I am doing when the new timetable goes live then all pole classes *except beginners* will be 1.5 hours long. This will give me more time to make sure you all get something from each class. This will also enable us to have a more effective warm up and cool down in each session.

– More aerial: This one is difficult. I will happily have workshops every few months but if you would like to do more aerial then please contact Greentop circus. They are specifically designed for that stuff. My playground is just for playing with not for regular classes.

I saw this thing on youtube – aka an instructors worst nightmare

With the fabulousness of pole hitting mainstream with appearances on programs like Britains got talent (thank you Emma Haslem, Terri Fierce and Lisette Krol) and Got to dance (thank you Bendy Kate and Justine McLucas) means I get many enquiries about classes after these programs are seen.  Whoop it’s ace!

The difficulty is when these students come to class is they want to do the same moves they’ve seen on TV instantly. *sigh*

If I was just in this game for the money (HA!) I’d teach everyone the moves they want to know straight away regardless and just get them into the moves whichever way we could.  BUT I am not in it for the money (thankfully) I do this activity because I love it!

While I do take individual abilities into consideration most people will not start inverting for at least 6-8 weeks.  This is fast compared to some and it would seem slow compared to others.  My criteria for allowing inverts to start are:

  • Being able to do basic spins competently both sides
  • Hold the conditioning moves competently
  • Be working on Cross knee release with NO HAND on the ankle
  • With me spotting be able to lift (NOT KICK) intobasic crucifix.

I’ve had too many students who think that by kicking up they are going to get moves quicker…

No you are not

You are going to end up with

  • Strained shoulders
  • sore back
  • Possibly bruised/cracked ribs

It’s just not worth it.

I will never deliberately hold anyone back and I definitely know that I have students who have gotten moves much quicker (damn you men!) but I do constantly assess you and see how your strength is building.

When you buy a pole for home I get worried that you will start trawling youtube for extra moves I haven’t yet shown you it happens then you come see me saying “I saw this on youtube” and my heart sinks! For every good video there are scores of bad ones……please please please learn new stuff in the studio and practise them at home……

Ahhhhh well back to training…..

 

 

Well I can’t say I didn’t try

On the 11th April I wrote a blog with a transcript of what been happening with a pole society.  This was a transcript.  Not bullying or intimidation, just a transcript.  It was called Time to defend myself.  I ended that blog with a message to the pole society asking them to just talk to me.

Since then I have heard…………………………………..

 

NOTHING!!

 

Well I say nothing.  I have heard more accusations of lateness and general apathy towards the classes but an official response; nothing.

I have however checked and double checked with the management of Hallam university and they have even confirmed in writing to me that they had NO say in the classes stopping with me.

This is the last I will say on the subject as to be honest I have moved on.  I have some incredible students who have helped me through what has actually been the most challenging and emotionally difficult time I’ve had as a business owner.

A Pole New Adventure is and will continue to be a positive environment for all students.

I hope you continue with me on this journey.

P.S – This is a video shot in the studio that I think shows just what we’re about 🙂 https://vimeo.com/93523962

 

 

A Pole New Adventure Monthly Pass Policy

Recently it seems there’s been some confusion over our monthly passes, and what they mean. We have two main types of pass, which have three different levels, and for each we offer a discounted student version.

 

  • Monthly Contract passes (starting from £27 for students, £35 for non-students) are passes that you commit to buying for a whole year. The price you pay each month is discounted, because you have made a commitment to buying it for the whole year, even if there are months that you might be away.  I will make allowances for student academic years and freeze the account over the summer break but only if you talk to me first.   
  • One month passes (starting from £35 for students, £40 for non-students) are passes that only last one month. You get the flexibility of buying a pass only when you want to, but because you haven’t made a commitment to keep on buying the pass, we don’t offer that extra discount that the Monthly Contract pass gets. 

If you are thinking of getting a pass, we want you to make the right choice for you, so we have removed the option to pay by cash when setting up a Monthly Contract pass. That way, the commitment is clear for both you and us! Monthly Contract passes offer the best value for money because we make our long-term plans based on that income – if you don’t want to make the long-term commitment to buying a pass every month, then it doesn’t help you or us if you just change your mind! But, if it turns out you don’t want to keep that commitment going, then we can remove the pass from your account, and you won’t continue to be billed for it But you must speak to us first.  Please don’t assume that as you haven’t attended for a while we’ll “take the hint”. 

We don’t have any cancellation fee because we know people’s situations can change quickly, and we think there are more important things than money! But, we will need to cancel a pass if you can’t keep up the payments on it.

Please note payments need to be made promptly or we may need to remove the option of PayPal.  

Positivity reigns again :-)

When I opened my studio I promised myself I would do all I could to be positive.  It’s worked pretty well so far in all the feedback I get for the studio it comments on how friendly and positive we are so thank you everyone who attends the studio and follows our ethos of keeping it fun.

 

So focussing on the positive aspect our Facebook page hit 1000 likes last week!  As I reward i want to give away a space on our Photoshoot with Adam Jay.  I wanted to do a random number generator and select that person out of the list of likers…….unfortunately Facebook is an arse and won’t let me.

So what to do?

Well my current thought is if you would like to be entered then comment on this blog post?

Then I will list everyone and do a random number generator? Would this be fair to you guys? Well bit tough if you don’t find it fair really….lol!

So in order to be entered for a FREE half hour slot at the Adam Jay Shoot on the 10th or 11th May please leave a comment on this blog post 🙂

I will do the selection on Saturday 3rd May at 6pm

 

 

Important information

Recently we have been asked about the roles of trainee instructors and classroom assistants, and whether our insurance policy covers them, and classes not taught directly by Gemma. To reassure all of you, our insurance policy covers trainee instructors, both under direct supervision by a qualified instructor, and also allows them to teach alone once both they and our management are confident in their ability.

We believe in fully supporting our local pole community, and that includes students who want to start instructing. So, we have a policy of using both trainee instructors and classroom assistants, allowing them the chance to gain experience within our classes. To be clear on roles, trainee instructors have started a formal qualification or be looking to start one, whilst classroom assistants will help other members of their class in certain moves, but have not started any formal training. We have a team of qualified instructors working for us, who will teach classes that involve any moves that require formal instruction, however some classes do not involve such moves and as such there isn’t the need for a qualified pole instructor to be present.

Your safety is paramount at our studio, and we would never put you at risk through inadequate instruction – we have now ensured that all of our instructors are qualified First Aiders. If you don’t want to be taught or supported by trainee instructors or classroom assistants, please inform the qualified instructor at the start of the class, however we do think it is important for people to be given the chance to gain experience at all levels.

If you would like to find out more about this, and for any enquiries on joining our classroom assistant or trainee instructor programmes, please see Gemma!