You’re finally getting ready for your next class, and you’ve been looking forward to it for so long! Here’s how to make sure you get the most out of your pole classes!


1. Be prepared

Be on timeTurn up on time, wear the right clothing and have water. This is obvious. You don’t need me to be your mum and check you have packed your bag properly. But you can prepare for your class way before you arrive.
Think about any moves you would like to work on. In particular if you are having a private lesson, send some photos to your instructor in advance. Ask your teacher if a move you have in mind might be suitable for you to learn. This is much safer and better than having a bash in class, and gives your instructor time to prepare to give you the best tuition too.
Start getting in the mindset before you even arrive. Play your biggest and best tunes in the car, bust out your choreo at the traffic lights. Who doesn’t pretend they are Beyoncé when they are on a clear stretch of road? Just me? Ok then.


2. The warm up and stretch is there for a reason.

Make sure you arrive with plenty of time to be ready when the class begins. The warm up is not the time to go to the toilet or check in on Facebook, it’s there for a reason. Your instructor’s warm up and prep stretches are specially designed to compliment your pole workout and will help your muscles be ready for all the lovely poling ahead. If you have particular juicy gossip to share, get it class even earlier 😉

3. Take notes

This is particular relevant when attending workshops and master classes. The first time I ever went to a master class with a pole icon, I was so enthralled by her sheer presence, and let’s face it, her incredible ass, that I didn’t take notes and the whole thing passed in a bit of a blur. I know what I learned in that class. I have no idea how I did it. Even if you draw little stick men with arrows directing the limbs around, it may be enough to remind you how to get into that spinning reverse pretzel vortex variation thingy that you did seemingly whilst in a trance.
Take notes in your pole classes

4. Take photos and videos

An even better tool in remembering how you learned what you did in class is to take videos and photos. Always check your instructor is ok to be filmed themselves, but even if they would rather you don’t video their teaching technique you can still video yourself executing the trick. This way you can build up a library of tricks to come back to, even if you can’t quite nail it on the day.
Photos can be just as useful. If you find it tricky to remember the names of moves, you can use an app to add the names of tricks to your photo, or at least have a visual memory of it next time you want to try it again with your instructor. Much easier than saying “can we do the one where your arm is doing a thing and your leg is doing another thing and you are sort of like this and then you’re like that and oh I don’t know, we did it last Halloween I think…”