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Rapture Arts. Margaret River, Western Australia.
So everyone is different, their likes, their body shape and proportions, even the way their skin grips. Our uniqueness is what makes us special. But I will try and cover some questions to help you out!
Can I pay with cash?Those attending our physical classes in the Margaret River studio may pay cash, or Direct Deposit. Otherwise, all transactions are electronic. It is $230 for the 6-week course, which breaks down to approx. $30 per hour for the semi-private sessions.
What do we do in the course?Our 6-week pole courses progress at a manageable rate, meaning that there is no prior strength/flexibility/experience necessary. - that all comes with it as you go! Each session at our studio runs for 1 hour and 15 minutes to allow time for a warm up, a bit on flexibility, strength, new pole moves every session and then we look at putting moves together and creating flow, some times in the form of a routine, sometimes different transitional techniques before a cool down stretch at the end. Each physical class has a max of 3 students, each with their own pole, the poles are situated more than 1.5m apart so it makes social distancing easier! Level 1 Pole Fitness Course Overview Week 1; we work with gravity, getting used to the grips and spins as we slide down to the floor. We also work on orientating ourselves with having a solid metal object in our space. Week 2; we work with stabilising our grip, holding ourselves up in our pole moves and spins, aiming to keep our head and shoulders level without lifting. Week 3; our arm work changes this week; we start relying less on our legs to assist our grip and incorporating more of a focus on the arm grip. Week 4; now we have gotten accustomed to the pole, stabilized and understood our grip and various pole moves, we look at lifting on the pole. Week 5; Pole uses all sorts of different muscles; today we introduce obliques, they are a major factor in moves in the future, so we start looking at that movement whilst we are still at a comfortable height. Week 6; Time to change our muscle groups again, we introduce moves that use our back muscles, and our abs in different ways.
I have no stregnth- can I pole?Everyone is different! The great thing about Rapture Arts is that classes are designed to start from scratch. We don’t start expecting you to be able to lift your own body weight- that is a bit intense! Each week has a slightly different focus which helps you find your personal strengths. Pole Fitness has changed so much in the last 10-15 years, that there is so many variations to each move, if one isn't working for your body, we can play with little adjustments and move variations to help you achieve. Still not sure? Maybe consider dance moves around the pole (this can be of all different dance styles- sometimes I even put on my Rollerblades to dance around the pole! - find your flow!). You can also look at floor moves. As your confidence grows you find that you naturally start to increase your repertoire. Small holds using momentum, gravity and flow start to be included- suddenly you can start to lift yourself up and spin... everyone's journey is different and personal to them! There is no mould with pole fitness, create your unique journey!
Why am I slippery?Grip changes every day. This depends on the atmosphere around you- how humid is it? Is there lots of moisture in the air, or just a little? Is it super dry? Is it super-hot? or jolly cold? It also depends on your skin and attire. In general (unless you have a silicone pole or grippy attire), the more skin you have the better you grip. But did you moisturise before class? That will pretty well guarantee slip! (I moisturise before bed, and use a makeup applicator to put my facial moisturiser on in the morning- mind you, I have recently found a facial moisturiser that doesn’t affect my grip if I put it on with my hands) You may have naturally sweaty hands, or dry hands/skin. These are all factors that affect your grip. The size of the pole makes a difference. I started on a 50mm as I felt I needed to have something solid to hold onto. This is also awesome for leg grips as there is more pole to grip to. I found 38mm too skinny and I didn’t feel like I had enough to hold. Starting on a 50mm really strengthened my grip massively and now I can swap and change. Normally training on a 45mm, unless I want more flexible moves where I need to be more twisty around the pole, then I use a 38mm. All sizes have their advantages! It is important to do hand exercises and stretches- after all they are holding you up! But it also conditions them to prepare to hold you up. You shouldn't just assume you need grip aids. It may just be a gradual strengthening thing. There may be a reason your hands are sweaty- so drying them out will just increase the body’s need to make them sweaty again. It may just be nerves of a new move, and with time it may fade. Or there may be a need for grip aids for your skin type. I highly recommend starting off without them and finding out if you actually need them, or is it just a strength and time thing. Play it by ear, and do what is best and safest for you. If it is too slippery to train what you want to train, adjust your moves, manage the risk appropriately and keep yourself safe.
What is the book about?The book is written to be a guide for those starting their Pole Fitness Journey. It breaks down all the basics, as well as the background knowledge of how Pole Fitness works, to allow you a safe foundation and understanding to help your journey ahead.