It is very important to us at PFS to ensure both student safety within the classroom but to also emphases education on proper technique, injury prevention and body awareness. The more body awareness you have in your overall pole practice the less likely you are to do something that "just doesn't feel right" and that might perhaps end in an injury. Our inversion programming at the studio is built around progression and the three fitness components that are important to OVERALL physical fitness:
Strength, Flexibility and Cardio
We all come into the pole studio with various degrees of physical abilities and backgrounds. Not all of us are Russian gymnasts, some us are ;) ... but most are not.
We need practical guidance, education and focus when practicing pole. This is especially important when it comes to body awareness and conditioning. We highly recommend taking any of the following classes offered at the studio for this specially; Flexibility, Poleography, Aerial Hoop and Power Conditioning
These specific classes will help you train and development more awareness of your unique body and its mechanics.
Below is a guideline to help students recognize their achievements and to also be informed on the physical expectations in each of our inversions classes. This is really meant to be an aide for you rather then a rigid assessment. Remember that some "moves" come easier to others while others may be more challenging. Each level lists the prerequisites underneath. Although we teach numerous inverted pole combinations, poses and transitions that are cohesive to a specific level (101, 202 & 303). Listed below are the primary expectations in each of the specific levels. Also, take note of the different degrees of the (3) components of physical fitness and how they play to an overall holistic pole practice, what is most important to us and our students.
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