What should I wear?
To get the most from training, wearing the right clothing will aid your learning and your ability to carry out moves correctly and safely.
Clothing for pole
Shorts and vest top are the ideal. The more skin contact points you have on the pole, the more secure you will feel. For a new starter, you’re welcome to wear leggings or cuffed jogging bottoms (nothing too baggy) with a t-shirt, but it’s a great idea to have some shorts underneath just in case you would like to try skills that covered legs would prevent you from participating in. It’s also beneficial for your instructor to be able to see what your body is doing and help with positioning if you are struggling with some skills.
Clothing for hoop
Leggings are perfect with a vest or t-shirt. Please avoid loose clothing in case you get tangled!
For all classes, your instructor can advise you prior to your lesson if you’re unsure.
What to avoid
Please avoid using any creams or lotions on your hands and body on the same day as your class. This can increase your risk of injury to yourself or others if you are slippery and can make the pole slippery for others.
We ask that you remove any items from your hand, wrists and neck before the start of your class. This does include wedding rings. Metal against metal impairs your grip. Poles are specialised, expensive equipment and jewellery can damage them. Your jewellery will also become damaged and/or bent. If you are unable to remove rings please ensure they are taped up. Be aware that this could impair your grip further if you choose this option.
I have no upper body strength and I am not flexible, can I still come to classes
Absolutely! Whilst its useful to have some prerequisite skills, it’s absolutely not essential. All classes will have strengthening and conditioning exercises suited to your level, for you to begin building strength. All of our classes use active flexibility during classes and we also do plenty of stretching in both warm up and the cool down at the end.
How do I pay / book my classes?
We have an online booking and payment system online via the BOOK A CLASS tab.
What if I need to miss a class or can’t make it once I’ve booked?
The studio has a strict policy on cancellations. Whilst unforeseen circumstances do occur, its good to remember that class payments are what help keep your studio up to date, paid for, as well as pay for your instructor and their living.
If you need to miss a group class, the studio charges 50% of the class fee under 48 hours’ notice and full payment under 24 hours’ notice.
Private classes- Payment is required on booking. 50% refund will be given for cancellations more than 7 days ahead of the scheduled class. No refunds within 7 days of your booked class. Our instructors work hard prior to you attending your class to give you the best class possible by planning your session in advance.
Courses and / or workshops are not refundable or transferable once paid for.
How much are classes?
We have a variety of classes at different costs on offer at MVPA. All our instructor lead classes are £10 per class. We offer open training sessions at just £4 and student lead classes at £7.50. The latter are additional classes to offer flexibility for students to come and practice at their own leisure either with or without the support of an instructor.
Please contact us to enquire about private , semi private classes or studio hire which are available throughout the week and weekend.
Is there a minimum age limit for Pole and Hoop?
Unfortunately, we do not allow any students under the age of 16 to train at MVPA. Children between the ages of 16 and 18 must have written consent to train and both the student and the parent must sign a disclaimer in person before their first class.
I am pregnant can I come to classes?
If you are an existing pole student at MVPA you must notify your instructor as soon as you are aware you are pregnant. You are welcome to train at our open training sessions only at MVPA up until 12 weeks or to the point at which your doctor / midwife is happy for you to do this. During pregnancy our insurance does not cover your continued training; we are unable to teach you anything new that your body is not used to. New students who are pregnant unfortunately cannot start classes.
I’ve just had a baby can I join pole / aerial classes?
Please seek advice from your midwife / healthcare professional about when is a suitable time for you to start or re-join a class. Ladies who have delivered by caesarean can expect a longer return to classes, but ultimately everyone is different as is each delivery. Please make your instructor aware if you’ve recently had a baby and inform them of any relative issues that may affect your class.
Are men allowed?
YES. Pole fitness is for everyone.
I work shifts: can I still come to classes?
Absolutely. We do not tie you down to monthly classes / membership or fees. Classes are booked week by week so you control when you book and attend.
How big are the group classes?
Group classes at MVPA are capped at 8 students per class, a maximum of two students per pole. This is a great ratio to allow you plenty of pole time whist having little breaks in between. A smaller number of students also allows for your instructor to make sure each student receives equal support. At MVPA our classes are designed for you to get the best from your class.
Is pole / hoop safe?
With any sport there is risk of injury, but we aim to make your training and the studio as safe as we can. You will be taught by certified instructors using correct and efficient spotting techniques whilst you build your confidence. We have various sizes of mats and crash mats. All equipment is maintained and current. MVPA is also approved and registered by the Pole Safe Federation.