Tuesday 27 August 2013

Pole Dancing is high intensity training

Pole dancing for fitness now  reaching high intensity training and the sport is now likened to cardio vascular sport training activities such as sprinting and high intensity rowing but with the added benefits of flexibility training, balance and coordination which are included during static holds for increased muscle definition including resistance training all at a maximum intensity
To monitor the maximum heart rate of  a male and female pole athlete during continuous intense pole endurance and training, which includes upper and lower body muscles, during pole tricks, spins, transitions and acrobatics on and around a vertical bar – the pole -  for three minutes.
Their heart rates were monitored throughout their intense session.
For a 27 year old female – Sam Causon – Pole Passion
At rest and with a normal heart the HR (Heart rate) is between 60 - 100 BPM
For a 23 year old male – Ben Weeks – Pole Passion
At rest and with a normal heart the HR (Heart rate) is between 60 – 100 BPM
the maximum heart rate is 197
(An estimate of a person's maximum age-related heart rate can be calculated by 
subtracting the person's age from 220)

Personal Trainer (PT) Nikos Skevis of Premier Training supported the two pole athletes throughout the session and monitoring them throughout.
Whilst pole fitness is not classed as a team sport such as Rugby, Football or Netball, it encourages less egos and a supportive team spirit which includes a positive social support network for the participants.

Nikos commented that he was surprized with his findings as he had underestimated the power, strength and agility required for such an activity.
‘Their heart rates went up to 180 in under three minutes, which concludes they reached high intensity training.’ 
Nikos continued to liken it to cardio vascular sport training activities such as sprinting and high intensity rowing, but with the added benefits of flexibility training, balance and coordination which is included in static pole holds for increased muscle definition including resistance training all at a maximum intensity.

13th August 2013
Rpole fitness – www.rpolefitness.com

Monday 12 August 2013

Pole Passion Budapest 2013 2014 reunion at Miss Pole Dance UK

We are organising a Pole Passion Budapest reunion at Miss Pole Dance UK on Sunday 15th September at Crawley Hawth Theatre from 12.30pm

It will be fantastic to see you all again and Elena is coming too! Does anybody remember her choreography, can anyone demonstrate this? ; )
There will be poles to play on and a complementary drink upon arrival. 

Please let us know if you are coming?
This year will be by far the best Miss Pole Dance UK to date and we are so excited!

I know many of you have already purchased tickets but for those that haven't tickets for the Miss Pole Dance UK event can be purchased on line, please see link - 

We have a four master classes taking place on the day too with Sarah Scott, Hanka Venselaar, Nico Modestine, Bendy Kate. 
Further details of the event and master classes can be found on our website - http://www.misspoledance-uk.com/

We look forward to seeing you all again soon, please RSVP to ensure we have enough drink! Lol

Kind regards 

What is Pole Conditioning - Pole Passion

What is  Pole Conditioning?

Quite often you may have heard of Pole Conditioning moves but not really understood what they are

Conditioning is a specific form of training that gives you a foundation of fitness and flexibility level to begin from.

Conditioning cannot be simplified into one form of exercise but instead it is thought of as a specific training program that prepares you for your pole lesson programme

At Pole Passion the foundations can be considered your conditioning moves.
As pole is known as a physical activity and a technical sport, it is important to consider these foundation moves as part of your warm-ups and conditioning moves before you set and begin your progressions and more difficult tricks and transition moves

By warming up and conditioning with moves such as :-
Pogo pole
Pull ups
Under arm turns
Pole tucks
High and Low Teddies

Remember sometimes your conditioning moves are more essential for your progressive growth and pole development and most importantly preventing and reducing injuries too

Good conditioning before or during or after your training programme will give you better performance and results in the short term as well as the long term

Happy poling and safe training

Reigate Pole Sport and fitness with Pole Passion

Pole Passion Sport Fitness Classes - REIGATE suitable for beginners
Teaching Pole lessons in Reigate, students from as far as Epsom, Sutton, Redhill, Banstead, Wimbledon, Caterham, Chipstead, Coulsden & Ewell

Instructors name: Sam Causon
Assistant Instructors: Rebecca Bartlett
Apprentice: Karen Castle, Kelly Lowing, Dawn Tunnel

Sam's Qualifications:
• Accredited Advanced Level 3 Pole Passion Fitness Instructor Qualified
• First Aid Certified

Rebecca's Qualifications:
• Accredited Advanced Level 3 Pole Passion Fitness Instructor Qualified

Karen, Kelly and Dawn's Qualifications:
• Accredited Level 1 Pole Passion Fitness Instructor Qualified

No of poles:
Reigate Pole Dance Studio has 8 Free-Standing Portable R-Poles including 2 Spinning Poles for those who want to develop their pole tricks and spins. They are 38mm 2.5mtr Stainless Steel.
When: Thursday 7:15-8:15pm and 8:15-9:15pm

Register: Beginners are welcome to join any time. To register your interest please contact Sam on 07415117388 or email sam.causon@ passion-fitness.com confirming your name and date you are attending or check out,


Beginner to Intermediate
Suitable for all levels of fitness

Cost: £40 for 4 consecutive lessons or £12.50 per lesson on a pay as you go basis.

Pole Dance Fitness lessons are perfect for all women aged 16+. Incorporating pole tricks, spins, transitions and poses we will have you moving like never before!

Join our fun and friendly classes with professionally qualified instructors with many years of pole fitness and fitness competence. Expect to increase muscle tone as you progress each week, accomplishing moves you never thought possible. With just some simple and achievable techniques you will begin to feel and see a transformation projecting your new found confidence along the way!

What To Wear: Shorts or leggings, T shirt or vest top, trainers or bare feet. Avoid wearing jewellery, moisturisers or oils on the skin.

Reigate Sixth Form College
Rushworth Road


Sunday 11 August 2013

Haywards Heath pole fitness and pole dancing classes

Haywards Heath Pole fitness and pole dancing Classes coming soon for empowerment confidence fitness and fun

Couldson Pole Fitness and Dancing coming soon - with Pole Passion

Check out our website for lessons in pole fitness and pole dancing for empowerment confidence fitness and fun - we offer structured grading system too so you can progress and achieve

Pole Passion Chichester is proud to be involved in the 2013 Get Active Festival for Chichester District Council

Pole Passion Chichester is proud to be involved in the  2013 Get Active Festival which will take place on
Sunday 8th September 2013, 12.00-4.00pm.

Get Active Festival 2013 - for Chichester District Council which was developed in 2005 as an Olympic Legacy event

Date: Sunday 8th September
Time: 12pm-4pm
Venue: Oaklands Park
Event background:

The Get Active Festival is a large scale flagship event for Chichester District Council which was developed in 2005 as an Olympic Legacy event.
The day involves over 20 different sports clubs from the local community offering free sports taster sessions for the whole family (rifle shooting, orienteering, hockey, cricket, rugby, tennis, boxing, martial arts and pole dancing to mention a few activities)  The whole family are encouraged to take part as we are trying to drive up participation across all age groups.
The day also features our Wellbeing Team whom offer Mini Health Checks, a play “village” for young children, a Green Zone, a Paralympic Sports Zone, an Emergency Services zone, fun inflatables, and a mobile climbing wall.
The whole day is FREE! Local arts groups will also be involved in the day to help celebrate the Cultural Olympiad. With regards media involvement in the day, the Spirit FM road show will be in attendance and the Chichester Observer will be actively promoting the event.
Following the success of London 2012, the Get Active Festival provides us with the perfect tool to engage with all of those enthused to try a new sport or activity and encourage them to make positive steps towards joining a club and leading a healthier lifestyle.
For more information regarding Pole fitness in Chichester please visit the Pole Passion website



Olga Trifonova (10 years old) replies to Pole Passion and Miss Pole Dance UK

We asked Russian Miss Pole Dance Fitness Champion Lena Shishkova for help with translation to interview the Russian 10 year old pole dancer that everyone is talking about

Olga already is a Miss Pole Dance Battle champion in Russia
These are Olga Trifonova (10 years old) replies

When did you first start pole dancing?
2 years ago I started to dance in Trash studio

How did you get into pole dance ?
Once I was on the Russian championship and decided to be a pole dancer too

What do your friends at school think about you doing this form of dance?
My friends like it

What other dance disciplines do you have?
I have stretching, reggeton, plastik, classic lessons, not only strong pole

How do you feel when you are on stage?

I am happy. It is magic!!

How many times a week do you practice?
Avery day! And I really sad if missed the lesson

Where do you train?
 In show-studio ‘Trash’ run by Julia Irinina

Who do you look up to in the pole dance world?
I want to be only myself

Would you like to be a senior pole dance champion one day like Felix Cane & Alesia Vazmitsel?
I want to be a champion! Not like Felix or Alesia. I want to be like me. I will be work hard and I don't want to stop there. I will continue to be a competitor and I will see where this leads me.

Akos Presinszki Mr Pole fitness UK International Judge

Akos Presinszki
Mr Pole fitness UK international Judge

· Professional sport expert for 20 years.
· Fitness Expert, personal and outdoor trainer, pole-fitness instructor.
· Owner of Dollhouse Poledance-Fitness &Aerial Skills Studios, trainings and franchises in Hungary for 10 years.
· Dollhouse was the first Poledance Studio in Hungary.
· Member of the European Pole Sport Union
· Owner and Organiser of Miss Poledance Hungary competition, Dollhouse Amateur Poledance and Aerial competition, and the Hungarian Pole Sport Championships

· Professional national and international pole judge since 2010


Pole Passion interview with Bendy Kate Czepulkowski - September 2013 Miss Pole Dance UK

We at Pole Passion caught up with Bendy Kate Czepulkowski and managed to ask her competition questions – August 2013

Kate is the current Miss Pole Dance UK Doubles Champion

What is the MOST important preparation for you before your competitions?

Getting up your stamina for your routine and then Keeping flexible but cool before I perform (especially in hot countries!)

What diet advice would you give to Someone on the day of a competition?

Avoid any sweets the day of the competition! They will give you a sugar rush and then a big come down. Drink lots of water (water can help improve your body's performance). Eat natural foods which your use to so there’s no chance of getting ill. Have some form of protein waiting for you for after your performance. AND BE PREPARED always pack a healthy lunch because it might be a long time before you get to eat again.

How much practice of a competition routine would you recommend to anyone entering ? 6 weeks 3/week More or less?

Make sure you have all your choreography by 4 weeks prior to the competition. Then you need to up your stamina by doing your routine 1/2 times each time you train. But the main thing at this stage is to not overdo it and injure yourself!

How's my times would you practice in your costume / clothing before a competition ?

Around 3 times at least.

How do you chose your music ?

What ever inspires me most at the time and if I fall in love with it.

What mental preparation would you do -hours before a competition ?

I try and chill out and stretch loaaaads! I like to focus mentally on doing my own routine well rather than the competition.

How do you motivate yourself to train when the going gets tough?

I think about how proud I want to be of myself, if I didn’t train hard enough it’s likely that I’d be disappointed in my performance so I get myself to training!!

Do you fear injuries when creating and practicing new moves?

Sometimes! Something’s don’t scare me at all but others really do! I think you have to find the boundary of pushing yourself to create and explore new moves but without being crazy!

And finally - is there more to come from you - your uniqueness your innovative and creative style ??

Oh yesss.....I have so many ideas and thoughts I can’t wait to turn them all into performances!

Thursday 8 August 2013

Pole dance vs Sport – Miss Pole Dance UK – World Pole Sport & Fitness – World Pole Dance, established 2004.

I'd like to know whether you have a glamour category and if you could provide a few details on the competition conditions there--Are high heels, other accessories such as hats and feathers, and body painting allowed? - Wall Street Journal USA

With the constant evolution of pole dance for sport and fitness we at Miss Pole Dance UK Organisation creating the world’s first documented rules and regulations, judging standards, chaperone standards, health and safety standards and code of pole practice for performance  - Promoting and setting the guidelines here in the UK  and rapidly being adopted and adapted across the world, depending on specific cultural backgrounds, beliefs and ethics, since the beginning of competitive pole competitions in 2004 we have always given the performer a choice on how they might like to interpret their style, based on their training and background

In the first few years we focused very much on giving the performer a choice
Bare feet or dance heels (shoes)

Boots above the ankle, with or without a heel, have never been permitted in our competitions after year one when we exposed the 'strippers' pole talents, from behind the closed doors of the gentleman's clubs.
Thigh high boots commonly made with patent plastic were banned and have never been permitted as they give a performer an advantage in gripping the steel poles, making tricks difficult to judge fairly, plus also a stereotypical costume of strippers which would be worn in stripping establishments which we were focused on moving away from, exposing these talented individuals into main stream viewing

Up until 2012 we had always had a fitness category and a glamour category
Both categories would perform and dance in the same competition side by side - creating an us and them scenario. Interestingly the glamour style (heels) seemed to win over the fitness style (bare feet) for many years. But is this now changing? 
We had created a platform, a safe stage, where they could dance side by side allowing freedom of choice for the performer without the fear of being mis represented or judged

They would be introduced on to stage 'labelled' one or the other category giving them a comfortable choice on how they wish to be presented to their family, friends and onlookers all being educated and enlightened with the talents before them

In 2005 the Miss Pole Dance UK creation - it was all glamour - all performers were either wearing high platform heels or boots over the ankles
In 2006 we removed boots from the competition but still allowed platform heels - the dancer shoe.
In 2008 the categories begun to even out and became 50/50 bare feet / heels, this was also the introduction of pole fitness teacher training and qualifications in the UK too – a huge step in the right direction for professionalising and awarding credibility to our industry
In 2012 all-female performers, accept one were in bare feet
In 2013 we are still allowing heels and bare feet but I think the statistics are showing the performers are deciding they can achieve more intricate moves and better lines in bare feet and still represent powerful glamour, sex appeal and femininity (all promoted within MPD UK) 

Tricks and new intricate combinations are evolving on and around the pole too, many that could not be performed in shoes safely
Many gymnastic, incredibly flexible and acro balance moves and shapes are now appearing into the modern circus style pole performances and competitions

Our strict rulings are updated and amended yearly and were created to professionalise and promote pole dance and artistic fitness demonstrations around the vertical beam as an artistic dance, art and fitness form set to music of their choice (avoiding religious and or rude messages within the music).

We currently allow the performers and athletes to still choose their performing footwear and costumes within our strict guidelines, as long as they are safe to perform in.  The experienced and highly trained and prepared judges have the power to stop a performance at any time on the grounds of health and safety and this has happened occasionally throughout the 9 years of our competitions
Our Miss Pole Dance Organisation's main focus, has always been on the health and safety issues of the performers and their pole equipment (fixing poles top and bottom to a sturdy structure) and many costume guidelines and decisions are based on this health and safety attribute.
As for body paint, costumes and props many of these items could be considered dangerous when they come into contact with the pole, and the professional performers do seem to be careful with their choices as many of the tricks cannot be performed in body paint or restrictive clothing and costumes.  That is why we allow costume removal during the performances but not stripping; (alluring the audience in a sexual and suggestive manner!) 
We are very much focused on the performance and showmanship of the routine allowing them to tell their story through dance choreography and their artistic interpretation through movement.

This years MPD UK held within a theatre setting on 15th September, we will see incredible performers which will include bodypaint, contortionists, gymnasts, fitness experts, dance experts, costumes, props, heels, bare feet, mixed sex doubles, men and women over 16, the eldest performer being 46
and each year they continually raise the bar with their mesmerising performances and breath taking promotion of what the modern pole dance performance, fitness and endurance around the vertical beam is all about. 
For more information about being a part of this positive promotion visit www.misspoledance-uk.com

Kay Penney
Founder Pole Passion Ltd
founder and creator of Miss Pole Dance Organisation 2004 
Creation of Mr Pole Fitness UK 2009
and creator of World Pole Sport & Fitness 2009
promoting the ambitious and talented