Sunday 5 November 2023

How to introduce yourself to a new pole fitness class; new instructors

As a new instructor for a pole fitness class, it's important to create a safe and welcoming environment. 

Here's a general outline of what you can say at the beginning of your class:

1. Introduction: Start by introducing yourself and sharing your qualifications and experience in pole fitness. - keep this brief and not too self-serving!!

2. Welcome and Icebreaker: Greet the participants with a warm welcome and perhaps a brief icebreaker to help everyone get to know each other.

3. Studio and Venue Guidelines:

   a. Explain the layout of the studio and the location of emergency exits.

   b. Mention any specific rules or guidelines for the studio, such as the use of equipment and props.

   c. Address the importance of keeping personal belongings secure during the class.

   d. Request that participants turn off or silence their mobile phones to minimise distractions.

   e. Make sure everyone knows where the toilets and changing facilities are.

4. Health and Safety Guidelines:

   a. Emphasise the importance of warming up before starting any pole exercises to prevent injuries. - This can be done during the warmups too!

   b. Mention the availability of first aid supplies and the location of the first aid kit.

   c. At the beginning of the class, encourage participants to inform you of any injuries, medical conditions, or limitations they may have.

   d. Stress the importance of staying hydrated during the class and provide water breaks as needed.

   e. Discuss proper attire for the class, including the use of grip aids, if required.

   f. Explain that participants should perform exercises at their own pace and within their comfort zone to avoid injury.

   g. Remind participants to communicate any discomfort or pain during the class.

5. Demonstrate Exercises: Begin with a demonstration of basic pole fitness moves, emphasising correct form and technique.

6. Questions and Concerns: Open the floor for any questions or concerns from the participants regarding the guidelines or the class in general.

7. Have Fun: Encourage everyone to have fun, enjoy the class, and support each other throughout the session.

Remember to be approachable, empathetic, and attentive to your students' needs. It's important to create a safe and inclusive atmosphere where participants feel comfortable sharing their concerns and experiences.

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