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Advanced Pole Fitness

The Spin City Advanced Pole Fitness Instructor Course will cover the highest level of instruction in pole fitness, exploring arms only techniques and an introduction to handsprings and dynamic movement. 

Please note – a minimum ceiling height of 3.5 metres is recommended to enable you to complete some of the practical elements contained within this course.

Questions about the course? Click on the headings below for more information, or contact us.

Course Requirements and Pre-requisites

You will need:

  • to hold a Spin City Intermediate Pole Fitness Instructor Course certificate, or equivalent certificate
  • a minimum of 3 years’ pole fitness experience (recommended)
  • access to the internet via a PC, laptop, or mobile device
  • access to at least 1 static pole (a ceiling height of 3.5 metres is recommended for this course)
  • a minimum of 2 hours’ study/training time per week (to complete the course within the 1-year deadline)
  • a device to film videos on (mobile phones are allowed)
  • at least 1 student for the teaching assessment

Course move List

ADVANCED MOVES

  • Eros
  • Flag Invert
  • Brass Monkey to Flag
  • Shoulder Mount Progressions – Straddle, Superhold, and Jacknife
  • Seated Shoulder Mount
  • Aerial Shoulder Mount
  • Shoulder Mount Walk and Bounce
  • Shoulder Roll Seated
  • Shoulder Roll Standing
  • Allegra
  • Jade
  • Hummingbird
  • Aerial Advanced Jamilla to Extended Butterfly

ARMS ONLY POSITIONS

  • Extended Butterfly, Flower, and Inverted D
  • Ayesha – Split Grip, Elbow/Forearm Grip, Twisted Grip, and Cup Grip
  • Straight Edge – Split Grip, Elbow/Forearm Grip, Twisted Grip, and Cup Grip
  • Jacknife – Split Grip, Elbow/Forearm Grip, Twisted Grip, and Cup Grip

HANDSPRINGS

  • Split Grip Handspring
  • Twisted Grip Handspring
  • Chinese/Cup Grip Handspring
  • Reverse Entry Chinese/Cup Grip Handspring
  • Reverse Entry Split Grip Handspring

DYNAMIC MOVEMENT

  • Holly Drop
  • Vixen Roll
  • Spin and Snap

Core Moves

Compulsory moves required for technical assessment

  1. Shoulder Mount Variation – Straddle, Superhold, or Jacknife
  2. Shoulder Mount Variation (alternative position to the choice from the previous move)
  3. Allegra or Jade
  4. Arms Only Prep Position on non-dominant side (your choice from Extended Butterfly, Flower, or Inverted D)
  5. Advanced Jamilla to Extended Butterfly
  6. Arms Only position – Ayesha, Straight Edge, or Jacknife (your choice of grip from Split Grip, Twisted Grip, Elbow/Forearm Grip or Cup Grip)
  7. Arms Only position – Ayesha, Straight Edge, or Jacknife (alternative grip to the choice from the previous move)
  8. Handspring any grip shown in the course
  9. Dynamic movement (any roll or drop shown in the course) 

Course ASSESSMENT

This course has two main parts to the assessment; a theory assessment and a practical assessment.

Theory AssessmentPractical Assessment
Answer theory questions related to each unit of the course. Questions are multiple choice, or short answers.Part 1: Teaching Moves. Teach 3 individual moves from the course to at least 1 student.
Part 2: Combination of Moves. Demonstrate a combination of 5 moves from the course syllabus.
Part 3: Core Moves Technique and Execution. Perform each of the core course moves.
Online learners will have 1 year from the date you enrol onto the course to complete the online study and assessment.
Face-to-face learners will have the opportunity to complete their course within the course weekend.

Course Description

The practical elements of this course will concentrate on three different elements of advanced training. Firstly, we will begin by covering the final block of moves in our syllabus with the focus at this level on strong postural alignment, and clean execution. This will be followed by an in-depth look at handsprings; including discussion on when to introduce these to students and in which order, with extensive teaching notes for a range of different safe and effective grips and entries. The practical work finishes with a range of other dynamic movements that can be introduced at an advanced level.

The theoretical side of the advanced training course will examine principles of injury prevention and injury management. Our advanced teaching and coaching unit looks at how your role as an instructor will develop as students move into a more autonomous stage of their training and how you can foster creativity safely in a class environment. We will look at advanced progress chains, along with beneficial areas of cross training are identified such as advanced flexibility. The final unit focuses on health and safety considerations when working with an advanced student body with an exploration of spotting dynamic movement to finish.

UNIT 1 – INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCED POLE

This unit will discuss which factors classify a move as advanced and how you know your students are ready to progress onto advanced level skills. A series of markers will be advised along with a ‘core skills checklist’.

UNIT 2 – ADVANCED POLE MOVES

Unit 2 covers the final block in the Spin City Syllabus: the core advanced moves. Each move is covered in extensive detail, with extensive teaching points, safety points, alternative entry and exit points, regressions, progressions, alternatives and common problems.

UNIT 3 – HANDSPRINGS AND DYNAMIC MOVEMENT

Unit 3 allows us to progress on from the base movements covered in Unit 2, and to consider dynamic entries to arms only movements (handsprings) and also basic drops or rotational movements on the pole. Extensive teaching notes are provided for a range of safe and effective grips and entries for handsprings and a range of drops. We will also discuss conditioning for dynamic movement, pre-requisite moves, proper progression, and alignment and relate this to the relevant dynamic spotting techniques covered in Unit 6.

UNIT 4 – INJURY PREVENTION

The injury prevention unit will focus on the common types of sports injury we may encounter through pole fitness, relating back to the knowledge covered in our anatomy and physiology course. The unit will conclude with key training processes that can be adopted to avoid these injuries and how in a worst case scenario, how these injuries can be managed effectively if they occur.

UNIT 5 – ADVANCED TEACHING AND COACHING

Unit 5 looks at how your role as an instructor will develop and change as your students’ progress into a more autonomous stage of learning. We will discuss how you can foster creativity safely in your sessions and also help to develop student-led learning and choreography. We will show you how you can adapt your progress chains and session plans and continue your self-development through cross training.

UNIT 6 – ADVANCED HEALTH AND SAFETY

Our final unit will look at ways you will need to adapt the health and safety information covered on your Beginners’ and Intermediate courses to make it relevant for an advanced group. At the advanced level we will further develop your knowledge of spotting in the realm of dynamic movement and discuss different techniques that can be applied.

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