Intermediate Pole Fitness

The Spin City Pole Fitness Intermediate Instructor Course focuses on developing the basic skills taught at the beginners’ level while adding on the next block of moves in the Spin City syllabus, working from basic inverts up to arms only preparation. We will discuss class planning in the context of progress chains and how you can use combinations and sequences to both challenge your students, avoid move plateaus, and ensure safe progression.

This course is designed for teaching on static poles including chrome, stainless steel, brass and powder coated finishes.



Questions about the course? Click on the headings below for more information, or contact us if you have any questions about pre-requisites or suitability for your needs.

Course requirements and pre-requisites

You will need:

  • to meet the minimum age requirement of 18 years or older
  • to hold a Spin City Beginners Pole Fitness Instructor Course certificate, or equivalent certificate
  • a minimum of 2 years’ pole fitness experience (recommended)
  • access to the internet via a PC, laptop, or mobile device
  • access to at least 1 static pole, safely mounted in an appropriate training environment
  • 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 of a suitable ability level for the teaching assessment (aged 18 or older).

Course units

The theory section of the course will expand your understanding of teaching at coaching at intermediate level, covering techniques for planning and teaching teaching group classes versus one-to-one sessions, including health and safety from equipment and environment safety to spotting.

In the practical units we explore Spin City’s intermediate level syllabus, offering skills that will progress students from the beginners syllabus, building confidence in their inverts and working towards introducing arms-only preparation skills.

Intermediate pole units:

  1. Introduction to intermediate pole fitness instruction
  2. Progressive teaching and coaching
  3. Health and safety at intermediate level
  4. Intermediate pole skills
  5. Intermediate pole progression skills
  6. Introduction to arms-only preparation skills
  7. Stamina and endurance for intermediate pole
  8. Intermediate strength, conditioning and flexibility

Course moves list


  • Basic invert
  • Crucifix
  • Handstand dismount
  • Belly slide dismount
  • Shoulder spin dismount


  • Handstand butterfly
  • Reverse grab
  • Gemini
  • Thigh hold
  • Hip Hold
  • Climb over (from gemini and crucifix)
  • Star
  • Viva
  • Flatline
  • Butterfly
  • Flatline scorpio
  • Scorpio
  • Triangle pose
  • Genie
  • Advanced jamilla
  • Split heel
  • Cross knee release
  • Cross ankle release


  • Cupid
  • Bow and arrow
  • Shoulder mount dismount
  • Shoulder mount
  • Straddle invert
  • Chopper
  • Superman
  • Extended butterfly
  • Caterpillar
  • Caterpillar hold
  • Iguana
  • Pencil and crab
  • Archer
  • Brass monkey
  • Duchess
  • Aerial invert


  • Flower
  • Inverted D
  • Extended butterfly
  • Split grip prep
  • Elbow grip prep
  • Twisted grip prep
  • Cup grip prep

Course assessment

This course has two main parts to the assessment; a theory assessment and a practical assessment. Upon successful completion you will receive a certificate in intermediate pole fitness instruction.


Answer theory questions related to each unit of the course across both modules. Questions are multiple choice, or short answers.


  • Practical demonstration. Perform a continuous sequence of five moves from the intermediate pole syllabus.
  • Teaching demonstration. Teach three individual moves (one each from units 4,5 & 6) to at least one student of a suitable ability level.
  • Core moves technique and execution. Perform each of the core course moves.

Spin City are dedicated to ensuring the assessment process is accessible to learners that meet the training course enrolment criteria. If you have a learning need, there will be a place to declare this on your enrolment form. We are also able to offer a limited selection of reasonable adjustments where individuals may find particular practical elements prohibitive. Please contact our mentoring team for more information relevant to your individual circumstances.

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 assessment within the course weekend.

Core moves

Compulsory moves required for technical assessment

  1. Basic invert
  2. Gemini
  3. Scorpio
  4. Cross knee or cross ankle release
  5. Shoulder mount
  6. Superman
  7. Brass monkey
  8. Arms-only prep – right side, two hand grips
  9. Arms-only prep – left side, two hand grips

What is expected?

For the technical assessment, you’ll need to be able to perform each of the core course moves listed above. Demonstrations should show safe and correct technique for the level of the course and each move should be held for a minimum of 3 seconds (unless the move is dynamic). Transitions should be clean, within minimal grip changes and repositioning. 

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