Frequently Asked Questions

Your questions answered
Important notices
Timekeeping: Please note that the warm up is an absolutely essential part of the class, it is not optional. Instructors need to be happy that each and every student's body is safely and effectively prepared for the exercises that the class will be doing. If you are more than 10 minutes late to your lesson, you will have missed the warm up and will not be allowed to take part in the class, and you will forfeit your deposit. If there is an extenuating circumstance that means you will often be late, please email Emily about it – she will be best placed to advise what to do.

Otherwise, for everyone's sake, please try your best to be on time for all your classes :-)

Painkillers: We do not allow anybody to train at Emily's Pole Fitness if they have taken painkillers in the six hours prior to the start of class. Even if the painkillers have been taken for something completely unrelated, they will restrict your ability to feel your body's limits, and increase the likelihood of other injuries. Please respect this rule, for your own safety. If you are experiencing pain at any point before or during class, please discuss it with your instructor.

Thanks from the Emily's Pole Fitness Team.



Do you teach private lessons

Yes, we teach private classes. They cost £40 for an hour for one person, or £20 each for more than one person. Please email us to book in. Private classes need to be paid for in advance. We require at least 48 hours' notice for cancellations. Less than 48 hours' notice incurs a £20 fee. If we receive 24 hours' notice or less then you lose the full payment of £40. There are no refunds for private classes, but if you can't make it and give enough notice then we can reschedule your class to a more convenient time.

Do I have to attend the same class each week?

We prefer that you do attend the same class each week as it is easier for us to keep track of but if you want to be in a different class one week then we just require the usual 48 hours notice.

Am I too fat / old etc.?

No! Everybody can pole and do aerial – the equipment doesn't care how old you are or what you look like. Emily and her instructors work hard to make classes a fully inclusive environment, teaching ladies of all ages, shapes and sizes. Classes are always fun and friendly – we are so proud of our students and the way they all support and encourage each other. If you think you're too old to try, take a look at this blog post by famous pole dancer, Cleo the Hurricane.

I've got no upper body strength

That's ok! Most people don't when they start. It's only by coming to class that you build the strength, and you'll be amazed by how quickly you start seeing improvement. People usually surprise themselves with what they're capable of – you'll be doing things you never thought you could in no time at all! We don't expect you to be able to lift yourself on the first lesson – we'll give you things to work on that are within your own ability level, and progress you when you're ready.

What if everyone else is stronger / better than me?

Remember, you're not in competition with anyone else! At Emily's Pole Fitness, it's all about working at your own pace to reach your own goals. You'll find your fellow students are friendly and encouraging, and your instructor will give you work at your own level to make sure you build up all the strength and technique you need to move on. Don't worry about what everyone else is doing – you're there for you!

I'm pregnant / I've just had a baby – can I still join?

Unfortunately we don't teach pregnant ladies at Emily's Pole Fitness – the safety of our students is absolutely paramount at all times and we would never want to put your unborn baby at risk. Once baby has made an appearance and you've recovered from the birth, we'd love to welcome you to our crazy family! If you've just had a baby and everything went smoothly, our guide time for recovery is around three months before you come to start classes. If you had a caesarian section, the guide time is six months. Everybody is different, and the amount of time your body takes to recover from birth will depend upon you as an individual – it shouldn't be rushed. If you have any questions, please get in touch

I'm struggling to find childcare. Can I bring my child to the studio?

Our insurance doesn't cover us to have children in the studio, so unfortunately we cannot allow you to bring your child, no matter how quiet or well-behaved.

What's the minimum age to start lessons?

Participants must be at least 16 years of age for insurance purposes. Unfortunately we are not insured to teach children.

I'm just getting over an illness / injury, can I still take part?

This one will depend 100% on the nature of the illness or injury and exactly how it affects you. This isn't one that we can answer on a generic FAQ page – send a message giving us some details about your issue (e.g. if it's an injury we'd ideally need to know how it happened, how long ago, what treatment you received and how it affects you now) and letting us know which class you're interested in, and we'll get back to you to chat about it. You may need to get clearance from your doctor.

How do I book on?

Firstly, take a look at the classes schedule and decide which class is the most convenient for you. Next, send a message to enquire about joining, making sure to specify which class it is you'd like to join. If there are spaces, Emily will book you into that class and get back to you to confirm. If there are no spaces in your selected class at the moment, you might be offered an alternative date/time, or placed on our waiting list. If you are booked in to the class, you then just need to pop on to PayPal (the link will be provided at time of booking, and you don't need a PayPal account to use it) and pay the required amount to secure your space. For pole, this will be the £10 for your first class.

What should I expect from my first class?

Once you've booked into a beginners' class and paid your deposit online, you'll know what time your class will be. Try to arrive ten minutes before this for your first lesson – this will give you time to meet your instructor and fill in an informed consent form. When the class starts, the instructor will lead a fun warm-up to make sure your heart rate is up, and your limbs are mobilised and stretched ready for the session. The instructor will then teach a move or a sequence of moves and allow everyone time to work on it whilst coming round and offering help and encouragement. For your first few weeks, the instructor might offer you alternative work if what they're teaching is too advanced for new beginners. Later in the class, you'll usually get a chance to link the moves together and try them out to music. At the end of the class, the instructor will give the group some 'conditioning' exercises designed to build strength and endurance, then lead a cool down to make sure everyone is stretched off and relaxed.

I'm booking on for an aerial course and can't make every class – do I still have to pay?

Yes. Unfortunately we cannot offer refunds for individual sessions in a course. Once you have booked on, it is your responsibility to attend each session. We cannot accept part-payment for courses. We offer private classes at times to suit you if the group lesson time isn't convenient.

What should I wear?

For pole, we highly recommend shorts and a t-shirt. If you come in leggings or tracksuit bottoms, you may find yourself unable to do some of the exercises the instructor teaches, such as climbing and sitting on the pole. Most moves on the pole require some kind of grip with the legs, which can only be achieved with bare skin. We understand that some ladies are uncomfortable wearing shorts, but please don't worry about it. Everybody is far too busy worrying about their own legs to be judging anyone else's! If you're really very uncomfortable, we recommend wearing a pair of shorts under your jogging bottoms, or wearing trousers suitable for exercise that can easily be rolled up to the knee. Then you will be able to get your legs out for the moves that need them, and cover them up at other times. The shorts don't need to be hotpants, they just need to expose the lower leg and knee.

For any aerial arts, we recommend covering up as much skin as possible, because the fabric of the silks and the fabric tape used to wrap the hoop and trapeze can cause friction burns. Leggings or tight trousers are best, so that they don't get wrapped around the equipment, and we recommend long sleeves.

Footwear, ideally you want bare feet for pole, or a pair of sexy heels if that's your style! For hoop, you can have bare feet or socks, and for silks you must have bare feet.

What does it cost?

A pole class costs £10 per 70-minute lesson; an aerial class costs £12.50 for a 70-minute lesson (usually paid for as a block of four lessons, £50 for the course); a one-hour private lesson in any discipline for 1-2 people costs a total of £40; a one-hour private lesson in any discipline for 3-8 people costs £20 per person; workshops and ad-hoc classes will vary in price – the cost will usually be announced at the same time as the event details.

What is the studio like?

Lovely! Don't believe us? Look inside and take a virtual tour on Google Maps.

Where can I find you?

We're located on Cheney Manor Industrial Estate in the centre of Swindon. Our address is Unit 78, BSS House (BIZSPACE), Cheney Manor Industrial Estate, Swindon SN2 2PJ. We're also located on two bus routes. See the contact page for more information.

What if I can't make a class after I've booked it?

Classes are very popular and spaces are limited, so we have a 48-hour cancellation policy. If you need to cancel, let us know at least two days before class is due to take place, otherwise you'll still need to pay for it. This policy helps to make sure that we don't have persistent no-shows taking spaces that new starters could otherwise have.

Is there anything else I should know?

Moisturising: Make sure not to use any lotions or creams (including moisturiser, sun block and aftersun) on your hands or legs on the day of a pole class – this will make it extremely difficult for you to grip the pole, and might leave a residue on the pole that makes it difficult for anyone using the pole with / after you.

Soreness: It's completely normal to feel sore the day after training in both pole and aerial arts. Sometimes the muscle soreness can last for several days, and it might make simple tasks like washing your hair, putting on a bra or changing gear in the car quite... interesting. But embrace it! It's the sign that you've worked hard and your muscles are repairing themselves to be even stronger for the next time. Most people find that the soreness eases off after the first two or three classes.

Heels week: Once every four weeks, we have 'heels week', to give the girls who want to the opportunity to try dancing in heels. We respect that everybody has different styles and we'll never push you into wearing heels if you don't want to – it just gives the girls who do have a sexier style the chance to dance in heels more often. We'll let you know in advance when heels week is – whether you bring them or not is entirely up to you.

I'm really nervous

Please don't worry – it's totally normal to be nervous before starting a new class. Your instructor and fellow students will be welcoming and friendly, and will do everything they can to put you at ease. You'll soon be having so much fun that you'll have forgotten you were ever nervous!
Terms and conditions
Please be aware that Emily's Pole Fitness reserves the right to amend their terms and conditions at any time. They also have the right to refuse lessons to anyone unwilling or unable to comply with the following:
  • Emily's Pole Fitness does not permit the use of alcohol or drugs during or prior to lessons.
  • You must disclose any medication you are taking or changes to your medical health prior to lessons.
  • ALL jewellery must be removed.
  • Hostile or aggressive attitudes will not be tolerated towards instructors or students.
  • Emily's Pole Fitness instructors reserve the right to refuse or cancel lessons to any person not deemed physically fit and able to take part in lessons.
  • Participants are to be at least 16 years old.
  • Lessons are only transferable at Emily's discretion.
  • Emily's Pole Fitness will make every effort to ensure adequate notice is given prior to any cancellation. However students must be aware that in the event of matters out of Emily's control (e.g. sickness), lessons will be refunded or made up at a later date at Emily's discretion.