Here is why Tracey Simmonds thinks that Pole Fitness could be one of the best forms of exercise for young people and children.
I believe that children and adolescents should take part in regular physical activities for the benefit of their physical and social well-being, so why not Pole Fitness?
Benefits of young people taking regular Pole Fitness classes:
- Encourages a fit and healthy lifestyle
- Encourages discipline and commitment
- Improves motor skills including coordination, balance and spatial awareness
- Improves strength, mobility and posture
- Encourages team skills and socialisation
Any studios wishing to start teaching children’s Pole Fitness classes should consider some serious issues.
Children vs Teenagers:
Keep these classes separate due to the differing needs of the group.
Small class sizes:
Keep young people engaged and well supervised by keeping student-teacher ratios low.
Start with a fun but thorough warm up. Plan a balanced variety of skill-based, strength, mobility and interactive exercises.
Working with minors:
Instructors should be certified in Pole Fitness instruction, certified in teaching exercise to young people, Paediatric First Aid certified, insured and legally authorised to work with minors.
Written parental/guardian’s consent must be provided for every child taking part in the class.
Adhere to national legislation on working with and safeguarding children.
Marketing of classes for children and adolescents:
Children’s Pole Fitness classes must be promoted thoughtfully and specifically for children and never parallel to adult ‘Pole Dance’ classes.
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