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Studio Reopening: What you need to know!

The countdown is on!

Eee! We know you’ve been waiting patiently for the big news on our studio re-opening! Here is the everything you need to know…

Reopening date!
In line with Government rules and regulations, every location (Mitcham, Kilsyth, Melbourne CBD & Highett) will officially open its doors again on Monday, June 22nd!!


Virtual Classes
With their on-going success we will continue running virtual classes now and into the future. If you haven’t already jumped on to the virtual timetable with all your favourite instructors be sure to sign up to a free 7 day trial here .
All virtual classes will continue, however the Kilsyth and Highett virtual class timetables will merge into one. A new and exciting timetable will then be released on June 15th prior to the merge.


Your Account:
When we closed our doors your account was frozen. Any sessions that are active on your account have been extended by the number of days we will have been closed for. When we reopen on June 22nd we will have been closed for 91 days. Therefore all sessions on your account have been extended for 91 days. All memberships will be automatically reactivated from today but the next official direct debit payment will be on Thursday July 2nd. If you do not have any sessions you can always upgrade your membership or purchase extra sessions via the app.


Start Booking Today!
Timetables for face-to-face classes are now live on the App and the website. A new timetable is up and classes are currently taking enrolments. Please use your app or visit The Pole Room website to book!


Your Health & Hygiene
– A maximum of 20 persons are allowed in the building at one time. To ensure all persons are accounted for, bookings are now essential – especially for practice sessions. 

– Current state government restrictions limit the ability for anyone to wait in reception. Please wait outside the building until the class change over. If you are late to class (even by a few minutes) you may be unable to enter the building as the doors will be locked. It is therefore essential you arrive 5 minutes prior to class.
– Every class you will need to bring your own Towel and for each conditioning or flexibility you will need to bring a Yoga Mat. We will have a strict no towel no train policy. If you forget your towel we’ll have them for sale at the studio. Please also bring your own water bottle.
– Classes will be shortened to 50 minutes with the final 10 minutes used for crossover and cleaning.- It’s only air hugs and elbow bumps from us. For safety we will still be there to spot you if need be. But all partner stretching and exercises will be eliminated from our program.
– Our first term will be a ‘Revision Term’ to get everyone back into the flow of things. The focus will be on re-training those key skills and adapting the body slowly. Look out for our upcoming blog on ‘returning to training’ for tips and hints on how go back after a extended break

We are here to support you. Please reach out if you have any questions at all.
Finally, thank you for sticking by us, the entire team at The Pole Room can not WAIT to see you all in studio very soon.

Covid-19 Official Policies and Procedures

In the light of the recent worldwide events surrounding COVID-19 The Pole Room is taking extra steps to ensure the highest level of hygiene in our studios. We are keeping a close watch on the latest recommendations from the Department of Health, and the national and state governments to ensure we are doing everything possible for the health and wellbeing of the TPR Tribe. Please be assured that we will always put the health and safety of our staff and clients first.

On that note, in our studios we are taking affirmative action to combat not just Covid-19 but also the common flu and cold. Whilst in the studios we ask that all visitors continue to practice good hygiene by following these 5 simple steps:

  1. Wash your hands or use the hand sanitiser at reception on arrival. When washing, ensure at least 20 seconds of vigorous lathering. Use hand sanitiser as an added protection measure, but bear in mind that hand-washing is the most effective first line of defence!
  2. Get some elbow grease into it! Before and after each class, use the methylated spirits to wipe down and around your pole.
  3. Bring your own towel and kneepads to class. We will no longer be hiring or lending out these items at the front desk until further notice.
  4. Avoid hugging and unnecessary contact. Have you seen the new TPR hug and footsie greeting? Check out the pinned post in your studios FB group to see this in action!
  5. If you are feeling unwell, develop a cough, sore throat or feel short of breath please stay at home. Even if your symptoms are unrelated we ask you to rest up until you’re OK.
In addition to this, our professional cleaning company is focusing their deep cleans on high traffic areas in the studios such as door handles, light switches and surfaces. You will also be seeing our reception team wiping down these areas throughout their shifts. You may notice some small changes to the programming and schedule in the coming days, to allow for a more thorough clean between sessions.

Over the next few days we will be adding more cleaning products to the rooms, including hand sanitiser, wipes and sprays. In the mean time you will be able to find these products at reception.

Finally, the unknown around covid-19 is a scary time for everyone. In times of stress and worry, keeping healthy through regular exercise, hydration and rest is key to increasing your own natural immunity. If you’re feeling worried or overwhelmed about the impact this is having on society be sure to reach out. We’re such a strong community #TPRTRIBE and always come together in times of need. 

Much Love,

The Pole Room

From Bullied To Built-Up – Lauren’s Story

Lauren speaks about how The Pole Room family and Pole rekindled her love of dance

Lauren’s love for dance had dwindled to the point where she no longer enjoyed what had previously been a great passion. The 23-year-old had been dancing at a toxic school, for most of her life before discovering aerial fitness – both Lyra and Pole dancing. “Pole honestly saved me, gave me confidence, showed me love and gave me a whole new life. Pole helped restore my love of health and fitness because it really doesn’t feel like exercise.” she said.

Before finding The Pole Room, the young dancer felt like she hit rock bottom. “Even when I started going to the gym I felt judged. I didn’t feel confident. I felt weak, fat and out of place. I hated that. Because of all this happening around me on a constant basis, I eventually got such a negative association with fitness”. It was after Lauren travelled overseas, she decided she needed a new challenge. That’s when she decided to look into The Pole Room studio in Kilsyth, which she had driven past so many times. “I thought, maybe this could be fun,” she said.

The young dancer tried lyra – aerial hoops – which she instantly loved. “I thought this studio is going to be the same, I’m going to hate it. But that was not the case,” she said.
“I looked forward to going back to the studio each week. I felt so included, which I wasn’t used to.” Soon, Lauren decided to try out pole dancing. “After being encouraged by numerous new friends and a few teachers, I decided to start pole,” she said. “I didn’t feel 100 per cent confident for months. It took a lot for me to get the courage to wear booty shorts and just a crop.

“But everyone was amazing. I didn’t feel judged, get evil looks or anything. I was being loved and supported. It was amazing”. What went from one class a week, turned into three, which turned into five and soon Lauren was at the studio almost every day. “I’ve gained so much strength without even knowing,” she said. “I look forward to exercising, I look forward to going to pole each day, every week.” “Pole even gave me the courage to compete in Shine – the studio competition – and most recently I performed a solo dance, which I thought was never possible.”

The Results of The Pole Room Survey are in… Drum-roll please!

Thank-you to everyone who participated in The Pole Room (TPR) survey. The results revealed some interesting statistics about The Pole Room and the industry as a whole. Some key findings of the survey were:

  • 85% of respondent’s surveyed were current TPR students.
  • 100% of Poler’s are participating in Pole dancing for the “Health and Fitness” benefits. This is an interesting statistic and could indicate that the sport is beginning to gain some acceptance and popularity as a fitness activity. Other results included; 82% of respondents are interested in “Learning New Tricks” and 79% are doing it for the “Feeling of Achievement” that comes with nailing a trick or routine.
  • Half of the respondent watch YouTube video tutorials to learn tricks and routines.
  • The value that best described The Pole Room was ‘Acceptance’, followed in a close second to ‘Fun’! This is no surprise considering the success of our community ‘Market Night’ and the fun that radiates through every participant and instructor. We’re so lucky to have you all!!
  • There was a very even spread among what respondents wanted to see more of at The Pole Room in 2016. Strength and conditioning classes, Pole and Aerial Workshops, Practice Session Availability and In House Student Competition were ranked in that order.
  • There is a fairly even split of Poler’s who have a gym membership and those who do not. Majority of students would use weights and other equipment if it was available in The Pole Room.

Overall the feedback was extremely positive and we thank you for an amazing year so far.

We will continue to examine the written feedback and will be working hard to implement a number of exciting new courses and programs in the future!!

 

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