The next instructor that we are going to find out all about is Sarah! A lot of you will already know Sarah, either from classes or events, but I bet looking at the list of workshops and qualifications contained in her bio I’m sure you will find out something that you didn’t know! Sarah has been teaching for us for over a year now and has become a huge part of the SFAA family! Sarah’s regular students will know that she is renowned for her strength-based style! Read on below to find out all about Sarah’s incredible pole journey….
I started pole 7 years ago when I was looking for motivation to get back into fitness training after a tough few years. Whilst looking for a new interest and trying to inject some fun into my workouts, I fell in love with pole. I'd gone along to a class for a laugh with a friend, a fun evening out, and left with a new passion which would change and improve my life in so many ways.
Pole has helped me to achieve fitness and strength goals I never thought possible. It has both mentally and physically challenged me and still does … every day! Four years ago when I had major back surgery I thought I may not be able to do pole again but it was a significant contributor to the speed and extent of my recovery. As a result I am much stronger now than I was before the operation and it is a considerable factor in the everyday management of my back condition.
Since my teens I have been very interested in participated in regular fitness activities/ classes (around 30 years now!). My main interest has been in gym training which led to me attaining qualifications in gym instruction, circuit training and personal training including completion of courses in core training and pilates, outside of my day job.
In more recent years I have become involved in bodybuilding where I competed in (and won) some small local competitions. I have also incorporated bodyweight based callisthenics training which compliments my pole training well especially as I particularly enjoy and excel in the strength aspects of the sport.
I also hold recognised qualifications in pole instruction and calisthenics, and am continuously adding to my knowledge and skills by pursuing more advanced personal training, nutrition and pole qualifications. My own training regime means that I am generally in the gym and up a pole at least 6 days a week. I take regular pole lessons and also dabble in aerial hoop to keep things fun and interesting whilst improving my all round strength and fitness levels.
My love of pole has seen me travel the country and abroad to take part in workshops and private lessons with some of the best polers around including Zoraya Judd, Dakota Fox, Lisette Kroll, Terri Fierce, Michael Donohoe, Sarah Scott, Bendy Kate, Daniel Rosen, Charlotte Holstead, Sam King, Andi Active Cherry, Leah Rose, Michelle Natoli, Marlo Fisken, Tracee Kafer, Crystal Gibson, Karen Chaundy, Jo Dandridge, Jess Leanne Norris, Shane Godliman, Dimitri Politov, Ian Matthews, Amy Williams, Aline K, Donna Gant, Lesley Jackson, Heidi Hildersley and of course our very own Zorena Roe. I am constantly learning and challenging myself and as an instructor, it is important to keep up with new tricks and moves whilst learning different training techniques. I have graded as a Level 5 dancer with the PDC, and just need to get my Level 6 sorted out soon!
Outside of my pole and fitness activities, I work full time as a Client Account Manager and Risk Adviser for a large corporate insurance broker and have done so for over 20 years now. This has enabled me to help colleagues in the pole community with guidance on their own and studio insurances, and probably explains why as a pole instructor I am very focussed on safe teaching practices, conditioning and technique. This also comes from my own experiences as a student and having worked with and overcome injuries myself. Prevention is most definitely better than cure!
The safety of my students is my priority, along with making sure your training is fun and effective. Personally, I hold all the necessary insurances and qualifications required to teach pole and conditioning classes, and I'm a PDC Level 3 Approved Instructor. I love being able to help my students and share in their excitement of learning new tricks and achieving their goals It is incredibly rewarding.
Through pole I have met so many awesome and inspiring people, and I have made some amazing friends along the way too, especially at SFAA. It is such an empowering, energetic community to be a part of and has changed my life for the better without a doubt.