When it comes to pole coaches, one of the things that I love is that everyone has something different to offer. Here’s my list of what I look for in coaches.
- Safety. I appreciate it when class or coaching pushes me just beyond my comfort level- not completely out of my league to the point where it is unsafe.
- Spotting. On a similar note, I like it when I feel like I’m not going to be dropped on my head when I’m being spotted in a new move. On the flip side, I don’t like being over-spotted because then I can’t feel where I need to be connected to the pole.
- Encouragement. I love it when my coaches pep me up and make me think I can do something, and when they cheer wildly when I sort of half ways almost do a new move. Doubly true when I completely nail a new move.
- Specialization. Everyone has particular things that they are really great at, and I love learning from people doing their favorites. This is why I really recommend seeing lots of coaches.
- Breaking it down. Some coaches are absolutely fantastic at breaking down new moves into little, easy to understand pieces.
- Putting it together. Other coaches love helping you add that new pole move into a pass that looks well put together.
- Cross training. I love it when a coach tells me what non-pole stuff will help me.
- Homework. Some coaches give you homework that you can do on your own time. I love this, especially when it’s stuff that will help you make the most out of your next session.
- Injury advice. I’ve been recently injured, and I loved that my coach took several minutes after my first class back to tell me exactly what sorts of ointments are helpful, where I could go for acupuncture and massage, and how important it is to do extra warm-up on that muscle as I start to get going again.
10. Clean up. I love it when pretty much anyone says “point your toes! What are you doing?” I love it even more when someone cleans up less obvious aspects of performance.