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International Pole Camp & Retreat - Budapest 04th-08th May 2015:
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World Pole Dance Championships - Beijing, China 12th April 2015
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The Hidden Killer

What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a natural rock. When crushed it turns into small fibres that look like needles of glass under the microscope. It was used for many purposes until recently as is a very good insulator of heat and electricity, and was used to make roofing tiles, flooring tiles, and added to plaster in textured ceilings such as Artex for many years.
However, we now know that Asbestos is dangerous and the needle-like fibres when inhaled can cause breathing problems and serious illnesses. In the UK Asbestos is no longer used, but many millions of buildings and homes as recent as 1990 contain Asbestos. In homes this is usually found in Artex or textured ceilings which is relatively safe, unless disturbed where fibres are released into the air and breathed in.

How can it hurt me?
Asbestos is only dangerous if the fibres are breathed in and get into your lungs. People who get very ill with Asbestos get an illness called Asbestosis where the fibres get stuck in the lung and can cause a form of cancer, but you have to breathe in a lot to get this. The types and levels of Asbestos found in the home are almost always low risk, and as they are held inside the floor tile or ceiling texture they can’t get into the air unless the material is damaged then there is a risk of exposure.

Spot the odd one out…
Heating and ventilation engineer
Painters and decorator
Construction worker
Pole Fitness

It may seem an obvious choice perhaps but ‘Pole Fitness’ is the only one on the list equally at risk of exposure to asbestos materials yet the only one NOT to receive any formal guidance on the dangers of Asbestos.

You can’t see or smell asbestos fibres in the air.
The effects of asbestos take many years to show up - avoid breathing it in now.
Smoking increases the risk many times.
Asbestos is only a danger when fibres are made airborne

But let’s bring the danger of Asbestos into perspective. Asbestos material in good condition is safe unless asbestos fibres become airborne, which happens when materials are damaged… like fitting a pole, or if the pole is loose on the ceiling.

This will only affect instructors and students who fit their own poles at home because commercial premises have a formal duty to manage asbestos under regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. This would cover studios in sports centres and Council owned venues where they have a responsibility for protecting others who work in such premises, or use them in other ways, from the risks to ill health that exposure to asbestos causes so you are very unlikely to be at risk in these premises, but its always best to ask when hiring.
Asbestos was used in textured ceilings as recent as 1990 in domestic homes and this is where you may be unknowingly creating a danger by fitting a dance pole for yourself or to teach others as you may be releasing Asbestos fibres into the air by disturbing the ceiling. So for more information visit the HSE web site at: and remember if you are unsure about whether certain materials contain asbestos, presume it does and treat it as such especially if your home was built 1990 or before.

Homes built after 1990 ‘should’ be safe – if in doubt get a qualified builder to check out your ceilings.

Here are some basic principles to remember if you are on Instructing or teaching off a floor to ceiling pole;
• If your ceiling contains Asbestos and it is painted and left untouched, it is perfectly safe and will only give rise to potential danger if the ceiling is damaged or disturbed.
• Removing Asbestos is more dangerous than leaving it in place and managing it ie: not disturbing it
If in doubt
• Consider teaching or taking lessons at your local health club where they have a duty of care to ensure your safety – Always check with them before putting poles up
• Use a free standing pole that doesn’t require ceiling or floor fixings, therefore not disturbing materials

Pit Stop Challenge

Pole Passion offer Accredited Pole Dance Instructor Teacher Training. Part of this is to challenge students to develop leadership skills through to the drama, excitement and teamwork required to complete a given task within a limited time frame.

In this instance the challenge was given to erect an RPole Portable Free Standing Dance Pole in the quickest possible time. Similar to an F1 pit stop, a test of speed, coordination, leadership and TEAMWORK all vital to success.

The RULES are simple, like a Formula 1 car coming into the pits for tyre change, the clock starts the moment the car stops. Or in this case when any part of the pole touches the floor.

How long does it take to erect a complete portable free standing dance pole?
10 minutes…
5 minutes…
3 minutes…
1 minute...?

Not even close…

The RPole Portable Dance Pole took just 2.5 SECONDS!

The RPole Fit with full size Safety Mat just 5.4 SECONDS!

The lightest and most portable Pole Dance Poles in the World!
Not all dance poles are created equal

Pole Dancing is high intensity training

Pole Passion's very own Paula Bines, Ben Weeks, Sam Causon and Kay Penney owner of Pole Passion worked with ITV Fixers to help show how pole fitness can benefit even fitness professionals and change the perception of Pole Fitness by taking a pole class to Crawley Rugby Clubs weekly training. Ben and Sam were put on Heart monitors whilst working out on the pole. The results showed their heart rate went up to 180 in under three minutes, which in conclusion proves Pole Fitness IS a high intensity workout. This proves pole fitness can have the same cardio vascular workout like sprinting, but with the added benefits of weights and flexibility training, balance and coordination which is included in static pole holds for increased muscle definition including resistance training all at a maximum intensity.

The Poles used are RPole Portable Free Standing Dance Poles which are proved to burn more calories compared to fixed floor to ceiling poles

To monitor the maximum heart rate of a male and female pole athlete during continuous intense pole endurance and training, which includes upper and lower body muscles, during pole tricks, spins, transitions and acrobatics on and around a vertical bar – the pole - for three minutes.

Their heart rates were monitored throughout their intense session.
For a 27 year old female – Sam Causon – Pole Passion
At rest and with a normal heart the HR (Heart rate) is between 60 - 100 BPM

For a 23 year old male – Ben Weeks – Pole Passion
At rest and with a normal heart the HR (Heart rate) is between 60 – 100 BPM
the maximum heart rate is 197

(An estimate of a person's maximum age-related heart rate can be calculated by subtracting the person's age from 220)

Personal Trainer (PT) Nikos Skevis of Premier Training supported the two pole athletes throughout the session and monitoring them throughout. Whilst pole fitness is not classed as a team sport such as Rugby, Football or Netball, it encourages less egos and a supportive team spirit which includes a positive social support network for the participants.

Nikos commented that he was surprized with his findings as he had underestimated the power, strength and agility required for such an activity. ‘Their heart rates went up to 180 in under three minutes, which concludes they reached high intensity training.’

Nikos continued to liken it to cardio vascular sport training activities such as sprinting and high intensity rowing, but with the added benefits of flexibility training, balance and coordination which is included in static pole holds for increased muscle definition including resistance training all at a maximum intensity.

Reproduced with permission. Original Article can be found at:

"The RPole is much, much lighter and can be put up and down in less than a minute" - Frankie
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