Sarah Brown, The Pole Studio Director:
Sarah is the founder of The Pole Studio, one of the largest Pole Fitness studios in the UK. She has 20 studios, four of which are full time, in the South East of England and one in South Africa, run by Tracey Simmonds. Between Sarah and her 17 instructors, The Pole Studio teaches over 800 students on a regular basis and trains instructors from all over the world under the REPS approved Pole Studio instructor training programme. Sarah has a BA Honours in History from London University and was a journalist for 12 years for publications including The Times, The Express newspaper and Heat Magazine. Sarah also has a number of fitness certifications including, ‘Exercise to Music’ instructor, teacher and assessor. This means that she is fully qualified to teach and assess both Pole Fitness students and instructors. Sarah is President of the Polesafe Federation which is dedicated to keeping the pole industry safe.
Tracey Simmonds, Course Author:
Tracey started training in Pole Fitness in 2005. She has performed and competed internationally throughout her career and her competition credits include Pole Championship Series Africa Champion 2016, International Pole Champion 2012 1st Runner Up in Pole Fitness, Pole Art 2012 finalist and Miss Pole Dance UK Champion. Tracey co-founded the South African Pole Sports Federation in 2010. Tracey has released a number of Pole Fitness DVDs including the ‘A Comprehensive Guide to Pole Dance’ trilogy and the ‘FIPO Basic Trainer Pole Fitness’. Tracey has been involved with dancing for her entire life. She studied dance at college and then at university. She then went on to study psychology and qualified as a nurse. Tracey is registered with REPs, certified in Exercise to Music, Gym Instructor, BarreConcept method, PTLLs, Assessors and the Diploma of Exercise Science. Her key interests lie in representing and promoting Pole Fitness as a reputable, enjoyable and safe form of exercise. It is Tracey’s belief that all Pole Fitness classes should be led by a qualified, experienced, passionate and professional Pole Fitness instructor.
Helen runs six of The Pole Studios in the UK. Helen is an Anti Gravity Yoga Level 1 instructor, an ‘Exercise to Music’ instructor, a Level 3 Sports Masseuse and a REPS endorsed Pole Studio Fitness Instructor Advanced Level. Helen has also completed both her teaching and assessing qualifications, allowing her to teach and assess pupils and instructors in her known fields.
Holly has been training in Pole Fitness since 2005. She is the manager of The Pole Studio Dorking, the largest Pole fitness school in the UK. Holly is REPs registered, and a PDC approved 4 star instructor, qualified in ‘Exercise to Music’, PTLLs, Assessors, and she is a qualified ‘Personal Trainer’. She also has a degree in Sport and Leisure Management. Holly has many years’ experience instructing not only Pole Fitness but also Pole Silks, Aerial Hoop and TRX. Holly believes in the highest quality of instructing and works as an instructor at Brighton University, supporting the Pole Fitness Sports Federation, which helps to create opportunities for students to experience Pole Fitness.
Charmaine has been working in the fitness industry for many years. She is not only a certified Pole Fitness Instructor but also a Personal Trainer, Boot Camp instructor and a Strength & Conditioning coach.
Charmaine found an instant passion for Pole Fitness and loves how the sport has not only increased her fitness, but has made her stronger and more flexible.
After progressing through The Pole Studio levels, Charmaine continues to enjoy the art of pole as it evolves. Charmaine’s teaching style demonstrates her enthusiasm and she supports her students in achieving their own personal goals.
Charmaine is a REPs registered Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Pole Fitness Instructor. She is also certified in PTLLs and Assessors qualifications.