'Why are classes so expensive when I can go to the gym for £20 a month?!' Something that is often said when new people enquire about classes
It may seem like Pole & Aerial classes are expensive, they're often compared to going to the gym, I'm not entirely sure why, as the two are nothing a like.
Lets break it down...
Unlimited access when ever you want
Brief Induction on using the equipment
Off you go on your todd
For most people they lose interest in the gym, they don't really know what to do to get results, doing the same things and not challenging self, maybe go once a month and sometimes not at all.
Sometime classes are even included too, which can have 25+ people in them, great if you love it and you're reaching your goals, whether losing weight, building muscle mass, getting stronger and confident, then keep at the gym. :)
Pole & Aerial Studio:
Levelled classes to suit your ability
Small classes to ensure your safety and progression
Tailored lesson plans so you can learn a skill
Learn something new every week
Full support from instructor, with spotting where required
Lets have a look at expensive:
Pole & Aerial Studio:
Equipment - replace every 2 years
Ok... so not a huge difference, lets deluge in a bit deeper...
Gym classes - 25-35 people - no equipment needed
Pole & Aerial classes - 12 people (2 to a pole/hoop-expensive equipment)
Gym classes- Open to everyone
Pole & Aerial classes - Specialised into levels- essential for safety, specific techniques and moves are required to progress so taught in order which is why it's not open to all
Gym classes - Grounded- no spotting required
Pole & Aerial classes- In the air known as a dangerous sport, spotting and safety mats required
Gym classes - Instructors can enrol onto a course with no experience
Pole & Aerial classes - Instructors need years of ongoing training, with at least 6 months experience to teach beginners before even taking an instructors course
So there is something to think about, as a pole & aerial studio we would love to offer £5 classes like the gyms do, if it was safe to have 30 people in a class we so would, but it's not and you'd be pretty miffed to have to share a pole with 5 other people getting maybe 2/3 goes in an hours session.
Having the same expenses and sometimes more when you have to factor in rigging, then I even forgot to mention sub contractors, and employment costs, yet we can't have the amount of customers the gyms do but still have to pay out just as much and more!
So next time you think your local pole & aerial classes are expensive just think about the time and dedication your instructors have to be to ensure classes are levelled, that you can progress and classes are small so we can keep you safe. They have to spend hours of training to ensure they keep up to standards, learn new moves and how they can spot you safely in it, train again and again to know all the teaching points to teach you correctly.
Not only are you learning an amazing new skill that is pretty dangerous, (not everyone can do it) you get individual instructor spotting and support, you can ask questions and even some will allow you to make requests so the class is totally catered towards your goals, not what's offered in your locals legs, bums and tums gym class ay?
If learning a new skill doesn't bother you, then I would suggest that maybe pole & aerial isn't going to be the right classes for you, it takes time and dedication which yes will cost more than your local gym.
If you are wasting gym membership, need motivation, want to build strength and confidence, a hobby that's just for you? Then Pole & Aerial classes are a great way to get fit, you'll actually want to go without feeling you're dragging your butt there and learning something new every week means your body & mind is continuously challenged!