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PoleSphere Review

by | Aug 9, 2020 | Pole Services | 0 comments

2020 has been a strange year. The world has changed, and the way we train has changed with it. Without access to pole studios, many polers rushed to buy home poles, only to find themselves at a loss for what and how to train.

Luckily, there are a number of online pole platforms on the market that specialise in on-demand lessons for home polers. Over the coming months, I’ll be testing and reviewing as many as possible here on the Australian Pole Directory.

In this article, I’ll be reviewing PoleSphere, an Aussie-based online pole platform that I have been a paying member of since April 2020.

This is not an advertisement or sponsored post. I pay for my membership to PoleSphere and am not being remunerated in any way for writing this article.

Who is PoleSphere for?

I’ve lifted this description straight from the PoleSphere website:

Are you an existing pole student or a home poler looking for more training, expert advice, strength, conditioning, dance, and banging tricks to add to your arsenal? Or perhaps you’re a very beginner who is after guidance to help you progress safely, gain strength and master the building blocks you need to learn new moves with confidence.

PoleSphere tutorials follow logical learning pathways that build your repertoire safely and holistically.

More than just a selection of tricks and combos, we have created a truly progressive learning experience.

Based on my experience using the platform, I would agree. It’s an excellent platform for beginners all the way through to high-intermediate/advanced level polers.

It may not be the right platform for you if you are an elite level poler.

So how does it work?

PoleSphere is essentially a video library (plus some cool extras) housed on a fairly modern, intuitive website. Compared to other online pole platforms I have used, it’s very straightforward to use and easy to navigate.

The Tutorials:

When you join PoleSphere, you’ll receive a welcome email series with some advice on how best to start using the platform, how to set some pole goals, and advice for making the most of your subscription. It’s probably a good place to start… But if you’re anything like me, you’ll throw all good advice to the wind and just jump straight into the platform!

The main tutorial screen looks like this:

As you can see, tutorials are broken down into categories. The categories are:

  • Warm ups (You can also find cool downs in this section)
  • Isolation (A series of workouts and tutorials that you don’t need a pole for, filmed during COVID lockdowns.)
  • Stretch and Condition (A series of tutorials to work on flexibility and pole-specific strength.)
  • Tricks (The most extensive part of the PoleSphere Tutorial Library. Ranges all the way from Pole Sit through to handsprings, flips and Russian splits.)
  • Combos, and
  • Dance (routines with a mix of exotic, lyrical, chair dance, basework and floorwork.)

You can filter all these tutorials by level (Open, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Elite), by Instructor (see below for a full list of instructors), and by apparatus (spin pole, static pole and non-pole).

One aspect of PoleSphere that I love, and one of the key reasons I recommend it so often, is their progressive learning model. Wherever relevant to the tutorial, you will be linked to the pre-requisites for the trick you’re looking at. You’ll also be guided to regressions for the move, and progressions/things to work on next, once you have mastered the given move.

An example I’ve chosen for the sake of this article is the Genie (which you may also know as froggy).

PoleSphere recommends you have a solid Straddle Invert/Chopper, and Outside Leg Hang before you start working on your Genie.

If you’re struggling to achieve your Genie, PoleSphere recommends you work on your Martini, your Outside Leg Hang, your Cupid and your Straddle Invert/Chopper. They link you directly to all these tutorials:

Once you’ve mastered your Genie, PoleSphere recommends you start experimenting with your Baby Russian Split and your Gargoyle. They also suggest a trying a combo that uses the Genie.

I personally think this is an excellent system, and one that is incredibly beneficial to beginners, or anyone who is a little “lost” with their training.

The Emporium:

To make things more fun and engaging, PoleSphere also gives you the opportunity to earn “Diamantes”, which you can trade for PoleSphere merchandise, like branded pens, bags and shirts.

You earn diamantes by watching tutorials and answering quizzes about the tutorials.

The Community:

The other incredibly valuable resource that comes with your PoleSphere membership, is access to a private Facebook community. Unlike many Facebook groups I have been a part of, it’s actually an incredibly useful, active and supportive community, moderated very well by one of the founders of the platform.

All PoleSphere members are encouraged to post progress videos or videos of their pole practice for critique and advice. The PoleSphere instructors are very active and willing to offer critiques, advice and supportive, encouraging words.

Who teaches through PoleSphere?

There are currently 9 PoleSphere Instructors, and they represent some of the most experienced and well-known Australian Pole Personalities, including:

 

Adam Lin

Chilli Rox

Megan Blyszak

Andrea James Lui

Joanna Littlewood-Johnson

Miss Filly

Carlie Hunter

Lisa D

Tammy Grindlay

How much does PoleSphere cost?

PoleSphere generally offers a free 1-week trial of their platform, however they periodically run promotions offering a free 30-day trial.

Thereafter, it’s $29.95AUD per month.

 

What’s the final verdict?

PoleSphere is one of the more expensive Online Pole Platforms on the market. Having said that, I believe it’s worth it (hence why I pay for it myself every month). The calibre of the instructors, the slick user-interface of the platform itself, and the value of the online community are all strong selling points for me.

Have you tried PoleSphere? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

This is the first in a series of Online Pole Platform reviews that I have planned. Let me know in the comments if there is a particular website or platform you would like me to review next. If you’re not sure what other Online Pole Studios are out there, you can check out the comprehensive list in the Australian Pole Directory here.

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How to become a Pole Dance Instructor in Australia

How to become a Pole Dance Instructor in Australia

This post is for those of you who've been doing pole for a while and feel like part of the family at your pole studio. It's for all the polers who are proud of the progress they have made, and want to help other people achieve that same feeling of success. This is...

Share the love and support your home studio or fave pole brand

Share the love and support your home studio or fave pole brand

Welcome to the Australian Pole Directory! I can't tell you how excited I am that you're here! This website was my #isoproject, my way to be connected to the pole industry while we were all effectively confined to our homes, as well as being my way to help support and...

An Interview with Nikki McLennan of Lioness Photography

An Interview with Nikki McLennan of Lioness Photography

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How to choose a pole for home use

How to choose a pole for home use

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Sara-May Monaghan

Sara-May Monaghan

Australian Pole Directory Founder

Sara-May is passionate about pole. She did her first pole class at Bobbi’s in 2006. 

After repatriating to Australian in late 2019, she struggled to find the right studio, her favourite polewear brands and the other poling resources she needed. As a result of this, the Australian Pole Directory was born.

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