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Hello! I'm Sara-May

Certified Personal Trainer & Pole Instructor

Stronger. Fitter. Better.

Hi there. I’m Sara-May, and I run Train for Pole.

My mission is to work with women like you, to help you feel stronger, fitter and incredibly confident in your own skin.

I specialise in Pole Fitness, and there is nothing I find more satisfying than guiding women to achieving feats of strength and skill that they never thought they were capable of.

There’s a few different ways I do this.

  • Through social media: I’m on Instagram and Reddit, where I share training tidbits and my own experiences.
  • Through my blog: I share training and pole-related information for free, right here on this website.
  • As a Personal Trainer and Pole Instructor: I offer in-person personal training and small group training in the Hills district of Sydney.
  • COMING IN 2020 – Through my online training program: I have developed a training template to help new-ish pole dancers build the strength they’ll need in order to progress their pole skills

I am an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Xpert Certified Pole Instructor, and I am registered to work as such in both Europe and Australia.

Why I started Train For Pole

Waaaaay back in 1997, in what feels like another lifetime, I was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, and fitness was my whole life. In 2005 I tried my first pole class at Bobbi’s Pole Studio in Sydney, and I was hooked. Then, in 2008, I got pregnant, moved to the suburbs, and stopped pursuing my personal passions to throw myself into full-time parenting. 

Between 2008 and 2016, I gained a husband, 2 kids, a dog, and a new country of residence, moving from Australia to the Netherlands. I also gained 30kg.

In September of 2016 I decided it was time to make a change.

I joined a gym and worked incredibly hard to lose weight, gain muscle, and turn my health around. At the end of 2017, I got back on the pole. In January of 2019 I re-qualified as a personal trainer, in February 2019 I started working as a Pole Instructor, and in April 2019 I became certified as a Pole Instructor through the highly respected Xpert Pole Instructor Training.

Now that my kids are both at school, I find myself able to once again chase my passion. I live, sleep and breathe for pole, but there’s not a lot of people in my life who share my obsession. In fact, I’m pretty sure everyone I know is sick to death of hearing about pole-related topics, so I decided, for the sanity of everyone involved, to create Train for Pole.

Recent Updates

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Xpert Pole Instructor Training: A review

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