Hello! I'm Sara-May

Pole and Aerial Coach

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 and Aerial sports, 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 Pole Instructor: I teach at Stargazer Studios in Blacktown, in the western suburbs of Sydney.
  • As a Personal Trainer: I offer in-person personal training and small group training in the Hills district of Sydney.
  • As an online Personal Trainer: I offer pole-related personal training packages delivered over Zoom.

I am an International Pole Sports Federation endorsed Pole Coach and certified Judge, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, and an Xpert Certified Pole Instructor. I’m also an IBBFA Certified Barre Instructor, and love incorporating the best of Barre into my training programs.

Why I started Train For Pole

Growing up, my parents owned a gym, so I spent countless hours of my childhood in the gym creche. As I got older I would either man the reception desk or wander the gym floor, reracking weights and chatting to the members. In 1997, 16 year old me trained and registered as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, and fitness was my whole life. You could say that fitness is the family business.

In 2006 I tried my first pole class at Bobbi’s Pole Studio in Sydney, and I was hooked. Then, in 2008, I got pregnant, and moved to the suburbs. In retrospect I can say that I neglected my health, my fitness, and my personal passions to throw myself into full-time parenting.¬†

Between 2008 and 2016, I gained a husband, 2 kids, and a new country of residence, moving from Australia to the Netherlands. I also gained 30kg. My self-esteem was at its lowest point ever. I felt miserable, ugly and depressed. I had invested so much of my identity in my children, I didn’t know who I was anymore.

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, and started working in both a gym, and as a pole instructor. In April 2019 I did my first pole-specific certification through the highly respected Xpert Pole Instructor Training.

At the end of my time in the Netherlands, I was working at David Lloyd Health Clubs in Rotterdam Blijdorp, Pole Inspiration Dance Studio in Rotterdam and Sweetlake Pole in Zoetermeer.

In late 2019 I returned to Australia with my husband and kids, and we settled in the Hills District, north-west of Sydney. I’m available for personal training and pole private lessons in Rouse Hill and surrounds, and you can find me teaching pole at World of Pole in Blacktown.

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