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No pole needed. For all levels. Multi-tiered video course with world champion Rafaela Montanaro. Now available for instant access after purchase.

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Course Introduction

Rafaela’s functional strength shines in her 1st place Olympia performance

Rafaela Montanaro is the World Champion of pole sport. A former artistic gymnast with a bachelors degree in physical education from the Universitário FMU in São Paulo, her dual embodiment of theory and practice makes her uniquely qualified as a conditioning instructor.

Functional Full-Body Training Without Equipment. Part of the PPU core curriculum, Principles of Strength contains multiple 6-week programs of increasing difficulty, so it’s customizable to your current level and fitness goals. And you can repeat as many times as you like, advancing from one level to the next as you progress.

We designed it this way so that it would be the only strength conditioning resource you’ll ever need — from before you touch your first pole, all the way till you’re preparing for your first world championship.

You do not need a pole for this course, and there are no minimum requirements. A yoga mat is recommended.

What is it ?

Just like an online college course. where the videos are pre-recorded and everything is already set up for you. So you can start whenever you’re ready, and work through the lessons at your own pace. And it’s lifetime access, so you can re-do the lessons as many times as you like.

Who is it for ?

Principles of Strength is designed for three types of students:
  1. Lifestyle and competitive polers of all levels who want to efficiently develop the strength that will enable them to master new pole moves more quickly
  2. Those who have never done pole before, but might like to try after they’ve first built a good physical foundation 
  3. Anyone wanting to become more active in life and improve their functional strength while doing everyday activities

Student Reviews

These are student reviews of Rafaela’s other Pole Press University courses that have already been released.

Jackie Edwards
Jackie Edwards
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I am just about finished Rafaela’s course and can hardly believe myself in what I am achieving here. I am a 58 yr old intermediate/ advanced poler and I can tell you, this course has really helped me to step up my game. I am progressing faster than I was at the studio- which I love too- more space than at home, but Rafaela breaks down the moves so well, you just have to really listen to what she is telling you in every detail and you will soon see results. I can now do Box splits up on the pole, inverted splits, a loads of moves that, when I started I really thought would take so long to get, but I am getting them and will look forward to and hope she does another course sometime….you can count me in! I will take the essentials course as well as I liked the intro video, and I think the new flexibitly course, movement will compliment Rafaela’s very well….and we have these video’sfor life. Well done to all involved.xx
Diana Isabel Sanchez Paniagua
Diana Isabel Sanchez Paniagua
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Totally recommended for everyone who wants to improve their strenth and the technique. I also did the essentials course and both complement to each other really well. You have a long-life access to the Pole Press University so I think this is a must have course to do each lesson whenever you want or have any doubt. So excited with the final results after completing both courses!!
Mariana Alvarado
Mariana Alvarado
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I love the structure of the course and that it’s not too intense if you’re more on the intermediate side, but with moves that can be taken up a notch if you’re more advanced. One thing I would like to see in future courses are extended flexibility and strength conditioning exercises, or at least suggestions of extra moves to try. One can obviously make this course their own and add a few things here and there since there is the option to pause the videos or wait to start the next one, but for instance it’d be nice if the flexibility videos were a bit more thorough to make sure you don’t launch into it fully and risk injury. Other than that, I think it’s an excellent option for someone who doesn’t have access to a pole studio for any reason, and wants to progress in their pole journey with a top level instructor like Rafaela.

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