Today’s athletes are faced with a myriad of different training theories and programs advertising performance enhancement. Unfortunately, many of these overlook critical components of successful training and include suggestions that can be especially harmful to pole athletes. Even with the best of intentions, athletes without a foundational understanding of training fundamentals can end up with performance losses, stagnation, discouragement, and injury. Vertical Athlete: Fundamentals of Training for Pole Fitness and Dance provides athletes from amateur to elite with the foundational knowledge essential to creating a safe and productive training program. Armed with the tools and concepts presented throughout the book, every poler can gain the strength, endurance, flexibility, and confidence necessary to reach their own performance potential.