About us

The story behind Spin City….

Spin City was established by Kate Johnstone in 2007 in Bristol with the aim of making exercise more accessible and welcoming to women. As it developed, Spin City wanted to create exercise classes for both women and men that provided great fitness benefits in a social, fun and friendly environment that was open to all ages, sizes, abilities and fitness levels.

Pole fitness was the perfect answer!

Meet your instructors

Ruth Vass – Studio Owner

Ruth started pole in 2010 and joined the Spin City team in 2011 after falling in love with the sport and wanting to spread this fantastic form of exercise to other people. Ruth is a fully qualified advanced Pole Fitness Instructor and Sports Therapist; she runs Ruth Mills Therapies at nearby Thatcham Football Club.

Ruth teaches mixed ability pole on Mondays.

Hannah Wakefield

Hannah started pole back in 2010 with Ruth and has been with Spin City Brimpton every step of the way. Hannah is a fully qualified advanced Pole Fitness Instructor and teaches mixed ability classes on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Bambi Newport

Bambi started pole in the early 2000s and has been adding to her skills ever since. She started instructing in 2015 and is now a full-time Pole and Aerial Fitness Instructor, qualified to teach pole, aerial hoop, silks, sling. Bambi also holds a specialist certification for children’s pole and aerial classes, along with an enhanced DBS certificate and Safeguarding training.

Bambi teaches regular classes on Wednesdays at Spin City Brimpton.

George Cook

George started pole in 2011 and found that it was the first form of exercise that she truly loved and looked forward to. George teaches up to intermediate level on Wednesday nights.

Holly Smith

An illustrator by day and a pole instructor by night, Holly started pole in 2018, and started teaching in 2022. She illustrated a deck of ‘pole cards,’ which have since been sold across the UK to help people with their training and teaching. She will not rest until she has achieved a spatchcock, bird of paradise and or/ the infamous extended extreme superpain… Maybe not all in one routine though. Holly teaches beginners at Spin City Brimpton on Wednesdays at 8.15.