Things you need to know about spin pole
The spin pole is so much fun! It gives pole tricks and holds so much dimension and can be quite mesmerizing.
Spin Pole Foundations
The physics of the spinning pole is pretty much opposite to that of the static pole. Just like a figure skater, when you pull your body in towards the pole, you will spin faster, whereas with the static pole you will stop spinning when you pull in. I like to make sure that all of my students follow these tips on how to get momentum, and combat the dizziness you may feel on the spin pole.
Pencil to Dolphin
The Pencil to Dolphin spin is a basic spin that looks easy...but actually requires a lot of core and shoulder engagement. The spin pole makes everything look easier than it actually is which is why it’s also very pretty to look at! The most common challenge with this move is that you will feel like your body wants to turn out. You must fight this feeling! Squeeze your tummy, pull those shoulders down, and keep everything centred to the pole. You can do it!
Spin Pole Combo
Ah, the possibilities! Here is a combination of moves I have put together on the spin pole. I chose this tutorial to show you an example of the potential result of all your hard work on the pole. We teach all these moves in Tantra Tutorials! Once you have the tricks, the next challenge is transitioning from one move to another. This is where cardio and conditioning comes into play, as you want to be able to move through one move and then another move without resting. Don’t forget to spot so that you don’t get too dizzy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to three of the questions that I've gotten asked the most from my students over the years.
I am new to pole, can I start with spin pole?
Ideally it is best to start with static pole and complete pole 101 to 303 prior to coming to a spin pole class. Spin pole requires a lot of upper body and core strength right from the start as you are working with and sometimes against momentum. Starting with static pole will allow you to build up your strength and learn some moves which can be applied to spin pole in a safe manner avoiding any potential injuries. Also the foundations of spin pole are incorporated into pole 303 and 404 so it is recommended you start with these class’s first to ensure proper technique before attempting any of the more difficult moves taught in spin pole.
I feel like I’m spinning out of control! What am I doing wrong?
Remember to engage your lats and core. Often the force of the pole spinning can make it difficult to control a move. If you find that you cannot control the spin or a move is too difficult to execute, slow the spin down. Once you master the move in a safe and controlled manner going at a slow speed, slowly increase the speed of the spin over time. If you are finding you are out of control mid spin sticking a body part out away from the pole (eg. arm, leg, hips) will slow you down or ask your training buddy to stop you. Also remember to try things spinning in both directions – often you’ll find a move is easier spinning a specific way.
I feel nauseous doing spin pole. Am I just not made to do it?
It is normal at first to feel dizzy or nauseous when you start spin pole. This will improve and eventually go away with time. It is important to listen to your body when you begin and give yourself enough breaks to allow your body to adjust to spinning. Some tips to help you adjust:
– Spin slower
– Start with short sessions on the spin pole or alternate between spin and static until your body gets more used to spinning
– Look at the pole (fixed point) while you are climbing or setting up a move
– When you finish your move look at something that is not moving
– In a routine, plan out choreography so that you can hold onto the pole for a bit whike you dance or time it so you can some floor work afterwards to get your bearings again