OG Trickin’ — the chopper

OG Trickin’ — the chopper

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Say hello to the helicopter/chopper/inverted V/inverted straddle The chopper is the hobgoblin of many a poler. I struggled with it for a long time before I built the strength to go into it with control and hold myself there. A basic that’s not so basic First and foremost, bear in mind that this is not
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Get the most from workshops or private lessons

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ZOMG [insert polebrity name here IS COMING TO MY HOME STUDIO TO TEACH The excitement of getting the chance to work with your favorite poler . . . may quickly be followed by the fear that you won’t be up to the task. Never fear! Here are a few things I’ve learned taking workshops and/or
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Hello Darling, I’ve Missed You! Getting back on the pole after a break.

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Sometimes Life Gets In the Way Injuries. Kid stuff. Partner stuff. Money. Priorities. Burnout. There are so many things that can cause us to take a little pole break. And getting back on the pole after a break can be challenging. Those carefully built-up calluses are gone. And let’s not even talk about the strength
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Don’t be “THAT” student! Five things to avoid doing in pole class

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How to be a model pole student Going to pole class is fun. It should be fun! But sometimes students forget that it’s also an intense physical activity that requires attention to technique. Do you find yourself doing any of the five things below? Well, stop! 🙂 1. Coming to class late. You get stuck
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Pole Dance Injuries – a POLE POLL

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Hey, that HURT! A few months back I took a Facebook poll of common pole dance injuries suffered by my Pole’r Bear brothers and sisters. I asked some questions about particular body parts and common pole moves: Blogger’s note: I specifically asked to avoid reports of grip-aid-related injuries. That’s a whole new topic. I wanted
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Handstand Hints

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Handstands are awesome. First, they look really cool and you can make beautiful shapes while in one — case in point, the amazeballs Nadia Sharif in our main image. Second, they are great emergency exits from inverted moves. If you can comfortably hold yourself in a handstand, you can slide down into one and hold
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Pole Basics: LEG HANGS Note: these videos are NOT intended to be a substitute for hands-on instruction. They represent a safe way to work on basic inverted positions BEFORE you are ready to try them in the air. If you do not feel secure in these positions while lying on the floor, do NOT try
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The post heard around the pole world A couple of years ago Irmingard Mayer published a post asking instructors why they allow students to kick into inversions. It turned out to be a controversial topic, though I’m not exactly sure why. I subsequently wrote a post with some tips for telling whether you’re getting good
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