The barf-free spin pole workout
Spin mode. For so long, the very thought of it made me slightly lightheaded and woozy. In fact, I danced for three, maybe four, years without doing much of anything on spin mode.
- You must — MUST — control your momentum going into your spin or climb. If you’re used to working on static pole, you’re used to building momentum by swinging your outside leg around, pulling your hips far out from the pole, and pivoting on your inside food. Doing that on spin mode will provide you with a one-way ticket to Vomit Town. Step gently into your spin or climb by rolling off your plant foot. Control the momentum now, or you’ll have to try to adjust it later, and that can be tricky.
- Stay hydrated, and don’t work on a full (or empty!) stomach. This one might seem obvious… but it’s worth saying.
- Body mass close to the pole = faster spin. Body mass away from the pole = slower spin. This one’s all about physics, folks. The description below is super simplified, and to the physicists in the pole world, I say this: please don’t hold it against me! 😉
Centripetal force (caused by tension in your arms as you hold the pole) pulls you toward the pole and keeps you from flying off; centrifugal force is what would cause you to fly away from the pole if you let go. You’re creating both centripetal and centrifugal force by the very nature of working on a spinny pole, and in any move you need to exert enough force to counteract whichever one is working against you the hardest. Lots of new spin pole devotees find that climbing is really, really difficult, for a couple of reasons: one, the pole is trying to bring you in or throw you outward, and you want to go upward. Two, every time you get in close to the pole, it speeds up! That’s why controlling your momentum from the very beginning of a move is important.
|Centripetal force comes from the tension created by your arms holding the pole.
If you let go, centrifugal force will take over and away you’ll go!
- Build up to it. Don’t expect to do an entire training session on spin the first time you try it, and don’t try to do your most advanced tricks right away. Start slowly. Do a few easy spins. Get a feel for how your particular pole spins. Some are lightning fast, while others are a little more manageable. It’s important to know how your pole will react to your use of momentum and leverage. Once you’ve got that figured out, your spin pole work should go from the very beginning. You’ll likely progress quickly, so it’s not like you’ll have to spend weeks re-learning to climb. But it’s unwise and can be downright dangerous to jump right into advanced tricks on spin mode if you’re not used to it.
- If you find yourself getting dizzy, stop for a minute and regroup. Don’t soldier on. It won’t help. Your inner ears are allllllll confused and it’s going to take them a bit to get un-confused. Give your body time to get its land legs back before continuing your session.