Never Skip The ‘Easy’ Stuff
When you first start to pole, it’s more than likely you’ve seen hundreds of pole moves that you want to try.
If you’re poling at home, it’s also probably likely that you’ve tried climbing or inverting before much else. If in class, there are always more dream moves to try.
It can be hard to remind yourself to learn the ‘easy’ stuff, rather than going straight for the Iron X or Rainbow Marchenko. I know I tend to lean towards the harder strength moves, rather than focusing on moves that I really should.
The ‘Easy’ Stuff Isn’t Easy
So when I say easy stuff, I don’t mean spinning there for weeks on end in your Fireman Spin. I mean just going at an appropriate pace. I’ve said it many times before – there’s no point in working on your Extended Butterfly if you can’t yet Butterfly. “Easy” is relative to your current level
I’m definitely one for trying moves that I’m not ready for. Sometimes you have to try it to see if you are ready, and others you just know by looking at!
You can always work on (or towards) harder moves, but it’s so important to get a good foundation for pole. In my opinion, you should spin before you climb, climb before you sit, and sit before you invert.
Don’t worry if you can’t yet do your dream pole move – as work towards it, you’ll achieve a series of new moves anyway 😉
Working on other moves to keep you going will help you get stronger for pole which will ultimately get you closer and closer to your dream pole goal.
The harder moves I try, the more frustrated I get.
When I first started to invert I found that there were so many moves to learn. There were so many grips and transitions available to work on. I feel like now I’ve got to a point where all I’m working on is hard (for me) strength moves – Deadlifts in all grips, Handstand Deadlifts and Iron X.
While I can do all of these to a certain extent, none of them are clean enough or constant enough for my liking.
I find that because I want to perfect them, I keep going over-and-over them. Some days they all work so well, and other days… well, nothing.
As I’m sure you’re all aware, this can lead to great highs and lows in pole.
I never want to get to a point in pole where all I have is frustration.
One day it suddenly occurred to me that just like when I was new to inverting, there were still so many new moves to try. There are limitless variations and combinations to try. And when you add in spin pole there are even more.
So I stopped working primarily on harder moves and started adding in my ‘easy’ moves to each session.
Since then, my poling has got stronger and much more interesting.
There are so many super strong people out there who I’m sure can invert without breaking a sweat, even when they are brand new to pole. But… I would still say to start at the beginning.
There are so many fantastic spins to learn before going upside down. It’ll help you get used to engaging your muscles in the correct and safe way that can only get you stronger and safer for pole.
What do you think?
Embrace the World of pole and the millions of moves that you have in front of you.