by Destinee Wright
Mastering the pole is rewarding. All the errors during your beginner's classes are conquered and you've began to tone up. Be proud!
New challenges await. Moving on to intermediate classes, you'll learn that your static pole unlocks into an alternative setting — the spinning pole. And yes, as mentioned in its name, it spins.
Some people have preferences between the static (the pole available in beginner's classes) and spinning (offered in intermediate) poles. Some people don't know much about the other pole and that's ok. Read along to learn about the advantages of each pole.
Static poles are the basic type of poles (think fireman). These poles stay in place as you twirl around it. Static poles are used in our beginner's classes to help build body strength. There are many different moves and techniques that are learned on the static pole that are the foundation of pole fitness as a whole.
Spinning poles, however, twirl in their foundation. When you spin, it spins with you. That means rather than using your own strength and momentum to twirl around a static pole, the spinning pole does the twirling for you.
Is Using A Spinning Pole Cheating?
Absolutely not. In fact, you’re using all the same muscles used on a static pole and more! Spinning poles require a lot more control as you are holding poses as you twirl — you have to really dig deep into the core. A great deal of strength is used for spinning poles because you’re holding poses longer. Your grips may be different and you're completing more twirls than you would a static pole. Basically, spinning poles require developed strength (which is why they are introduced to our intermediate polers). Though one isn’t more difficult than the other, switching from one pole to another requires adjusting.
Dizziness On A Spinning Pole
Getting dizzy on a spinning pole is quite common — especially for those moving up to intermediate classes. For some people, keeping their eyes on the pole helps from feeling dizzy. Others feel more in tact with allowing their settings to blur around them. Everyone is different.
Be sure to use the Spotting Technique. This is when the poler searches for a single object (this can be the pole or a light fixture) while maneuvering on the pole. Spotting your object breaks the illusion of an entire room spinning and helps prevent the dizziness associated with spinning poles. This technique is used by ballerinas, other dance and models when performing turns on stages and runways.
The proper type of equipment may help prevent dizziness. Mighty Grip gloves with tack are helpful for spinning poles. We sell them right in our online store!