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  • Elbow Grip

    Posted by Jenn on February 23, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Hey Everyone! I posted this on another forum but didn’t get much feedback so I thought I’d give it a try here…

    Okay, so I can do the forearm grip quite well, and I am pretty comfortable with it, however I would like to try working with the elbow grip. For some reason, this one scares me a bit, it doesn’t seem as if it is as secure as the forearm grip. I’ve kind of played with the grip, before going into my usual forearm grip, but it just feels so odd to me, so then I psyche myself out of trying it. I need to wait until I have a spotter available, which will, hopefully, be soon.

    So, what I want to know is, are there are any differences between how one would execute the elbow grip vs. forearm grip, or do you go into it much the same way? Any thoughts on this are much appreciated!!


    pole-twista replied 15 years, 4 months ago 6 Members · 9 Replies
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  • RoxyPink

    February 24, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Sorry, can’t help with this one…I’m the exact opposite. I can do elbow grip, but forearm grip feels so unstable….need lots more practice!

    Good luck!

  • Veena

    February 24, 2009 at 4:36 am

    I can do the forearm grip veeerrry comfortably but I still struggle with the elbow grip. I can do it close to the pole but only sometimes with my body away from the pole. So here’s my two sense….this is still on my "work on" list. Ok from what I can tell when I have tried this.. you need to have your elbow placed far enough up or you wont have the leverage you need. The main problem I always run into.. is I always keep my body to the side of the pole during an asha, straight edge and so on…but with the elbow grip you have to keep your body more towards the middle of the pole not off to one side. I don’t really know if that was helpful at all. I’ll practice it this week and I’ll keep you posted.

  • Jenn

    February 24, 2009 at 7:44 am

    hmm.. i see what you are saying about keeping the body centered. I do the same in that my body is always to the side of the pole when doing my aysha/straight edge w forearm grip. i am going to play with this tonight. hopefully, i will make some progress. i appreciate your input. let me know if you think of anything else!

  • LittleMissLola

    February 24, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I’m an elbow gripper, forearm feels really unstable for me, hehe. Just a few things I got told when I was first trying to do the elbow grip;

    Really grip with it, don’t just use your weight to hook it, really get the pole in the crook of your elbow then bend it

    Put the elbow slightly higher up the pole, then once gripped slightly pull down to lock it

    Hope that helps

  • pole-twista

    February 24, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    I cant aysha yet ( it is my number 1 wanted move right now) but when I reverse climb I use the elbow grip I can’t seem to get a good feel the other way but probably good to know both so will start trying with forarm does anyone feel one is safer than the other or do you think it’s a matter of preferance?

  • LittleMissLola

    February 24, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Purely preference in my opinion. Veena and Jenn both prefer the forearm grip and feel unsteady with elbow grip whereas I’m solid with elbow and really don’t fancy trying forearm grip because to me it doesn’t feel stable. Horses for courses

  • Veena

    February 24, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I think its purely preference too. The one that’s the safest it the one you can do with out falling on your head.

  • Charley

    March 22, 2009 at 12:35 am

    This is probably a little late but the best way to do this is off to the side of the pole rather than in front of it.

    BIG caterpillar up and butt out, your going to wrap your elbow around the pole – make it nice and tight in the elbow pit – push with your lower hand and extend away from the pole.

    A really good way to get comfortable with the elbow grip, same goes for forearm, is to practice your reverse climb with it.

  • pole-twista

    March 22, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    thnx for the tips!!

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