Forums Discussions Finally able to flip upside down

  • SissyBuns

    August 27, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Hi New! Congrats on the invert. I think that’s what you were referring to

    Climbing (and pretty much everything else in pole) is not as easy as it looks. Believe me! Climbing requires upper body strength as well as lower body strength. It does use the top of the foot and that definitely hurts at first. As you progress you’ll find it easier though

    Do you take any classes?

  • newforme

    August 28, 2009 at 1:08 am

    no i have not taken any classes as of yet..but I do plan to…my problem with using the tops of my feet -is that the top of my feet do not grip nor stick the same as the bottom after wiping them off with alcohol….and also can you share tips on how you get your arms to strengthen up..I would love to be able to hold on and do a nice trick move in mid air…heck.. I can’t even get my thighs, feet, ankles…no part to hold on other than the sitting position, once I climb up. but I can’t spin, andI have no idea why my body does not spin like I see in the videos

  • miss fern

    August 28, 2009 at 3:06 am

    Pole dancing is a lot harder than people think, as you have no doubt just discovered. It takes time to get to the level you are trying to perform at. There is nothing wrong with you, you just have to start at the bottom and work up, just like any of sport or hobby.

    For example, can you imagine trying to play even a simple riff on a guitar without first learning about finger placement and what notes are where? It’s just the same with pole. And although it can be tedious, you need to do the basic spins and holds first, before climbing or inverting. That is HOW you get your arm strength – by doing the beginner things. (Alternatively push ups, pull ups, bicep curls, shoulder press etc at the gym.)

    The sticky feet (or grippy skin)? They come with time and practice. Being able to hold on upside down without sliding is a combination of muscle strength in your legs, and sticky skin grip.

    My advice is you should master most of the following moves before you try climbing or inverting, as they will build your strength (thus your grip) and familiarity with the pole (also helps with grip):

    – Front hook AKA butterfly spin
    – Back hook AKA backwards tart
    – Fireman AKA cross legged spin
    – Lollipop AKA Knee grip fireman
    – Sunwheel AKA snowflake
    – Chair spin AKA seated lady

    If you can do all that… CLIMBING TECHNIQUE:
    – Put your leg against the pole with you shin running diagonal across the nearest face of the pole (to you), the inside of your knee on one side of the pole and your outside/top of your foot on the other side of the pole. (As you have seen in videos)
    – Now PUSH your knee and foot in towards the pole. (So your knee pushes on direction, and your foot the other).
    – Now grip the pole with your arms above your head, push off with your foot that is on the ground (just a little, don’t want to jump), PULL with your arms and push down with that leg that’s on the pole (keep the knee and foot pushing in towards the pole though aaand try to bring your torso in to the pole – all at once!

    Good luck!

  • LaBabaYaga

    August 28, 2009 at 5:18 am

    Yeah.. I remember this (as it wasn’t that long ago) that I was complaining of the same thing. I would try to climb the pole and right back down I would slide. I couldn’t imagine how it was even possible. Try squeezing harder. Really push the top of your foot and back of your calf against the pole as hard as you can. If you have to imagine there is hot lava on the ground and if you slide down, you die, but in like.. 3 seconds the lava will turn solid and it will be safe to get down.

    I’m not understanding at what point you are upside down though, or how that plays in to the question? Are you doing a shoulder mount, cross ankle hold?

  • SissyBuns

    August 28, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    When I first started climbing regularly the top of my foot was always bruised LOL. It takes time to work through that. I agree with Georgia too about working on the basic stuff first. Climbing was taught to me 3 levels in.

    You have to crawl before you climb, LOL. Get it?
    I made a funny

  • p1nkpr1ncess

    August 28, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Yey well done for getting upside down! I remember that feeling! It really does come with practise when you get up and stay up – I’ve only just started managing this and its been gradual.

    The other girls are right about the bruising though and you really do have to PUSH that grip SO hard! Harder than you ever think you could grip! So that it hurts! Lol sometimes I think I push myself too much now I think about it!

    You will get there eventually though hun – we are all learning just like you

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