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  • Holding with legs/thighs?

    Posted by Sanchara on December 14, 2009 at 9:44 am

    I was just wondering how to hold onto the pole with my legs/thighs in order to do situp/crunch type exercises(front and back). Can anyone help?

    vodka replied 14 years, 4 months ago 8 Members · 10 Replies
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  • VixBiatch

    December 14, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Go at least 2 climbs up so you don’t smack yor head on the ground, and use a spotter if you’ve never done this before Extend left leg out and cross your right leg over it as tightly as you can (the pole is between your upper thighs), bending the right knee & pointing your foot back towards your body. Somebody told me to imagine wrapping my right foot AROUND my leg leg (it won’t ever happen but it makes you grip harder) and I found it worked for me! Put your left hand under your bottom and use it as a guide to lower your torso down until you get ‘no hands’ confident. From this move, you can put your hands behind your head to do these sit-ups you’re talking about. Your ‘sitting’ bones will get sore from this and I don’t think it’s all that good your spinal alignment but it looks TOUGH AS if you’re ever just wanting to show off!!

  • SD2011

    December 15, 2009 at 1:53 am

    Hi, to whom this may reach! urr speaking of holding with legs etc………………i have one question! How did everyone overcome the pain/burning or feeling like your skin will tear while poling!? I tried my very first move last nite and yh ouch!! my thighssssss, now i avoid contact coz i knw itll hurt! What should i do!?

  • SD2011

    December 15, 2009 at 1:57 am

    urmm yhh any tips anyone? many thnx

  • amcut

    December 15, 2009 at 2:31 am

    Yeah, you just keep on doing it.

    Either it stops burning or you stop noticing it or some combination of both.

  • Veena

    December 15, 2009 at 3:12 am

    Breath, and breath some more, take nice slow and controlled breaths don’t hold your breath! Also make sure that your not just relying on your skin to hold in position, but squeeze the pole by using your muscles. Pain will feel the most intense during "that time of the month"

    One other thing…I don’t recommend doing sit ups on the pole. If you do choose to try this, be sure that you alternate which leg your using for the Cross Knee Release and Cross Ankle Release to balance things out.

  • Sanchara

    December 15, 2009 at 4:19 am

    Out of curiosity why?
    for the record I was just using si ups as an example,the exercise I want to do is ore of a funny oblique twist thing in a straight body position. My vaulting coach gave it to me saying that Ihad to do it of of something so I was holding the posiion with my core muscles rather than lying on the floor and lifting.. I figued it might as well be the pole.

  • SD2011

    December 15, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Hey studioveena and amcut! grt i get it, makes alot more sense.
    So rather than putting it off ill get back to my dead lifts/squats! The more muscle the less loose skin and fat to take the raps! hmm. And yes relying on muscle tension seems a must, it seems that is what balances out the bruning…… rite! and yes forgetting not noticing not minding the pain especially when enjoying ones self seems so logical! Thanx for overturning some rocks for me to look under, grt just what i needed!:D

  • emma_zane

    December 15, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    The pain seems to go away after a while the more you do it. I don’t really know why, but I imagine maybe your nerves lose some of their sensitivity. Maybe it’s something like how kick boxers can stand being kicked over and over again really hard, it starts to hurt less over time. When I first started doing pole sits I could only do it for a few seconds and my face would pinch up in pain, uncontrollably and I wondered how my instructor could do it with such grace. Now I can sit for a long time. I think the body adapts. Just keep at it.

  • polergirl

    December 16, 2009 at 1:17 am

    I think a lot of the pain going away has to do with the fact that we learn how to hold our bodies on the pole, where our "sweet spots" are, etc. I have learned to read my bruises and sore spots like they’re tea leaves, lol.

  • vodka

    December 20, 2009 at 6:51 am

    oh! ok!! i was wondering how to do this as well. i tried a few moves the other nite, and now my thighs plain HURT. guess i just gotta suck it up and work through the pain! lol thanx for the help…

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