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  • Not enough room!

    Posted by moonflower on December 21, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    I’m sure I’m not the only one with this problem, but I keep kicking things when I practice. I just uploaded a video and in it I kicked my wardrobe while trying to do an extended butterfly. I also can’t practice reverse grabs properly because I keep hitting my bed post and have a huge bruise on my foot to show for it. I also have a very short ceiling, 7’4", I’m only 4’10" but I still think it’s too short. When I shoulder mount, my feet are already at the adjuster screw and I have to scooch down to grab the pole with my feet . My room is the only place I can put the pole up.What do you girls do to practice moves that require lots of space when space is lacking?

    joni1 replied 14 years, 4 months ago 9 Members · 16 Replies
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  • carriej

    Member
    December 22, 2009 at 12:07 am
  • moonflower

    Member
    December 22, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Your doorknob should apologize to you for being in the way!

  • carriej

    Member
    December 23, 2009 at 4:45 am

    Tell me about it! My husband asked what the loud noise was and I told him I kicked the door and he asked if I broke the knob off or anything! Umm…no, just felt like my foot was gonna fall off, that’s all! https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_lol.gif https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_lol.gif

  • chemgoddess1

    Member
    December 23, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I have mine up in my garage and I still kick things…but at 5’8" it is pretty inevitable. Even at the studio I go to I have kicked things (it is long and narrow), mainly chairs that have been left in my path. I really want to bring my pole inside and put it up in my office but there is no way I could do that because of the lack of space.

  • loopielou

    Member
    December 24, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I want to move my pole to a smaller room, but I think if I do, I will have the same problems as you’re all speaking about on here https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_e_smile.gif I currently have my pole in my step-daughters room, but would like my own little pole room. The room I’m thinking about is only as wide as me with my arms stuck out though so I doubt it’ll be big enough.

    Does anybody have any ideas as to how much space I should have round the pole?

  • chemgoddess1

    Member
    December 24, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    I would say minimum would be however tall you are. I personally would add a few feet onto that to compensate for arms being straight out and also shoes.

  • SaschaPoles

    Member
    December 26, 2009 at 12:34 am

    omg. i have the SAME problem!!! i rent a room right now because im in grad school (1 more semester, woohoo!) and i swear, when i had my pole up i couldn’t do anything because i was constantly banging into my dresser, the closet door, the walls…all sorts of stuff. before i’d dance id have to move my room around a little and id still hit things with my legs (i’m 5’7") and that’s not even the ceiling issue! my ceiling in my room is SO SHORT!! i definitely have ceiling height envy lol. i totally understand hunnie!!!

  • byrdgrrl

    Member
    December 26, 2009 at 2:07 am

    I thought I would have enough room, but quickly almost demolished my bookcase with my music sitting on top. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_e_confused.gif I don’t know where you are skill-wise, but I went to working on some of the smaller forward spins (eg. fireman, front hook), anything where I don’t have to really stretch my leg out. I need a lot of work on my strength, too. Veena has a couple of awesome arm strength moves (pole row, pole triceps push) in her lessons. I also work on my pole hold (another arm strength thing) and my pole sit. I can also fit most walks and transitions in too. Some of this may or may not be helpful to you; I’m still kind of new at this. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_e_biggrin.gif

  • moonflower

    Member
    December 26, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Owwie on the toe, honey rose. be careful!

    I guess I should be grateful that my pole at least is not in a cold garage. Canadian winter will render the pole useless!

    Does anyone have any tips on how to practice a reverse grab in cramped quarters? I can’t seem to do the move properly unless my body is flung pretty far out or else my hands slip and I’m on the ground in half a rotation. I’ve been trying to practice it wih my knees bent, but it just doesn’t give me enough momentum.

  • loopielou

    Member
    January 3, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    The reverse grab is one of the reasons I don’t want to move my pole to a smaller area – along with things like handspring, etc. which I am trying to learn – I’ve already banged my toe doing a handspring and I had loads of room then! lol

  • kamillya14

    Member
    January 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I had to get rid of a dining room table for space to dance in my 1 bedroom apartment. I rarely eat at the table and instead opted for a smaller table I can fold out if I have company and put away otherwise…

  • FreeTheSun

    Member
    January 9, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I have a "take off" area for my pole for the bigger spins (especially reverse grab because I love that one) so what I do is I can only take off in about 1/4 of the space around my pole and can’t milk the spin for all it’s worth (that I save for the studio) but I can get around without kicking anything (and this is without shoes, because shoes are not an option in the space I have) most of the time. I just have to be sure that I push off at the right spot otherwise I bang into things. Although I kinda look at it as a way of practicing body control and awareness while spinning because if I push off wrong I’ve gotten decently good at tucking somewhat or adjusting my body as I complete the spin so I don’t kick anything. That way I feel like even though it is sorta cramped I’m still improving spins overall because I am forced to have better body control mid-air.

  • joni1

    Member
    January 9, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I had the exact same problem with no room to do spins. I keep hitting my dresser and bowflex as a result all my wide spins sucked. I could do the superman fall before I could do a RG. It wasn’t until I joined a pole studio did I have the freedom to spin wide and finally learned all my spins. I did finally managed to talk my husband to let me have the guest room as my pole and aerial silk workout room. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_razz.gif We cleared the whole room and is putting in a Platnium stages extreme portable pole. The room is wide with 9 foot ceiling. Its not that high for aerial silk but I can still do some climbs ,poses and short drops from it. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_bounce.gif

  • moonflower

    Member
    January 10, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Aerial silk in only 9′? Wow, that’s harder than pole with 7′.

  • joni1

    Member
    January 11, 2010 at 2:14 am

    Aerial silk in only 9′? Wow, that’s harder than pole with 7′.

    I know its not that high https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_e_sad.gif but I get my height aerial practice at the circus school where the silks are 30 feet high. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_e_surprised.gif But I will still be able to do short climbs and drops and at least practice the sequence of the wraps at 9 feet high. The good news with it being only 9 feet is if I’m practicing on my own and fall , its a shorter fall to the ground. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_redface.gif
    Thank goodness for my crash mats.

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