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  • Spinning from half handspring?

    Posted by Foxy_Rei on February 9, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    So yesterday I was walking past my pole and got the urge to try a cartwheel mount. I watched Glitter’s video on it and had one of those light bulb moments where I realized what Glitter was doing wrong and that I was doing the same thing in the same instant (kinda a freaky experience, actually…). So I thought I would give it a go. I was just in my jeans and a sweatshirt, but no change of clothes required for this kind of thing.

    I didn’t have any luck with the cartwheel, although it’s a lot better than I’ve been able to do in the past. But just for the heck of it, I went for a half handspring to butterfly. I’ve done it in the past, but it’s been a while.

    One problem I always had was my body spinning when I push the lower arm straight, but it wasn’t too bad when I was "in my prime" several months ago. This was my first attempt since getting back on the pole, and I should’ve known better…

    I spun too much and my top hand lost its grip, and I was wearing jeans, so… *thump!* down I went. I turned my body and lifted my head just enough that my right shoulder took the blow, but I had quite the headache afterward. I tried a couple other cartwheels (the whole "getting back on the horse" thing, so I won’t be afraid to try again) then went to look for some pain killers…

    My advice: use a mat…

    Anyone have some advice for me on how to stop the spinning?

    miss fern replied 14 years, 3 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • miss fern

    February 10, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Instead of pushing your bottom arm straight, try SLIDING it straight instead. So you kinda of lower your head and shoudlers into position, and then twist or lift your free leg to line up straight over your body. Also, as you twist your hips (to get your legs above you), brace yourself with your shoudlers, so that the turning is only happening with your lower body, not your whole body.

    I hope that makes sense! Good luck

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