Are you avoiding the Side Climb? Or have you even banned it from your pole practice?
I did! I’ve always been putting it off and I still don’t use it very often as a climb. I find it painful and it requires much more strength than a regular climb. You’ll never see me side climbing more than once or twice in a row.
Still, I found two ways to get the most out of the beauty of this pole move. I use it to…
- TRANSITION OFF THE FLOOR
The Side Climb could be the most seamless transition into climbing if you’re standing or spinning sideways to the pole. Which is usually the case. 😉
- MAKE A REGULAR CLIMB INTERESTING
by adding a side climb in between.
The Knee Hook Backwards Spin is one of the easiest transitions into a Side Climb. Only Static is probably easier, but it’s not as pretty as a spin.
I came up with this move, because I got a list of moves from the studio owner that I had to include in my choreography class for beginners. I knew right away that the Side Climb might be too difficult for beginners and I was figuring out what would be the easiest way to teach it.
This is what I came up with:
And here’s how I used it to make a regular climb more interesting:
P.S.: What are your feelings about the Side Climb? How often do you use it in your pole practice?