If you followed the Basic Hold Spin tutorial from last week and you’ve got to the progression exercises, asking yourself „How on Earth do I keep my body vertical and my hips away from the pole?!“, don’t worry! It’s normal. It took me weeks of practicing and squeezing my glutes. 🙂 Today it’s as easy as beans.
Two more reasons not to worry about it too much:
1. You can practice the Basic Hold Spin together with the Side Hold Spin in the tutorial below ↓.
2. The Side Hold Spin is easier and prettier. While the Basic Hold Spin looks strong and cool, the Side Hold Spin is more exciting and sexy.
So, as long as you’ve understood the back and shoulder engagement principle from the previous tutorial, you’re good to move on to this one.
You can now start playing with shapes on the spinning pole. Actually, the Side Hold Spin is probably the easiest way to create shapes on the pole. Why?
- The grip with both hands pulling down on the pole is easier than the usual pull and push technique.
- We don’t need to fight the centrifugal forces, like in the Basic Hold Spin, where we try to keep the body vertical during the spin. In fact, we’ll learn how to follow the natural movement of the spin.
- It works just as good with less momentum and close to the pole. Don’t worry if your inside arm and shoulder remain touching the pole. Play with the momentum to understand how it influences the distance to the pole.
Probably the only difficulty here would be mastering the sea sickness. As with all spins, we should aim to focus on a still object, like a body part or the pole. We should avoid looking into the room, because everything will be moving around. Personally, I don’t get dizzy when I look over (or at) my outside shoulder during the Side Hold Spin. But you might want to try looking at your biceps or your chest instead. Please, let me know if that helps you.
Finally, use this spin to create a simple combo. Feel free to share it. I’d love to see it. ❤ #15spinsintoclimb
Here’s how I’ve been including it lately into a combo of a new move: