Spin tutorial #15! Woohoo! ?
If you’ve been following the „15 Pole Dance Spins Into Climbing“ from the beginning, Congratulations! ? You’ve made it to the most advanced and beautiful spin from the series.
This one is a real gem. It’s Marion Crampe’s signature spin into climbing.
I call it her “signature spin” because I’ve never seen anyone else doing it. At least not in the way she’s dancing it.
I’ve also never seen a tutorial for it. Maybe this is the first one.
You might have come across this spin in Marion’s video that recently got viral after being shared by 9GAG. This is, by the way, the same video that inspired me to select the spin for my series seven months ago, before it even got viral.
When I created the very first compilation video of the 15 spins, I was technically able to perform Marion’s spin. But I didn’t look as graceful and effortless as Marion. See for yourself.
I was also struggling with holding it longer. This made me think that my arms are not strong enough.
I was wrong. It wasn’t a strength issue.
There was one thing that I overlooked back then that changed everything now.
Are you familiar with the concept that the further away you spin from the (spinning) pole, the lighter you become? The closer you stay to the pole, the more gravity pulls you down and the heavier you feel.
Although this was not a new concept for me, I was too focused on the arms and I totally overlooked the legs.
You can use your legs not only to get momentum, but also to pull your body away from the pole. It’s easier than if you’re only pushing with your arms.
Once you’re away from the pole and you have good momentum, you become lighter. It gets easier to hold.
Learn exactly how to get there in the video tutorial below.
The other thing that might not come natural to you, and therefore might not look and feel fluent, is the graceful circle with the legs before transitioning into climbing.
It didn’t feel natural to me at the beginning. My mistake was that I was using the strength of my legs and my abs.
But all you have to do is to flex your oblique muscles or gently crunch to the side. Then let the spin bring the hips and the legs in front of the pole.
From there it’s just a twist with your knees and with your hips to get into climbing.
Of course, there’s more that makes Marion and her spin unique and that we won’t be able to copy. And that is just fine! Everyone is unique. What feels natural for me might not feel natural for you.
Use this tutorial to learn and to practice. But most of all – use it to play. Play with the momentum, play with the spin, play with your arms and your legs.
Make your own version of Marion’s spin that suits your level.
My version of this spin was using my weak side. ? You can totally see the difference in the routine above.
I realized that I’m always using the same arm to push and the same arm to pull. This ends up developing different muscles in both arms. And a different sensation when you change from one side to the other. This is where “always train both sides” gets crucial.
I didn’t expect the 15 spins to become such big project for me. And to take me 6 months to finish them. It was much more work than I thought. But it was worth it. I learned a lot about spinning only by creating the tutorials. I hope they were helpful for you too.
Thanks for sticking with me. I’m looking forward to share with you even more awesome stuff very soon.
I’m curious, which one was your favorite spin into climbing?
I think mine was Marion’s spin, because it taught me the biggest lesson about spinning.