Training Strength

Published on: May 07 2015 by
Training Strength

I go through phases of loving different types of training. Sometimes I constantly just pole, stretch, do cardio or weights. I get bored easily so my routine changes often but I am quite good at training in specific ways.

So I started to think about my pole training and have come to realise that recently I’ve been training my strength on the pole rather than training specific moves. There is nothing wrong with this sort of training of course – strength work ultimately leads to strong moves anyway.

I think there needs to be a healthy balance of both strength training and training moves. I can go for hours training strength where only my hands touch the pole so it’s incredibly important to train the moves that made me love pole in the first place.

Training Strength

There are so many different ways to train your strength on the pole. Below I am focusing on the strength work that ultimately leads to moves, rather than thinking of doing multiple climbs or V Inverts. (Both good workouts though!)

Here is a quick overview of how I train. Make sure you train to your own level and have a mat and spotter – safety first! πŸ˜€

Handstand Deadlifts

The aim for this is to be able to deadlift your legs from the floor into a handstand with one hand on the pole and the other on the floor. I also then take this to a Batman (pic to left) πŸ˜€

I place one hand on the floor and one hand on the pole and try to lift my legs to straddle up to a handstand without kicking up. Yes this is difficult. The key is to try and keep both hands straight – the one on the floor is the most difficult to keep straight.

Before you try this (with a spotter, of course) try kicking up to a pole handstand. If that’s okay you can then jump to a tuck and lift your legs. Then try jumping to a low straddle and lift from there. You can then try your straddle up with a jump. Oh, and when these all feel easy, you can add ankle weights too πŸ˜‰

Deadlift Prep – Lifts

The aim here is to be able to deadlift into an Ayesha.

I am quite literally working on my deadlifts daily and am training my cup grip and normal grip. I occasionally train my twisted grip but not as often as I don’t want shoulder injuries from overtraining.

You place your inside arm low – fingers to the ground, and your outside arm high. Make sure you keep your inside leg forward and your outside leg behind – in a Front/ Back Hook position or Attitude position. The aim is to try and lift your legs off the ground and hold. This is a lot trickier than it sounds.

Deadlift Prep – Handspring

The aim here again is to be able to deadlift into an Ayesha – your body starts in a slightly different position than with the above.

For this you want to start in the same position as for your lifts and then turn your hips away from the pole. Keep looking up. You want to pull with your top hand and push in with the bottom.

The ultimate aim is to be able to lift your legs up into an Ayesha. For now, try to do a kick up into Ayesha with as little momentum as possible – let your arms do the work.

Shoulder Mount – Lowers

The ultimate aim here (for me at least) is to be able to do a Shoulder Mount walk down, or to hold a Shoulder Mount Plank.

Make sure you have a strong shoulder mount and preferably can lift up rather than kick up into it.

Go up into your Shoulder Mount tuck. Point your legs up to the ceiling. Keep looking up. You want to keep your legs together and lower them down as slowly as possible. You will find that you get part of the way easily (or easier than the next part!) and then your legs drop to the floor. You will get further and further every time you try. Be careful of your back and shoulders on this one and take a lot of rest.

Pull Ups

An old one but a good one. I am aiming to climb while on a spinning pole without using my legs, so pulls up are a great way to start working on this.

Make sure you always lift into your pull ups, rather than jumping. Have your stomach on the pole as you start normal pole pull ups. Keep your arms high but make sure they have a slight bend to help you get up. Work on slowing and controlling your movements.

However you train, make sure you work both sides of your body. Try and add strength training into your workouts, if only by doing climbs or pull ups at the end of your workout. You’ll get much stronger in no time πŸ™‚

Category: Strength, Tips, Training

About Holly Munson

Holly started pole dancing after admiring the grace, skill and elegance of pole performances and immediately falling in love with the style. After half a decade of bruises, struggling and then the satisfaction of success, her own pole school Firefly Poles was born.Β The vision is to share that same passion with others.

Holly wished that there was more Pole Dancing help available when I was learning, so now she aims to provide that help through writing, blogging and teaching here on PoleFreaks.

Holly is also a Level 3 Personal Trainer and an ambassador for Dragonfly pole wear, and also writes regularly for the Dragonfly blog .

Recent Pole Competition Results:

2015:

  • Pole2Pole Professional Cup Essex Heat: 2nd Place
  • Pole2Pole Professional Cup Final: 1st Place
  • Pole2Pole British Isles Pole Dance Champs: 1st Place

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4 Comments to “Training Strength”

  1. Jean says:

    I think you are right. The strength is really very important.

    Greetings
    Jean

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  3. Alex says:

    The handstand deadlift looks pretty rough. How long did that move take to master?

    • Holly Munson says:

      I have been working on it or a few months every time I pole, but using ankle weights and trying to lower from a handstand to a straddle has really helped me to get the last bit!

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