How To Engage Your Shoulders For Pole Dance


If you are new to pole, it can be difficult to work out how to use your arms properly.

You may have been told to pull with your arms, or engage your shoulders, but have no idea how to do this. In the video above, I aim to show you how to do exactly that.

It’s super important to make sure that you use your arms properly to avoid injury. When we are new to pole it can feel like we are just holding on for dear life, and hoping for the best. Quite often, I find that the positions our bodies are stronger in, require our bodies to be further away from the pole, which at first, may not feel as safe. But they are!

Try to make sure that when you are on the pole you are using your muscles, getting stronger, and not hanging through your shoulders. Sometimes exercises such as shoulder shrugs – similar to what I do on the hoop in the video, may look like you’re hanging but you are still pulling and so they are used to build strength. As a general rule, if you are on the pole, use those muscles 😀

If you’re interested in more tips to help you build shoulder strength check out this post: Shoulder Exercises for Pole Dancers.

Three Simple Tips for Engaging Your Shoulders on The Pole

  • Think about rolling your shoulders back and down.
  • Try to think about squeezing a pencil between your shoulder blades.
  • Visualise yourself trying to keep your shoulders away from your ears!

I hope you like the video. Please subscribe if you would like to see more videos like this – and let me know what you want to see 😀

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