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Moving From Static to Spinning Pole – What You Need to Know

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The first time I set my pole to spin I only lasted about 2 minutes before I was flat on my bed, panting, and trying my best not to be sick! As if that wasn’t enough, I couldn’t do half the moves I could when it was stationary.

What the hell was going on?

Well, what many pole dancers don’t realise (until they try it!) is that the technique for dancing on a pole that spins is quite different from what they’re used to on a stationary or static pole.

It can be tricky at first to get used to these subtle differences, but (as always) practice makes perfect!

The key differences are:

  • Strength and Control
  • Momentum and Speed
  • Motion Sickness


In this article I would like to provide a brief overview of how you can adjust your pole dancing to suit a spinning pole…

What you need to know about moving from static to spinning pole


Strength and Control

  • For most spins on a static pole, you are effectively slowing your fall, as you twirl towards the floor. On a spinning pole, however, you are holding your body weight in a certain position. This  requires more strength and control.
  • It is harder to hold on to a pole that is spinning fast. As a result, your forearms, upper arms and shoulders in particular will be under more stress.
  • Spinning pole demands greater strength from your entire body as you often have to fight against the force created by the spinning of the pole, to execute your moves.


Momentum and Speed

  • In general, you don’t need to work as hard to create momemtum for a spinning pole. Instead of swinging your leg around into a spin, for example, you may simply need to push lightly off the ground with your foot.
  • You have to learn to control your speed. You can make the pole spin faster or slower while you’re on it. Essentially, the further your body is from the pole (arms and legs stretched horizontal, for example) the slower you go. The closer IN you pull yourself, the faster you go.


Motion Sickness

  • It is likely you will need to get used to feeling dizzy.  Some pole dancers experience more motion sickness than others. But don’t worry, you DO build up a tolerance to it and there ARE ways to deal with dizziness!
  • Rather than spotting a point in the room (a good technique to avoid feeling dizzy on a static pole),  you should keep looking at your pole instead. Alternatively you can look at a body part that isn’t moving, such as your arms if you’re performing an Aysha.
  • If you struggle with feeling dizzy, look directly at your pole as soon as you get off of it. This will help you regain steadiness and focus.


Your Experience

It took me many months to get the hang of spinning pole, but now it’s my favourite way to pole dance!

Do you prefer dancing on static or spin pole?

Do you have any pointers for making it easy to switch from one to the other?

Let us know by adding a comment below!

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12 Responses to “Moving From Static to Spinning Pole – What You Need to Know”

  1. Anon says:

    I’ve recently been considering investing in a spinning pole and this article was very helpful! Thanks!

    • Fern says:

      Glad it helped! So what did you decide – to buy a spinning pole or not? :)

      • Anon says:

        I decided I’m going to pay a little extra for the spinning pole. It’s only about $50 more and since it has a spinning AND static function, it’s like getting two poles in one. :)

  2. LH says:

    Thanks for the tips. It is really helpful. I did abt 2 spinning courses and it is a massive jump in difficulty. I find myself often being dragged down by my hands due to lack of strength.

  3. Rexy says:

    I started learning on a spinning pole, so subsequently using a static pole is hella difficult! I just can’t get my mind wrapped around using a static pole!

  4. Jennifer says:

    love these tips. i learned on a static and i’m thinking of getting a spin/static pole. i am LOVING this site as well, GREAT information. Thank You!

  5. Sam B says:


    Before reading this I wasn’t sure whether to get a static or spinning pole but have decided I will get one that does both!

    Do you think it makes much difference on the pole diameter?

  6. Vixen says:

    I learnt on a static pole and started on a spin course quite a bit after. i still cannot get used to spin, i either spin too fast or have no spin.

  7. alice says:

    i love spinny pole! and am teaching a class on it this week! one tip when dancing on spin mode is to make sure you have a spot this will help you from having motion sickness and stop you from getting dizzy. for example it is a good idea to start with mirrors in front of you and look into your own eyes as a spot!

  8. Kim says:

    I’m currently learning on static and I’m at intermediate 1. It’s been a year since I started poling and unfortunately my studio only has static poles :(
    I really want to start learning spinning though, but I’m not sure if I should try and teach myself at home as I have a two way spin-static pole, OR take up another class at another studio further away that provides spinning courses?
    I love my studio and teacher way too much right now to quit!

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