As you continue your adventures in pole dancing, you may start to notice that some dancers are using static (stationary) poles and some are using spinning ("spinny") poles. If you are purchasing a pole for your home, it may be best to purchase a pole with both options so that you can switch between them. Each has its own pros and cons, and each dancer usually has a preference. You may notice that most competitions with two poles have one static and one spinning, as different tricks work better on static or spinning poles.
Most (although not all) people learn first on a static pole. It helps us develop those lovely callouses on our hands and gain the functional strength required for pole dancing in general. Dancing on a spinning pole may appear to a better idea for keeping the skin on our hands, but requires a different kind of strength, better grip and a lot more control. A spinning pole can also get you twirling a lot faster than you're used to, causing dizziness and motion sickness. We suggest starting off slowly. If you tend to get dizzy, try focusing on your pole or a non-moving body part.
Pole dancing in general requires a lot of core strength. Although it is a total body workout, many of us believe that it is core first, lower body second and upper body third, in order of "strength importance." When you move from static to spinning pole, the upper body strength becomes a little more important. Many dancers also rely on grip aids (Mighty Grip, iTac2, patent leather boots, etc.) to help stick them to the pole.
There has been some debate about whether dancing on a spinning pole is easier than a static pole. We don't believe so. Both require an amazing amount of strength and coordination -- just in slightly different ways. Is dancing on a spinning pole considered "cheating?" Absolutely not. In fact, it may give you a whole new appreciation for the sport.
Which do you prefer -- static or spinning pole? And why? We love hearing your pole dancing stories!