This move is a staple for stage performance. It is more about sitting on your arm/wrist than smashing your leg against the pole, however if anything is to be pushed into the pole make sure it is your leg.
The top hand is the most important, be sure to grip well. Before you try to pull your bottom hand off the pole it is helpful to pull your body back in towards the pole with your top hand to alleviate some of the pressure on the bottom hand. This will make it much easier to get the hand out of the way.
This was so hard for me to figure out in the beginning (mostly because I had to do it on stage in front of an audience) but once I did this became one of my favorite moves to just dance around the pole. There is no limit for revolutions as long as you can stave off the dizziness and you can do a half or even 1/4 turn to get you positioned where you want to be to set up your next move.
This is the last video in the side-climb series. All of these moves can be done from side climb or from aerially inverting. The diagonal split is a cool move to throw into any performance and can be transitioned off a couple different holds. It does help if you can do a floor split but if you get the right angle like with everything else in pole it can be faked so don't get discouraged and keep working for that split.
A few weeks ago I posted a video showing 3 ways to aerially invert with this way being the easiest way. Because this move also stands alone I thought it would be appropriate to give it its own video.
Pay special attention to the aerial leg on/leg off switch that allows for me to hook the leg to complete the move. This was not shown in the '3 ways' video.
As always if you have questions feel free to leave a comment either here or on the actual YouTube video.
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Genie: it's the knee hold without the pain. No, it stands alone and is transitional as many of these moves are. For me I need this move for the Pegasus (I think that's one name for it--side saddle I think some call it).
Think of this move as a double hamstring curl and squeeze for all you're worth. But unlike that hamstring curl where you can flex or point your feet, with the genie (and 90% of pole moves) it is really important aesthetically to point your toes.
Why would you want to climb up the pole side-ways like a crab? Well it's not really like a crab and there are many uses for side climb. Not only is it a cool variation but it sets up many other moves.
This is the first in a series of tutorials that use the side climb or can use the move to set up the next pole pose.
Try to remember to point your toes by engaging the muscle running the length of the front or your leg (anterior tibialis) all the way down into your foot. This will make the foot pointed as well at the toes.