This is the most popular phrase you hear in the pole dance class. Maybe, after the «it bloody hurts». The lines are the thing you have to work on hard, if you ever want to win any competition at all. It is the big part of the score and can cause you victory. Even if you do flips from one pole to another, flying in bilman between them and landing on your hands with planch, but your toes are not pointed, then sorry, man, 10 points off. For London we even received the scheme, how the toes should be pointed properly, otherwise even if your lines look quite good, some points will be taken off.
I sound smart and wise at the moment, but to be honest, it took me a while to comprehend this. I thought that as long as I do crazy tricks and splits I am fine. More than that – as I was a break dancer for a while I worked hard actually NOT to point my toes. In the break dancing culture the dancers, who point their toes are called «gymnasts», which is not a good thing. For ten years I tried to push my toes as high as I could, and then I had to change it all completely.
I am still far from perfect, but for me it was my personal victory – my routine at Pole Art. I did have the lines. Marion Crampe told me – you did, I watched you, and you did it. And I can tell you, that`s harder than any flip I have ever done…
So if you have the same problem, I want to share with you some exercises I did in order to achieve better results. My wife showed them to me, and that`s her you can see on the pictures.
Try to do these exercises 2-3 times a week. You don`t need any warm up for them, just don`t be cold as it will be harder, so if you are in a cold room, put warm socks on. Do each exercise for 3 times on each leg, hold all the positions 10-15 seconds.
1.Put your legs apart, wide enough, but not to your maximum. Place your foot comfortably on the heel. Point your toes down, until you reach the floor. Be careful not to hold your foot back or forward. You would want to do that, as it will be easier then, but your legs and feet need to be perfectly straight. Fisrt, I would advise to help yourself with a hand, then you will be stretched enough to do it without.
2.Sit on the chair, crawl your toes, and put your foot on the floor. Your shin needs to be straight. Place one hand a little bit higher than your toes, the other one on the anckle, right near the heel. Push the heel backward, keep the toes from moving. It is quite painful, but you get used to it.
3.Stand on the stairs, all your weight on the heels. Try to touch the down side of the stair you are standing on with your toes.
And an additional one – if you work with computer or spend much time on facebook (c`mon, we all do!), buy a tennis ball. With no shoes on, just roll it with your feet, trying to embrace it with your toes. It will not only help you with the pointed toes, but also – helps to fight the stress.
I hope, these exercises will help you as much as they helped me. And here you can see – two of my performances with less than a year differance. Watch the toes, feel the differance!