THE ALL WHEEL DRIVE TRANSFORMATION
In my last article "Pole Dance 101 - the Science Behind Inverting" we talked about the similarities between cars and pole dancers. If you haven't read it yet, hop over there now for a quick read before going into the rest of this article - just so it all makes sense :-)
About 90% of the experienced pole dancers you see were just like you when they first started - they were 2WD. Over time, their body has learnt to become AWD - through trial error, hard work and consistent training.
They execute their moves effortlessly, flawlessly and without even thinking about it. It's like they're on auto-pilot and just "do stuff" that makes YOU go WOW - and they don't even realise they're doing it. The benefits of understanding the AWD Theory are definitely worth the effort -
- Better Fuel Economy - because your on-board systems sense and adapt to what is required to execute a move, you will get maximum output for minimum effort! This uses less energy (fuel) – and if you’re using less fuel you can dance for longer on one tank of fuel.
- Less Injury and a Better Dance Experience - as your on-board systems sense speed, gearing and traction from each arm/leg several times per second, they can therefore adjust the amount of power required. This little safety feature will ensure less injury, but also gives a more “sporty” experience (like the difference between driving a Ferrari rather than a Corolla).
- Torque Vectoring - the ability to distribute "torque" (ie. power) from the rear to front wheels AND even in between individual wheels. In human terms Torque Vectoring allows the dancer to distribute the power from their legs to their arms and between individual arms and legs as required. It provides better handling and stability control, giving improved overall performance.
- Muscle Memory - a form of procedural memory that involves retaining a specific task into memory through repetition. When a movement is repeated over time, long-term muscle memory is created for that task, eventually allowing it to be performed without conscious effort. This process decreases the need for attention and creates maximum efficiency with minimum effort.
By following these 3 Steps you too can become an AWD dancer.
Stage 1 - Knowledge is Power!
If you've read these 2 articles and "get it" then you are one step closer to your end goal, and ready to move on to the next stage.
Stage 2 - The "Learning" Phase!
It's a bit like buying one of those little robotic vacume cleaners that run around your house cleaning the floors. When you first unpack it and get it going, it's on-board systems need to "learn" the layout of your home, about the different floor surfaces (eg going from carpet to timber floors) etc. This "learning phase" can take time while it learns what it needs to do, where it needs to go and how it needs to adapt to the conditions. The same is true for you! YOUR on-board systems need to "learn" what is required to execute the moves and correct technique. There are 2 components to the "learning" phase.
- Learning the Move - walk through it a few times before really attempting it. Get a feel for what you will be doing. If it's a combination of moves to get into it, make sure you know in what order they need to be done.
- Torque Vectoring - the process of transferring and/or distributing the power required between your arms and legs - and sometimes between individual arms and legs. That power is transferred is through an intricate network of muscles, nerves and ligaments - we're going to call this pathway your "Drive Shaft". Across the Drive Shaft you have 3 areas where the power comes from - the Rear Diff (lower body), the Centre Diff/Transfer Case (the abdominal muscles) and the Front Diff (upper body).
Stage 3 - Muscle Memory!
As discussed above, when a movement is repeated in the same way over time, it is committed to long-term muscle memory for that task. This leads to eventually being able to perform the task without conscious effort and decreases the need for attention and creates maximum efficiency with minimum effort. If you follow these 3 Stages, you will soon be powering through your moves like a pro, conserving energy and finding yourself with less injuries and enjoying a better overall dance experience. Like to know more about Pole Science and the art of Torque Vectoring/Muscle Memory? Enquire about a 1-on-1 session with one of our qualified Pole Science Coaches.
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