When I teach a leg switch I find it’s easier for students to digest if broken down into smaller components. Similar to learning inversions, the process of perfecting leg switches takes a good deal of practice, strength and confidence building to refine.

Remember when you first learned to invert? You likely began by tucking both knees, progressed to a single bent leg, then worked up to a straight leg invert.

Just as with an invert there are different stages to the learning process of a leg switch from bent leg versions to a full straight leg and the process often mimics that of inversion training. For the purpose of this video I’ve broken down the leg switch into a few basic steps to try to help individuals in different stages of the process…

The absolute basics of a leg switch:
1. Begin with a solid inside and outside leg hang independent of the switch.
2. Achieve comfortability in a two POC hang (no knee/leg).
3. Start working on switching (3 POC leg hang, 2 POC hang, to opposite side 3 POC leg hang).
4. Work on straight leg switches.
5. Polishing (head down, no flexy feet).

Keep in mind that the process of learning / perfecting leg switches is a lot like inverting. It takes a good deal of practice, strength/flexibility training and confidence building to really refine the movement but with time and practice you can achieve a beautiful leg switch you can be proud of executing… lots of tips in this video, hope it helps. 🙂

Ava

If you’re looking for ‘on pole’ strength training exercises be sure to check out my 15 Strength Training Exercises For Pole Dancers video.

Or, if you are searching for some spin pole work, check out my 15 Basic Pole Dance Spins & Activities video.

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