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Captain HazzardCaptain HazzardBRONZE Member
Ninja (shhhh, don't tell)
420 posts
Location: Truro, UK

i've been spinning for a while now, and i'd like to know how often everyone practices? i go out once every other night for about an hour. is this average or am i being woefully slack?

I only wanted to be 16... and free

onewheeldaveonewheeldaveGOLD Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
3,252 posts
Location: sheffield, United Kingdom

I have phases where I can spend hours a day working on spinning, then phases where I don't touch them for a month.

I do a lot of other stuff like unicycling/muni, juggling, devil stick etc,as well as craft, guitar etc so I'm usually doing something each day.

A lot of people recomend consistently sticking to one thing if you want to get good, but I've always done well with the 'phase' approach; you do lose some of the skill by leaving it for a while, but it's picked up pretty quickly when you start.

Also, if you work on lots of different things I believe there's some kind of holistic effect where they back each other up, even if they seem very different e.g. playing a musical instrument and spinning.

Ultimately, getting proficient does require picking a select group of skills to work on and then spending a lot of time practicing; some people do that best by focusing on one at a time and doing it every day, others by working on several simultaenously.

"You can't outrun Death forever.
But you can make the Bastard work for it."

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onewheeldaveonewheeldaveGOLD Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
3,252 posts
Location: sheffield, United Kingdom

Also, for people who find themselves trying to learn stuff and giving up a lot, I can recommend learning to juggle cos it's something that is totally impossible to do for the first few days (I've never met anyone who could juggle straight off), but after a few weeks, if you practice every day, you will be able to do it.

Once you've got the faith that you can learn new things even though they seem impossible, you can apply that to spinning or anything else.

I should say that I've encountered people who firmly believed they can't juggle and it's cos someones showed them the wrong way to do it.

It's important that you get shown the right way to practice it- then it's just a matter of work and time b4 u can do it.

"You can't outrun Death forever.
But you can make the Bastard work for it."

"Last of The Lancers"
AFC 32

Educate your self in the Hazards of Fire Breathing STAY SAFE!

BirdBirdGOLD Member
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6,086 posts
Location: Cornwall, United Kingdom

I have only been spinning for about 3 months and I am totally addicted!

I try to practice as much as i can, and normally manage to practice for at least an hour a day, in between interruptions like work!!

My state of mind is not yours to define!

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

SilvurSilvurBRONZE Member
sumthin sumin smmnm....
372 posts
Location: home sweet home, USA

I've been spinning with my staff since the summer, and i play with it every night! it never left my side in montreal, and when i came back i found that i could do some pretty cool things with it just from playing with it everyday, and now i'm hooked. i have my little one, a big one that i made, and a 4 foot length of PVC pipe at work that i play with, also my poi balls that i'm (slowly) learning.

oliSILVER Member
not with cactus
2,052 posts
Location: bristol/ southern eastern devon, United Kingdom

i take a pair of poi with me everywhere i go, if i get the chance i start spinning, id say i spin for at least half an hour a day, usually more though..... i get all twitchy if i dont get my half an hour.
so id say i practise fairly religiously, although sometimes i dont try and learn new moves i just spin, other times ill think right i want to be able to do that and ill try and do it for a while until i either get fed up or can do it.

Me train running low on soul coal
They push+pull tactics are driving me loco
They shouldn't do that no no no

58 posts
Location: Canada

I don't think that you are being slack there. I can do alot in one day, like during the summer, I would sometimes spend upwards of 5 hours learning poi, but then sometimes I would leave them for a loooooooooong time. Luckily I never forgot how to do anything. Seems to be like riding a bike. I actually usually carry a pair with me when I go to school, but since they are on chains, and anyhing metal at my school seems to be considered a weapon, haha, Its really hard to practice there. Luckily I haven't gotten them taken away at all yet. But ya I don't think you're slacking. Just don't abandon poi, for then you shall be shunned for all eternity.


233 posts
Location: St. John's, Newfoundland.

i spin for anywhere between 30-60 minutes a day... sometimes more... but lately i've been sidetracked with Juggling... i picked it up quite easily, just gotta clean it up a little.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is not a trick, this is a stunt. The difference between a stunt and a trick is that a trick is something that tricks or fools the audience, a stunt is something that only an idiot would do -Ivan, Ash Circle, 10/04/03

[Nx?][Nx?]BRONZE Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
3,749 posts
Location: Europe,Scotland,Both

thease days it averages out to about 2 hours a day, during the first "burst" of a toy it goes up to 4/5 hours, and when i plateau it can drop to as little as 1 hour a week, but generally about 2 hours i try and get in.

I contact juggled for 9 hours over two days, and had to stop yesterday cos my arms hurt too much. talking of caontact, where did I leave thoes acrylics?


This is a post by tom, all spelling is deleberate
-><- Kallisti

AchluophobiaBRONZE Member
Magical Sock Dancer
255 posts
Location: Newfoundland, Canada

I like too spin at least an hour and a half too an hour a day, but becasue of school, weather and other stuff I haven't been able too practice much lately. Going to spin a lot tonight, I hope. That's for Poi anyway.
I have a staff and I just play around with maybe once a week.

18 posts
Location: england

I tend to practice every day, varies from 20 mins up to hours, although rain tends to put me off some times
i picked it up on koh Chang in Thailand, where i met other spinners. Since then i been kinda addicted, as soon as i got back to Bangkok i got my own staff and its followed me around ever since

26 posts
Location: UK

I tend to practice a bit each evening.. between half an hour and two hours in total. When I was first learning, I was practicing almost all day, since I couldn't be bothered to revise for exams, and was terrible at spinning. I mean, which is more important?!


P.S. Spinning is more important

NoveNoveSILVER Member
277 posts
Location: Cochrane, Canada

I'll practice anywhere from not at all to an hour to three hours in any given day... Depending on how my day at school was, sometimes I'll come straight home and spin 'til I have to stop to eat supper...

I, too, carry a pair with me to school- and they don't mind me practicing. (Conversation went something like this- Teacher: "Couldn't you hit someone with those?" Me: "Who's stupid enough to walk into a set of these?" Teacher: "... Okay, as long as you don't hit anything...")

"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."

ZejZejBRONZE Member
34 posts
Location: Washington, DC (Foggy Bottom/West End), USA

I'm a poor college student . . . fuel is a pain to get because I have to travel out to American to pick it up so I try to conserve - I practice unlit about 4 times a week for like 30-60 minutes each time in raquetball courts at our gyms then I do it lit about 2 times a week for like an hour and a half.


Rouge DragonRouge DragonBRONZE Member
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13,215 posts
Location: without class distinction, Australia

ive hardly done any practise in ages. the weather has been terrible! wind, rain, wind, rain! and now im back at school and trainig for rowing, im too exhausted when i get home!
im planning on getting a lot more practise in when school finishes!

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

883 posts
Location: Stevenage

I've been learning for a bit, I take them to college with me and when i walk out to work i go down the park and have a poi, otherwise im pretty busy or tired but I love poi-ing and getting wierd looks at college and stuff! I need some FIRE!

Monkeys monkeys and bananas

i8beefy2i8beefy2GOLD Member
674 posts
Location: Ohio, USA

Every day for at least an hour. This is more from boredom than anything else though... I have an hour and a half between getting home from school and work, so I grab all my weapons and go outside and play. And then I spend a couple hours at work playing with indoor friendly stuff like sock poi, or nunchakus, or my contact ball... though the contact ball just smashed the glare-monitor-cover-thing at work tonight so I don't think I'll be playing with that there for a while...

EeraBRONZE Member
old hand
1,107 posts
Location: In a test pit, Mackay, Australia

When I'm learning a new move I practise as often as I can, the time is usually limited by whether my clothes rub the skin off from under my arms. Then it's whenever I feel like it. I never force myself to practise for the shear sake of getting the hours in, that's the way to lose enthusiasm.

There is a slight possibility that I am not actually right all of the time.

RoziSILVER Member
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2,996 posts
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

How much do I practice? Probably not enough. About 3 times a week on average for a period of 2-4 hours.

It was a day for screaming at inanimate objects.

What this calls for is a special mix of psychology and extreme violence...

Mr Handsmember
64 posts
Location: Cardiffy, Londony places

I mostly practise from the witching hour till I'm told to piss off by some neighbour who gets angry at the flappy noises my poi make or the random curse when I clobber my face. It normally only takes a couple of hours but my fingers are begining to claw up in the cold so I'm wondering if there's a healthier way to do it outdoors...

my money's on gloves but I'm open to suggestions.

Sic KittySic Kittymember
167 posts
Location: Richlands, North Carolina, USA

I'm pretty new to it...but I practice whenever I get a chance. Sometimes it'll be for hours and sometimes maybe...15-20 mins. Because I have a baby...finding time to practice isn't always easy. Mostly I take her outside with me, she likes to watch me. But I always bring my poi with me, they help relieve boredom and you never know when you'll find that extra few minutes to practice!

You've just been attacked by:
*cackles maniacally*
I suffer...*sob*...because I am better.

I don't really believe that.... *coughs*

103 posts
Location: Halifax, N.S

well my dicapline is rope torch and i practice that on average 2-3 hours a day wether it just be goofing around with it or sitting down and getting frusterated learning a move.i actually just got the move i was working on now i need to make it a lot smoother. agin it will come with time. other then rope torch i parctice poi once in a while mabey twice a week for an hour.

some will understand. -buddah

King Of BongoKing Of Bongoaddict
522 posts
Location: Berlin

not half as much as I'd like is the only answer i can really give, sometimes it can be anywhere up to a four hour stint (with chillout breaks of about 20 mins every so often) or can be nutin all day
generally its as much as I feel like, and gets dropped as soon as i get bored or uninspired.

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So live it.

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