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flid
flid

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire
Member Since: 27th Aug 2002
Total posts: 3136
Posted:ok, i've read before that poi is good exercise, but to be honest i think that's kind of clutching at straws somewhat. That's like saying pub crawls are good exercise right?

When i went on easter holiday 5 weeks ago I decided to start using a set of chains almost 3 times the weight of what i was spinning before. At first I found them pretty hard to control, but having used them for maybe 30 mins everyday I now find them normal, and my old set stupidly light.

Tonight i went bowling for the first time since i went on holiday (i bowl between 3 and 6 games a week during term time) I found myself being able to effortlessly bowl a lot faster with heavier balls than ever before. My average tonight was also 20 points above normal.

Obviously poi isn't as good as working out in the gym, i'm not going to kid myself that i'm being super healthy by doing poi, but has anyone else noticed an increase in upper body strength?


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Jello
ambiguous
Location: Mpls, MN, USA
Member Since: 29th Jan 2002
Total posts: 646
Posted:I started out doing poi alittle over a year ago and since than I've lost muscle mass. Than again a year ago I went to the rec and worked out 3 times a week, something I stopped after school ended last year and never started again these past two semesters, so thats most likely my problem. I do think, however, that doing poi has prevented me from loosing all my previous muscle build up, I mean I havn't reverted back to a twig yet and I've been lazy this whole academic year. So I thank my poi for what biceps and abbs I have left

good news though, in the fall semester I signed up for wieght lifting cause I need one more credit and it worked with my scedule. Kind of curious to see what the crowd will be like for the class, skinny computer nerds, big muscle guys, or both?


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TheBovrilMonkey
TheBovrilMonkey

Liquid Cow
Location: High Wycombe, England
Member Since: 3rd Sep 2001
Total posts: 2629
Posted:Yeah, I've noticed that my shoulders are getting larger and if I didn't have a layer of lard over them, the muscles in my back and arms would be much more defined than they used to be.
They're certainly larger too, you just can't tell that from looking at them.

Unfortunately, they all get very stiff very easily, so if I go even a week without spinning something or doing anything to loosen them up, they start getting really uncomfortable.
All the more reason to spin more regularly I suppose


But there's no sense crying over every mistake. You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.

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Zoltar
Zoltar

Beginner
Location: Beyond Time, South of Melbourn...
Member Since: 6th Nov 2002
Total posts: 282
Posted:I am one of those skinny people with hardy any muscle.... in fact I find it harder to keep weight on than loose it.

I have quite heavy practice & fire chains which I have been using since late January. I have noticed a definate increase in upper body muscle.... particularly arms and shoulders.


So much fire, so little body hair...

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Flynt
Flynt

Intrepid Penguin

Member Since: 12th May 2002
Total posts: 5635
Posted:Do you stand still when you spin??? I dont! i bounce around like crazy, so I think i'm getting a full body work out when i spin. I find i dance and do moves that utilise alot of my back and stomach muscles. I'll move around alot and bounce and stretch and utilise most of my leg muscles.

its all about the way you move


Currently on the right side up of the world.

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Pele
Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:I also want to point out in addition to being an upper body strength workout (which was one of the original uses for the male Maori version) it is also a really great aerobic workout. It works the muscles across the front of the chest and really helps the lungs. I figured this out after my accident when my lungs weren't up to capacity and I spun for the first time...yeee-owwww...
Now, after work, it is building back up well. It has helped my strength, my stamina, heavy poi also help balance....realistically it is no Bally's Fitness Center or Trim Spa program, but it is nothing to shrug at either. Especially if you change up the moves often, including heights and directions.


Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

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Zoltar
Zoltar

Beginner
Location: Beyond Time, South of Melbourn...
Member Since: 6th Nov 2002
Total posts: 282
Posted:Stand still!!! I normally run round like a man possesed with fire poi, but I do most my practicing inside(which would account for 70% of poi time), which limits how much I can run round.

So much fire, so little body hair...

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i8beefy2
i8beefy2

addict
Location: Ohio, USA
Member Since: 24th Mar 2003
Total posts: 674
Posted:Well, I play with a staff too, fairly heavy one, and I have seen tremendous muscle building in the wrists and forearms, hand strangth and shoulders from that. Since I've been playing with my poi I have also seen a lot of bicep build and toughened abs...

I don't normally work out at all, so it took me like two weeks to be able to spin for a long time until my body built the muscle to do it.


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simian
simian

110% MONKEY EVERY TIME ALL THE TIME JUST CANT STOP THE MONKEY
Location: London
Member Since: 11th Oct 2002
Total posts: 3149
Posted:I've been spinning for about a year now, often with pretty heavy equipment. My endurance and ability to spin heavier stuff has improved, but i still look like a load of uncooked spaghetti tied together with elastic

"Switching between different kinds of chuu chuu sometimes gives this "urgh wtf?" effect because it's giving people the phi phenomenon."

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Sir_Sheep
Sir_Sheep

old hand
Location: Chester, UK
Member Since: 1st Mar 2003
Total posts: 725
Posted:I remain pretty convinced that exercise is something that happens to other people.

Spoiling Christmas for small children since 2003.

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Toreador Vamp
member
Location: Auckland
Member Since: 4th Mar 2003
Total posts: 70
Posted:Contray to your own beliefs you do do exercise Sheepy, I have seen it with my own eyes.

You just choose to call it something else

Vamp


Give a man a fire, and he's warm for a day. Set him on fire, and he's warm for the rest of his life
-- Terry Pratchett-Jingo

Reality is what refuses to go away when I stop believing in it.

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leprechaun
leprechaun

member
Location: texas
Member Since: 30th Apr 2003
Total posts: 9
Posted:i've been fencing for about 2 years, and that causes a lot of muscle build up on your dominant side. after i started swinging poi about 6 months ago, i've noticed my left arm trying to keep up with my right. (YAY, NOT LOPSIDED!!) i also do a lot of running around and jumping and leaning backwards and crazy stuff while swinging (as well as i can at this level), so i get a REAL workout.

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
-Benjamin Franklin

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Sir_Sheep
Sir_Sheep

old hand
Location: Chester, UK
Member Since: 1st Mar 2003
Total posts: 725
Posted:Boo, they've got my name And what exercise?

Spoiling Christmas for small children since 2003.

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Psyri
Psyri

artisan
Location: Berkshire, UK
Member Since: 2nd Apr 2003
Total posts: 1576
Posted:Well my first poi that I still have and only have are light... but my arms are stayin toned... helps the pectoral muscles... YEY FIRM BOOBIES! LOL


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King Of Bongo
King Of Bongo

addict
Location: Berlin
Member Since: 25th Dec 2002
Total posts: 522
Posted:Hehehe... has anyone found occasionally you learn a new trick but can only do it with your dominant hand, then found themselves adicted and doing that trick tons and suddenly- voila! an abnormally asymetric body!
Found that when i first started staff spinning, but has improved since the doubles...

Ben


Your life is ending one minute at a time...
So live it.

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DeepSoulSheep
DeepSoulSheep

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Berlin
Member Since: 25th Sep 2002
Total posts: 2617
Posted:I've defo noticed a difference in tone. Not really bulk, well maybe a little, can be hard to tell though.

I'm devoping scar tissue on my shins, head and elbows from my beaming poi . I love 'em really.


I live in a world of infinite possibilities.

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Magnus
member
Location: Bath, UK
Member Since: 5th Sep 2002
Total posts: 279
Posted:That settles it... My next set of poi will be heavier.

Magnus... pay it forward

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Astar
member
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada.
Member Since: 8th Nov 2002
Total posts: 1591
Posted:Maybe I will put more effort into learning staff using dominatly my left hand because the right side of my body is quite a bit stronger then my left. This is from spending a few months christmas tree shearing (Repeatedly swinging a 3 foot machete up and down all da long) I find poi works both sides equally for the most part. Another thing to consider about poi is it gives a lot of people an adrenaline rush when the spin lit. Any sort of phsical activity when you have adrenaline rushing through you burns more fat.

I can really see poi or club swinging makeing a comeback for excersize (wasn't club swinging developed for excersize because regular aerobics are to damn boreing?)


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Raphael96
old hand
Location: New York City
Member Since: 8th Sep 2002
Total posts: 899
Posted:The big wicks and long chains on my fire poi really give the shoulders and arms a good workout. (also the burns last longer!)

Its an interesting compliment to the fencing, though I haven't told my coach about the spinning.


Raph


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Thistle
Thistle

old hand
Location: Nottingham UK
Member Since: 27th Jan 2001
Total posts: 950
Posted:I am in complete agreement, spinning for long periods will get you fitter and it is great for improving your strength/dexterity on your weaker side. I do Wing Chun Kung Fu and find the spinning aids my stamina. For example over winter when I don't spin as much my arms ache much more when I'm training compared to spring/summer.

Are we nearly there yet?

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Psyri
Psyri

artisan
Location: Berkshire, UK
Member Since: 2nd Apr 2003
Total posts: 1576
Posted:Maybe it's good that I cackhanded (yorkshire term lol) ambidextrous to seriuos ppl... YEY!
Ensures boobies stay even. lol


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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:You know, I swim so much and my upper body is in such good shape that I can't get a decent workout from poi. Yeah, my heart rate can go up, but it comes back down after less than a minute of stopping.

Besides, poi works your wrists and your upper arms, but it doesn't do much for your pectorals, latissimus dorsii, or trunk muscles.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Nathdaninja
member
Location: Manchester, England
Member Since: 1st Mar 2002
Total posts: 271
Posted:mmm, I've found poi has toned my arms a bit, but not as much as devil sticking. It just seems to take more effort...or maybe that's cos I'm not as good at it as poi so I use more energy to keep the damn thing up in the air.

boing...boing...When the naive man admits his naivete, he is no longer naive.Thus, all people are regarded by society as either ignorant or a liar.Wonders never cease, as long as you never cease to wonder.

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King Of Bongo
King Of Bongo

addict
Location: Berlin
Member Since: 25th Dec 2002
Total posts: 522
Posted:long double-staffs do a terrible (or really good depending on how you look at it) job for your arm muscles, I'm sure that much pain and them lying dropping off after a few minutes of spinning is not good! Does get the old muscles going though.


Ben


Your life is ending one minute at a time...
So live it.

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Psyri
Psyri

artisan
Location: Berkshire, UK
Member Since: 2nd Apr 2003
Total posts: 1576
Posted:Depends wot moves you do... u cud give ur body a full work ou if u span like mad and was amazingly flexible... coordinated etc etc.

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ElectricBlue
ElectricBlue

Now with extra strawberries
Location: Canberra
Member Since: 11th Feb 2002
Total posts: 810
Posted:since i started poi i noticed a difference in my arm mucles and upper back mucles.
even if the poi in its self isnt that benifical it makes me feel like geeting up of my but and do ing some thing wich is better than nothing.
also if you dance around alot when you spin to the poing that when you stop you are a little out of breth that meens that you must have been to ing some cardio vascular exercise wich is all ways good

missie


I {Heart} hand me downs and spinning in the snow.<br /><br />

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