So you’ve got Pole Dancing
grip problems huh?
Who knew just hanging onto the pole would be so hard.It’s no doubt that losing your grip on the pole can be one of the most frustrating parts of your training.To solve the pole dancing grip problems read below……
How the hell are you supposed to work on your new trick if you’re slipping off the pole right?
The thing about the grip is that it depends on a ton of conditions and figuring out how to get it right can be pretty specific to your own body and your own dancing environment.
Regardless, we can probably help.
The most important thing to understand about grip issues is that they are highly dependent on the environment you’re training in.
You’re probably used to working out in cool, dry rooms.
This is the standard climate for gyms for obvious reasons – it keeps you cool and dry!
The thing is, those are awful conditions for pole dancing and you’ll need to take some steps to get things right.
The first solution to slipping should already be part of every practice – warming up!
Warming up doesn’t just prepare your body for practice, it also prepares your pole.
Through warming up you’re heating up the pole and allowing it to “stick” more.
Spend a good amount of time preparing for your practice and in turn getting your pole ready for a workout.
Temperature ControlYour next step, when possible, should be to consider ways to change the conditions of your practice area manually.
If you’re buying a pole for your own home (which is likely if you’re here!), you should be able to do this pretty easily.
If you live in a humid area, open a window and adjust the AC an hour before working out.
Otherwise, turn your AC a little warmer so that your room isn’t cold, but just mild.
The goal is to get a comfortable environment to work on your moves while also keeping the room warm enough to be able to actually do those moves.
Pole Size and Type
Most dance poles, including the X-Poles that we sell on this site, are offered in a variety of “types”.
These are usually Chrome, Brass, and Stainless Steel.
X Pole also offers a Titanium Gold plated pole.
Chrome and Titanium Gold are both “platings” that are on applied to a base metal like stainless steel while plain Stainless Steel and Brass poles are the base metal itself.
These metals and platings each have their own gripping quality.
But X Pole states that Brass and Titanium Gold have slightly enhanced grip advantages over Chrome.
The size of your pole, of course, matters quite a bit as well – you couldn’t spin around on a telephone pole now, could you?
When buying a personal dance pole for your home or choosing which pole to use in the studio.
Consider your hand size and the types of moves you’re practicing.
Generally, the thinking is pretty simple here
The smaller the dance pole the better it is for dancers with small hands. Check out our other article on picking a dance pole size for more information on this.
Time to Get Some Gripen the end, it’s YOUR practice and you should feel good about it.
If you can’t adjust your pole dancing environment to lessen grip issues.
There are plenty of respected grip aids out there that you can purchase and try.
Check with your studio and see what they sell!
Even with these though, effectiveness is highly dependent on your environment and body.
Ask your coach or fellow dancers which grip aids they prefer and try some out.
Most can be bought online for only a few dollars when you’re ready and should be a standard part of your bag.
Here at The Pole Dancing Company we aren’t yet selling grip aids but plan to soon!