You’ve tried pole dancing fitness, and now you’re hooked, but the next step in the natural evolution of pole is improving your grip so you can elevate your moves!
Up your skills by improving your grip so, you can stop that slip. Here’s how!
How to Stop that Slip so You can Climb to New Heights
Skip the Moisturizer
It’s common sense that if you want to grip the pole better that you should avoid moisturizing at least 12 hours before your next class. And by skipping the moisturizer, we mean hands and body. If you really can’t part with the creams then try a body gel, they’re less greasy.
Part of the problem with greasy hands is it makes the pole slick and impossible to grip and if that’s not bad enough it compromises the pole for the next person. And leaves a mess for the instructor to clean up – so just skip it.
To keep your pole in pristine condition, you’ll want to clean it every few weeks and take a few steps to ensure it doesn’t lose its ‘non-slip pole integrity,’ in between cleanings. Keeping up with cleaning is important, with regular use the pole will develop a buildup of sweat – ick but also a sign of successful workouts! Just don’t go overboard in cleaning your pole, if it starts shining bright like a diamond than it won’t grip as well.
Before each class don’t shower as your skin will lose some of its natural grip but do remember to wash your hands beforehand!
Sweat Buster Creams
If you suffer from sweaty hands or palms, this can make gripping the pole particularly challenging for you. Under these circumstances, it’s recommended that you pick up some kind of medicated product such as Lanacane, Driclor, Anhydrol or ZeaSorb to help manage your sweating.
You’ll want to have a chat with your doctor to figure out which sweat busting product is right for your pole dancing needs. Some creams eliminate sweat gland production while others will bust odours. If you suffer from hyperhidrosis – sweaty hands – then another solution in addition to medicated creams are pro-tack grip gloves.
Grippy Product Aids
- Liquids: These products transform from a liquid to a powder – the texture gives it its grip. A popular choice as it’s longlasting.
- Sprays: Cover a larger surface and have unique formulations to rehydrate skin or make you extra sticky. Hairspray is a cheap readily available kind of spray.
- Chalks: Need constant application to give you grip, but don’t work for excessive sweating.
- Gloves: Awesome for training when you’re developing new moves and need the best grip. It will also protect your hands but the downside, you can’t perform spins as well.
Improve Your Grip Strength
Don’t just become dependant on products to keep you on the pole, improve your grip strength for best results. Here are some techniques you can use to build up your strength.
- Squeeze a tennis ball 10-20x a few times a day a couple times a week.
- Take up rock climbing as it’ll strengthen the same muscles you need for a pole.
- Pick up a grip strength trainer and use 5-10 minutes, daily.
- Use a gyroball for 5-10 minutes a couple times a week.
- Take up yoga for flexibility.
Elevate Your Moves by Ridding Pole Slip
Advance your pole dancing moves by improving your grip using these techniques! Then you’ll be able to hold on tighter and just dance!