There are many different types of poles but a key feature of a pole is whether it’s static or spinning. Static poles are fixed in place whereas spinning poles turn on an axis. If you have ever seen a pole dance video where someone appears to be constantly turning with minimal effort, they are most likely using a spinning pole. On competition stages, they usually have two poles set up, one of them will be on spinning mode and one will be static.
When you buy a pole for home, it’s worth investing in a pole that can be used in both static and spinning mode. It’s very easy to change your pole between each one if it has that feature.
Most popular poles from trusted sellers are very easy to install and take down. They don’t need to be fixed to the ceiling or floor. The use of pressure and silicone on the top and bottom discs keeps them in place. One pole can hold up to 115kg. Poles can be fixed into place, if you would prefer, with different ceiling mounts but all will need to be installed under a beam in the ceiling which can be found using a beam detector.
Some poles are also free standing, also known as stage poles. They do not touch the ceiling and don’t apply too much pressure on the floor. These are very effective for photo shoots, performances, pole dancing outside or inside where the ceilings are extremely high.
You could use a flying pole, which are attached to the ceiling and not the floor so you can spin in multiple ways. These are commonly used in circuses and other performances and can be used higher and lower to create a flying illusion.
If you have already started shopping for a pole, you will have noticed that they have varying thickness. The most popular in the United Kingdom is 45mm in diameter. This pole feels easiest to grip. 50mm poles are the second most popular but are harder to grip with the whole hand (particularly if you have small hands). The benefit of a 50mm pole is that it is easier to do more advanced moves on – particularly when it comes to hanging from the pole using only the legs. Use of this pole will make your grip and forearm muscles very strong. If you are able to complete a move on a 50mm pole, you will probably find it easy on a 45mm pole, too. These two sizes are most popular in pole dance studios in the United Kingdom. Before you buy a pole, ask your instructor for advice.
The most common material used to make a pole is stainless steel. However, poles are also made from chrome, gold, brass and silicone. Gold and brass offer the best grip but stainless steel should be used by anyone with an allergy to chrome. If you warm up well you shouldn’t have issues gripping the pole regardless of what it’s made from. Silicone poles offer such a strong grip that they can only be used in clothes.
If you would like to buy a pole for home, make sure you have enough space around it to avoid injury and accidents. To test if you have enough space around the pole, stand with your arms outstretched on both sides of you, creating a ‘T’ shape. You should be able to hold a pole with one hand and walk all the way around it (keeping the arms outstretched) without bumping into anything.
Finally, make sure you buy a pole from a trusted seller. If a deal seems too good to be true it probably is and it’s not worth risking your health and safety for a bargain. The most trusted brands are Xpole and Lupit Pole. (there are more pole makes but these 2tare the ones I have used before)
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