The Merits of My Pole

Back in the day, when I started pole dancing, I knew nothing about poles; nothing. But it didn’t take me long though to realize that the $120 ones from party places were crap. I learned this on the day I went for a wide spin and the pole tumbled over, with me still holding onto it.

So I went on a hunt for poles. There weren’t too many brands out there to chose from, but after reading the reviews, I settled on an X-Pole. I bought a 50mm, chrome pole, and I loved it.

My Pole

I loved it’s security, stability and the confidence that it wouldn’t be pulled out of the ceiling with me on it. Seriously, before I bought that pole I asked ๐Ÿ™‚

My pole worked for me for years, until I became advanced. Then I started having trouble gripping, sliding and was overall frustrated. This is around the time I started learning about 45mm and 40mm poles. Why there were differences, what it could do for me.

I began dancing at friends who had a 45 and fell in love. So many more pole tricks were available to me on a 45mm!!! But then I’d come home and fail miserably trying to do them.

Last week (5 years after buying my first pole!), I bought a 45mm X-Pole. I love it. I mean love it. After setting it up, I just wanted to play on it all day. If only my muscles would refuse fatigue and work didn’t care if I called in sick… sigh.

For anyone that knows me, you should know that I hate shoulder mount. I despise it. I blatently refuse to do this move and any variation of it- no matter how pretty. The pole on my shoulder just felt wrong and there was some serious crunching noises when I tried.

But after playing with my 45mm, I thought I would give it a shot. Lo and behold, I did a shoulder mount- free of curse words by the way. I even went into brass monkey, it was a miracle. And I owe it all to my pole.

So while I don’t believe that the pole makes the dancer- let’s be honest, I’d like to have some credit for my skills- I do believe there is a difference. So try different poles! See what works best for you, be it chrome, brass, plated, 40, 45 or 50mm, just go play and see what feels best. Larger poles (50mm) are great for beginners as they hurt less. But the smaller poles (my new shiny 45) allow you better grip and security in your holds (yes it does hurt more!).

So if you need me, I’ll be flipping, sliding, stumbling and spinning with a msile on my face- just the way I like it ๐Ÿ™‚