When you are learning new and difficult moves or holds, there are two challenges…that of the strength and ability to grip correctly as well as being familiar with the mechanics of the move itself. It is easier to learn the basic mechanics of the move without struggling with your grip at the same time. Once you learn HOW to do the move, then you can work on improving your grip but you may always prefer to use some type of grip product when you pole dance.
Keep in mind that everyone's chemistry is different so try various products to find the one that works best for you. Some may simply eliminate sweat for one person but another finds it also adds a tackiness to their hands. Hands should be washed and dried well before applying any product in order to maximize effectiveness.
Lotions and Skin Care:
Good skin care is essential because healthy skin grips the pole better than dry flakey skin.
Experiment with different brands but you will generally have best results with cheap brands that have no lanolin, oils or other products that may result in the lotion being greasy and leaving a slick build up on your skin. Avoid body butters and most sugar scrubs.
Nighttime brands of baby lotion generally fit this description. Aloe can also be a good moisturizer to use without leaving a greasy build up on your skin. Many polers like Vaseline "enriched" lotion, CeraVe basic moisturizing lotion, Cetaphil basic moisturizing lotion and Pole Physics which is specially made with natural ingredients. Pole physics works very well but is a bit expensive for most people. Gold Bond Advanced Healing with Aloe is also great. It may be a bit heavy for some people during the summer.
Use a non-greasy scrub or loofah sponge when you shower to remove dead skin. Apply your lotion several hours before pole dancing and make certain to rub it in really well. Many times we rush through moisturizing just slapping it on and not really rubbing it so that the skin absorbs it then you have a layer of lotion coating your skin making it slick. Rub your lotion in so that it's all absorbed.
Also, extra dry skin will not grip or stick to the pole so using non-greasy lotions but rubbing them in well in advance of pole dancing will keep you from losing your grip, especially in dry climates and during the winter.
A pole that is cold will be more difficult to grip, but a pole that is warm will be easier to hold on to and may even become too sticky. Pole practice over a fairly brief period of time will cause the pole to heat up – making it easier to grip or even too sticky.
Final considerations include that the grip of a pole changes with it's temperature and you may find that different grip products work for you on different types of pole finishes.
Some products you can use to assist with grip:
*Indicates approved by Midwest Pole Dancing for use at the North American Pole Dance Championships.
|Aloe*||Also aides with dry skin so lotions with aloe are good to use|
|Coca Cola||Adds stickiness to grip|
|Corn Huskers Lotion*||Hydrates and leaves a mildly sticky residue on your skin.|
|Gel Shave Cream*||Just a tiny dab of gel to improve grip|
|Hair Spray*||Adds a bit of stickiness for grip|
|Wet Ones*||Original version with red cap: does not have softeners in it. Contains aloe which helps with grip|
|Traditional Grip Products|
|Cramers Firm Grip Spray||Very sticky product – difficult to wash off skin and the pole but very strong grip|
|Cramers Firm Grip Paste*||Extremely strong product – is a little easier to wash off the skin than the spray but still difficult to remove. Removes from pole with alcohol.|
|Dew Point*||Adds grip by adding necessary moisture to skin…skin which is too dry will not grip well. Many people prefer to use it on extremities rather than on hands.|
|Dirty Girl Poletice*||Antiperspirant: This is a "mask" which you apply and allow to dry then wash off vigorously with running water. Lasts a long time and you can apply other grip products for tack over it.|
|Dry Body*||Antiperspirant: Use these towelets to permanently decrease perspiration by applying nightly to CLEAN hands and sleeping overnight without washing it off. Should see changes within 2 weeks. Can use other grip products when poling. Also works on other parts of the body.|
|"Dry Hands" brand product*||Make certain that you shake this product really well or it will make your hands extremely sticky so that you cannot even spin on the pole. This is an anti-perspirant sold for those with problems with sweaty palms and it does keep them dry but it also improves the grip with a slightly sticky residue so you can use it on other parts of the body that you need to grip with. Should be applied to clean hands about an hour prior to poling…then apply again as needed. May be combined with other grip products as well.|
|"Fluid Chalk" brand product*||This is a "liquid" climbers chalk which adds tacky grip. Also difficult to remove from skin and pole.|
|Girlie Grip*||Combination grip and antiperspirant|
|Gorilla Grip Towels||Adds tackiness. Usually sold for golfers|
|Grrrip*||Antiperspirant which may add a bit of grip without being sticky and is water soluble. The PLUS is for extremely sweaty palms and works quite well to stop sweating w/o adding as much tackinessl. Be certain to shake either product well.|
|ITAC*||There are 4 "levels" of strength with level 2 being recommended for pole dancing but level 4 for a more secure grip and advanced work. Many people prefer to use it on extremities rather than on hands or even directly onto the pole.|
|Liquid Grip*||Antiperspirant and grip aid. Lasts a long time,usually several hours. Can usually still spin but may get to tacky during warmer weather or as pole heats up. Washes off easily. Pleasant smell.|
|Mighty Grip*||Powder that is activated by the heat of your body. Can leave a build up on pole but cleans off easily. Adds grip and helps somewhat with sweat.|
|No Sweat*||Antiperspirant which may add tack for grip and is water soluble so it can be washed off|
|Platinum Grip*||Antiperspirant and tack. Lasts well with pleasant smell. Washes off easily.|
|Pole Mamas*||Slightly tacky grip|
|Prince Grip*||Found in tennis supplies. Dries out sweat and adds a touch of grip so that you can still spin.|
|Tite Grip*||Antiperspirant which may add tack for grip and is water soluble so it can be washed off|
|Weight Lifters Chalk*||Does not add tackiness but absorbs perspiration on your hands however it can leave a build up of chalk that you need to clean off your skin & pole|
|Electrical Tape||Often applied as a wrap around the foot/instep to protect the skin AND add grip without slipping off the skin as PVC tape can do.|
|PVC Products||Shoes, boots or tape (bondage tape) will help your feet and legs grab and hold onto the pole|