Whether you’re buying a pole dancing pole for a studio, for training at home or for competitions and performing there is a lot to consider to make sure you choose the right one. There are so many on the market and so many different types that you need to weigh up which one will be right for you. This is my short guide on how to choose the right pole for you.
What will you be using it for?
The quality and also price of poles can range dramatically so obviously you want to get the most for your money whilst also making sure you have a sturdy pole that is safe enough for what you’re planning on using it for. Are you going to be using it professionally, for classes and/or on a very regular basis for training and expert moves? Then you probably want to invest quite a bit into it and look into one of the poles aimed at professionals such as the X Pole range. Are you using your pole more for at home fitness and more basic or beginner moves? Then one of the cheaper priced options may be a good starting point for you.
Do you have enough space for the pole to be there all of the time or does you need it to be portable?
A lot of the poles available can be dismantled and are portable however you need to bear in mind that some are easier and quicker than others to disassemble. If you are going to be doing lots of inverts, climbs and complicated moves and need lots of sturdiness then you might want to consider one that you can affix to the ceiling, whereas if you’re thinking about putting it up and down again for fitness when you fancy then you want to look for one that is quick to install. Also making sure you have enough space around the pole to do your moves is key – somewhere in the middle of a room is usually the most suitable spot.
How high is your ceiling and can you find a ceiling beam?
Before buying you need to make sure you measure your ceiling height correctly. Standard sizes for poles are between around 7ft and 9ft on average and extend accordingly but a lot of them also come with the option to buy extension poles if your ceiling is higher. The base is usually inclusive of the pole height so you don’t have to take that into account when measuring.
Although a lot of poles are bottom loading so they don’t put pressure on the ceiling and don’t require affixing, you do ideally need to install them underneath a ceiling beam or joist so you can brace the pole against it, so do make sure there is one within the area you’re looking to pole in by tapping the ceiling and listening for a solid noise or by using a stud finder.
Would you like to do spinning moves as well as static?
If you go to pole classes then you’re probably already aware that a lot of poles come with a spinning pole option as well as a static option. This gives you the chance to try out lots more tricks and spinning moves do always look great. If you’re not fussed about the spinning though you can get static only poles which are usually a bit cheaper as well.
Which coating and thickness is best for you?
The most popular and common coating for poles is chrome. Chrome does give a good grip and is most suited to beginners but there are various other different coats to choose from including brass, powder coated, silicone, stainless steel and titanium which all give a varying degree of grip (for more info see X Pole’s and are usually picked dependent on personal preference. Always double check suitability before using pole grip products or pole cleaners on different poles though as some of the pole products out there don’t agree with certain coatings.
You can also buy different pole thicknesses including 50, 45 and 40mm but the industry standard for pole competitions and a lot of studios and the one available most often for your average pole is 45mm. Obviously the smaller the pole the easier to wrap your hand around so it does make tricks and spins a bit easier but if you want to improve your grip strength or have bigger hands then a thicker pole might be more suited. Again it is probably just down to personal preference.
Where to buy and how to install…
After you have decided which kind of pole is for you, have measured your ceiling height, found the spot you want to pole in and where your ceiling beam is located you’re ready to order your pole! For my review of some of the best rated poles on the market please check out my post here
Once you have ordered the correct size the next step is installation. Most poles are quite similar to set up and quite a few of them such as the X Pole are installed from the bottom up so you don’t even need a ladder, but it is advised that you ALWAYS read and follow the instructions given to you by the pole manufacturer so you know you’re installing it correctly and safely and get in touch with them if you have any questions or issues. There are also a lot of how to videos on youtube available for most pole brands so do check them out as well if you need some extra pointers. Happy Pole Dancing people!
For more info X Pole Australia has a very in depth FAQ page on different types of poles and how to choose the right one, check it out here: http://dance4me.com.au/frequently-asked-questions/
Let me know if you have any other tips on how to choose the right pole or if you have any questions I’ll try my best to answer them.