For the passionate Pole Dancer the decision to buy the first own Pole is about as important as the decision to buy the first car or house. You feel a thrill of anticipation when you have finally made up your mind to sacrifice those 4 sqm of 30 sqm apartment. Never mind – it is a sacrifice for the sport. 

And then the big shock – you type Pole into Google and find yourself confronted to a jungle of choices that almost drives you mad. Which provider should you choose? What do the different names mean? What are the differences? What should you pay attention to?

I have put together a little guide to help you select definitely the right Pole for you. I explain all Pole systems exemplarily through X-Pole and at the end I have a huge Giveaway – so keep reading. 

  1. The diameter

A Pole is available in various diameters: 40, 45 and 50 mm. The 45 mm Pole is the most common and you are very likely to encounter it at your Pole studio or during competitions. Some Pole beginners find it easier to train on a 50 mm Pole because it seems less painful. Especially children or smaller people feel that they can grip better around a 40 mm Pole. However, if you presumably will also train on another Pole (performance, competition, studio, etc.), I recommend buying a 45 mm Pole.

  1. The material

There are diverse materials for Poles and you will have to decide what you actually want from your Pole. In these considerations, you should include whether you have, for example, a metal allergy, whether you want to train outdoors with this Pole or whether you live in a country with a hot climate. All these aspects should be in accordance with your purchasing decision.

  • Chrome: the Chrome Pole is the most common Pole and you probably know this one from your Pole Studio.
  • Titanium: the Titanium Pole is primarily distinguished by its beauty – it is gold (and it was sooo hard for me not to buy the Titanium Pole). The Titanium is subsequently layered onto the Pole and many Pole athletes swear that the grip is better. You should, however, consider the fact that the coating could be scratched off.
  • Brass: a Brass Pole is preferred especially in warmer climates because the heat generated by friction causes a better grip. For colder regions, I recommend a chrome Pole as it takes a long time to warm up this Pole.
  • Stainless steel: a Stainless Steel Pole looks like a Chrome Pole and has been developed, among other reasons, especially for people who have a chrome allergy

I would advise you to buy the kind of Pole that you know from your studio and that your body is used to. This refers both to the size and the material. If you do not have any allergies or perspire more than average during training, then you will probably be very happy with a ‘simple’ Chrome Pole.

There are two other Pole materials that you might not know, but that I do not want to hide from you:

  • Silicone: A thin silicon layer is applied onto this Pole and the Pole comes in black or pink. Due to the rubber-like surface, this Pole is suitable, among others, for dancing with long clothes and therefore for photo shoots, Chinese pole or outdoor Pole jams. The downside: slipping is practically impossible on this Pole and, therefore, it should not be your number one choice for your ‘average’ everyday training.
  • Powder coat: This Pole has been newly invented by XPole and offers a particularly good grip, but is not as merciless ‘un-slippy’ as the Silicone Pole. It, therefore, is more suitable also for everyday training. It also comes in black and pink. 
  1. Static or spinning

The Sport Pole from X-Pole is only static. It is slightly cheaper than the XPert Pole which can be set on both spinning and static mode. If you have at home so little space that you will never ever spin, then you might want to buy a Sport Pole. Everyone else, I advise to buy an Xpert Pole. The price difference is so small and you have saved already so much money that I think you should not safe wrongly those last Pounds that make the difference between  the Sport and Xpert Pole. And even if you are not a fan of spinning mode, yet, you never know. I always like to leave the door open.

  1. Ceiling mounting

A correct Pole installation is one of the main points that you should consider. Your safety comes first and the right mounting can decide whether YouTube shows your competition or fail video. So, take a close look at your ceiling and then make the right decision.

  • Plate: The plate is included in all Pole deliveries and is usually perfectly adequate and secure. The plate is placed on top of the Pole and the Pole is then expanded so far that it locks firmly and securely between floor and ceiling.
  • fixed ceiling mount: a more stable and secure ceiling mount, especially for higher ceilings, is the fixed ceiling mount. The mount is permanently screwed into the ceiling which is especially advisable for Poles above a height of 3.35 m or studios where Poles are used more than average. Pay attention: There are different ceiling mounts for Sport and Xpert Poles. Also, pay attention to buy the correct ceiling mount in alliance with the diameter of your Pole.
  • fixed ceiling mount for vaulted ceilings: The ceiling mount works the same way as the aforementioned, yet, you can install it with an angle to your Pole. This ceiling mount is especially for vaulted or uneven ceilings. 

Because many of us do not live in a rented apartment with excessively high ceilings, a plate in most of the cases is secure and good enough. The plate allows you to put your Pole up and down very quickly without damaging your ceiling. Otherwise, of course: The more secure the better.

A few last words (as the wildest ideas pop up in forum threads): I advise, at any time, do not build a Pole on your own or improvise in any different way to save money. A Pole may seem expensive at first, but it is your safety and your comfort we are talking about here. You would not forget your karabiners yourself before climbing the Mount Everest neither. A Pole contains more technique than you probably imagine and no amount of money is worth the risk of potential serious injury.

I hope this guide helped you choose the right Pole. If you have any further questions, please feel free and write me an email. I would be delighted to help out. Also, X-Pole is happy to help with all technical issues.

If you want to win one of 3 pink, powder coated, 40 mm Poles, from the brand new series of XPole Poles, please like Eat.Pole.Love on Facebook and write a comment under this article, why should you win one of the Poles. The giveaway ends on 07. November 2015 and the winner is selected at random.

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