It’s hard to imagine now, but when pole dance classes first started popping up on the fitness scene over a decade ago, pole students had to make do with only a hand towel to combat their sweaty hand problems! Nowadays, a lot has changed, and there are plenty of pole grip aids available on the market. But when you’re first starting out pole, it can be a bit overwhelming… Where do you start!?! How do you know when your grip problems are the result of dry skin? Or sweaty skin? Or skin that’s neither dry nor sweaty, but just not tacky enough? It’s so confusing!
But don’t break out into a cold sweat - get a grip! We are here to help leave you high and dry so you can get a firm handle on all your questions - and make a lot of bad grip-related puns along the way too! Are You a Slippery Susan or a Sweaty Betty?
The most common problem for a pole dancer starting out on their pole journey is sweaty hands. Often, students get quite disheartened when they keep sliding down the pole. Fortunately, there are a lot of really good anti-perspirant, liquid chalk grip aids that help a lot.
Our absolute favourite at PDA is No Sweat, which was created specifically for us pole dancers, although it can be used for any activity that requires a no sweat grip.
We love No Sweat because:
- it’s not as watery as other brands which makes it easier to apply the correct amount with no wastage;
- the dryness lasts longer so you don’t need to reapply as much;
- it comes in a bigger bottle (100ml);
- it works out to be better value (100ml for $20AUD).
Which Grips Should I Use?
Being a Sweaty Betty is hard enough, but did you know that it’s also tough to stick to a pole when you have dry hands and dry skin on the rest of your body too?
For most people, it takes a little while to figure out what skin type you are (you could be a combination) and then find the best grip to suit you.
Often, knowing HOW to apply grip properly can save a lot of time and effort, and can make all the difference in deciding if a grip works for you or not. So let us help to educate you on the wonderful world of grip, and how to correctly apply it to get the most out of your training session! Too Sweaty
If you’re on the sweaty side, then grips that act like an anti-perspirant or liquid chalk will work best for you. Some examples include No Sweat, Dry Hands, Girly Grip, Tite Grip.
How to apply: With liquid chalk adherents like the ones mentioned above, less is more. Apply a small pea size amount into your hand - but DON’T rub your hands. What you want to do is TAP your hands together and then tap the grip onto the pole.
Tapping helps to create a dirty grippy surface, whereas rubbing your hands creates a slippery smooth effect which isn’t helpful for pole.