What grip should I use for pole? and what should I do to improve my grip?

 

If you’re currently doing Pole Fitness, you will know what we mean by “ grip ”. But, if not, you’re probably wondering what it is…if you think that Gymnasts use chalk when they do their skills and tricks, it’s pretty much the pole equivalent.

 

Grip is a specific gel, putty or product that pole athletes use to help them grip better on the pole.

 

There are many different brands and types of grips, such as: Dry Hands (most popular), Itac (putty), gloves or gecko/sticky leggings. Brands include: Creatures of XIX/Pole Junkie/Paradise Chick).

Dry Hands - Grip Gel

Dry Hands – Grip Gel

iTac 2 - Grip Putty

iTac 2 – Grip Putty

Paradise Chick - Sticky Leggings (PoleJunkie Website)

Paradise Chick – Sticky Leggings (PoleJunkie Website)

Creatures of XIX - Gecko Grip Leggings

Creatures of XIX – Gecko Grip Leggings

 

The reason, that I personally, avoid grip aids is because when I started to use these, any time that I forgot my grip I would panic and end up not being able to do anything. This was because I became dependent on my grips rather than my actual skin.

 

If you are a natural sweater (sweaty hands syndrome) – grips are definitely a good way for you to build confidence. After all, the main reason people sweat when they pole is because they are nervous or they are overthinking. Something that our students are guilty of here, even though they have no reason to be and neither do you.

I don't sweat, I glisten.

HOWEVER! If you are looking to go down the “grip free” road, or at least, use it as little as possible there are a few options for you!

 

  1. Be persistent. It may be frustrating at first, but if you are persistent with your non-grip training then you will gradually become more comfortable without it.
  2. Invest in some equipment (see below)

Grip strengthener (I got mine from Tescos) or a rubber/tennis ball. This is a great little exercise that you can do literally anywhere – just pop the ring or the ball in the palm of your hand and squeeze. Keep pulsating and then changing hands, this is focused in your wrist and overall hand grip.

You can also play with what it is that you’re strengthening. If you put the ball or ring at the end of your fingertips and squeeze, you’re strengthening your hand, fingers and palm.

 

At the end of the day, it’s all about what you’re comfortable with and what it is you’re doing in class. If you’re doing a new and more advanced move, you may feel a bit more confident if you do have grip.

 

We really hope this helps!

 

See you next month for another blog entry…. what would you like us to discuss next?