As a pole dancer, you may or may not be aware that poles come in many different finishes. So, how do you decide which finish is right for you?
Chrome - Chrome is your industry standard for pole finish. It's most likely what you have at your pole studio.
Stainless Steel - This pole is great for people with nickel allergies and/or high use poles. It's polished to a mirror finish and able to withstand heavy use. If you studio doesn't have chrome poles- it probably has stainless steel.
Brass- Brass poles are great in hotter climates because the grip factor increases as the temperature rises. Another option for individuals with nickel allergies.
Titanium Gold - These poles are coated with the titanium gold finish for and even more enhanced grip. Great for individuals with grip issues that still want to be able to slide up and down the pole with relative ease.
Powder Coated - The powder coat enhances grip even further. Great for individuals with grip issues and you are still able to slide up and down the pole. Note that as the grip factor increases, discomfort on the skin will also increase. As with most aerial things - you'll build up a tolerance to it.
Silicone - This is the ultimate easy to grip pole. When you give it a squeeze it is actually squishy! Makes poling in leggings possible - great for practicing inverts, climbs, and static poses. You will NOT be able to slide up and down the pole with this finish.
Keep in mind, if you choose a finish other than chrome or stainless steel, you'll likely be able to do some tricks at home that you're still unable to do at your studio. Don't let that frustrate you! As you continue to practice your grip strength will increase until you're finally able to do that trick on any finish.
If you're practicing for a competition, I'd recommend sticking with the chrome or stainless steel finish. Once you're on stage you'll be facing bright lights, adrenaline, an audience, and nerves - you probably don't also want to be working on a different finish pole than you're used to!
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