Once you have decided that pole dancing is what you want to do as a fun form of exercise, then the next thing to consider is the kind of pole fitness equipment to buy. Getting started can be a little confusing but it’s easy to do. Obviously, you need a dance pole but with all the poles on the market, it can be difficult to decide which pole is best for you so in this article I will help guide you the right direction. Grip aids and pole dancing lessons are the other main pieces you will need to get started pole dancing at home. Since this article is focused on pole dance fitness equipment, you can go here to read an article about getting started with grip aids for beginners and here to read an article about choosing the right pole dancing lessons.
Choosing The Right Pole Dancing Fitness Equipment
Getting Started With Your First Dance Pole
Learning how to choose a dance pole is the most important decision you will make.
Most people have a budget in mind when shopping for a dance pole. Dance poles for sale range anywhere from $60 to over $1000 depending on whether they are static, spinning, portable, brand name, or if they have a platform ( also known as a podium or stage base).
Static Dance Poles For Beginners
Static poles don’t turn or rotate while you are dancing and are the cheapest. Most people say this is the best piece of equipment to buy for beginners but I feel it’s a mistake unless you know you love static only pole dancing. Keep reading, I will explain.
Spinning Dance Poles For Beginners
Spinning poles can be spinning or static and are better when beginning to learn how to pole dance. Eventually you will want to enjoy a spinning dance pole and my students say they are easier to dance one. If feel it’s worth the extra money to get a spinning dance pole for the long run.
Portable and Removable Dance Poles For Beginners
Portable or removable poles are convenient for the average homeowner or traveling dancer. Removable dance pole are the most common used dance pole for home use for obvious reasons – you can change rooms easy, take it with when you are done renting, or take it down when company comes over if needed for example.
Best Brand Name Dance Poles To Start With
Brand names can help you determine the quality of a pole; however, through a little education on what to look for in a sturdy pole, then you can easily find a good quality off brand name dance pole. Not all brand name dance poles are considered SAFE. Please watch the video below to understand why and learn what to look for in a safe, good quality dance pole.
Freestanding Dance Poles For Beginners
Free standing or stand along dance poles with a platform at the base are great when you can’t connect the pole to a ceiling. They are a lot more expensive, but fun and worth the money if you can spare it.
The Best and Most Commonly Used Dance Poles For Beginners
The most commonly used dance pole for home is a chrome 45mm dance pole. There are two types of poles that are good for home use and those are removable dance poles and a permanently installed dance pole.
If you don’t have a place in your home for a permanent install or live in an apartment, a removable pole is best. The other reason I feel that a removable pole is the best piece of pole fitness equipment is that you can change your mind about its location and it’s easier to install. This is perfect for your average household user.
Removable poles come in both static and spinning form. As a pole fitness instructor, I know from experience that beginners always prefer a spinning pole. They are easier to use. On the other hand, a static pole will help develop your strength and grip faster since you have to use more force to create momentum which also gives you get a better workout.
There are dangers when buying pole fitness equipment. You must learn about how to choose a dance pole that is sturdy and safe.
Not all poles are safe to dance on. Some don’t stay connected to the ceiling well, some have chips of chrome peeling off, some have poor quality steel, some have bad bearings, and so on. Here is a great video about that topic:
A pole is the only real piece of equipment required to begin pole exercises.
Watching as many dance pole review videos as possible as well as how they install in your home will help you make the best choice for you and your situation.
Pole Dance Crash Mats
Pole dance crash mats are the only other piece of equipment you could consider buying other than a dance pole to get started pole dancing for fitness at home.
Crash mats are not necessarily required but can play a key role in safety, especially if you can do intermediate or advanced pole dance moves. Beginners often stay ground and dance around the pole and avoid inverting so if that sound like you, you could hold off buying your first crash mat until you know you need it. Use your own discretion.