Having issues with sweating while working out on the pole? You aren’t alone.

Let’s look at the reality of sweating during polesport: First, if you are sweating, that’s a sign that you are doing something right. Pole dancing is a workout! That said, it can make getting through your workout difficult. If there’s too much sweat on your body or the pole, you lose your friction - and friction is a must-have when doing tricks - especially those one-handed spins! What if your grip slips, and you end up on your head? There are several things you can do and products you can use to prevent disasters and give you the self confidence you need. You just need to get in the habit of thinking about your next ople workout long before you come to class.

BEFORE YOU GO:

Do NOT use regular lotions on your body on the 12-24 hours before pole work.Any oily residue from regular lotions need to be washed off, so if you did put lotion on, take a shower before coming to a class. Even with this precaution, you may be in trouble - as your body perspires it will release excess oil from the lotion that wasn’t absorbed completely and that may still make for a slippery experience.

SOLUTION: If your skin is dry and you do want to moisturize it, use lotions that are engineered specifically with our sport in mind. These lotions are made without oil, so they don’t leave a residue on your body - so even when you do sweat you will at least not be as slippery! Pole Physics lotion is a scientifically engineered no-slick lotion for optimal pole performance.

AT THE STUDIO:

When you arrive at the studio, you should:

  • Wash your hands (to remove any residue from your day)
  • Take any jewelry off (better yet, leave it at home), for a better grip and to prevent injuries.
  • Clean your pole with rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth.
  • Do adequate warm-up. This applies to your body (don’t forget to stretch!) and your pole. Walk around it a few times in static mode, and do a few simple spins to warm it - and you - up properly.
  • Adjust your environment. Make sure the studio is not too warm and humid in the summer and not too cold in the winter. A fan, air conditioner, or proper heating can make or break a practice session.

IN CLASS:

If you feel you are slipping CLEAN THE POLE. That said, try not to overdo it - try not to clean your pole after EVERY spin or climb.

When you are a new pole dancer, you’ll sweat even more than usual - due to nerves, anxiety, or even fear! Don’t worry. We all did it. As time goes by, you will gain confidence and your grip will strengthen. Remember, not all pole work is done on the pole - you should also be doing strengthening exercises in between sessions.

GRIP AIDS:

If you need some additional help with your grip, you can use the old time favorite dab of shaving cream or a little bit of hairspray on your hands or other parts of your body. You can also use grip aids, like Dry Hands, Tite Grip, Gorilla Grip or Mighty Grip, or even grip gloves (which are especially handy for learning new inverts and need extra support and confidence. Once you master the trick with gloves on, teach yourself to do the move without them.

Don't let yourself become overly dependent on grip aids or gloves. ALmost all tricks should be performable with just your hand and body strength, and you will be doing yourself a disservice by using slip aids as a substitute for good form. In addition, you do NOT need grip aids when working spins on a stationary pole, as the very nature of the moves requires your hands to be able to slip!

IT’S NOT JUST SWEATY HANDS:

There are days when we are extremely sweaty, but there are also days when our skin feels particularly dry and that becomes the reason we can’t stick to the pole. You can use a specialty pole dancing aid like Dew Point to get just the right amount of light, oil-free moisture that your body needs to grip to the pole.

One more thing - if you are executing any exercises where your armpits are the contact points on the pole and you have a deodorant on, you need to wipe it off or you will slide right off! After your shower, instead of deodorant, apply some hand sanitizer and let it dry. This will help with the odor / bacteria and the sweat, but you won’t slip using your armpit for grip.

We all have slippery days and they are never fun. Sometimes it’s the condition of our skin that’s to blame; sometimes it’s our hormones, diet, dehydration or the studio environment. We all try our best to avoid them, but if we can’t grip aids or gloves can usually help.

Just please remember to NEVER attempt tricks or spins if you don’t feel safe! If you are having a shaky, slippery day, perhaps it’s time to go back to basics, do your strengthening exercises, and just work on easy hold s and spins. Complex work can always wait until a better day!