Tips & Tricks
The Importance of Pole & Aerial Wear
So whats makes Pole and Aerial wear different?
Pole is incredibly empowering - it allows us to tap into an inner strength we might not have known before; it allows us to be graceful and alluring; it’s how we learn to fly.
Pole can have an embarrassing side, too. Cue the casual nip-slip or that uncomfortable waddle that eventuates from a mega-wedgie (cheers Titanic). When costumes malfunction or training gear isn't up to scratch, Pole can be another beast, entirely.
The importance of Pole Wear
This doesn't have to be the case. Wearing gear that has been specifically designed for Pole Dance can minimise embarrassing situations and make you confident in the body you own. We stretch, bend, twist, and spread our bodies around aerial equipment and across the floor and expect our active wear to move with us. We expect it to cover us in all the right places while we push our bodies to the limit. All this, whilst making us feel amazing and look like the babes we are. It’s no wonder aerialists require their own range of active wear.
It can take time to realise this! I remember putting on my first pair of Bad Kitty Competition Shorts. It was my first upgrade to ‘Pole Wear’ from my usual KMart gym shorts - they had served me well, but I was ready to take the next step. As I put them on, I was unsure about showing more of my body and, god forbid, my booty. What would happen when I was split stretching? How much would people be able to see? Oh the fear!
The wardrobe switch was life changing. The Bad Kitty fit molded to the shape of my body: no muffin top, no bulgy bits. I had a perfect fit and a hot booty (I’ll thank the Bad Kitty Scrunch Bum for that). I had an instant confidence boost, not only from how I looked but from knowing that I could trust these shorts.
So, let’s take a look at a few of our favorite products.
Bad Kitty Brazils (and pretty much all their bottoms!)
If you haven't got your hands on a pair of Bad Kitty PoleFit bottoms, do it now! If there was ever a range of bottoms that was made with the Pole Dancer in mind, this is it.
Bad Kitty's bottoms cover everyone - from the modest to the “let it ALL hang out” dancer. Designed to move with your body, not against it, these bottoms will cover all the important bits. You can be as 'cheeky’ as you want to be, while making sure your vajayjay stays tucked away.
Bad Kitty’s seam placement and choice of fabric is no accident. Bottoms are made using as little elastic banding as possible, minimising the appearance of muffin-tops and 'sausage legs’. The fabric itself has a high level of stretch, which naturally bounces back, allowing it to fit the body comfortably.
Cleo the Hurricane tops and bottoms
Cleo the Hurricane - an absolute legend of the Pole Dance world - knows what is what when it comes to pole wear. Her instantly recognisable range of pole dance tops have the perfect level of high attitude sex appeal, while keeping ‘the girls’ secure.
The Heartbreaker range is “mega-supportive” with double-thickness lining and removable inserts to suit all. The mesh detailing on the slightly higher neckline is a great way to ensure there are no embarrassing slips while still showing a bit of peek-a-boo appeal.
Cleo’s range of bottoms cover every angle – literally! Her hot pants provide an extra bit of booty coverage until you’re ready to move up to her Skimpy and Sexy’s, Scanty Pants, and Skanky Pants (the names are pretty self-explanatory). Each line shows a bit more skin, but all have Cleo’s 7cm crotch cover, ensuring NOTHING falls out!
Brought to us from the stretch gods, Dragonfly uses a “quick-drying, four-way stretch, second skin” material that will have you binning your KMart leggings. These magical pants move with you, no matter which way you bend. The “peach fuzz” feel of the inner material makes their crop tops super comfortable to wear – you won’t want to take them off. Dragonfly’s back warmers keep your back muscles warm and your spine safe while you exercise, stretch, and cool down.
It's an investment!
If you feel guilty about going on a pole wear shopping spree, don't! Remember that these aren't just frivolous purchases. Buying gear that is made specifically for Pole and Aerial life is an investment in your journey, helping you train smarter, perform better, and look freaking awesome at the same time. What more could you ask for? (Except, of course, for more pole gear!)
Photo Credit: Note of Poetics Photography
Studio: Limitless Studio, Auckland
- Megan Harris
Heels Heels Heels Baby!
Tips & Tricks!
There are hundreds of things that make Pole Dance awesome: the gains in physical and inner strength, finding yourself an amazingly supportive community, learning how to embrace the sex bomb that you are. But, far and away, one of the best things about Pole Dance is THE HEELS!! Heels that make you tower over muggles everywhere. Heels that turn you into the fiercest version of yourself. Heels that glow, shine, sparkle, and punch holes in the hearts of your enemies. Wait, what? Ignore that last part 😉
I remember buying my first pair of Pole Dance Heels
It took buying PGNZ and being constantly surrounded by beautiful heels and sparkly goodness before I finally bought a pair of heels. I had always freaked out about falling over – I’m clumsy enough in bare feet! But the amazing Pole Dance Unicorns around me kept telling me to go for it. I could always start off with an entry-level pair of 5” or 6” heels and move up from there – and that’s just what I did! My first pair of heels were the 6” Pleaser Aspire 608UV in Pink and I fell in love!
Here are some things to think about when buying your first (or next) pair of heels:
- Check the stiletto – Some styles have a slightly chunkier stiletto heel, which can be a great place to start if you’re not sure about tottering around on a pin head. Have a look at the Pleaser Kiss 208 to begin.
- Straps can make all the difference – Straps come in different finishes: clear, patent, matte, and embellished. Clear straps sit higher on the foot and can be narrow; patent straps are good for those with wider feet. A patent finish is also stickier on the pole, which is something to consider when buying boots like the Pleaser Adore 1020 which is available in patent or matte.
- Heel clacks! – We love a good heel clack but some heels clack better than others. Clacking in embellished heels will only result in diamantes flying around the studio, which is heart-breaking. If you’re looking for a good, clean sound, try a clear heel. The Pleaser Adore 708G will clack like a dream and still let you sparkle and shine. Similarly, the Pleaser Sky 308 will do the trick but has a beautifully shiny, chrome heel to add colour to your life.
- Ankle straps are a must – Some styles, especially the body-building heels, do not have an ankle strap. If you’re swinging around a pole you don’t want to run the risk of a rogue heel flying off your foot. If you buy a pair without ankle straps, you can always use detachables.
- Sizing is on the US scale, so many people tend to go up a size when buying. If you’re not sure, drop us a message and we can help 😊
As you use your heels, like anything, they will wear out. This, of course, can be seen as an opportunity to buy new heels (yay!!) but there are some things that you can fix or work around. We’ve included some tips below:
· Peeling soles – Floorwork will often result in the soles of your heels peeling away. A good superglue can remedy the situation but prevention is the key here. When you buy a new pair of heels, try shaving down the edge.
Here’s a video to show you how:
· Tight straps – Your heels should fit tightly to give proper support but if they are a bit too snug, chuck on a pair of socks and hit them with the hairdryer. This can help to soften and stretch the straps slightly, for a more comfortable fit.
· Cracked or broken straps – If you snap your ankle straps, don’t fret! Cut the straps off and buy yourself a new pair of detachable straps or wear your newly strapless heels with legwarmers (just slip the heel through the heel hole).
· Scuffing and fading finish – Sliding your heels along floor, you’ll find they scuff and the colour comes off. A quick fix is finding a matching Sharpie and colouring in the bits that have come off. A clever way to prevent scuffing is to slip cut-off socks over the platform of your shoe.
Your favourite heels
We’d love to see your faves! Are they the first heels you bought and have thrashed into submission? Are they the shiny, new trophy in your Pole Dance bag? Comment below with a photo of your fave heels. Better yet, let us know which pair is next up on your wishlist! xx
Thanks to @this_is_the_matrix for this awesome photos in her 10" Pleasers from PGNZ
- Megan Harris
Let's Talk About Grip!
Grip Aids, why do we need them and where do we start?How many times do you get super pumped about Pole training, only to suffer an hour of nothing but slipping and sliding? We’ve all been there and know just how heart breaking it can be. But it doesn’t have to be! Knowing what causes the slide, which grip products can help, and which fix works best for you, can completely change the way you train.
Why is this even a problem?
So, what is it that makes us slide down those poles like butter on toast? Well, the answer can be quite complicated. Sometimes it is just our grip, the lack of strength in our hands and fingers as we are training our bodies to hold on for dear life to a 45mm piece of metal! But other times, and more often than not there are multiple factors that affect grip, including environment and the condition of your body.
Often, the biggest issue is climate. With the ever-popular chrome and stainless steel poles, a warm pole is a sticky pole. If your studio or training place is cold and dry, warming up the pole can be quite difficult, resulting in a frustrating training session. But we walk a fine line: a studio that is too hot or humid can result in excess sweat building up and creating a slick coating on the pole.
Sweat, of course, is a major problem for many of us. Excessive sweating, or even just a normal amount of sweat, can wreak havoc on a training session. The other body grip factor to think about is how dry your skin may be. Soft, moist skin will stick nicely to a pole, but dry skin will have you spending more time on the floor than in the air. This proves to be quite a problem when one of the number one rules for poling is ‘no moisturiser’. However, fear not! We have Pole Physics (a pole friendly moisturiser!) on the way so watch this space for its arrival!
Grip aids to the rescue
You’re probably familiar with many of the grip aids on the pole scene. But did you know they all works in different ways? There are different types of grip products to tackle different issues, so the right grip aid for your pole bestie may do nothing for you.
If you need something to stop excessive sweating, try an anti-perspirant like Tite Grip or Dry Hands. Another option is our chalk based product, Petzel which will also tackle sweat on palms and other grip points. For those Polers who have drier skin, a layer of ‘tack’ can combat the slip n’ slide. Dew Point, Hydro Attack (which is all natural and vegan friendly) and iTac are all contact point body grips and perfect for this issue. For your hands, Mighty Grip is a ground down resin in a powder form that is heat activated and perfect for your hands. To find out which grip is best for you, check out this grip aid review table by Aerial Amy.
My fav’s and a little trick of the trade
I have to stress, grip problems are very personal and the solutions work differently for everyone. You might have to try a few products before you find your favourite. You may also find what works in the summer is less effective in the colder months. Don’t give up, though, a little experimentation can lead you to the perfect solution. For me, Dry Hands is my go to hand grip which I switch up with my Lupit Grip Pad (available soon), for my body, I am an iTac and Hydro Attack fan depending on the climate and how dry my skin is. For those of you are super sweaty, we have stumbled upon the combination of Tite Grip I and Dry Hands together, which from the feedback is an awesome combo. The Tite Grip minimises the perspiration allowing the Dry Hands to stay on longer and provide the grip you need.
What are your fave grip aids?
As you can see, there are many of ways to fight the slippery slide. Do you have a favourite grip aid that you’d like to see us stock in the future? Have you come up with a crazy concoction that helps you stick to the pole? Tell us about your sure-fire grip fixes in the comments below.
- Megan Harris