Amongst the many different challenges that will face a pole dancer, sweat is one of the most ubiquitous - especially throughout the beginning of the journey.
Hands and other bodily crevices still smooth and callous-free, are more prone to slipping off the pole. Without hardened, calloused skin from long hours spent wrapped around and hanging off a pole, the beginning pole dancer is already at a disadvantage.
There are, however, a few grip aids available to assist with sticking to the pole. While some pole instructors are of the view that grip aids hamper proper development of grip strength, they do help with confidence by encouraging pole dancers to disprove negative perceptions of self-capability.
Hey, swinging off a pole ain't easy - any help along the way is a blessing!!!
My two favourite grip aids are:
1. Liquid Grip.
Designed for sports that use grip, to some degree, for success, e.g. rock climbing, weight lifting, baseball. This white, viscous liquid gives skin a slightly sticky feeling. Perfect for moves that require a certain part of the body to 'stick' to the pole (not so great if you have to slide down the pole though!). Only disadvantage is it leaves a white mark on the skin, if applied heavily.
2. Dry Hands.
A popular choice for most pole dancers I know. This comes in the form of a translucent, runny liquid. A small amount applied to the hands can prevent sweaty skin during training or a performance. A great help for people who are particularly prone to sweaty hands (for some reason whenever I am about to do a pole move that I'm not 100% about, my hands start sweating like crazy!).
It does get easier the more you practice. And avoid bathing yourself in grip aid - some slipping is inevitable. Gravity is against you big time. That's why when you get a move you couldn't do before, it feels so good! You defeated gravity! As with most things in life; tougher the journey, sweeter the success.