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  • Is X-Pole the only option for plus sized women?

    Posted by rabidshrooms on March 8, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    When buying a pole I realized I had to make sure it was sturdy. I lost 25lbs but I am still 210lbs. Ugh, I hate that number but luckily I carry my weight well and I’m tall.

    Anyway, with that background info what are some poles that plus sized women can feel safe on? Most poles (Platinum stages and Lil Mynx) state their poles hold UP TO 200lbs. A lot of people say poling is great exercise, will help you lose weight and from what I’ve done so far – IT IS. I swear my arms are stronger already. Now, if I am over 200lbs, how do I choose a pole? I only really have one option and that is X-Pole which holds somewhere from 250-300lbs according to X-Pole.

    Are there any other poles that will hold a bigger girl (190+) looking to participate in pole dancing?

    Runemist34 replied 9 years ago 9 Members · 12 Replies
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  • minicoopergrl

    Member
    March 8, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    from my understanding that if the pole is permently mounted you shouldnt have a problem. But I know theres another small pole company that has a higher weigh limit. Empy recommended them in another thread.

    Im also a plus size gal and that was part of my research when I was looking for a pole (im still pole-less but I will have one).

  • rabidshrooms

    Member
    March 8, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Aww, I went pole less for so long because I didn’t want to get a pole that only held 200. I mean, I guess in most people’s minds 200 seems like PLENTY of error room but for me even if I was 180 (which I swear I look SKINNY at) I’d still want more room than 20lbs. I mean holds "UP to" 200lbs is different than "Holds a solid 200lbs without effort".

    I have heard that the PS poles will certainly hold over 200 even though they say up to 200.

    I thought about doing the mounted pole. I thought about Lil Mynx (I know the pole itself isn’t bolted in) because it seems really secure but they only hold up to 200lbs as well.

  • Mary Ellyn

    Member
    March 8, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I’m not certain which pole Minicoopergirl may be referring to as I don’t think there is another pole company that recommends over 200 pounds? I have recommended Poledanzer as a good securely made pole but their weight limit is 200 also.

    The reason the Xpole is higher is because of that dome shaped top. It’s hard to explain in writing but with the pole centered at the bottom of the inverted dome, if the pole slips across the ceiling, it actually LIFTS the edge fo the dome and will stick in place rather than just slide over and fall.

    You can see the difference in that the Xsport is recommended for a lower weight as Xsport is only up to 240 pounds.

    A flat ceiling plate is more likely to just slide across the ceiling if it comes loose – and all poles can come loose due to settling of the floor/ceiling. This is why you are suppose to check them regularly for stability when dancing but it can still happen if a floor or ceiling just decides to settle in the middle of working on the pole.

    I would guess that most of the poles will hold more than the weight their company states as that is a liability issue and they want to leave room for error/safety margin.

    I would not recommend the Lil Mynx at all! I’ve seen that pole slide across the floor when someone who was about 170 did a hand stand onto the pole and it shifted over!

    Of course the option of the permanent pole is the safest if you have it installed correctly.

  • Mindy4pole

    Member
    March 9, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    I would guess that most of the poles will hold more than the weight their company states as that is a liability issue and they want to leave room for error/safety margin.

    I would not recommend the Lil Mynx at all! I’ve seen that pole slide across the floor when someone who was about 170 did a hand stand onto the pole and it shifted over!

    Of course the option of the permanent pole is the safest if you have it installed correctly.

    ANY pole can fall. I’ve known two people who’ve had X-Poles fall. My Hubby regularly climbs and leans on my Lil Minx, with no problem. He’s well over 220 (the number is a bit of a secret!). The factor of safety is usually at least 2 times the stated weight limit.

    Lil Minx definitely seems more stable on carpet than on hard floors. You have to really tighten the HECK out of the thing on laminate to keep it from moving. Mine on carpet is not very tight, and I’ve only had it move once, when I was pulling near the base.

    GOOD LUCK!!
    Mindy

  • Mary Ellyn

    Member
    March 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I don’t believe I stated that there are any poles that cannot fall. I’ve seen permanent poles fall! There are some poles which are more stable than others when correctly installed and maintained and various poles have higher weight limits.

    I’ve never heard however that the "factor of safety" is two times the stated weight limit? I truly cannot imagine most poles being able to support over 400 pounds worth of a dancer or dancers.

    Stability is also affected by different things….the torque put on a pole when you spin for example. A 200 pound user is going to put more than 200 pounds of lateral force on a pole if they fly into a hard spin. Additionally, all poles will bow and flex more on a higher ceiling. Floor and ceiling stability is another factor…in an older home for example we’ve seen situation where the pole is constantly sliding over because the floor and ceiling joists are not stable and flex more than others under pressure.

  • Mindy4pole

    Member
    March 9, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    I’ve never heard however that the "factor of safety" is two times the stated weight limit? I truly cannot imagine most poles being able to support over 400 pounds worth of a dancer or dancers.

    I have an engineering background, and that is where I got the concept. Here’s a wiki article of "factor of safety": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Factor_of_safety" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

    I don’t know what that factor is for poles, but here’s what they say about buildings… "Buildings commonly use a factor of safety of 2.0 for each structural member. The value for buildings is relatively low because the loads are well understood and most structures are redundant."

    Since poles are used in an uncontrolled, variable environment, I figured they would have a fairly high factor of safety built in.

    You are absolutely correct about HOW a force is applied to the pole makes a big difference in what happens. I have to admit that I sometimes think about the statics and dynamics of being on the pole. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_lol.gif The amazing engineering is one of the things that really attracts me to poling.

    Mindy

  • poledanceromance

    Member
    March 10, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I’ve never heard however that the "factor of safety" is two times the stated weight limit? I truly cannot imagine most poles being able to support over 400 pounds worth of a dancer or dancers.

    I have an engineering background, and that is where I got the concept. Here’s a wiki article of "factor of safety": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Factor_of_safety" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

    I don’t know what that factor is for poles, but here’s what they say about buildings… "Buildings commonly use a factor of safety of 2.0 for each structural member. The value for buildings is relatively low because the loads are well understood and most structures are redundant."

    Since poles are used in an uncontrolled, variable environment, I figured they would have a fairly high factor of safety built in.

    You are absolutely correct about HOW a force is applied to the pole makes a big difference in what happens. I have to admit that I sometimes think about the statics and dynamics of being on the pole. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_lol.gif The amazing engineering is one of the things that really attracts me to poling.

    Mindy

    Agreed. Too cool. Also, I saw it posted here somewhere as quoted from x-pole customer service that x-pole has a lateral load maximum of 250kg with correct installation, which means it can take over 500lb of sideways pressure. so I think you should be fine.

  • co244co2000

    Member
    June 20, 2010 at 1:47 am

    I did lots of research on this before buying my pole (I was 220-230 when I was looking) X-Pole seems to be the only option out there, but it’s a great choice. Even at my heaviest, I always felt secure spinning and sitting on the X-Pole.

  • JenLFG

    Member
    June 20, 2010 at 5:17 am

    hardcorepoles.com !!! i have one of their poles & i love it!! the weight limit on the permanent pole is 300lbs & 240lbs on the removable ones https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_cheers.gif

  • minicoopergrl

    Member
    June 20, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    hardcorepoles.com !!! i have one of their poles & i love it!! the weight limit on the permanent pole is 300lbs & 240lbs on the removable ones https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_cheers.gif

    checking them out stat!!!!

  • kaygee10

    Member
    June 25, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I looked up hardcorepoles.com and it took me to a port site…no poles

  • Runemist34

    Member
    June 25, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Possible that the company has disappeared, as this post was started about 5 years ago!
    I looked over the weight limit for my current lil mynx, and it says up to 250 lbs, so they do seem to be making them stronger.
    I weigh about 200 lbs and it works just fine for me! No wobbling, bending, or movement of any kind.

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