Forums Discussions near death by pole

  • kerrierou

    March 23, 2009 at 3:25 am

    welll a spotter is always the best, but who has one handy every time they want to pole. there are special pole mates that all cost around $100.
    if you go to your local fabric store they should have foam. i went to joanns facbis this morning and found good 4’x4′ squars that are 4" thick. i also bought polka dot fabric to "reupolister" it. you can have it match your room or personality, be safer, for around $20-$30!!
    good luck and be carefull!!!

  • Veena

    March 23, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Oh my I hope your ok!!!! Personally I think the "pole mats" are kinda spendy. If you want a pole mat making one yourself like Kerrie suggested it a great and fun option. You could also pull the cushions off your couch…those tend to be even MORE cushy than mats you buy. Take care of that noggin

  • lily

    March 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks so much girls It’s feeling a better today – I have some large pillows I may set down around the pole, and/or I need to get my husband to spot me.

  • pole-twista

    March 23, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    omg! glad to hear your ok!!! wow! this is the move i think i am most afraid to try just looks scary i will eventually try it (when i have a spotter have never used 1 but think this move i will need 1) well really glad to hear your ok !!!!

  • yogabeachbabe

    March 23, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Glad to hear that you’re ok! You may want to try Dry-Hands or some other kind of grip aid JUST for that move. When I know I’m going to have a short practice, I’ll save the Iguana mount for the end (as long as I’m not too tired) so I can use a little Dry-Hands. Make sure you let it dry completely before poling. Some girls use grip stuff all throughout their practice but I found out that it was too sticky for me and tore up my palms. So I’ll practice spins and climbs, then inverts and then Iguana. Good luck!
    ps. I think it’s a great idea to ask your husband to spot you. I’m sure he’d love it!

  • DeaconJungleCatPoles

    March 23, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    OH my god, glad you are ok! I had a mishap last week. My pole came down while I was in mid spin! It was something like this except I landed on my feet and had the pole in my hands before it banged into the wall!! Good thing cats always land on there feet

    And this other link is something I found that was just plain funny!!!

  • Novadog

    March 24, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    So far in pole related injuries I’ve:

    Spun myself off onto a wall,
    Landed on my chin,
    my arse,
    my shoulder,
    my hip,
    the top half of my back,
    my ear (I used to to rowing and it’s drummed into me ‘Never let go of your oars,’ which seams to translate into ‘Never let go of your pole’)
    Scraped my back off a table
    Sailed myself over another table (it’s no where near my pole but I was ‘experimenting’ with using all the ‘space’ I have available, and I completely forgot it was there),
    gut punched myself with said table (I was so ‘in the moment’ on that one).
    Scraped my knees,
    and impailed myself on my heels.

    This excludes the line of bruises I’ve had along the inner side of my thighs, trying to master the various sits and cross legged/ankle/knee holds, the blister bruising i’ve had on the left side of my rib cage, and the skin pulled bruises on the inside of my arm.

    So yeh, Pole Dancing.. Completely enjoyable hobby…

  • pole-twista

    March 25, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    yes it does cause some bumps and bruises along the way but it literally toughens you up not only are my muscles/confidence stronger so is my skin!! used to get bad pole burn/blisters that would eventually start bleeding on my palms ect now I consider myself a pretty tough cookie it gets easier as you get a better feel for the pole and how to handle yourself properly

  • lily

    March 25, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Damn Novadog! I agree Pole-twista, all the injuries definitely make me feel tougher
    Thanks for making me feel better everyone

  • Novadog

    March 26, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Yeh, I bruise like a prune so it always looks worse than it actually is. Considering the list, it’s kind of surprising I wasn’t diagnosed with dyspraxia untill I was in my 20’s.


  • Poledancefan

    April 2, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    I’m a big believer in mats. I am not petit–195 pounds of weight would smack the ground pretty hard–even from a short height.

    Before I bought the rather expensive mats, I just piled up old bathroom mats, comforters, and lounge chair cushions. I have pegged foam squares permanently under the poling area.

    The fastest, cheapest way to get protection is sheets of foam rubber used for projects and bunting at the sewing store. I’ve gotten fragments and endpieces for a couple of bucks. It’s a nasty green or yellow colored piece of foam, but with enough layers it will save your a** and your noggin.

    Yes, the Natasha Richardson case got my attention. I’ve ridden a bike THOUSANDS of miles without a helmet over the last 20-30 years–but that is an activity in which I have TOTAL confidence in myself.

    Not so with poling!…Hence, the mats,….. lots of them!


  • lily

    April 2, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Thanks Joel! I actually think I’ve figured another solution for a little while….my kids have a playscape with a fireman pole on super soft grass, so I’ve been working on inverts out there lately

    I really have been having ‘pole fear’ since that fall though, I’m being such a baby – I need to get over it and own the pole!!

  • Poledancefan

    April 3, 2009 at 2:55 am

    One other thing I was going to mention–I’ve seen Krizbe84 in Scotland use this, and Boomloulou in Singapore, also:

    That’s the inflatable camping mattress that blows up with an air pump included with the product. Walmart sells these for less than 50$ for a twin sized mattress. They are six inches thick. You will still have a little "breakthrough" however, if a pointy part of your body hits the air mattress. (Like an elbow or your heel). So put a carpet scrap UNDERNEATH the air mattress to stop breakthrough.

    Boom and Krizbe have both posted vids with their gigantic inflatables underneath them. Ain’t no shame in avoiding the orthopedic surgeon’s office, LOL!

    But it sounds like you’ve found a good solution for now. Anyway, camping supplies go on sale in the fall–stuff’ll be cheaper 5-6 months from now!


  • Nativejewel007

    April 10, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Oh how many of us can relate… Great thread by the way, I’ve been too embarrassed to share this, but now that all y’all have posted I guess we need to be proud of our battle scars! So this is my war story… I was learning the iguana mount and had only successfully penciled it 3times with my hubby spotting me. Well he gets a call and leaves the room and my dumb, confident, independent self decided to give it another go without him. Oh if I could take that moment back I would give anything! Fell str8 down onto my right shoulder and broke my collarbone and hospitalized for a moderate concussion. 8 long, excruciating weeks without Miss Priss (yes, I named my pole!) don’t act like there’s nameless poles out there now come on!! Anyway, that was a few months ago now but I am fully recovered with a horrible memory. For a while, I was mad at her, then ofcourse I missed her after a few days!! Well now we are inseparable again with some good and bad times under our belt lol =)

  • moonflower

    April 11, 2010 at 4:42 am

    I think the iguana mount is a very common one to fall on. I fell pretty hard on this one too. I thought I had it then my hands just slipped and I came right down on my head. Luckily, I had thin foam mats down, the kind you put down for kids to play on. It cushioned my head but I still hurt my neck. I couldn’t look left for almost 2 weeks. And silly me, I didn’t go to the doctor because I was too embarrassed to explain that I fell while pole dancing.

    I hope you feel better and nothing was too badly hurt. Be careful!

    While on this topic, I want to share a very strange (please dont; laugh) fear of mine. I an TERRIFIED of hurting myself while on the pole very badly and being unable to move or call for help, and then having people find me the next day or two crumpled next to my pole in my bra and undies. I even get nightmares about it. It’s not just the getting hurt part. It’s also being found half naked or indecently dressed. What will people think? I can hear the nurses gossip already, " hey, did you hear about the girl who came in with trauma to her head? She fell with POLE DANCING! IN HER UNDERWEAR!!!Talk about slutty."


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