I was thinking about getting my husband new golf clubs, but a friend of mine mentioned that maybe all he needed were new grips for his clubs. I didn’t really understand the concept of new grips. Why pay just as much for new tops for the clubs, if for the same price, I can get new bottoms too? I decided to do some online research.
As I was scouting out my golf options, I came across a website that sold a lot of sports equipment for golf, baseball and pole dancing. Yes, pole dancing – who knew it was a sport! Well, I admit I was intrigued, and I started to read about it. I have to say there is more to pole dancing than meets the eye.
For example, did you know that there is a special grip powder for dancers to ensure that they “stick” to a pole and don’t fall off? And it only costs $10.95. How fun would it be to leave pole-dancing grip powder in my bathroom medicine chest and then invite guests over? You know at least one of them will snoop to see what’s in there. I bet if I did that, I would soon be despised by every other woman on the block, but on the other hand, I would be pretty darn popular with the men.
While the powder is a must for pole performers, there are times when all the powder in the world is not going to keep a girl attached, so for those slippery moments, there are official pole dancing crash mats. I think the mats are a smart idea. While I have never seen a pole dancer in person, I have seen pictures, and pole dancers are quite the athletic and flexible type. Their routines require a variety of positions, which if not performed correctly, could lead to bodily injury. Nothing takes “the sexy” out of a pole dance like blood pouring from a gaping head wound because the dancer crashed to a hard floor.
Let’s see what else do pole dancers need: training gloves, ankle and arm braces, pain relief cream, apparel – yes, I would think the right apparel can make or break a pole dance–and of course, the poles themselves which range in price from $249 for a plain old chrome pole to $499 for a Lil’ Mynx Pro Pole in polished stainless steel. Some poles come in colors too which I think would add a festive look to the performance.
I know when people here pole dancing they automatically think smut, but to be honest, the women and men who do this activity have to be in tip-top shape. I have seen pole dancing classes offered– one in the basement of a local church which I thought was odd–and I have been tempted to see what they are all about.
The good thing about going somewhere to take classes is that I would not have to purchase my own pole. It is provided to each student as part of the tuition. I wouldn’t mind that as long as I didn’t have to share it with someone. To me, a pole is sort of like a toothbrush – only one person should ever use it unless it is disinfected with lots of Purell between users. Maybe not Purell as that would make it extra slippery but I guess that is where the grip powder would come into play.
I might really look into one of these classes, but I think I will keep it quiet if I join up. I got enough abuse when I took the belly dancing course, so I think pole dancing might make some of the people I know a little unnerved or worse — interested.
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