STAINLESS STEEL VS. CHROME FINISHES – THE DEBATE

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Steel or Chrome; it’s a question a lot of Polers ask themselves when selecting their first pole. Our UK Marketing Manager, Joey, writes a short blog to help you make what may be one of the most important decisions of your pole journey.

Being relatively new to the world of pole, I had to do some research into many aspects of the discipline, including the various pro’s and cons of different pole finishes. This time around, I decided to focus on Stainless Steel and Chrome, as they are two of the most popular finishes.

First up, what’s a pole finish? X-POLE has a range of finishes (Chrome, Titanium Gold and Powder Coated) as well as solid materials (Brass, Silicone, and Stainless Steel) that are polished to a high standard for the best possible grip.

A Stainless Steel pole is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. They are silver in color and are made of a combination of alloys (here comes the techy bit; Stainless Steels are iron alloys with a minimum of 10.5% chromium. Other alloying elements are added to enhance their structure and properties such as formability, strength and cryogenic toughness), and provide a super strong base for our poles.

Stainless Steel poles are highly polished to give a smooth and shiny finish. This produces a pole that is great for a variety of pole tricks and routines.

This finish can prove slippery for some people and also requires more grip strength to use, so may be more suited to a slightly more advanced user, but, this can also be a great investment for a new poler to push themselves and learn with equipment that will challenge them along their journey.

Chrome poles are also silver in color, but have a mirror finish. They are Steel poles that have been coated in Chromium to produce a beautifully shiny finish and are the most common poles seen in both studios/gyms and at competitions/events.

Chrome is naturally more ‘grippy’ than Stainless Steel, so is a very good choice for beginners, as it is more forgiving of weaker handgrip strengths and is also great for a variety of pole tricks, from inversions to leg holds.

The only thing to add here is that people who suffer from Nickel Allergies may not find Chrome poles suitable to practice on, as the coating will contain a small trace of Nickel.

To sum it up, if you are an absolute beginner looking to purchase your first pole and you don’t have a nickel allergy, Chrome finish poles are going to be your best bet, while those who do suffer from Nickel allergies would be advised to opt for a Stainless Steel pole. The important thing to remember is to have fun whilst using your pole!

Pole Show LA

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Sexy and athletic this is the hottest show in town destined to spice up your Valentines weekend.

Come with your lover, your girl gang or indulge in a guys night out.

Two unique shows, attend both nights for the full experience and 10% OFF ticket prices.

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Not sure which night to attend? POLE SHOW LA can switch your ticket before January 15 at no charge.

Pole Show LA is the worlds first cross over pole dance and aerial show featuring the industries biggest stars.

Watch as they all take the stage at:
Avalon, Hollywood
February 15th and February 16th, 2019

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6:00-6:30 PM: VIP Champagne Reception with the stars
6:30 PM: Doors Open
7:30 PM: Showtime
VIP Champagne Booths, VIP Cocktail Tables, Floor Seating, Standing Views
All VIP tables come with access to champagne reception, autograph signing with the stars and a welcome glass of champagne.

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Master Pole and Aerial Fitness Trainer Sarah Scott Shares Her Thoughts on the Mainstream Success of Pole Dancing

Sarah Scott is an international pole dancing performer and master pole and aerial fitness trainer. Her numerous accolades include 1st Place at the 2012 Miss Pole Dance UK, and 2nd Place at the 2014 World Pole Dance Doubles. She’s also made several, high-profile TV appearances including Sky 1’s A League of Their Own, and gained a huge social following.

Sarah recently spoke to HFE (Health and Fitness Education) and explained why pole dancing has become so popular. She said: “Pole dancing is nothing new, but recently it’s become a lot more mainstream as the fitness world is realising it’s a brilliant way of getting people involved who would otherwise be fearful of the gym environment… (it)  helps women get another view of their bodies. It’s not just about losing weight, but about being part of a group and having fun. Most importantly of all, it takes the emphasis off the exercise itself and places it onto the mastering of a technique, which is where the enjoyment and commitment come into play.”

She went on to explain how pole dancing provides an exciting alternative to regular fitness classes: “The other big advantage pole dancing offers is the sense of support…  Normally the same people are going to pole classes every week and if someone gets a move they’ve been struggling with then there’s a big round of applause. That sense of group support is hugely motivating and reassuring.”

Sarah also offered some advice for personal trainers looking to get into pole and aerial fitness: “The PT industry can be incredibly competitive, so if possible you really want to carve out your own small niche… The first step is to get certified which they can do through number of providers or gain their qualification with XPERT Pole & Aerial Fitness, which is the only provider to offer the QCF… This qualification has really helped to give the industry credibility and raise the overall standard.”

Read the full interview on HFE’s blog.