This is the transcript of our Episode 7: Safety in the Pole Studio and Home Studio from Pole On The Call that aired Thursday, February 17, 2022.
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Hello everyone! Welcome, we’re back with another episode of Pole on the Call.
I’m Mændy Mac and I’m here with Cris Rivers and today we are talking about pole safety at home, in the studio and more.
Yes probably the most important thing, because we are doing a sport where you can get very injured, you could die, and not to like, you know scare you from doing the thing; but it should really always be in the back of your mind the safety aspect of you know your space, if you’re a teacher, your student space, if you’re a studio owner, all of the places where you are.
I agree with that. One of my biggest regrets when I started five years ago, was not focusing on safety and I’ve broken a toe, cracked the rib, and dislocated my shoulder and I don’t want that to happen to y’all.
Yeah and I was really like thankful too, because when you first start doing aerials and pole and everything you’re like; I’m so excited and you want to do it everywhere, you’re like doing pull on the street corners, on the stop signs, you’re doing pole on construction sites.
But maybe you shouldn’t do those things, they call for amazing pictures,
yeah yeah, like while it might be nice, you know poling from the trees and stuff could get you seriously injured and also you’re putting on a bad example for other people because they might not know you well and might be excited to do pole everywhere.
You gotta tone it down, and we’re gonna talk about safety and ways that you could tone it down and help educate others as well.
First you want to talk about some at home pole safety.
All right so I started at home, which many of you are also in the same boat, or if not you have a pole at home . I started with a 200 dollar one from Spencer’s that was not a mountable one.
It was a pressure pole and I broke my first three like in the first two weeks, because I was starting with cast offs and spinning inverts and [ __ ] I really shouldn’t have been doing.
I didn’t really how do you say, put it up together properly, I didn’t know that you need a beam finder in order to find the beam to put it secure. I didn’t know that you should kind of look at every angle to make sure that it’s not tilted just a centimeter.
It was quite a learning experience but I will say I learnt, and now I have this pole which I’ve had for two years knocking on some wood. So you definitely want to make sure if it comes with instructions, read the instructions, you want a beam finder, you want to find that beam, because nothing sucks more than cracking a hole in your ceiling because you didn’t find the beam.
You really really want to make sure you have tightened it so it’s so tight and the pressure is so good that when you grab the top or the bottom, you can really put all your weight, and it does not budge.
It should not budge, even a centimeter, it might make a little noise but that’s okay. Noises in the home poles, happen but , do you have anything to add with the home pole safety?
Oh you can do mounted home poles which is a little bit more money but go ahead man!
I mean you touched a little bit about the you know, getting a safe pole you want to know if you’re getting one from amazon, you want to make sure that you’re getting a safe pole and not just a knock off, of a brand that is safe.
So really read the reviews and everything, you can also order from a reputable pole site. We’ll list a few at the bottom here, and like Cris said you always just want to make sure that that pole is safe.
You want to make sure that it has the stud in the ceiling, and you’re not putting it on just like a random part of your ceiling. I’ve heard so many stories of students putting their poles up in their home, and they got it secure and then they take that first spin and it literally like rips their entire ceiling open and it’s such a big expensive damage to fix. So you don’t want to have that happen to you .
You want to make sure that your pole space is clear of stuff you don’t want to be whacking into stuff, like I’m literally cutting it close here with my pole space: got a dresser back there, you know but if you have really long legs you want to make sure that you are careful where your legs go.
You know, stuff in the ceiling, you don’t want to cut yourself open on a light fixture, on a fan, or anything like that and like Cris said you really want to check your pole every single time before you use it.
Really like shake the [ __ ] out of it, you want to like run into it, smash into it because you want that pole to, if it’s gonna do something, you want it to happen then and not while you’re dancing on it.
Another thing with the home poles, make sure you take them down at least,..... I try to tell people twice a month.
I know it’s inconvenience, and it’s a pain in the ass sometimes, I can’t even do it that often because I’m so busy. But at least once a month, because it does collect moisture from your sweat, from the atmosphere, it will rust; you need to take all those pieces apart, kind of clean it up, give it love, because if not I guarantee you that pole will not last as long as it should and it will start how do you say messing up on you.
Start sticking in places it shouldn’t, it won’t go to spin, it won’t go to static; so it’s so important at least once a month take it down, take everything apart and just give it a good clean.
Yeah and another thing about you know poling at home safely, you might be, you know tempted to use your pole at home while you’re by yourself, but just think about ; let’s say something bad happened and you did get injured and you couldn’t get up and now you’re alone....... so maybe just think about having someone there .......you know in the other room........ just knowing that you are practicing by yourself , so that they can be there for safety in case you need them.
And also like if you need a spot they could be there to help you, they could lift your butt up in the air and help you, you know always be safe too, and communicate with your spot. They’re not a trained pole teacher so they’re not going to exactly know how to help you but as long as you know you trust them and you feel safe with them you can use them for safety and and not try to do things just on your own....
And that brings us to crash mats
Cris crash mats are fun, one thing to touch on what Maendy said before we go into crash mats..... if you cannot for whatever reason have a second person there maybe call a friend on standby and say hey look I’m about to do pole dancing....... I shouldn’t be doing anything crazy but accidents happen ........can you call me in 30 minutes 45 minutes make sure I’m okay
They might be like what the hell, but if they’re really a loved one they will do it and be like are you okay, that’s not the best alternative but I mean I do understand the hassle of being home all day with no one to spot you........ and you’re like I just wanna do this ........but you can’t it sucks.
So now we’re going into crash mats..... and there’s so many different ways you could do this. I’m going to talk about some ghetto ways that I started before I even learnt about the real pole dance crash mats........ and that was I first started using couch cushions, bed pillows, even like an inflatable twin size mattress was pretty cool...... like put them around the pole , and then when I didn’t have couch pillows or sleeping pillows I would use laundry it was all clean laundry , but you just put in a pile around your pole really nice and it’s good cushion not the best alternative but sometimes we don’t have those couple hundred dollars to spend on crash mats and with that being said with my ghettofied crash mats.... I’m gonna pass it to Mændy.
You’re right, like I mean you know the bottom line, is you got to be safe and it does suck like the crash mats that are going to save your life are expensive but you think about your life, it has no price on it so you really want to like value your life and your limbs and your body, so some crash mats you want to think about getting are, you know a crash mat........
Sometimes you might find that ones that are like one inch and those are really , not really going to save you, if you fall , you know substantially you want to look for at least four inch crash mat and they could be squishy, I know pole has some, I have seen some at yogadirect.com , and of course amazon has a bunch but we can, you know any sort of pole crash mat, or you can even get the the other crash mats that go you know on either side and kind of like smoosh them together so that you have some some safety ....but I really wouldn’t recommend not having any thing underneath you...... especially if you are doing inverted things at home you need to have something underneath you because you never never know.
Safety first, it’s okay to do inverts if you’re comfortable with them if you do them in the studio, but if it’s your first time doing it you should not be doing it at home alone you should not ......I know it sucks .......we all want to be like yeah ......I’m gonna do it.......
You probably shouldn’t if it’s upside down, and you’re alone and you have no crash mat .....
I recommend not doing it ......
And that also brings us to like if you’re a beginner poler and this is totally fine for you to be, you know brand new to pole you got your safe pole set up it’s it’s fine in your space you have..... you know six feet of space around that you’re definitely not going to whack into anything or hurt yourself......
But like now you don’t know what you’re doing but it’s not a good idea to just start playing around on the pole I really really recommend you know if you don’t have a studio nearby to take lessons you should find an online class just to get those basics down and also to have another eye looking at you while you do those basics because they’re gonna,..... you know find a lot of things to help you in your whole journey that you might not be able to see on your own and not to say that you won’t find these things on your own ......
It’s just gonna take a whole lot longer so if you want like a shortcut to success I really recommend you know getting an online trainer and having that background at least first before you start playing around on that poll and we offer online classes at The Pole in the Wall, which you’ll find a link below and if you can’t take online class with us that’s okay we have online videos which is another story.
Anything else about crash mats that you can think of?
No, I think that that would be enough about crash mats. Like I said there’s different , thicknesses so if you wanted the thinner one, if you were doing like handstands or stuff .
If you don’t feel really confident in your handstands you can get one of those like thicker ones like,......... I mean firmer when I say thicker, feel firmer crash mat .....so that it’s,...... you know not so squishy when you put your hand on it but it will cushion your fall rather than you landing on your hard floor .......yes because these home poles aren’t high but it still hurts I promise.
One other thing I wanted to say about having your pole at home and and it’s so tempting to like invite all of your friends over....... and like have a good time and that’s fine but you’re home and they are now your responsibility.....
So if people are injured in your home and they’re not really good friends they could literally sue you for getting injured at your home so it’s now your responsibility . You have this pole in your home you have to educate your friends on the safety things as well and you can’t just like ass e that people will know , because you know like I’ve had people come over and they’re like ........
I could see it in their eye........ they’re like backed up .......and they’re gonna take a running j p onto my pole ..........and I’m like no .........like please don’t do this you don’t know what’s gonna happen to your body like you might slip off....... you’re gonna fly into my wall, knock over my stuff .
Hopefully the pole won’t come out of the ceiling you know like , it’s a responsibility having a pole in your home and you know it’s not really hard to to stay safe and just to stay safe minded when your friends come over too.
With that being said I know drinking and poleing is fun....... it’s less painful .......but be mindful.........