How to Choose your First X-Pole for home Training

Hooray! You have finally made the decision to purchase your first X-pole for home training! It’s such an exciting feeling when you know you can finally train in the comfort of your own home, whenever you have the time. After all, sometimes life can get in the way of your studio time. I know I’m guilty of having to skip class because of adult reasons X, Y and Z!

 

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But wait a minute… There seem to be more options available on the website than your studio has to offer. Does this mean you should simply buy the pole your studio owns? What about all these colours available? Different diameters? Different metals!? For four main products, choosing the right X-pole for your home can be quite the head-scratcher. But this is where I come in. I can’t tell you exactly which pole is right for YOU, but I can break things down so you know your options.

If you’re not sure if you should buy a pole for home training, this week’s featured aerialist, Blogger on Pole, has a wonderful article that digs deeper into this subject.

Choosing your First X-Pole: Things to consider

Although the majority of studios use stainless steel poles in their studios, this is YOUR purchase. That means you can choose whatever you want because you’re paying! Stainless steel is great and a very popular choice, but it’s completely up to you. Here are some things to think about:

  • Width – all X-Poles are available with either a diameter of 40-45mm. Many students prefer the feel of the 40 mm, but 45 is often the standard width for performances and competitions.
  • Material – Some pole dancers discover they have particular allergies when it comes to the pole metal. If you find you leave your studio with red marks, itching or worse, you may want to ask your instructor what material the poles are. Many polers are allergic to Chrome. Read more about it here.
  • Colour – The wonderful thing about X-pole is that you can buy them with powder coating! You can choose from black, white or pink, which gives you quite a bit of flexibility if you’re sticking to a theme. If you don’t fancy powder coating, you can also choose a material that is either silver/mirror or gold.
  • Installation – Are you able to install a pole in your home? Although X-pole’s fit between beams and flooring, you may have to speak with your landlord first if you are renting a property. Luckily, there are options to help you work around this.
  • Space – If you have enough space for strength training, but not enough for spinning, you can narrow down your options further.

 

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So, now you know what you should consider before making a decision, here are your options!

Sport

If you’re newer to pole, you may want to start with Sport. It’s the cheapest option but is just as strong and capable as other X-poles. It’s also a suitable option if you don’t have a lot of space for spinning or you simply don’t intend to spin at home.

X-Pole Sport is only static and you should make yourself aware that it is only available in chrome. However, you can have it powder coated pink or black. It’s just something to think about if you have any allergies.

XPERT

Probably the most popular choice for many pole dancers, XPERT is a great option for anyone who wants to practice at home. It is easy to install and can switch between static and spinning depending on the training you wish to focus on.

 

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X-pert pro

The XPERT Pro is quite similar to XPERT, but with a much simpler static-to-spinning mechanism. The X-LOCK allows you to switch between the two with a simple twist. It also has a minimised, sleek upper dome for minimal design.

Of course, as this pole is slightly more advanced than XPERT, you should expect to pay a little more. I recommend choosing this if you have a slightly bigger budget to work with.

X-Stage

X-Stage is, of course, a pricier option for home use, but there are many reasons why you may benefit from it more than an XPERT. Here are just a few:

  • You may be blessed with a gorgeous outdoor area to train in during warm days
  • You may be renting a property where the landlord isn’t okay with a pole being fit between beams
  • You may want to take your pole out and about for outdoor training or nature-themed photo shoots.

It is easy to install and dismantle whenever you need, leaving you more time for poling. X-Pert comes with a carry case for easy transportation.

X-Stage Lite

If you want to carry even less weight, you could always opt for the X-Stage lite. Not only is it lighter, but it has a lower profile podium and is slightly more affordable than the X-Stage. However, if you worry about its stability, it is just as strong and sturdy as its predecessor.

 

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Buyers opinions

Okay, so you now know what to consider for your home and the products available. But what about buyer opinions? I asked a few gals from Polefire to see what they bought and why.

Claire says:
I started off by buying a second-hand pole from a friend. It was a 50mm (no longer available) and only really got used for conditioning. We didn’t have much space around the pole to do a lot. 
We were forced to redecorate and rearrange the downstairs space, following a flood. I made the rooms work a lot better for us and now have a significant space at one end of the lounge. I decided to get a 50mm pole and considered my daughter’s preference in this too. She’s a big fan of the powder-coated steel poles at the studio she attends. Having started going along to a weekly class there myself, I decided that I like these too. I’ve been happy with the stainless steel poles at Polefire too, but as Zoë has no experience of these, we chose powder-coated. We got the new XPERT pole, with the twist on and off spinny mode. It saves me so much time not having to hunt for Allen keys when “somebody” leaves the pole on spin. I still do most of my pole training in studios, but it’s a definite bonus having the home pole to play about with. I’ve done a significant amount of my routine practice at home this time.

Kate says:
I got the XPERT in 40mm with black powder coating. I kind of took a risk with it as I hadn’t really used the powder-coated ones before but as the price was decent I just went for it. I absolutely love having the option to do spinny, and the coating is ideal for strength moves that require a lot of grip. The main downside I find is that you don’t get a lot of movement on static spins. But other than that I am pretty happy with it, just wish I had more space.

Nicky says:
I bought a 50mm 11 years ago because it was all that was available. It remains in my loft and I probably wouldn’t set it up again because it’s noticeably chunky. If I had space in my house to put a pole up I would get the 40mm with the spin switch, because, who wants to faff with an Allen key? I find 40’s much easier for strength moves such as deadlifts because you have the extra 5mm handgrip for push/pull. That said, I find shoulder-mounts easier on a 45mm and yesterday I struggled to do a teddy on a 40mm because – armpit grip.
I’ve used 45mm x-stage and it was very different to fixed (obviously). The pole was quite wobbly and I didn’t like the stage bit, I was very aware of where I would land (didn’t want to land with my foot on the edge of the stage) and was much more cautious with moves/clung to the pole for dear life. Spinny on x-stage was an absolute no for me. I don’t think there is a huge amount of difference between the 40/45mm if you are an ‘all-rounder’ type poler. I have just noticed that 40mm is better for the particularly arm strength heavy moves, for me anyway which is why I prefer it.

My opinion

In my 7 years of pole dancing, I have had an old 50mm XPERT and a 45mm XPERT. I am about to buy a new one as the 45mm pole has been a load from a friend while they’re away. As I know many students find 45mm harder to work with, I’m sticking with it. I believe it’s better to practice with more challenge to make it easier when you come across a thinner pole. It’s a far less positive experience when it’s the other way around. I’m still deciding between plain chrome or powder-coated black, but I’m leaning towards the former.

But what about you? What do you think you will benefit from? Remember, the standard studio choice doesn’t necessarily have to be the choice for your home. However, many do still prefer this option as it can help with training consistency. If you think you’re ready, click here to start shopping!

 

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Meet this week’s featured aerialist: BloggerOnPole!

Carolina, 26, is a PhD student, visiting lecturer, blogger, writer and pole dancer performer. She fell in love with pole dancing in Australia and never looked back. On her lifestyle and fitness blog, Blogger On Pole, she talks extensively about how dancing helped her love herself and take control of her body after an abusive relationship, which inspired her novel Bad/Tender (there’s a link to it on my blog). Carolina is now back in London permanently, studying cyber-harassment, disinformation and conspiracy theories through her PhD while also actively performing at events, competitions and showcases under the name Hades.

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