Some people have asked me what are on my ankles and knees. For my ankles I am wearing Mighty Grip’s ankle protectors with tack and for my knees I am wearing Mighty Grip/Liquid Motion’s knee pads with tack.
As a professional pole dancer, I can assure you that an investment in these affordable items are worth it. They will save your ankles and knees from pole abuse and won’t interfere with your bad ass pole skills.
Nothing else makes you curse louder on the dance floor than when you smash your ankles on the poles! There are some pole tricks that I love to do but they are impossible to do without smashing your ankles. Practicing these tricks over and over are going to leave your ankles and surrounding area black and blue. So I found that it was better to train with the ankle protectors to save my delicate body parts from pole abuse. I believe my last performance at The Girlie Show in Hamilton Ontario was the first time I performed with the ankle protectors on. I chose to wear them not to save my ankles this time but mainly because I liked the way they looked and they matched my outfit. Also I only have 1 pair of Pleaser shoes at the moment so I wanted to make my shoes look slightly different from the last time I performed. The Mighty Grip ankle protectors can be worn with or without shoes. With the added tack, they really help you with your pole climbing and will save your skin from being ripped off. If I am ever volunteering to be a Pole Kitten (aka pole cleaner), these ankle protectors are a must because if I didn’t wear them, I’d have no skin left on my feet, ankles and surrounding area by the end of the night.
Exotic pole dancing is brutal on your knees! All those drops, floorwork and knee pivots are going to leave your knees black and blue. MightGrip/Liquid Motion’s knee pads are ingeniously designed for pole dancers. The front is padded to protect your knees and soft enough to be able to slide around easier. The back has tack which helps you grip the pole so that you can still do leg hangs and other pole tricks. I chose to wear the knee pads for this performance because I had planned on doing lots of floorwork and I wanted to be able slide better on my knees. Other times when I have performed some floowork/basework moves without knee pads, I don’t think I execute the moves as nicely because the stage isn’t as slippery on my knees as I liked it to be. Damn I love these knee pads!
Thank you MightyGrip!
Photo by Sandy Rose. http://www.flickr.com/photos/amsandy/