Why you need a crash mat

June 8, 2011 at 4:58 am Leave a comment

A couple months after I started pole dancing and bought my own pole, I realized I would eventually need to invest in a crash mat.  I was just learning to invert, and though I’ve heard plenty of polers use couch pillows to cushion their falls, I found them to be difficult to work with.  While I suppose the pillows were fine to start out with, I just couldn’t see how they could replace a good quality pole mat long term.  Here are a few reasons why:

  • the couch pillows were awkward to stand on and difficult to maneuver around when preparing to invert
  • they slid around the floor too easily
  • they didn’t feel dense enough to cushion a real fall
  • they were too small
  • I didn’t have enough pillows to go all the way around the pole, and somehow I would usually end up rotating and hanging over wherever the pillows weren’t
  • I was afraid of falling between them and hitting the (hardwood) floor – ouch!

So, I did some research.  I realized that if I wanted a mat that would cushion my fall (meaning it would have to be about 5 feet in diameter and about 5 inches thick), I’d have to shell out upwards of $200…that’s almost as much as I paid for my pole!  Maybe it was just me, but I thought that was a little ridiculous for a piece of circular foam.

In search of a cheaper route, I read on a forum that you could make your own pole mat out of upholstery foam sold in a fabric store.  But when I actually went into the store and factored in how much it would cost to buy enough foam to cover the dimensions I needed and enough fabric to cover the foam, I would have ended up paying about the same to make it myself – and expending a lot more energy.  So, after much deliberation, I finally decided to buy a real crash mat instead.

I’m so glad I did.  Being able to pull out the mat whenever I’ve wanted to try a new move – and not being afraid of hitting the hard floor – has given me so much confidence.  I wouldn’t be able to do half of the advanced moves I’ve since learned without it, especially because I don’t have anyone to spot me at home.  And even though it was really expensive, it was worth every penny.

If you’re looking for a crash mat, here’s the one I purchased.

For more general info about buying a pole mat and comparing different manufacturers, check out this article by PoleSkivvies.

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