When pole dancing, knee pads make it so much easier to practice or dance for a long period of time! They also help if you have knee problems; hard floors can make pole dancing unpleasant at best on a hard floor.
However, all knee pads are not created equal - it’s important to get knee pads that will last and work well.
Choose Knee Pads That Fit
One of the worst things that can happen is getting knee pads that are too big or too small. Too small they’ll cut off your circulation and cause pain. Too big and they’ll slide off.
Measure the circumference of your thigh above your knee and your shin below it and use the measurements to choose the correct size from that.
Find Knee Pads With An Open Back
If you’re only doing floor work, a full sleeve is fine. However, if you’re going to be doing any work on the pole itself, you want the back to be open so you can grip the pole with the back of your knee.
Make Sure You Get A Breathable Material
Sweat is not your friend when you’re dancing. If your knees and legs are sweaty, it’ll be hard to grip the pole. So make sure the knee pads are breathable.
Is There Enough Padding?
Depending on your situation, you may need more or less padding. If you have bad knees, a higher padding level might help prevent further issues!
Get Knee Pads Designed For Dance
While you can use knee pads designed for other activities, such as volleyball, they won’t work as well as knee pads designed for pole dancers. Often, they’ll also be bright white or black, which isn’t as subtle as the skin tone shades many pole knee pads come in.
When you’re choosing your knee pads for pole dancing, make sure you choose good quality products! We recommend Bee’s Knees - which we also sell in the studio!