Vertical Swag Wrist Wraps
If you’ve been reading my blog, you may have noticed that I occasionally talk about my wrist pain from pole dancing. I wanted to take a minute to share one of the things that I believe has helped me lessen the pain! Sometime last year, a pole sister of mine (one of my pole “sponsees” – a gal I got into poling) mentioned that she’d been using wrist wraps while poling to give her wrists added support. I thought it was an interesting idea, but because of my ADD, it pretty much leaked out of my brain five minutes after the conversation. A little while later, I happened to come across a giveaway on Pole Dancing Adventures, offering up the wrist wraps from Vertical Swag. While I was not the winner of the giveaway, I did end up buying a pair of my own. You may have seen me sporting them in various photos:
In all of these photos, I have on my zebra striped Vertical Swag wrist wraps. I do think they’ve helped me stabilize my wrists, especially since I’ve been working to move into more aerial/twisted grip moves. TG is hard on my right wrist, which is my “pull” wrist (the hand that is “up” in all of my TG moves). After taking two weeks off from class because of the holidays and my busy work schedule, all it took was one class filled with twisted grip moves and handspring work for my wrist to be in a ton of pain – and, of course, I had neglected to take the time to put on my wrist wraps before that class, which was not smart – I think it would have helped a lot if I’d put them on! Since then, I’ve been keeping my wrist wrapped a good portion of the time that I am not in class (depends on the day and what I’m up to), and I went back to using my wrist wraps, even in Lyra, which is normally not that bad on my wrist. I think the wraps have helped with the pain!
I do think that some of my wrist pain would be better if I a) was better conditioned in my wrists and forearms b) lost a little bit of weight. Now, don’t think I’m complaining about being fat or something – the simple fact is that less weight on a sensitive wrist would be a good thing. I’m asking my wrists to support 157ish pounds, and while conditioning would CERTAINLY help that, I’m sure my wrists would love me for laying off junk food for a bit.
The wrist wraps, however, are a great, affordable little helper! They add stability, but also keep the joint warm, which is nice. They’re 100% cotton, easily washable, and simple to use. Here’s a great little demo video of how to put them on and secure them:
Vertical Swag offers a number of colors and styles – my zebra print is no longer listed, but there’s a cute teal version! I love that they’re made for pole dancers, BY a pole dancer, so you get to support a fellow poler AND a small business by purchasing them. You can purchase your wraps at http://verticalswag.com/wraps/ – the front page of the site says that there is currently a New Year’s sale going on, so you can save 25% off right now! They also offer other products for polers, like shoe and grip bags. You can check them out online at www.verticalswag.com and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VerticalSwag
I’ll have some more fun updates again soon! Happy Poling!
Posted on January 17, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged aerial, aerial hoop, handspring, Lyra, pain management, pole dancing, poling, product review, sale, twisted handgrip, Vertical Swag, wrist pain, wrist support, wrist wraps. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.
Thank you for the great review!! The next few months I will have some great new items and fabrics up!!! Keep poling, hooping and looking great!!!
You’re welcome! I have been meaning to do one for a while, but wanted more photos to add to it, so I held off. Let me know when you have the new fabrics up for sale – I’ll happily mention them!
Awesome review, I have been wondering about the effectiveness of these wraps, your review encouraged me to go and purchase a pair. i’m excited to get them!
Great! I do think they help. 🙂 Between using them and keeping my wrist lightly wrapped in an ace bandage for a while after class, a lot of my pain has died down recently.
OMG…not to long ago I had to take about 5 days off pole class, because my left wrist was killing me, I love doing split grips!! so I started doing some research on wrist band and I still wasn’t sure if it was worth purchasing….after reading this review I’m going to purchase a pair.
Yay! She just put up a photo of some cute new Valentine’s Day-inspired prints – I want another pair in the “love” script pattern!
I actually have a pair of similar wrist wraps called Strength Wraps, which were made for Crossfitters. I saw that Aerial Amy uses them so I bought a pair because I kept injuring my right wrist, and they work wonders for stabilizing wrists! I love them so much. I wish I’d known about Vertical Swag’s though, so many cute patterns
I looked at that brand! I went with VS because I wanted to support a fellow pole dancer – but the cute designs helped!
Where can I get these,how much are they, I’m in the UK.