Difficulty: Advanced

Category: Grip

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The Armpit Hold is not a favorite for many, pinching sensitive areas of the skin, but it can result in some gorgeous shapes such as Teddy which utilizes the front of the armpit, or the Chopstick Split or Hercules which utilizes the back of the armpit.

Overall, once you get comfortable with the armpit hold, it can become one of your best friends in pole dancing, especially as you move into more advanced tricks with fewer points of contact.

How to Get into an Armpit Hold

Move Steps

For a right-handed hold, use your right arm.

For a left-handed hold, use your left arm.


  1. Wedge the pole deep into your top arm’s armpit.
  2. Squeeze the pole between your arm and the side of your chest.

This move previously appeared in our Guide to Grips and Holds article.

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