I don’t want to do pull-ups… I just want to look pretty on the ribbon
One day, I was getting caught up on office work in the front office while Vivian was getting ready to teach a beginner fabric class. A new student popped in for the first time to the studio to give it a try. Looking at her, I saw a middle-aged, overweight, and out of shape woman and knew that she would have a hard time at first, but, if she stuck with it, she could get in a lot better shape. At the end of the class, I asked her what she thought. She almost looked like she was going to cry. She said, “I keep looking for the thing that I can just walk into a room and be better than anyone else right from the start. I hoped that this would be it. It wasn’t so I just need to keep looking.”
This is more extreme than most, but I’ve seen a lot of people be surprised by how hard aerial is and that they can’t just “do it” from day one. When I have tried to show conditioning exercises to some new people, I’ve had many tell me, “I don’t want to do pull-ups, I just want to look pretty on the ribbon.” Let me just state up front, you can’t “look pretty on the ribbon” unless you are willing to get in shape.
This really isn’t a bad thing. Most people would like to be in shape but having a concrete goal, like wanting to aerial, can give that extra motivation to get off the couch and break a sweat. I really, really love aerial and want to have people be successful at it. I’ve had a number of people come to one class a week just to learn tricks. They don’t do any outside conditioning beyond the one class a week, make very little progress, and eventually disappear after a couple of months. We want to fix that!
I will be honest. If you do one aerial class a week and do nothing outside of that to strengthen the muscles needed to do aerial, you might as well not bother. I’m not saying that you need to do several aerial classes a week to make progress (even though people who do tend to get pretty good at it quickly!), but you need to do some work during the week to strengthen your arms, back, and core.
We have put together a multi-pronged approach to solve this:
- New 30 minute rope and fabric boot camp classes at the studio
- Hour long beginner fabric class with an emphasis on conditioning
- Knotty Yoga Aerial yoga classes
- A Knotty Yoga daily home workout
We have added 30 minute rope and fabric boot camp classes on Wednesday from 8pm-8:30pm and Sunday from 1:15pm-1:45pm. These classes are for all levels but are a great way for beginners to come and learn how to climb a rope or fabric and perform a set of targeted conditioning drills to strengthen yourself for aerial. It’s also a great way for more advanced students to log a lot of rope climbs and do some fun drills.
The Tuesday 8pm-9pm Beginner Fabric class will have a heavy emphasis on conditioning instead of mostly focusing on learning tricks. This is the best usage of time for brand new people.
All of the Knotty Yoga classes are a great way to strengthen for aerial as well as improve balance and flexibility while conditioning the whole body as well. Knotty Yoga is a great foundation for building the strength to do the more advanced acrobatics moves in your future.
We are very proud to announce a Knotty Yoga daily workout. Knotty Yoga students should do this workout every day that they don’t attend the studio. It can be done in less than ten minutes and will radically prepare you to make progress towards being able to do aerial acrobatics. Get strong so you can look pretty! The home workout is here: