Ok, who’s been to the circus before? When I was a little girl, I remember going to the circus and seeing the acrobats doing amazing tricks in the air: swinging from ropes, spiraling from silk ribbons, basically having all the grace and strength in the world to make it look so effortless. I was always awestruck by them and wanted to know how they did those crazy tricks. It’s been said, “There’s only two types of people in the world, the ones that entertain and the ones that observe.” ~ Britney Spears (Circus)
Fast forward with me to present day, when adulthood can be sucky and staying in shape when food is life, can be difficult. It’s a hard commitment, being fit. Finding a style of working out that is right for you is a challenge and sometimes can be frustrating. My go to way of getting exercise in, is going to the gym with the hubs and lifting weights, doing cardio, ab work etc. However, there are times when I’m just not in the mood for that and want to do something fun, that will still give me a great work out! Well guys, just like Britney, I’m a put-on-a-show kinda girl.
Two of my absolute favorite styles of exercise I’ve done outside of the gym are: Aerial Yoga/Dance and Trapeze. I cannot explain how exhilarating flying or spiraling and being able to do those tricks feels. Don’t get me wrong, it’s extremely hard work. I promise you won’t look pretty doing it at first, but after some much needed practice you will be soaring through the sky elegantly. The reason why I love doing these styles of exercise is because they are a full body workout. For about 4 days after doing either one, I look like a granny trying to walk without her walker. My whole body aches, but in the best way possible lol. It also helps build the upper body and core area.These may not seem like the most conventional ways to work out, but it is one of the most interesting and entertaining ways.
When trying Aerial Yoga/Dance for the first time, there will be a lot of uncertainty. After warming up, you’ll take what seems like a few longgggg seconds to find the edge of your silk just so you can get into it. Then you’ll be looking around the room in the mirrors trying to mimic what your teacher and everyone else is doing. Don’t worry, this is normal; you may even get tangled in the silks (so much fun). Just know that the teacher is there to help! If you’re unsure about something, feel free to ask them, they’re happy to assist you and reshow you the tricks as much as you need. Something to note, when you do get tangled in the silks or into crazy cool poses, you more than likely will not be as comfortable in the silks as the wonderful aerialist make it look. However, they are not to be feared. These silks can hold your weight and then some to allow you to be in motion in the air.
For Trapeze, the whole act of swinging by yourself to potentially be caught on the other side, can seem daunting. Let me tell you, the scariest part is actually climbing up the stairs of the ladder and not looking back down. More of a mind game though, because the ladder is attached to the rigging up top. Once you make it to the top you’re greeted by two of the co instructors. You’re in great hands at this point. They will secure the harness around your belt, this will keep you from falling. So you’re harnessed in, now what? One of the instructors will move behind you and hold you by the belt. You then need to lean out really far to reach the bar that you’ll be holding onto while swinging. I probably held on tighter than I should, but you know, nerves lol. The instructor on the ground will say: Ready, set (bend your knees) and jump! At that point you’ll jump off the platform and say weeeeeee like a little kid lol. If you’re at the point where you’re ready for tricks, make sure to listen carefully to the instructors while you’re in the air, they’ll give you guidance step by step so you can execute them flawlessly.
IF you’re lucky, you’ll post your acrobatic work to social media and one of your coworkers will tell you: “You might be the bravest one in the office!” I mean no big deal or anything (blows on nails and rubs them off on shirt). I kid you not, you’ll feel like such a badass or beast when you try either of these. They’re both so much fun and you’re literally in anti-gravity mode. I highly suggest if you’re ever in the LA area, go to Up Flying Yoga for your aerial needs and Gaona’s Trapeze Workshop to test your flying skills.
Don’t let the fear of falling, keep you from flying!