Many exercises have clear resources and a huge following, see Yoga or Pilates, and therefore a wealth of online knowledge. Aerial hoop does not. When I first started I remember researching the best stretches, or the best exercises to help improve strength and flexibility. And while there were articles out there, there weren’t many.
So here are my top tips for those starting out at aerial fitness. This are just the ones that stuck with me, if you have any others, please share!
Wrap Your Thumbs
This depends on who teaches you as to how important they make this fact, but it is in fact, rather fundamental. With aerial hoop, when you go upside down your hands your thumbs give you much needed protection whilst swinging. Without your thumbs wrapped, your hands will slip. I’m sure there are those who are more experienced than I who will be able to state moves which don’t require a thumb grip, but when you’re starting out, you need to remember- wrap your thumbs!
What Not to Wear
Avoid slippery clothing, this is predominately for your own sense of safety. When you get more experienced it won’t affect your ability to judge your grip, but at the beginning your clothing is important. Wear tight clothes to ensure any excess material doesn’t get wrapped around the hoop, and keep your skin covered to prevent burns- there isn’t anything to prevent the bruises mind…
Accessories Don’t Make an Outfit
Remove rings, necklaces, watches etc. I know of those who have ripped out their earrings on silks *shudder*, but it’s all about your best judgement. If you can cover your earrings with a plaster, you should be ok, but you’re still risking it. Tie your hair back. Whilst dramatic movies with long flowing hair is everyones #hairgoals it does effect your visibility and judgement.
Leotards Are Where It’s At
This isn’t a must, but it’s a recommendation. I used to get told off so frequently for stopping to adjust my clothing and cover my belly when hanging upside down. And I was right to be told off, unless it’s dangerous, don’t adjust. Wearing a leotard helped to prevent any of my own fears of showing off my belly, and prevented me from making wardrobe adjustments. A swimsuit will work as well…
What other tips do you have for those starting out at aerial fitness? Leave me a comment!
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