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Aerial Acrobatics

as a hobby

Aerial acrobatics is an artistic and challenging hobby that combines strength, flexibility, and grace. It offers a fun way to improve your fitness, coordination, and confidence. Many studios welcome beginners and provide a safe environment to learn from a qualified instructor.

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📼 Videos

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YouTube | What is Aerial Arts? How to start Aerial Hammock/Hoop
What is Aerial Arts? How to start Aerial Hammock/Hoop
YouTube | How aerial acrobatics taught me physics and the other way around | Mykelle Walton | TEDxBoise
How aerial acrobatics taught me physics and the other way around | Mykelle Walton | TEDxBoise
YouTube | Breakdancers Try To Keep Up With Aerialists | SELF
Breakdancers Try To Keep Up With Aerialists | SELF
YouTube | 2024 Florida Aerial Arts Championship Promo
2024 Florida Aerial Arts Championship Promo

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Spotify | Introducing Aerial Evolution
Spotify Embed: Introducing Aerial Evolution
Spotify | Intro to Aerial Chats on the Mat
Spotify Embed: Intro to Aerial Chats on the Mat
Spotify | Sarah Says Stuff – Aerial Silks
Spotify Embed: Sarah Says Stuff - Aerial Silks

Aerial acrobatics has roots in traditional circus arts, but has evolved into a fitness activity enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds.

📜 Terms

Basic lingo for orientation.

Apparatuses

  • Aerial Silks: Long, fabric strips used for climbing, wrapping, and performing various moves.
  • Aerial Hammock: This is a wider piece of fabric similar to a hammock, but also suspended from the ceiling.
  • Trapeze: A horizontal bar suspended by ropes or cables, used for swinging, static poses, and dynamic tricks.
  • Lyra: (Also known as aerial hoop or aerial ring) A circular metal hoop used for spinning, posing, and acrobatic movements.
  • Pole: A vertical metal pole used for climbing, spinning, and performing strength-based tricks and transitions.
  • Sling: A fabric loop used for dynamic movements and swings.

Movements

  • Climb: Ascending the apparatus using hands and feet.
  • Footlock: Securing the fabric or rope around the foot or ankle for a stable hold.
  • Wrap: Wrapping the fabric or apparatus around the body to create poses, locks, or transitions.
  • Inversion: Hanging upside down with the head below the feet.
  • Drop: A controlled descent from a height, often releasing one or both hands.
  • Spin: Rotating or turning on the apparatus while maintaining control.
  • Catch: Grabbing a different part of the apparatus or being caught by a partner.

Positions

  • Pose: Holding a static position or shape on the apparatus.
  • Straddle: Legs extended wide apart in a V-shape.
  • Pike: Body folded at the hips with legs extended straight.

Other

  • Routine: A choreographed sequence of moves and transitions.
  • Spotter: A person assisting during practice or performance to ensure safety.
  • Strength Conditioning: Exercises to build strength and endurance.
  • Flexibility Training: Stretching and mobility exercises to improve range of motion.

How to start aerial acrobatics as a hobby

First moves for getting acquainted and breaking the ice.

YouTube | AERIAL 101 | What To Expect At Your First Aerial Class
AERIAL 101 | What To Expect At Your First Aerial Class
YouTube | My First Aerial Silks Class
My First Aerial Silks Class

📚 Books

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There are many different aerial disciplines to choose from, each offering a unique experience.

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📄 Articles

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🌐 Websites

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Studies have shown that aerial arts can improve strength, flexibility, coordination, and body awareness.

🍿 Movies

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YouTube | Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away 3D Official Trailer #1 (2012) James Cameron Produced Movie HD
Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away 3D Official Trailer #1 (2012) James Cameron Produced Movie HD
YouTube | The Greatest Showman | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX
The Greatest Showman | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

FAQS

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Do I need to be strong before I start with aerial acrobatics?

No prior experience or exceptional strength is necessary. Beginner classes focus on building strength and flexibility gradually.

Is aerial acrobatics safe?

When practiced with qualified instructors in a safe environment with proper equipment, aerial acrobatics can be a safe activity.

What are some benefits of aerial acrobatics?

Benefits include improved strength, flexibility, coordination, and confidence. It can also be a great stress reliever and provide a sense of accomplishment.

What should I wear to my first class?

Comfortable, form-fitting clothing that allows for movement is best. Leggings and a tank top are a good option.

What are the different types of aerial equipment?

Popular options include silks, trapeze, Lyra (hoop), and sling. Each offers a unique experience.

What if I don’t have a studio near me?

There are online resources like instructional videos, but in-person classes with a qualified instructor are highly recommended for safety reasons.

Can I learn aerial acrobatics at home?

While the allure of learning at home is understandable, aerial acrobatics is a skill best learned under the guidance of a qualified instructor in a properly equipped studio. This ensures your safety and allows you to learn proper techniques from the beginning. However, there are some things you can do at home to prepare for your aerial journey, such as building core strength and flexibility through exercises.

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