Aerial Conditioning Class

Aerial Conditioning Class


If you’ve ever been on the aerial struggle bus and have asked yourself “HOW do other aerialists make this all look so effortless and graceful?”, the answer is: CONDITIONING. More specifically, efficient conditioning done consistently, with plenty of rest and recovery built in to a well thought out plan.

with Laura of Delta Phoenix Fitness

Sundays at 11 am, Nov 4 - Dec 16 (No class Nov 25)
Thursdays at 7 pm, Nov 8 - Dec 20 (No class Nov 22)

Open to students at any level of practice. Students should bring their own yoga mat to class.

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Whether you’re a baby aerialist or you’ve been flying for years, having a solid conditioning game is your key to foundational skill development, leveling up to more advanced skills, developing beautiful lines and effortless movements, and injury prevention. If you’ve been wondering what in the world you’re supposed be doing or focusing on, and you feel like you’re Kermit-flailing trying every random shiny exercise posted on Instagram, this class is for you!

This class covers a comprehensive variety of strength, flexibility, mobility, and motor control concepts, all accompanied by exercises specific to improving in those areas, especially as they are applied in aerial and circus arts. You will be doing exercises to improve circus-specific skills (and to help you achieve your first [insert skill here]), and learning the anatomy/structure/functional principles to help you fully understand WHY the exercises we’re doing are important and HOW they help you reach your goals.

Aerial Conditioning is a mixed level class, so all movements/exercises will have variations to meet students wherever they’re at. We will be using a variety of tools, props, and small exercise equipment - all will be provided EXCEPT yoga mats, so please bring your own mat to class. During each class, I will hang either a lyra or a sling for some in-air conditioning fun.

During this class, you will be learning:

  • What the unique stresses placed on aerialists’ bodies are and the common injuries that we are at higher risk for, AND how to reduce our risk for those injuries

  • Basic anatomy and function of muscles, connective tissues, and bones involved in aerial arts so that you understand WHY the conditioning work we’re doing is crucial, and HOW it helps you

  • What makes up a solid warmup/cooldown, and how to choose appropriate movements for your body and the skills/apparatus you’re working on

  • Common struggles and why certain skills and movements are so challenging - and HOW to get off the struggle bus

  • How to assess yourself and develop the self-awareness you need to decide when to challenge yourself, when to back off a bit, and how to take the best possible care of yourself so that you can fully enjoy your aerial time

  • Correct form and alignment for a wide variety of SUPER FUN exercises

This class will help you achieve ease of movement in your aerial practice by:

  • Improving your mobility and range of motion

  • Increasing full-body strength, with special focus on the core, upper body, & hips/glutes/thighs

  • Increasing stamina, flexibility, and muscular control and coordination

  • Improving grip strength

  • Developing the strength necessary to hold double (and single for more advanced students) knee hangs without assistance

And, if any of the following things have been on your wish list, this class will also help you with:

  • Clean inversions both from the ground and in the air, with the minimum effective dose of effort

  • Improving your lines in the air

  • Consistent pullovers and straddle inversions without jumping

  • Pull ups (unassisted)

  • Stop “cheating” your way through skills because of muscular compensations due to incorrect movement patterns

  • Gain confidence in your amazing and unique abilities!

  • And other cool stuff