In our opinion Aerial silks, lyra and trapeze could all be great examples of aerial fitness classes. As could aerial straps, flying pole and pole dancing. Some people run classes called aerial fitness classes which are very specific classes tailored to building strength and flexibility for those attending circus style workout classes.
But in actual fact what most people mean when they say aerial fitness, is the new form of suspension training that is accessible across a wide range of ages, sizes, shapes and fitness levels.
The participant uses body weight exercises to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously.
Depending on the class students may perform tricks, flips, summersaults, ab work, squats, lunges, yoga postures and more performed with the aid of a hammock. The hammock takes the weight of the student. Many of the movement series will test your endurance, so be ready to sweat.
The hammock is made out of 9-12 feet of aerial silks material which is made into a loop and hung off two points. It will be hung so that the bottom of the hammock hangs around hip height.
It sounds like some kind of exercise class where your aim is to go to circus school doesn’t it. But we kid you not, so many “regular” people take part in this aerial fitness workout every week as a great way of keeping fit in a fun and alternative way.
If you hate going to the gym, can’t think of anything worse than taking part in a step aerobics class then this class could be just up your street. Many students who go to these aerial fitness classes have never been in a gym, but are hooked from their first session. They transform there bodies with a new enjoyable form of exercise.
You will find that these classes give you an all over body work-out that improves strength, flexibility and confidence. They do however, demand that participants build the strength of gymnastics, the focus of yoga and they get the heart racing faster than any spin class. But before you run away you don’t need to be strong, flexible or confident to start, you will start with the basics and build upon it.
You get a comprehensive and results-oriented workout by taking part in aerial workouts.
The benefits of aerial fitness classes are pretty much the same as those for any exercise class but it has some unique benefits including spinal decompression, lymphatic movement, myo-fascial tissue / adhesion release and joint orientation plus mobility.