Aerial fabrics…harder than it looks!

Aerial fabrics, or aerial silks, is really hard! I don’t know what I was expecting, but it is tough. Last weekend, I took an intro class for aerial fabrics, or aerial silks, at Body and Pole in New York. Although I wish I were more flexible so that I could do real splits and things, I got a really great upper body workout, much of it being in the forearms.

Aerial silk: Looking up into heaven

Photo credit: jontajonta

In my quest to keep trying new things, this was an interesting change of pace. A friend had started taking the intro classes there and invited me to join her. The promotional rate for the first class was $25, so I went for it! I also have been looking for interesting new ways for a full body workout as training for ultimate.

Overall experience

I’m pretty glad that I did! Although it felt more like a place for dancers, I felt pretty comfortable for the most part. We did a lot of climbing, which is the basic technique for get up on the fabric. We also learned foot holds and did a few poses and splits in the air (only a few inches off the ground). The women who had already taken the intro class a few times were taught how to do a few more advanced poses and techniques.

If you aren’t that flexible like me, you should still be able to do most of the moves. You might feel a little awkward getting the foot up for the foot holds, and the splits might not be very wide, but you’ll still be able to do it. It just won’t look that nice. The places where I was most sore the day after and today are in my forearms, upper arms and quads (you have to step up when climbing) a little bit, and the arches of my feet. Besides forearm and quad strength, core strength is also important for being able to hold yourself upright. My hips feel a little stiff, but I think that is because I’m so inflexible and tight.

Try it again?

I’m debating whether I want to continue aerial fabrics. The major concern holding me back is that I’m not actually learning this to become a performer. I am just learning for fun and to get a different workout. The cost of the classes might not be worth it for these particular reasons. My budget for athletic activities is a little tight since I’ve been going to a different place for fitness and training, which I’ll write about soon because it is a ridiculous place that deserves at least a whole post on its own.


Hint: it will involve unicorns!
Photo credit: Jodi

The reasons I would really like to try this again are that it really is a great forearm and upper body workout, and it also really opens up my hips which have always been especially tight on my left side. I’m probably not going to go back before I start traveling again, but I think I’ll keep it in mind for the future and maybe for when I’m in Singapore! I will try to emulate this type of workout the best I can, since my semi-private trainer sometimes keeps some silks in the training room.

Feeling great this week! Are you working towards a fitness goal?