This week in aerial silks class was much more successful than last week!
We learned a new sequence from hip key. This was similar to secretary but we did a little bit of a variation.
Hip Key Sequence
So I just started to learn how to incorporate slicing the hip key down the middle. So this was a nice learning opportunity for me. If you’re wondering what a hip key is without this variation, a video of this located below! Also the bodysuit I’m wearing in the video you can purchase off amazon here:Adult Criss-Cross Back Camisole Shorty Unitard,N8970BLKM,Black,Medium
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What I really struggled with in this sequence is after being in the seated/secretary position. The shooting of your hips up and over. For some reason, I can’t engage my core to smoothly transition. Ball, pencil, pike conditioning should fix this. A video of that move is also located below.
I’m revisiting Aerial Acrobatics Foundations & Basics
So using the book by Rebekah Leach, I want to go through each of her manuals and perform each of these moves. I have done all them before at some point in another foundations class. But, now I want to incorporate them into my conditioning schedule. I usually go to open gym where I have time to practice and take a break, seeing as how there is no definite order to learning them. Only that during fundamentals you go through each aspect of aerial silks.
What’s great about these moves is that Rebekah Leach has organized them into moves that you don’t necessarily need unbelievable grip strength and upper body strength. As you do these moves you eventually will gain the strength and progress forward. What’s great is these are the moves you’ll be starting out in aerial silks class!
Aerial Silks Beginner
The following exercises are one that I make sure to do everyday. A lot of the times though I will do them from the ground (without climbing up higher) and with wrist wraps which let your hands and forearms take a break.
Ball, Pencil, Pike
This is what I use to condition my shoulders and get accostumed to inverting. If I’m trying to increase my shoulder endurance, I do this from the ground but at a much slower pace and with wrist wraps so I don’t have to worry about my grip giving out.
Straddle (From the Ground)
This move is supposed to be done with straight legs and then from there, a straight arm hang (meaning you’re hands are extended high above your head).
Two Arm Straddle (From the Ground)
This is the same as the one above but only you split the fabrics. I try to do this so that I can work up to conditioning to meathook. This is be visited later.
This is one of the first climbs you learn in aerial silks. It’s to get you use to engaging your shoulders and shooting your hips to the pole to conserve energy. I still struggle with this move to this day. I have trouble lifting my legs high out in the front of myself. My poor weak hip flexors.
Russian Climb with Relaxed Descent
This is the next climb you learn once mastering the Basic Climb above. Now, I must admit, this is my preferred climb and I basically exclusively use this climb to prepare for every sequence.
I use this climb to warm up usually. It takes a little bit more effort and I feel like it warms up more of my hip flexors. Gotta make sure they understand they’ll be working for the next hour.
This is one of my favorites and even though it’s not beautiful as it use to be when I was attending aerial more consistently, I still genuinely enjoy this.
Whenever I do this move, I always feel like such a boss. Almost like Super Woman.
Those are the moves that you can expect to learn in an Aerial Silks Beginner class! Not only will they be the first thing you learn. But they will shape and be the foundation to your aerial silks journey! Next week at open studio I hope to practice and film Basic Footlock moves. This include: Standing Hip Lean, Sitting Hip Lean, Cocoon, Sail, Layback Invert/Upside-down splits, bow & arrow, arabesque, sideways middles splits version 1 and 2, basic leg roll up and clothes line!
The bodysuits outfit in the above video can be purchased here: Adult Camisole Unitard,WC231BPLVS,Ballet Pink/Lavender,Small. All the above information is explained in detail in the book with pictures and instructions by Rebekah LeachBeginning Aerial Fabric Instructional Manual.
Until next time aerialists!