WHAT TO WEAR
For Aerial Silks, Aerial Hoop & Yoga Swing Classes it is recommended to wear tight-fitting stretchy pants that cover the back of your knees and a shirt that won’t ride up. Short ski-pants and crop tops are recommended for Pole Fitness Classes.
For Bungee Fitness Classes regular gym clothes and running shoes are recommended.
WHERE TO FIND US
Mall at Reds: We are situated in the Mall at Reds on the first floor above the Woolies, inside the Centurion Fightclub.
Midstream Ridge: We are situated next to the Midstream Ridge Shopping Centre, opposite the Gym, in between the swimming school and bicycle shop, inside the Gauteng Dance Studio.
BEGINNER AERIAL FAQ
How strong do I need to be to begin training aerials?
The quick answer–you don’t need any amount of upper body strength to begin training aerials–that said the stronger you are, the easier it will be for you to progress quickly. Most aerial instructors assume that new students coming in have never tried anything like aerials in their life, and are not used to lifting/pushing/pulling their own body weight. Many will start you in a sling (a set of fabrics with a knot tied in the bottom) to get you used to the feel of fabric before making you support your own body weight.
I’m afraid of heights, but I really want to try aerials! Help!
Never fear! Pretty much every aerial teach start their students doing everything on the ground, while they learn the wraps and techniques for any given trick. From there, instructors will usually ask you to try the trick you’ve been practising from a climb. Then two climbs, etc. Every aerial instructor’s number one concern is your safety. If their number one concern seems to be something else, you should probably find a new instructor. Even if you start out with a fear of heights, you’ll soon find that you’re climbing to the top of the silk because you feel confident there. More than a few aerialists are scared of heights, but because so much prep goes into training that they feel comfortable in the air on their apparatus because they’re one hundred per cent in control, whereas even ladders may still make them queasy.
Is there a weight limit?
The fabric and rigging is made to support 90kg
I’m worried that I’ll be terrible at aerials.
It’s entirely true that you may come out of your first class having done everything totally wrong. Does that mean you suck? Absolutely not! There are a few things to keep in mind when you start aerials (and never forget them), and whenever you’re feeling frustrated.
Learning aerials is incredibly hard. A skilled aerialist will make everything they do look easy–that’s their job. However, it makes it confusing for you the student because everything feels hard. That’s just how it is. If aerials was easy, it wouldn’t be cool and anyone would do it.
Aerial class is not a contest. Yes, that former gymnast next to you may have a perfect straddle, and you’re just barely hitting 90°, but who cares? Everyone has different strengths and learns at a different pace. Some people are stronger, some people are bendier, some have the ability to see a trick once and do it. If one person has all those things as a beginner? Lucky them, but it doesn’t reflect on you. If you find you’re just not getting something in class, and are getting frustrated ask your instructor if you can move on and come back to it later.
The most important thing to get out of an aerials class is accomplishing your own goals. It doesn’t matter what those goals are; to just have fun, to get strong, to learn skills for performance, whatever.
What should I wear/bring to my first class?
For attire there are a few things you definitely want:
You want tight-fitting stretchy pants that will cover the backs of your knees. Leggings or footless tights are a great option. If you’re training trapeze or lycra, sweats or yoga pants might be okay, but those tend to get tangled in the silks. You want a shirt that will cover your midriff without riding up, or that you can tuck in. Don’t wear a belt or any jewellery that could possibly catch on or tear the fabric. No dangly earrings, no spiky rings etc. Take off your dangly pendant and tape over any spiky piercings you can’t remove. You can’t wear shoes to do aerials so your footwear doesn’t matter as long as you take it off. Bring lots of water, and make sure to drink it in class. You might also want to bring a protein-rich treat for after class to help build muscles. Also please bring a Yoga Mat if you have one.