There are so many beginner aerial silks moves out there! It can be a bit daunting when you start going to lessons. I know when I first started silks, climbing to the top seemed impossible! I try to teach moves in a rough order of difficulty. We start with climbing the silks (which is definitely not the easiest but so good to practise!). We then go onto moves using a knot in the silks for support and footlock moves. Once a student feels comfortable doing these, we’ll gradually add harder moves and link them together into combinations and eventually routines.
A couple of my students recently have been asking about what they need to do to improve during their lessons, without having to break the bank and come to 5 a week! It got me thinking, often it’s the simplest, easiest changes that are the most effective. Most people have limited time to train and have lessons so it’s great to really make the most of this time.
The splits, I’d never really thought about them until I started doing pole and aerial arts, now sometimes I feel like I can’t think about anything else! Having a flat split seems to be everyone’s goal at the moment, and once you have a flat split it’s all about trying to achieve the oversplit!
Ever find your motivation for training has completely disappeared? That’s been me for a few weeks now, it totally sucks but it got me thinking about what I can do to get it back.
I’ve been doing pole and aerial arts for about 6 years now. It’s my full-time job and although I love it and know how lucky I am to be able to do my hobby all day, it does mean that I lose my mojo occasionally. Over the years I’ve come to know what helps me get back on track.
There’re so many different sports and hobbies out there to try. Hanging upside down in aerial silks, balancing on a hoop and twirling round a pole just isn’t on everyone’s radar. Here are my top reasons why I think it should be!
There are so many beginner pole moves out there! It can be a bit daunting when you start going to lessons. I know when I first started pole just doing a simple spin seemed really hard! I try to teach moves in a rough order of difficulty. We start with step arounds and basic 2 handed spins. We then progress to climbs, seats and holds. Once a student feels comfortable doing these, we’ll gradually add harder moves and link them together into combinations and eventually routines.
Do you warm up before you practise? A warm up when you’re training alone is one of those things that’s so easy to forget about. It’s something that we all know we should do but actually doing it when there’s so many amazing moves we really want to try. . . . . well, it’s tempting to miss it out and just jump straight on!
Most people know that I’m a little (a lot!) obsessed with all things pole and aerial. I’ve gone from attending one class a week to teaching for hours everyday and having my own studio!