Aerial silks is hard, fact. It’s also fun, addictive and beautiful! It’s so easy to get caught up in learning new moves and trying to perfect old ones that we can forget that strength training is just as important.  If we are stronger it makes everything so much easier!

Conditioning exercises aren’t pretty or complicated to learn. They are designed to supplement your usual training on the silks to help you progress. They improve arm strength, core strength, grip strength and stamina. All essential if you want to perfect that routine or nail that drop!

I tend to do 5-10 minutes at the end of each lesson or training session. I’ll also dedicate the occasional practise to just conditioning. I hate these at the time but they feel amazing afterwards! Another great conditioning routine is to do a few Aerial Silks Climbs at the start of your session. There are so many conditioning exercises, I’ve picked my favourites. As a guide try to repeat each one 10 times or hold for 30secs, increase or decrease this to suit your level.

The moves

  • Knee raises on the knot
  • Straddles on the knot
  • V sit on the knot
  • Hocks sit ups
  • Straddles side-middle-side
  • Pull ups
  • Pike – straddle (keeping hips up)
  • Pikes
  • Inverted rows
  • Plank
  • Plank with arm circles
  • Tucks (feet in silks)
  • Straight leg tucks (feet in silks)
  • Amazon

What are you favourite silks conditioning exercises? xx