Things to know before your first aerial straps class

I attended my first ever straps workshop during Maactober 2019 and I can safely say I was completely blown away with the discipline. Even though it does require a certain degree of strength, I would encourage anyone who is interested to give it a try regardless of previous experience.

We can all agree that aerial straps is not only super cool but incredible to watch. If you’re thinking of joining the aerial revolution and learning to perform on straps, then here are a few things you should know before your first class.

Long sleeves and wrist wraps

As straps are predominately wrapped around your wrists, you’ll want to have a layer of protection between the nylon and your skin. Tubular bandages are the number one choice for aerialists. They’re super cheap and can be picked up from most chemists or supermarkets. Also, it doesn’t hurt to have long sleeves on as well.

Sore hands

Even though your wrists will take most of the tension, your hands may still end up being sore due to ‘beginners death grip’ on the straps. The nylon material can be pretty hard on your hands until you learn to trust your wrap.

Top tip – If your hands continue to hurt, try extending your tubular bandage to your knuckles with a hole cut out for your thumb. This will protect your palm and ease the pain.

Tell your instructor if you have any injuries

This may be a given but its good practice to always inform your instructor of any injuries you have. If they’re aware, then moves and exercises can be modified so you can still take part and train safely.

I was training while recovering from a sprained wrist so please listen to your body and if it hurts, STOP!

Lats not biceps

Aerial straps is mostly trained using straight arms so that means no biceps! As I found out, the lats and shoulders need do all the upper body work which makes transitions and shapes flow more seamlessly so this is a challenge in itself.

Bonus… if you keep at it, your back will look amazing!

Leave your ego at home

Even though straps requires strength and (some) flexibility, this doesn’t mean you’ll be expected to preform a perfect flare or touch the floor with your toes during skin the cat.

Working hard to achieve your goals without comparing yourself to others is more beneficial than giving up straight away because you can’t nail a flawless meat hook on your first try.

And finally… just have fun

As the old saying goes – “Work hard and play hard” sums up most aerial disciplines perfectly. Enjoying your class while learning new skills, meeting new people and being the best version of yourself when training will help you develop your skills.

If you want to find out more about straps, send me a message or leave me a comment.

12 things all aerialists can relate to

1. Bruises will become your badge of honour

You’ll forever be covered in bruises and take great pride in showing them off to your aerialist friends.

2. When you finally nail a move, no one will see

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No matter how hard you try you can never recreate it 

3.And when you fall, EVERYONE will see and it will probably be caught on camera

It’s inevitable that you will take a tumble and when you do, everyone in class and on the Internet will see you making a tit of yourself.

4.Hot baths and foam rollers will be your new best friend

5.Your hands will NEVER be soft again

Callouses will take over your hands and you’ll be so proud of them.

6.The phrase ” Be careful of the danger zone” will make you internally cringe

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It will also make your eyes water on those occasions when you slip and nip something down there…

7. Your whole wardrobe will ONLY consist of leggings

And you’ll still struggle to find a pair you want to wear

8. New muscles will appear out of no where

You’ll feel like wonder woman and flex those muscles at every opportunity.

9. You’ll push yourself to new limits

When you look back at your progress over the last 6 months and feel so proud you did it

There will be mornings when you wake up and feel as though you’ve been hit by a bus.

It will look damn hard but after a few tries you’ll manage it and smile with pain while trying to hold it for a picture

Because no one can remember the actual names…even the teachers!