Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Building strength using outdoor playground equipment

Aerial strength


After being absent for over a month with injuries, I am struggling to get back into aerials. Tricks I used to be able to do and the amount of times I was able to do time in one go, dropped dramatically and to be honest it has been frustrating. I remember how good I was and I need to rebuild it.

With my end of year performance coming up and a new silk burn injury which is preventing me of combining all the tricks together, I have to find a way to build my stamina aerial strength without being on the silks.

Get hanging


I spoke with my trainer and he suggested, just hanging from a bar for 15 minutes. He said, start with as long as you can and then jump down and then climb back and hang again for as long as possible. Try to do it quickly after each drop and try to go to 15 minutes in total.

So I took my child and off to the playground we went to find some monkey bars.

I climbed up and started hanging I counted in my head, 1, 2, 3 ... I made it to 21 seconds. I jumped down. My hands were sore and already showing they would get calluses. A small price to pay if I could sync my entire routine together of tricks in 3 weeks time for my performance.

I climbed back up, 15 seconds in total this time.

A third time, I tried again, 10 seconds.

I jumped off and felt a nice pull in my arms.


The results of hanging to increase strength


I didn't feel embarrassed I didn't do fifteen minutes worth, I am just grateful I started the process.

I went to aerials the day after and could definitely feel the nice pain from yesterday's hanging. Will it help increase my aerial strength? Only time will tell but it sure is fun.




Thursday, 26 October 2017

Difficulties getting back into fitness


Image via: Fitted Magazine


After having a break


Wow, so I had four weeks where I had off aerials, the first two weeks was due to back pain from a crazy incidental fall in my own home (not from aerials). The next two weeks following I couldn't participate due to a major tension headache and during that time I had a range of brain tests to check my brain wasn't bleeding or anything had been ruptured. (Talk about trying not to stress!)

Thankfully, everything came back clear and after many physio visits and de-stressing moments, I was finally able to start aerials again properly.

What happens when you get back into fitness after a break


For me, aerials is my two-hour haven, where I push my body to its limits and I feel like a complete idiot learning new tricks and then I do a trick and it's perfect and I feel on top of the world.

The first week wasn't as bad as I thought and normally I would go in twice a week for two hours at a time but this week I just did an hour and a half. It felt good, not as strong in some tricks and I did feel behind from the rest of the class, simply because I hadn't learnt what they had.

Week two and I feel amazing. I am able to do multiple tricks together. I feel strong. I feel good. My tricks are improving and although I am in some places not where I used to be, I know it will only be matter of time till I am.


Go in with a strong mental attitude towards exercise


It's scary taking time off from exercise. My doctor told me I wasn't allowed to exercise at all until I had done all the tests and received the results. Exercise can be such a mental game sometimes. Yet, as long as we get back in the game, we are winning. If we give up at that point then we have no hope of catching up. It never takes long, just a couple of weeks to get back to the standard you expect to be.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Aerial Silk Pretty Videos

So I went to training and I was the only one there and I thought, why not just go all out and try to make everything look really pretty.

So I did, well at least I tried ...

This one is very cool, it's the splits for about a minute thirty and then a roll up split and then keep watching for a cool upside down straddle split and my first time I rolled back up:



A cool spinning trick that I love!:


The scorpion:



A pretty climb:




Thank fully, I created so many video's on this one day at training because that night (not at silks) I hurt my back!! So a few weeks off tricks (but still stretching on the silks). Can't wait to get back on it and learn more!


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Two aerial silk drops in class

So aerial silk class is always an exciting time, because we learn new tricks all the time.

This cool drop, I am still perfecting ... but I love it. In this video, I tried it up high to feel the greater effect. It's always a good idea to see how far we have come by filming these videos. We used to let go and drop and stop after the first turn, being locked in by the silk!! Very painful and scary, but now we are getting it!

Another cool climb, we have just learnt. It's pretty cool and I think the music with this one is perfect!






Monday, 21 August 2017

When one can't go to silks, one must improvise ...

When one can't go to silks, one must improvise ...


A trip to the bars, provided some cool outcomes:

The warm-up

Now warm, let's have some fun



For some fitness ideas:



When you can't make your fitness class, do something else in it's place.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Its time to get out of your comfort zone and be amazing

Realise you hold the power you need to go to next level

The mental strength you need 


As I have said before, aerial silk is just as mental as it is physical. I have been postponing the aerial silk drops for long enough and now I am ready to just do it. Aerial silk drops are what make the performance a wow factor. I don't want to just stop at a level I am more than comfortable with, I want to go to the next level and do the drops.

Don't let fear win before you even begin


After a couple of freak out moments up high, facing upside down, head first into the mat, I told my trainer, "I don't want to do this," but I really did. It was just in that position, up high, is quite scary, especially when you don't know what to expect.

In my third attempt, I nearly didn't even attempt it. But my friend encouraged me to just do it and I have been putting it off for weeks. So I did.

What happens when you let go of fear


And it felt great. It reminds me that I am in control when I am doing silks. I hold the control. But apart of me has to let go of the fears. The fears are what is temporarily stopping me from being great.

So whatever mental block you are facing, makes sure the people in your a sidelines are those you trust and support you. Make sure you believe in yourself and make sure you give it a go.

"Don't settle for comfortable, settle for amazing." 

Below is a video of my third attempt of my aerial silk drop:



Monday, 14 August 2017

Aerial Silk Inspiration

Le Cirque du Soleil. La Nouba, Chapter 8.



My trainer says when looking on YouTube, look for the best. So I found the best!
I love this aerial silk piece. So much strength and beauty.