Monday, 26 June 2017

Perfection can help you get better but if overused, it can make you feel a failure

Remember how far you have come

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Throughout my aerial classes, I do take videos. I video tape new tricks so I can watch them over and over during the week to remember how to do them for the next class. I also like to take videos of tricks I love, so I can share it with, well ... everyone.

Also, lately, my friend and I are have been practicing for an upcoming performance ... because you know we are awesome. Read my confidence blog here.

Any who, I have noticed that I look for all the areas I need to improve on.

Although, this is good. Once or twice. Going over and over and looking out for the weaknesses is not great on the whole confidence thing. Plus, it loses it's magic after a while. In addition, during training, I felt great. Amazing actually. So watching it, in a critical fashion, which is very me, it made me lose all the attention on the hard work we achieved and even how far we have come to be able to do this performance.

What I am trying to say is, don't lose sight of how far you have come to get to this point. Yes, aim for perfection but don't let it loose what you have right here in this moment, something pretty amazing.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Strength workouts

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So, I am newly convinced that building strength is something we should all strive to do.

As an aerialist, I can now call myself that right? Anyway, I need to build my strength. That's one main area that I need improvement and although I am getting better each week, I can help accelerate the process over time by adding in some strength activities throughout the week.

In addition, I really do want to focus on improving my stomach, bum and thighs so more crunches and bum lifts are in order. A great way for your child to practice counting to 100!

I have read a few blogs on aerial silk in building up strength and the main one is doing lateral pull ups.

My trainer also has suggested just standing against the wall - completely flat (ensuring the lower back in against the wall) and then lift both arms ... while maintaining the flatness. In addition, add a bar and in a sitting position, lift the bar up to shoulder height, with your back flat to the back and this will help build the upper strength you need.

I also spoke with an elite trainer who is training a BMX chick. He has spent a year changing up her training and focusing on various strength training exercises. By doing this, she went in a BMX comp against a girl three years older than her who competed in the Olympics and she won!

In addition, I spoke with an Occupational Therapist whose focus is on how to care for the elderly/limited mobility. Interestingly, those with more strength are more mobile.

Strength is key in all age groups and yet here I thought it was mainly for body builders. I am looking forward to getting stronger. I am already noticing a difference with aerial silk. Again, this is what I love about doing a sport/fitness workout that I love to do because it makes me want to aspire to greatness.

*Get moving, get strong, get fit and feel great.*

Monday, 12 June 2017

When you face a fall, get back up and get back up quick!

After leaving with a scare on the last class. I didn't want to wait a whole week to get back into it.

So today, I went to an open training for aerial silk without a trainer. I haven't been completely by myself at all. So I knew to only practice what I have learnt and I had some practicing to do! 

First on the agenda was to practice three tricks tied into one for our first upcoming duet performance. However, they are quite exhausting so practice is needed. 

I took in my iPad and set up the video to continually play the entire time. In my first trick, I climbed up four times to then perform it. In the video you can see my foot physically shake as I am scared of heights and the fact I didn't have a spotter there but I know the trick well, so I was confident that I could do this by myself.

Here's a quick preview, as I can't review the entire trick before our performance! 

I also had a trick I had to conquer, I practiced it 17 times. 17!! I did get better and better but I still haven't completely mastered it. So I will go back to my trainer in the week and ask him for help! I definitely hit the mat a lot from this one. But it was worth it.

I did some more tricks up high to continue to build my confidence and upper strength and overall fitness and after an hour and a bit, I was done. 

Exhausted, I walked 30 minutes to my home as a cool down and then sat down without moving for the next hour. 

Exhausting yet so exhilarating. I loved the time to myself to practice, improve and push through. 

Also, my stomach is actually starting to look flatter. Yah!! Win/win.

Now, I am enjoying the park while my children play. (When you are feeling physically tired, go outdoors). 

Both of my children are also doing tricks on any bars they can find. My youngest is hanging off any type of bar and my oldest is climbing on bars, taking his hands off, doing the middle splits. 

Being an example also feels great,removing the guilt of being away from them for the hour today.

Monday, 5 June 2017

How fear woke me up quick

So I had a bit of a scare at aerial. We did the usual two hour training,when right at the end we performed an aerial drop. I have done this four times already the only thing that freaks me out is the height. Although I have done it, it feels, what I can only imagine like, bungee jumping. You are free falling but somehow your body goes round and you catch the silk.

The problem was I had no idea what was happening as I dropped until I heard the 'oh,' from the people around me. What had happened was, I had dropped one arm out instead of two and pulled one arm in, instead of having them both out. Meaning, I landed with one arm reaching up for the silk and instead of my other arm doing the same, my neck did the catch instead. 

It was the most weirdest feeling. I still felt the incredible adrenaline rush immediately and for hours after, but I knew I hadn't landed properly and could have seriously injured myself (luckily I didn't). 

That night I had mixed emotions. I didn't want to do an aerial drop for a long time but I knew this was silly. A fair enough fear but with he right practice and guidance over time those drops would just be normal and nothing to be feared. 

The next day I was fine, no neck pain, no silk burn pain on my arm and I was looking up more videos of aerial tricks from others. I was so keen to get back up!!!

Why do I tell you this? My fear and hesitation and over thinking made me land this way. Nothing else. 

Friday, 2 June 2017

Confidence in sport

Don't repeat the same mistakes

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So I discovered something... There is something holding me back in aerials and I realised last night it's what held me back when I did ballet, so much so that I gave it up and regretted it ever since. Not so much as regret but knew I would never make the same mistake again. 

My mother has always said, life will keep re-sending you life experiences of lessons you still need to learn. I.e my lesson to be confident in my own ability and put myself 100% mentally and physically into the sport. 

Most sports, if not all, are incredibly mental based. You have to be or you won't be able to give yourself the full chance of being great. 

I have been thinking too much about the fears, too much about not being perfect and I am just a beginner. Why am I placing so much mental road blocks in my way? If I held no fear, I would learn aerial silk in a heart beat. 

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So what I know is, it's okay to learn and start somewhere but each week I am improving and I am getting that bit better. Why would I give up on something I love?
Sadly, I have done it once before but I will never do it again. It's too heart breaking to think what could have been. 

Now, I am all in. It means I have to give my everything to aerial silk. Live and breath it. And it's okay if today I don't learn a trick in its entirety because tomorrow I will finish what I started. 

If you feel the same, don't give up instead give yourself fully.