Any aerialist out there?

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  • Mouse_Potato
    Mouse_Potato Posts: 1,438 Member
    $20 is the drop-in price at my studio and it's one of the cheaper ones in town. My first pole studio was $200 a month and you only got one class per week!
  • mbaker566
    mbaker566 Posts: 11,234 Member
    the bungee class in our area is 35 dollars....
  • mom23mangos
    mom23mangos Posts: 3,071 Member
    My drop in rate is $26 per class.
  • robertw486
    robertw486 Posts: 2,342 Member
    robertw486 wrote: »
    @robertw486 - you should give it a try. It is a fantastic upper body workout. My son has been doing it for 4 years now and is crazy strong. He's lucky that he has a male role model in his instructor. It'd be nice to see more males doing it.

    I'd imagine that the body strength thing would end up similar to a gymnast. Lots of upper body but with balance and flexibility as well. It's cool that your son has found a place with a guy teaching it too. I really have no idea where anyone is doing it around here at all, but might look into it. Having variety is a good thing for me.

    On another note, does your name imply you have younger Mango's? And if so, are any on the site?


    Yes, the strength and conditioning required is very similar to a gymnast. That's why gymnasts are naturals at aerial. And yes, I do have little Mangos running around and one is on this site off and on. He's 23...the others are under 18 so not old enough.


    I just did a search earlier and found a local place that seems to have quite a few accomplished women doing aerial stuff. There are a couple photos that lead me to think they are downright gumby gymnasts, the balance and flexibility are amazing. It looks like a fairly large place as well.

    Which leads me to a question for all. Is flexibility a big factor in aerial stuff for the basics? I'm not and have never been very flexible, and will obviously never even think about the full on gumby stuff some can do. But how much does it play a part in the more basic stuff?



    As for the other Mango's, we have a mutual MFP friend that is a Mango, but apparently not one of yours. I knew your user name was more familiar than the forums, but it took me a couple days to figure out.
  • mom23mangos
    mom23mangos Posts: 3,071 Member
    Most beginners including myself are very inflexible unless they have a background in dance or gymnastics. Flexibility is worked on as part of the warmup every time. I have to fight for every inch of flexibility, but after several years of stretching, I finally got the splits on my left side for the first time in my life. If you put in the time, anyone can get more flexible. But it's not needed for aerial. It makes things pretty, which is why we strive for it. But there's plenty you can do with reduced flexibility.
  • Mouse_Potato
    Mouse_Potato Posts: 1,438 Member
    edited August 2018
    Agreed. I am not very flexible. I started pole at almost 38 with no dance background. However, I'm getting better all the time. I can get my right split about 80% of the time. Not today, though. :disappointed:

    ETA: The first time I tried the pose in my profile picture, I couldn't even bend my legs!
  • yirara
    yirara Posts: 7,358 Member
    Right, question: How do you prevent blisters on your hands? I've lost the weight I wanted to lose years ago. Don't have much problems with saggy skin. But my foot soles and insides of my hands really suffered. I have excess skin there of all places and get blisters so quickly!
  • 1mumrevolution
    1mumrevolution Posts: 269 Member
    Trapeze for me ✊🏼
  • mom23mangos
    mom23mangos Posts: 3,071 Member
    yirara wrote: »
    Right, question: How do you prevent blisters on your hands? I've lost the weight I wanted to lose years ago. Don't have much problems with saggy skin. But my foot soles and insides of my hands really suffered. I have excess skin there of all places and get blisters so quickly!

    You don't...you just do it frequently enough for calluses to form. You'll probably get some skin tears in the beginning.
  • mbaker566
    mbaker566 Posts: 11,234 Member
    edited August 2018
    yeah, i have no dance background and am a clutz on the ground. so i make the strength and flexibility part of the classes i teach. i don't have the splits and my back is pretty inflexible not for lack of trying.

    yup. your hands will toughen up.
  • yirara
    yirara Posts: 7,358 Member
    yirara wrote: »
    Right, question: How do you prevent blisters on your hands? I've lost the weight I wanted to lose years ago. Don't have much problems with saggy skin. But my foot soles and insides of my hands really suffered. I have excess skin there of all places and get blisters so quickly!

    You don't...you just do it frequently enough for calluses to form. You'll probably get some skin tears in the beginning.

    This certainly doesn't work for my feet. The calluses I might develop basically lead to blisters on the edge, and then I lose the whole thing again. I guess loose skin just moves the skin around too much for this to work. So I'm not really positive this will work on my hands. Certainly, hiking regularly since having lost my bit of excess weight (18kg) about 3.5 years ago didn't help.
  • shepnic72
    shepnic72 Posts: 15 Member
    This is great. So fun reading everyones posts, seeing questions, tips and tricks.
    Was on vacation last week, struggling to get back on track with my workouts and meal plans. I had been adding plow pose to my yoga routine in hopes to work on my open V for pole .... i think this will also help with better mounting for lyra. Cant wait to get al. Cleared to start training inverts again!
  • yirara
    yirara Posts: 7,358 Member
    Great! Sprained my ankle (and wrist) yesterday trying to jump from a horizontal bar onto another one about 1.30m away with a 180 degree turn mid-air. I basically missed the bar mostly and fell backwards in the most undignified way. :D Coach said my falling was very good though :p While I sprain my ankles regularly and was able to continue afterwards this seems to be a bad sprain as I still do feel some swelling and pain a day later. Oh well. part of the fun I guess <3
  • mbaker566
    mbaker566 Posts: 11,234 Member
    rice @yirara
    yay @shepnic72

    found this. i thought i wonder... and then i got this.
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  • robertw486
    robertw486 Posts: 2,342 Member
    mbaker566 wrote: »
    rice @yirara
    yay @shepnic72

    found this. i thought i wonder... and then i got this.
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    Is there a lot more angle to the hoop than it appears from this shot? There is so little deflection in the straps that it seems like the impossible!
  • yirara
    yirara Posts: 7,358 Member
    Right. I injured myself Monday evening, was fine and could continue. Yesterday I was fine all day. Last night I woke up with a hurting ankle and thumb joint. Meh! First parkour injury it seems :D
  • felicianadine3
    felicianadine3 Posts: 64 Member
    Sorry for the bit of a late response but -- Ah! Can't believe I've found other aerialists on here (special shout out to my lyra folks!)! I have also struggled with my weight and strength, especially when it's destroyed my confidence to do what I love - aerial. Something that I found helped was talking one-on-one with my instructor. Beyond being just motivating and encouraging in general, she was able to give me some tips on what to focus on to help build the strength needed for aerial activities. It was also nice to pair that with a private lesson, so we could really focus in and work through some of those physical barriers that were influencing my mental blocks and vice versa. I hope things have been going well and keep working! You'll get it! :)
  • mbaker566
    mbaker566 Posts: 11,234 Member
    edited August 2018
    robertw486 wrote: »
    mbaker566 wrote: »
    rice @yirara
    yay @shepnic72

    found this. i thought i wonder... and then i got this.
    4ulmc1gn11mk.png

    Is there a lot more angle to the hoop than it appears from this shot? There is so little deflection in the straps that it seems like the impossible!

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  • kcs76
    kcs76 Posts: 244 Member
    I had to come here and say, I took my first Aerial Yoga class on the 15th as a bday pressie to myself. As it was a beginner class or feet only briefly left the floor, but it was still fun...and challenging!!
  • mbaker566
    mbaker566 Posts: 11,234 Member
    yay. that's how i got started too