Aerial Conditioning Snapshot:  Maggie’s Review

First Impression:  Prior to actually attending an aerial conditioning class, my initial thoughts of Aerial Conditioning were filled with vivid imagery of myself being wheeled out by paramedics (like the attractive ones you see on tv) strapped to a stretcher with a neck brace on.  The idea of doing anything while suspended in the air aroused feelings of intimidation mixed with a little bit of fear.  Fear that I would fall and break my neck, fear that I wouldn’t be able to do any of the exercises and fear that I would look like an injured monkey trying to scamper back up the tree that I just fell thirty feet from.  Although the latter may have been true at times, the other two fears never materialized.  In fact, I quickly learned that my fears were nothing to be afraid of at all.  Aerial Conditioning in a controlled setting with a competent instructor actually proved to be completely safe, and as long as you go into it with an open mind it is also insanely fun and entertaining.

What I liked the Most: Inversions (i.e. being upside down) and climbing

What I liked the Least:  Rope Burns (although mine were not as bad as Kory’s)

It Was….Awesome!  Our instructor, Sumaya Anani was very encouraging and warm in her instruction… We rotated through “stations”  that included basic climbing skills on ropes and silks, mermaids and angels on the trapeze, and various series of pikes, peaks and pencils (aerial silk terms you will soon come to know).  In addition, at each station she offered multiple renditions of the same activity so that each station could be tailored towards any fitness level. i.e. you could make your aerial conditioning experience as easy or as difficult as you wanted it to be.  I personally chose the more “middle of the road” options, however I found that I really enjoyed being inverted as it felt good on my back.  Aerial silks involves a lot of balancing, core strength and arm strength.  You will work muscles you never even knew existed, muscles that dont get worked at the gym or throughout the course of a normal day.  This next day “awareness” as Sumaya calls it serves as a positive reminder of all the amazing  things you accomplished the day before.  I strongly recommend aerial conditioning for any fitness enthusiast who wants to challenge themselves to try something new, or any person interested in trying the circus arts without the fear of sharp teeth and smelling like cabbage.  Would I do it again?  ABSOLUTELY!  My one tip: You can enhance your grip on the silks by using rosin to make your hands stickier.

To see Sara and Kory’s Reviews, other tips and how to ”condition”  for Aerial Conditioning see the full review here: