In the technique tip spotlight this week is Teardrop Climb. It's in the same skill family as Double Knee Climb with a couple of added steps at the end. In case you missed it, last week I broke down Double Knee Climb, click here to check it out. The Teardrop allows for many beautiful 'shape-ortunities' as we call them in classes at Aerial Physique and it's a very efficient climb as it results in gaining quite a lot of height in just one climb up! See below for a video breakdow
Back Loop Split is a flattering shape that can easily be sequenced with so many other skills. I consider it Intermediate level due to the grip strength required but it can also be attainable for beginner level aerialists if they hold with both hands instead of one. Make sure you've given your splits some love prior and let's get to it! Begin from a Single Foot Lock on one silk. Bend your free knee placing your foot on the pole of the silk. With the free silk behind you, place
What do you get when you mix silks with puppetry? The Marionette Climb! While this climb isn't the most efficient of them all (it takes quite a few of them to get you to the top) it's amusing to watch as it closely resembles a puppet on a string. Prior to giving Marionette a try, I'd recommend warming up your side body by doing the standing bend & reach as shown in the video. In addition, an ankle warm-up that includes pointing your feet. Step 1 - Begin standing on the mat be
Do you know how many different ways there are to climb the silk? Hmmm ... I can think of at least fifty but that was sort of a trick question because the possibilities are endless! Today I'm sharing with you a fun yet slightly intricate climb that I call the Cross Loop Climb. It makes some pretty shapes and has a lot of opportunities for exploration within! See below for a video breakdown and tips! 1) First, prepare! This skill requires inner thigh flexibility and hip mobilit
Have you ever gotten into Belay and thought ... that was super complicated getting here, now what!? To make getting into Belay more 'worth it' I'm sharing a few of my go-to shapes! In case you missed last week's tip, I broke down one of my favorite Belay entries, the Front X. Click here to check it out. Once you have the hang of a Belay entry it's time to snazz it up with some lovely shapes! Click below for five shapes you can do in Belay. Prior to getting in the air, I recom
This climb is a fun one as it has a similar appearance to the zipping of a zipper. It might not be the most 'elegant' of climbs, however, I've known it to be a crowd-pleaser! The actions are the same as Spider Climb, the difference being the silks are to either side of each hip rather than having both silks to one side. Zipper Climb is definitely all about the rhythm and moving your same hand as your foot. Doing so can take a bit of practice since we naturally move with our h
The Jigsaw Spider makes a unique shape that's definitely photo-worthy. Getting into can be tricky and it requires shoulder mobility and plenty of grip strength, but I'm here to guide you through it! Click below for a video breakdown along with preparation exercises. PREP EXERCISES Arm Circles Back 10x each way Shoulder Rotations with the silks 8-10x Reverse Table Top hold 15-30 counts Seated Shoulder Stretch with arms reaching back hold 15-30 counts Side-Lying Reverse Flag Ar
If you follow us on Instagram you may have seen a recent 'challenge' that was posted. I received many requests to do a technique tip on it so here we are! The 'challenge' included a Single Hand Split Roll-Up. Click here to see the post. The skill requires shoulder stability, grip strength and active legs in your splits. For most, rolling out feels much more difficult than rolling up. In addition, it's possible your shoulder may feel cranky when doing so. If that's you see bel
How do you feel about Double Ankle Hangs? Do you love 'em, hate 'em, maybe tolerate them? Quite possibly you find them super painful? While they'll likely never be fully 'comfortable' (hanging your entire body from your ankles isn't necessarily something we were 'designed' to do!) there are ways to reduce the discomfort and support your body more efficiently.
First off make sure you're wearing the correct attire. Full-length leggings that cover your ankles will be best. Cap
Have you ever wanted to bring your wrist locks up to the next level? If so, there's good news! There's a way to make even wrist locks in the air! If you're thinking ... wait ... hold up, I'm not sure how to even do them from floor! Click here for a previous technique tip. Wrist Locks are handy because they support your grip more so than simply holding the silks (utilizing solely grip strength) or circling twice. Whether they're done air-bound or floor-bound there's an array
The Salto Double Star aka Shooting Star can be a challenging drop to control due to the change of direction mid-way through. 'Salto' is a gymnastics term describing a forward flip or roll. Make sure you have a solid Double Star and understand the mechanics of piking forward prior to practicing this drop. Keep reading and watch the video below for insider tips! 1) The setup for Salto Double Star includes the following: S-Wrap, thigh wrap & belly wrap (double star wrap). Place
It's technique tip time! In the spotlight this week is the No-Handed Key Over - a fancy way to transition into a pencil drop position from a traditional, 'X-body' shape. While it’s of course possible to do it with hands, this variation adds drama and requires fewer steps. Check out the video below for a breakdown brought to you by Master Trainer Gabe Hilden-Reid. The best way to learn this variation is from a no-handed star drop so that if you don’t make it over, you’re compl
This is one of the first 'big' drops many aerialists learn. There are many factors that contribute to the success of this drop, let's chat about 'em! Watch the video below for a breakdown. ✔️ The Set-Up
1) Begin from S-Wrap (any entry).
2) Keep the tail behind you, wrap your bottom leg followed by your tummy from front to back (remember BLT - back, leg, tummy).
3) Extend your top leg and sickle your foot around the pole (you can also opt to drop directly from the knee hook
It's Technique Tip Tuesday time. In the spotlight this week is Single Star - it's simple, challenging to do with good form and yes, somewhat painful. It's possible you even let out a squeal or two at the bottom of the drop when first learning it. See below for tips to make your Single Star clean, beautiful and even less painful! 1) The wrap consists of a single thigh wrap (Catchers) and a belly wrap from front to back. At the end of the drop if you find it to be painful ar
It's Technique Tip Time! We’re ending the year with the beloved, (or dreaded,) no leg climbs! This is a great New Year’s goal, before we attempt the full no leg climb, we’ll begin with some conditioning skills to get you ready and strong to attempt this skill safely. 1) Begin laying on the mat with your rope or silk at your hips. You are going to climb up the rope using just your upper body while keeping the rest of your body as straight as possible. Try to limit your hip’s n
It's that day again, Technique Tip Tuesday! In the spotlight this week is Single Ankle Hang. Now I'll be honest, ankle hangs aren't comfy! But with the right technique, you can lessen the discomfort and be on your way to hanging from your ankle with ease! 1) Begin from a Classic Climb (shown on the right side in the video). Squat down with the pole of the fabric between your legs. Place your right hand in front of your chest and use your left hand to grab the tail just to the