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Technique Tip - Back Loop Split

Updated: Jul 20, 2022

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 the pole of the silk in your hip crease and tilt to your foot lock side.

  • Aim your knee toward the floor so you can release both hands (yes it may feel pinchy!). If your knee isn't pointing down enough you can slip out of the skill.

  • Walk hands down the silk in 2-3 large motions to create a loop of slack.

  • Sit up and meet silks together. Lift heel to bum of your free leg and place your foot in the loop.

  • Press ankle into the loop as you lower into a split. Continue to hold the silks in front of you with both hands.

  • If you feel secure, release your bottom hand and extend your arm to complete the line. If it feels too precarious then continue to hold with both hands.

  • To exit, bend your knees through a double stag position (feet can remain pointed or flex them for added style).

  • Release back foot from the loop, cross legs and let go of your loop of slack to finish.

There you have it! I'd love to see you incorporate Back Loop Split into a sequence! Give it a go and tag @aerialphysique and #iloveap on the 'gram! With encouragement, Jill


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