Aerial Straps are two pieces of thin webbing that hang from the ceiling similar to gymnastics rings. Straps technique emphasizes strength and dynamic movements. Aerial Straps students will build a strong foundation of strength and body awareness in the air.
Students in this class will learn progressions for the basic movements and positions of aerial straps. Students will explore these positions through safe progressions and with instructor spotting. Positions include the skin-the-cat, meathook, side planche, muscle-ups, front lever, and back lever. We will also explore dynamic movements including swings and spins, and beginning one arm inversions. Curriculum for this class will include calisthenic exercises on aerial straps and also on gymnastics rings, stall bars, and other circus apparatuses.
Prerequisites: Students should be comfortable performing multiple bent or straight-arm inversions in the air, able to hold a hollow body position on the floor for at least 30 seconds, and able to do three pull ups. Students should be familiar with the following positions and skills even if execution is not perfect: meathook, butterflies, roll-ups, nutcracker, and flag (side planche).
Foundational Strength for Straps:
In this class students will begin building the foundational strength, coordination, and stamina needed to execute skills and sequences on aerial straps. Curriculum for this class will include calisthenic exercises on aerial straps and also on gymnastics rings, stall bars, and other circus apparatuses. Although this class will focus primarily on exercises for straps, this conditioning will be valuable for all aerial students.
Prerequisites: Students must be able to engage in moderate exercise safely. Not recommended for those with current shoulder, elbow, or wrist injuries.