Congratulations you have started your aerial silks journey or perhaps you are about to start. This guide will tell you what you need to know about starting silks and a checklist of 15 aerial silk beginner tricks that you can work on.
Aerial silks are also known as tissues, or fabric. The art of silks is climbing, twirling and dropping in the silk.
Aerial silks do take a little more strength than the Lyra although it is not a painful art. Or should I say as painful? All aerial hurts.
The great thing about starting on silks is that you can tie an egg knot which allows the apparatus to become easier for beginners. Just like the Lyra, everyone can strike a pose on silks no matter what your level of fitness is.
The fun thing about fabric is that you can use the fabric to wrap, suspend, drop, swing, and spiral into and out of various positions. The thrill is in the drops. It gives you a huge adrenaline rush just like a rollercoaster.
Dressing for silks is a little bit different from Lyra. You want to ensure that you wear non-slippery tights and a t-shirt with sleeves. Fabric burn is real and hurts under your armpits. Take it from a girl who burned her armpits. That cute singlet is not worth it.
Aerial silks range from beginner to advanced. It all depends on what tricks and drops you are trying to achieve. Many tricks require you to be able to do foundational poses as well as having the stamina to complete the sequence. It takes a little while to get there.
If you can sit in a swing then you can sit in an egg knot and there are plenty of aerial silks beginner moves that can be achieved from an egg knot.
Yes! Aerial silks will increase the strength and flexibility of your body. You will also have a whole new level of stamina that you may not have experienced before. Many of the movements you will find are 1RMs (1 repetition), but as you progress that will change into several repetitions to an entire routine.
Aerial silks works all areas of the body. The main areas you will find that is worked hard in an aerial class are your; shoulders, traps, biceps, forearms, and core. Secondary muscles you will use are the legs and glutes.
Therefore aerial silks will work every part of your body regardless of whether you are a beginner or expert.
1. Training aerial arts! The good thing about our bodies is the more we do the same exercise the more our body adapts and finds it easier.
2. Cross-training. The downside is that our bodies get used to those movements, so when we advance it does not have that new strength to move through the new range of motion. That is why we cross-train. Cross Training continues to build new strength that our bodies are not used to. While your aerial class may have a good ab work out if it’s always the same it is not going to challenge you. You need to change your strength routine every six weeks in order to gain more strength.
Aerial silks is made of poly tricot.
A foot lock is an essential move that all beginner aerialists need to know as a foundational movement. This one move will open you up to a boat load of tricks.
Most studios are equipped to hold 1000-2000 pounds. That is because of the strength of the apparatus needs to be able to support the body in full force motion such as large drops. With that being said if you are looking to do drops and heavy rolls the weight limit would be 250 pounds. With that being said it would take a good six months to get to this level. There are many beautiful sequences that can be achieved with out drops.
So if you are starting out as long as you are under 1000 pounds you should be fine.
Pre requisite wrist lock.
Pre requisite french/circus/classic climb.
Single foot lock.
From a single foot lock:
Prerequisite in air single foot lock.
From a single foot lock:
For the beginner, you may want to stick with the arabesque on silks as the Rebecca split can be a little more difficult.
From a foot lock
From candy cane:
From a side lean:
Prerequisite in air straddle:
Don’t worry about the arm work because you are in a sling or egg knot which makes your silks a sling. You don’t need to worry about the placement of the tails that is apparent in the video.
I have to say the the 360 is one of the first beginner moves I learned on silks. It was pretty scary the first time but you get used to it after a while. Then I became addicted to drops like any aerialist would!
If you have your single foot lock down in the air then you will easily be able to nail a double foot lock. It is another aerial silks foundational pose for beginners to master.
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