What is the first thing crossing your mind when you hear someone talking about aerial fitness? If the answer is something like “I want to try it too, but I am…” then you are at the right place. If you can imagine yourself in the silks, on the pole or playing around with your hoop. Keep reading!
Wrong thought: I am too old to start
This is definitely a myth and not a thought that is valid. It just needs one minute searching in Google to find out about world champions in pole dance at the age of 66 or older. And the journey of these women in pole dancing started when they were in their late 50s. What is the moral in this story? It is never too late. Of course, as you are growing older it might be a bit more difficult than it would be if you were in your 20s, but this doesn’t make it impossible. You just need to listen to your body and take care of it, but that actually never changes no matter how old you are.
Wrong thought: I am not strong enough
We hear this a lot! It’s probably the most stated sentences when a person first think about trying pole fitness, aerial hoop or aerial silks. But you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Pole dance and aerial fitness will make you strong without even realizing it. While training and having fun you don’t even realize that you actually build strong core muscles. You will gain strength and flexibility while practicing aerial fitness. That is why aerial is for everybody whatever his or her background is. Because everybody starts from zero no matter if they did gymnastics before. And also no dance background needed as well. So there is absolutely nothing to worry about. The instructors will show you the path to this incredible journey of flying.
Wrong thought: I am not skinny/ I am plus size
So what? Different people are good at different things. You might be strong but not too flexible or you might be flexible but not too graceful or you might be artistic but not too strong. Other people have high spatial awareness, and they always know where they are in the air when they perform tricks or others have a good balance. And these are just examples. Not everybody is good at everything but while training you will spot your strengths and weak spots and work on them.
And when it comes to silks, the weight limit practically does not exist. Thus, there is nothing to fear when it comes for example to whether the silk can lift you up. It 100% can! Of course the experience might be different for someone who is a bit heavier but the instructors and the very welcoming community of aerialists will ensure you feel like home. Body positivity is one of the most important things when you do aerial fitness. You will see for yourself how fast your perception will change. The mindset quickly shifts from “How my body looks” to “What my body can do”. And it is incredible how many things our body can do if we train properly.
Wrapping it up, what we want to tell you here is that whatever your background is aerial sports are for you. You should only remember one thing: It is all about attitude. If you want to do it, then there is nothing that can stop you from doing it.
So yeah, aerial fitness is for everybody !