Taking Flight: Exploring the World of Aerial at BPS

In recent years, aerial classes have taken the fitness and performing arts world by storm. These gravity-defying workouts and artistic performances, often associated with circus arts, have gained popularity for good reason. Aerial classes, which include activities such as aerial silks, aerial hammock hanging, and fascial stretching, offer a unique and exhilarating way to stay fit while unleashing your inner acrobat. In this blog post, we’ll explore the numerous physical and mental benefits of aerial classes, revealing why we include them in our BPS class timetable and how they have become a favourite among our Pilates and Physiotherapy clients alike.

Full-Body Workout

Aerial classes provide a comprehensive full-body workout that engages every muscle group. Climbing, hanging, and performing aerial tricks require strength, flexibility, and endurance. You’ll find yourself developing lean, toned muscles in your arms, shoulders, back, core, and legs as you progress in your aerial practice. Unlike traditional workouts that can become monotonous, aerial classes keep you engaged and motivated as you continually challenge your body in new and exciting ways.

Improved Flexibility

Aerial activities demand flexibility, and regular participation in aerial classes can significantly enhance your range of motion. Stretching and contorting your body while suspended in the air helps improve flexibility, making it easier to perform advanced aerial moves. Whether you start with limited flexibility or are already fairly bendy, aerial classes can help you achieve new levels of suppleness.

Enhanced Coordination and Balance

Balancing your body on an aerial apparatus requires precise control and coordination. As you progress in aerial classes, you’ll find your balance and spatial awareness improving dramatically. These skills are not only essential for nailing tricky aerial maneuvers but also for everyday activities. Aerialists often report feeling more graceful and agile in their daily lives after consistent training.

Increased Confidence

Aerial classes provide an empowering environment that fosters self-confidence. Conquering new heights, mastering challenging moves, and performing in front of an audience can be incredibly confidence-boosting. Aerialists often speak of the sense of accomplishment and pride that comes with achieving their goals in the air. Overcoming the fear associated with hanging high above the ground can also translate into greater self-assurance in other areas of life.

Tension Release:

The gentle swaying and stretching in aerial can release tension in both your fascial and visceral systems. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals who experience chronic tension or discomfort in their muscles and internal organs.

Stress Reduction

Engaging in aerial classes can be a great way to reduce stress and clear your mind. The combination of physical activity and the meditative focus required for aerial routines can be an excellent stress reliever. Many participants describe the sensation of being “in the zone” while practicing aerial arts, which can provide a welcome escape from the pressures of daily life.

Fascial Benefits

Aerial classes aren’t just about fitness; they’re also a form of artistic expression. Aerialists can create stunning, gravity-defying performances that captivate audiences. Whether you dream of becoming a professional performer or simply want to explore your creative side, aerial arts offer a unique avenue for artistic expression.

Enhanced Circulation: Aerial often involves inversions and hanging positions, which can aid in lymphatic drainage and blood circulation. Improved circulation benefits your visceral system by promoting the efficient functioning of your organs and helping to flush toxins from your body.

Aerial classes offer a dynamic and holistic approach to fitness and personal growth. Whether you’re drawn to the strength-building aspects, the artistic expression, or the supportive community, there’s no denying the many benefits of taking to the air. So, if you’re looking for a fun and challenging way to enhance your physical fitness and mental well-being, consider giving a BPS aerial class a try. You might just discover a new passion that will have you soaring high both in the air and in life.