My Favorite workout: Aerial Silks

I can honestly say that this is the first time in years that I have fallen in love with a sport. (at a young age I was obsessed with horse riding) I love Aerial Silks. Currently my favorite workout, it is incredibly hard…but so good.

For the 6 months I have been going at least once a week (would be more if it wasn’t so far!)

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Why Aerial?

To be completely honest I went to this new studio: Studio Mix to check out it’s amazing interior and to finally try Aerial Yoga. Big #fail the schedule got all mixed up and Kat and I got thrown into a trial class for Aerial Silks.

I am the. biggest. wuss. ever.

Upside down? Flipping around and swinging from a trapeze? I really thought I would sit the class out – just stay and watch in the corner. I’m so thankful I didn’t. It was scary at first but I left the class smiling and thinking that it was so much fun.

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How many classes does it take to be able to climb up the silks?

The hardest part when a beginner! Going up the silks seems like such a hard task…but stick with it! Usually it takes around 4 classes to be able to climb even just a little bit. This also depends on your instructor. I tried a few before sticking with Eleni Ziampara, who explained and showed me everything step by step. After that it only took a few lessons to get the hang of it.

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Results?

The biggest change I have noticed is arm strength. Although Silks doesn’t use only arm strength, there are still many poses and transitions that need it. It’s actually quite amazing. I recently started training chin ups and pull ups and I see such an improvement whenever I switch from training to Silks. The next silk lesson I’ll be able to hold on a little longer, and on the next training session I’ll be able to make that last rep. It’s addictive!

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Best part of Silks?

The poses! How beautiful are these poses?! It feels amazing when you go to class one day and finally get a pose down.

Oh, did I mention that I wore my polar and each class is a minimum of 500 calories 🙂 huge plus.

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Want to have a trial class? Book your class with Eleni here. Tell us your favorite workout and if you would try Aerial Silks in the comment section below!

Pictures by Soft Pixels
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