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I discovered Aerial Silks purely by chance through a special offer that was advertised on a popular group buying website. I was immediately excited at the prospect of trying something new as going to the gym can feel like a chore and a bit tedious at times.
I have to admit the taster session was daunting, the whole concept of being able to climb up the silk was completely alien to me as I was the kid in school who couldn’t climb a rope never mind anything else!
There was a lot of information to take in but the instructor Joe was very patient and explained everything clearly which helped to put me at ease. I felt that I was able to ask questions without being judged or made to feel silly which made the environment conducive to learning.
We were taught some basic climbing skills and tried out some tricks with the silks in a knot. This gave me a good feel of working with the silks, it wasn’t easy but Joe was encouraging when I got stuck. Needless to say after that first session I was completely hooked. I signed up for the next Level 1 beginners’ course and have continued my weekly practice since.
My training at the gym is varied but fitness professionals say that nothing is more effective than training with your own bodyweight and this has become extremely apparent after the inclusion of Aerial Silks in my fitness programme. I’m always guaranteed to feel soreness in my muscles (in a good way of course) after my weekly session which means that I’ve had a great workout.
I have to mention that I do have a strong fear of heights but what I love about the practice of Aerial silks is that it allows me to transcend my personally imposed limitations and not only challenges me physically but also mentally as well. This has encouraged me to face my fears and control my anxiety in order to stay calm. I've found that letting go (metaphorically) and falling in new ways (wrapped in the silk of course!) exhilarating, extremely fun and leaves me feeling alive.
A couple of my friends think that I’m crazy although many have expressed an interest in trying out a class. Learning the art of Aerial Silks will help to improve your confidence and enable you to move through life with courage. I’ve discovered that I am a lot stronger than I thought I was and you will too! I recommend that everyone should have a go. Come on, set yourself a challenge, be brave and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve!