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Aerial Silks: A new form of fitness

Sep 10, 2012 10:06AM

Aerial Silks

Written by Lindzie St.Martin

Aerial Silks is one of the newest and most physically demanding forms of aerial dance, also known as fabric, ribbons, or tissue.  This fun new way to get a rigorous workout is becoming quite trendy.  These fabric ribbons are suspended from the ceiling, allowing you to climb, swing, wrap, and spiral yourself into various positions.  A fantastic way to strengthen your core and use all the muscles throughout your body, aerial silks helps increase flexibility.  This new form of aerial dance is a creative, intense, and wild way to get into amazing shape!

Despite the fact that aerial silks can be extremely challenging, this specialized art and exercise form is suitable for all ages and body types.  However, there are some limitations for individuals who have certain injuries and can be a struggle for someone who is very overweight.  Therefore, be sure to seek out quality instruction from certified individuals. 

For your comfort and safety, you'll need to wear tight fitted clothing to avoid getting tangled in the silks, as well as a one-piece swimsuit or leotard to help prevent midriff chaffing.  Wherever you choose to pursue your newfound interest in aerial dance, be sure to find a facility geared toward injury prevention and proper alignment that keep classes as safe as possible.

If you're ready to mix up your routine a bit, this is definitely something you might want to try.  Aerial silks is not just for acrobats and circus acts anymore.  You will enjoy this activity for the full-body conditioning and flexibility it demands, while building your courage. Or maybe you will find yourself interested in the performing arts aspect, closely associated with the fitness community of competitive dancers, where you can embellish your athletic relationships and network.  Expand your experiences, test your boundaries, and incorporate a new twist to your workout regimen.  It's wild, it's sexy, it's challenging, and fun!