We're all excited to see you start your first class! Here are some pointers to keep in mind to make the most out of your experience:
Leggings, leggings, leggings.
The apparatuses used in class will be making a lot of contact with your skin, particularly your legs. We highly recommend wearing full-length leggings (any fabric works: cotton, polyester, synthetic fabric, etc.) to prevent any friction and rubbing. Look for leggings that do not have any zippers or any accessories that might feel uncomfortable when applied pressure to.
(SOCKS are also a great idea if you're doing rope!)
Comfort is key.
Aside from leggings, you are free to dress as comfortably as possible. Fitted tops are recommend. Think of what would feel most comfortable to freely move around in.
It won't take long till you find yourself dripping with sweat. Be prepared! Come to class hydrated and be sure to bring a reusable water bottle with you.
Working with ropes and hoops for the first time can be very exciting! Here are a few points on what you may expect during your first few classes:
Burns & bruises are okay.
It is completely normal to experience a few bruises during your classes, this is simply a result of applying more pressure on the skin than the body is typically used to. Although we will work to stretch in class often, muscle soreness is also to be expected as we explore new body movements.
Bring out the hand cream.
Your hands are going to be working overtime to grip, lift, and hold you in position- so your hands might start to feel a little rough to the touch. This is your body's way to adapting and developing a stronger grip. No wrap or glove could ever out-do the skin on your hands!
(please save the moisturizing for after class!)
You'll hear that word a lot in class. Aerial arts can be a little uncomfortable at first. Holding certain positions can also be demanding on the body, but we promise it's nothing the body can't get used to- hang in there!
There aren't any rules when it comes to creative self-expression!
But we do have few to maximize everyone's outcome in class:
Please be on time.
Every class starts with a deep stretch session. Missing the stretch session at the beginning puts you at higher risk for developing injuries like muscle cramps and spasms. So please come on time!
Aerial circus now, photos later.
We know how it feels to want to capture that moment while you are hanging in the air, we really do! But we kindly ask everyone to put their phones away while class is in session. We'll be happy to help you take your photos after class.
(and don't forget to tag us! @leap.circus )
Safety first, right?
As with any sort of physical activity, aerial circus does have it's risk of injury if performed incorrectly. Please pay attention to your instructor at all times and ask for assistance before performing any new moves. Birds can't fly with broken wings.