Two weeks ago, Dustin and I took our first Aerial Fitness class at the Stomping Ground in Minneapolis (read all about our first class HERE). We took it as part of a Groupon that I had purchased, which included two classes. This past Wednesday, we took our second class.
The last time we took the class, we focused primarily on the lyra (the big metal hoop), whereas this time we spent the whole hour working on skills on the “tissu” or long fabric.
Of course, we warmed up first with some stretching, and then we began with the “climb” on the tissu, which was the only skill we had time for at the last class. The simple climb was pretty challenging for me at the last class, but this time around, I wasn’t so worn out from the lyra. I was able to climb to the top, and then loosen my grip and slide down the fabric.
After we worked on the climb, we learned how to do a foot lock, where you wrap the tissue around your ankle/foot in a very secure way, so that when you stand up and put your weight on your foot lock, you are pretty comfortable and supported.
Once we mastered the foot lock, the instructor was able to teach us several new moves.
I think this one was called the “arabesque”? Don’t quote me on that. You can see how Dustin’s foot is secured in a wrap, or “foot lock.”
We then went upside-down on the tissu (though we were all very close to the ground) by starting with our knee supporting the tissue, and then letting go and hanging upside down. Below is a picture of me getting into the upside-down position, and then fully in the “upside down.”