Strength training is an essential part of a good physical fitnessregimen, but there are those who disdain lifting weights. For a unique approach to strength trainingthat combines some cardiovascular work along with flexibility training, manyare turning to aerial fitness classes offered at a variety of locations.
Aerial fitness involves using an apparatus such as long strands ofstrong, silken fabric, a hoop, or even a dance pole, to act as resistance orsupport during a variety of dance and Pilates like movements that strengthenand tone the whole body. Students climb,twist, hold various poses, and generally work their entire cardiovascular andmuscular systems in unique and challenging ways.
Since the fabric of aerial silks or a hoop is only acting as resistance,the participant is required to do all the lifting and movement control. This not only works the cardiovascularsystem, but also strengthens overall core control, aligns the muscles along thespinal column, and improves posture through all over muscle toning.
Participants in the classes describe them as Pilates-like andimmeasurable amounts of fun. Many of theformats are similar to ballet or TRX workouts, with the added fun of beingsuspended in mid-air. At the end of theclass, students are led through a coordinated stretching program that uses thefabric, hoop, or other apparatus as resistance to stretch deep into musclefibers for overall flexibility improvement.
Since classes are done at the person’s own pace, this exercise isappropriate for anyone seeking a different approach to strength training, nomatter their age. It’s a full-bodyweight training workout, without the added weights. For more information, look into aerial yogaor aerial silks classes in certain cities to find out what this high-flyingworkout has in store for a fitness routine.
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