ALL ABOUT GOOD VIBES!!
We offer you a range of fun and exciting recreational classes for adults, that are open to anyone. It’s all about good vibes at Aerial Fitness Factory, and doing things you are comfortable with.
Our weekday and evening class programme covers a variety of popular styles and levels. You can choose anything from Pole Fitness and Aerial Silks, through to Aerial Hoop and Aerial Yoga. There are different class levels to pick from as well beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
At Aerial Fitness Factory our classes are designed to fit your unique goals, whether you are looking for an exciting fun new workout or a place to unwind and relax. Not only will you enjoy working out but you will dramatically improve your strength and stability while creating a lean and toned body. Watch how your mind and spirit transform when your feet leave the ground.
What is Aerial Silks?
This exercise is done on two pieces of hanging fabric. Suspended by locking your feet into the cloth safely and securely.
For most, a trip to the gym is more of a necessity than something to look forward to. So how do you make fitness fun? We have the answer with our roof raising class: aerial silks. A lot of the time the class feels like too much fun to be a serious workout, but there are major health benefits. Aerial silks works pretty much every muscle in your body: from arms to legs, stomach to back. The classes also strengthen the core and increase flexibility after a few sessions. It is not just for girls either; plenty of burly bodybuilders attend class to work on muscles that lifting weights can not target as effectively.
Aerial yoga is neither yoga nor aerial acrobatics, it is finding its own niche somewhere in between. One of the wonderful attributes of the use of the loop for yoga is the adaptability for people of various ability levels.
By practicing aerial yoga, you are likely to be able to:
Develop upper body strength without even trying to!
Stretch deeper without experiencing strain because the fabric supports part of your body weight.
Work more of the body at once because weight is distributed throughout multiple working points. Increase your spatial intelligence by exposing yourself to new perspectives within 3-D space.
Develop a stronger core by expanding the possibilities of positions in 3-D space.
Improve balance through use of the fabric that can move anywhere in space.
Experience the empowerment of being able to lift your own body weight in new poses.
Reinforce proper body alignment, which will carry over into your everyday life, and throughout your other fitness practices.
When people hear about fitness and the health benefits of different forms of workouts, they seldom think about pole dancing as a viable option. Much like some popular Latino dances like tango, which started out in shady back alleys of poor neighbourhoods only to later gain popularity across the globe, pole dancing has quickly become a very popular form of exercise and even a competitive event.
Not only is it a great way to embrace your inner sexiness, but it also has numerous health benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked.
-Improves core strength
Aerial hoop is a beautiful art form. It is one of the oldest and most respected forms in the aerial tradition, aerial hoops help graceful performers create stunning displays of skill high above the stage. The origins of Aerial Hoop, also known as Lyra are unclear, but it has been mentioned in mainstream circus performance since the mid-2000s.
It is a suspended steel hoop, much like a hula hoop, but rigged by one or two points and may have evolved from the high wire and trapeze swinging acts, which in turn came from gymnastics and acrobatics.The metal hoops come in two main configurations. One features a single tab, which is the harness that secures the hoop to it’s connecting chain or rope. A single tab hoop spins and swings easier, but is less stable and will rotate if used for certain poses. A double tab hoop features two connections, adding balance and stability to the hoop for difficult poses.
Each class will involve a Warm Up, Conditioning, Hoop Tricks, Transitions and Combos, building to a choreographed routine for each level to conquer over the period of your course, finishing your session with a Cool Down and Stretches. The instructor will demonstrate new tricks, moving around the room to spot students. Aerial hoop does take a lot of upper body strength but complete beginners are welcome as you will learn tricks and poses step by step, building your strength up over time and developing your flexibility.
Our classes are all about fun and fitness; for all ages, sizes and abilities.We all work together to be encouraging and all inclusive. Please browse the website for information regarding class timetable before emailing us, but if there is something you cant find then don’t hesitate to ask!
Aerial Hoop has many benefits:
Targets your core and upper body to lift your legs up and through the hoop.
Improves core stability and strength.
Improves joint mobility.
Increased upper body strength.
It’s fun: Above all, the class is extremely enjoyable.
Anyone can do it: Although it does take time and training, classes can be tailored to fit the needs and physical ability of the individual.
Bungee Fit SA is fusing the most popular new workouts trends. Our classes are a combination of Bungee Chord Workouts and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)
Bungee workouts are a beautiful combination of core training, cardiovascular exercise, and resistance training—all with a bungee cord attached to your waist. Where as HIIT High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a form of interval training, a cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods, until too exhausted to continue.
The classes are only 40min long and with 2 to 3 sessions a week you will get that Beach Body you’ve always wanted. That’s a 1.5hours out of your week!
What to Wear
For Aerial Silks, Aerial Hoop & Yoga Swing Classes it is recommended to wear tight fitting stretchy pants that covers the back of your knees and a shirt that won’t ride up.
Short ski-pants and crop tops are recommended for Pole Fitness Classes.
Beginner Aerial FAQ
Commonly Asked Beginner’s Questions
How strong do I need to be to begin training aerials?
The quick answer–you don’t need any amount of upper body strength to begin training aerials–that said the stronger you are, the easier it will be for you to progress quickly. Most aerial instructors assume that new students coming in have never tried anything like aerials in their life, and are not used to lifting/pushing/pulling their own body weight. Many will start you in a sling (a set of fabrics with a knot tied in the bottom) to get you used to the feel of fabric before making you support your own body weight.
I’m afraid of heights, but I really want to try aerials! Help!
Never fear! Pretty much every aerial teach starts their students doing everything on the ground, while they learn the wraps and techniques for any given trick. From there instructors will usually ask you to try the trick you’ve been practicing from a climb. Then two climbs, etc. Every aerial instructor’s number one concern is your safety. If their number one concern seems to be something else, you should probably find a new instructor. Even if you start out with a fear of heights, you’ll soon find that you’re climbing to the top of the silk because you feel confident there. More than a few aerialists are scared of heights, but because so much prep goes into training that they feel comfortable in the air on their apparatus because they’re one hundred percent in control, whereas even ladders may still make them queasy.
I’m worried that I’ll be terrible at aerials.
It’s entirely true that you may come out of your first class having done everything totally wrong. Does that mean you suck? Absolutely not! There are a few things to keep in mind when you start aerials (and never forget them), and whenever you’re feeling frustrated.
- Learning aerials is incredibly hard. A skilled aerialist will make everything they do look easy–that’s their job. However it makes it confusing for you the student, because everything feels hard. That’s just how it is. If aerials was easy, it wouldn’t be cool and anyone would do it.
- Aerial class is not a contest. Yes, that former gymnast next to you may have a perfect straddle, and you’re just barely hitting 90°, but who cares? Everyone has different strengths, and learns at a different pace. Some people are stronger, some people are bendier, some have the ability to see a trick once and do it. If one person has all those things as a beginner? Lucky them, but it doesn’t reflect on you. If you find you’re just not getting something in class, and are getting frustrated ask your instructor if you can move on and come back to it later.
- The most important thing to get out of an aerials class is accomplishing your own goals. It doesn’t matter what those goals are; to just have fun, to get strong, to learn skills for a performance, whatever.
What should I wear/bring to my first class?
For attire there are a few things you definitely want:
- You want tight fitting stretchy pants that will cover the backs of your knees. Leggings or footless tights are a great option. If you’re training trapeze or lyra, sweats or yoga pants might be okay, but those tend to get tangled in the silks.
- You want a shirt that will cover your midriff without riding up, or that you can tuck in.
- Don’t wear a belt, or any jewellery that could possibly catch on or tear the fabric. No dangly earrings, no spiky rings etc. Take off your dangly pendant and tape over any spiky piercings you can’t remove.
- You can’t wear shoes to do aerials so your footwear doesn’t matter as long as you take it off.
- Bring lots of water, and make sure to drink it in class. You might also want to bring a protein-rich treat for after class to help build muscles.
- Also please bring a Yoga Mat if you have one.