Hot workouts: Aerial Arts

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From the August 16, 2012 edition

This acrobatics-inspired class begins with strength-training exercises that use flowing silks hanging from the studio’s ceiling to create resistance. My abs handled the challenges, but my arms fared about as well as a 12-year-old’s.

The class members — never more than six — rotate between the three silk apparatuses to work on technique and choreography. The fabric squeezing on your hands and feet to stabilize you as you perform on the silks takes some getting used to.

Aerial Arts requires a lot of balance, flexibility, and core and arm strength, which the teachers will help you build. I especially recommend this class for people who want a performative workout that consistently challenges them to improve on these areas.

My struggles on certain tricks made me want to come back almost more than my successes did (that’s the former dancer in me). But those successes … when you nail a skill, you feel like you’re flying.