I Tried AIR Aerial Fitness
By Jessica Peterson
I was first introduced to AIR by my roommate. She was captivated by the idea of completing tricks with silks like the performers in Cirque du Soleil and pestered me until I agreed to go with her. Eventually, I gave in and decided to defy gravity.
What is AIR?AIR Aerial Fitnessis an intense suspension-based fitness program fusing barre with yoga, Pilates and aerial silk hammocks. If that doesn’t already sound terrifying enough, sometimes they even incorporate a little interval training for fun. The studio offers two types of hour-long classes - AIR Foundations for beginners and AIR for intermediate to advanced participants.
The Workout: Instead of just learning tricks, you’re also working on your strength. The instructor will lead you through a suspension-based workout, which, at times, is similar to the activities performed in a TRX class. The silks add an extra challenge to planks, bridges, tuck jumps and - everyone’s favorite - burpees.
Though each class is different, one discipline is repeated again and again: grip strength. Though AIR requires a lot of upper body strength to complete the tricks, it is safe to expect your hands and wrists to feel the most fatigued from the session. That being said, legs aren’t worked as hard, primarily only receiving attention during a short stint at the barre.
So, what did I think? After four classes - two AIR Foundations and two AIR- I can honestly say some of these tricks are crazy hard. Since you’re spending a majority of the class off the floor, form is extremely important as it is harder to stabilize yourself in the air. Though I would encourage you to attempt all of the tricks in class, don’t try to force your body to do anything it is not yet ready for. Allow yourself time to build your strength. I promise, you’ll get there.
Would I recommend AIR? Yes, but it is important to acknowledge your limitations and listen to your body.
Final Thoughts: AIR is an exciting new way to build strength, and I can’t wait to go back. AIR Aerial Fitness is extremely picture friendly. If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for the ‘gram.
Have you ever tried aerial fitness? We’d love to hear how it went in the comments below.