Thinking about trying aerial fitness or maybe you already made the leap and you want to know what to expect? Joining a gym, versus taking your first aerial class could not be more different, which is probably why you are considering it, and with good reason.
Pole & Aerial fitness is a fun, super-effective way to add some excitement to your existing fitness routine, or as a fresh fitness start on the road to optimum wellness. Whether you are looking for a change or a challenge, Altitude Fitness provides a fun, effective circus-inspired experience to people of all ages, abilities, genders, and cultures.
Altitude Fitness wants you to feel as comfortable as possible walking into your first class. Here are some tips to ensure a successful start to what we hope to be a very fun and extensive passion for pole and aerial arts.
Tip #1 - Always make a reservation
Yes, all classes require a reservation because each unique class has only the highest quality, professional circus equipment available. Need to cancel? Please review our cancellation policies to ensure you retain your pass. In a nutshell, it is 24 hours for all classes, which can seem like a lot, but it helps ensure each pole or point has a person, and no one is left on the waitlist if possible.
Tip #2 - Arrive 10-15 minutes early
Between check-in, paperwork, and getting used to the space, arriving early ensures that you can meet the instructor, be assigned to an apparatus that is the right fit or height for you, ask any questions, and get a feel for the space. For most, the equipment itself is pretty exciting, and getting set up early is a recipe for success.
Tip #3 - Dress for success
Wearing the right attire for your chosen activity is crucial to your enjoyment. Furthermore, you will not even be ABLE to do certain moves without the right attire.
Aerial Classes: Leggings and a fitted top that covers your ARMPITS. Why? Silks, hammock, yoga fabric, the tape of the Lyra, and the cover of the rope can cause a rub or burn on exposed skin, especially your underarms, waist hips, and ankles. Wearing something cropped, short or loose-fitting will expose, tangle or flip right over your head the minute you go upside down, leaving your waist and hips exposed, which can be uncomfortable or get friction burned. Please, NO SHORTS or midriff-baring tops.
Pole Classes: Shorts and a tank top. Why? Pole NEEDS skin contact to create a contact point and friction. That is the magic. Even in your first few classes, you will work on pole tricks that, quite frankly, cannot be done in pants. Remember, you can always layer shorts under your sweatpants. Then peel off the layers as you get warmer and more comfortable.
"For pole, skin contact is paramount to safety & success while aerial is exactly the opposite." – Tricia, owner
Tip #4 - Bring a water bottle
We have towels and a bottle-filling water fountain. No socks or shoes are necessary for your first class, and please leave all jewelry at home. It can snag the fabric or get bent on the pole or hoop. You will be asked to remove it, so it is better to leave it safe at home.
Tip #5 - Get to know your apparatus
While pole fitness is kind of obvious, many people are new to the idea of aerial arts as fitness never even REALIZED there were so many choices. Even then, the names can be kind of misleading. Here is a quick description:
Pole Fitness: Uses a vertical pole to create shapes and defy gravity. For beginners, our pole fitness classes develop those long and lean dancer’s muscles in a fun, supportive environment.
Lyra Hoop A circular steel apparatus resembling a hula hoop suspended from the ceiling. Learn to put different shapes into various combinations.
Aerial Silks Gain strength and increase flexibility by learning to wrap, climb, spin, twist, and drop, all while suspended in beautiful, soft aerial fabric.
Aerial Sling/Hammock Using the same fabric as aerial silks, just tied differently, Aerial sling/hammock provides the student with a natural "seat" and foundation making it a very approachable aerial fabric style.
Conditioning & Flexibility Flex & conditioning classes provide a natural complement to your regular classes, enhance your progress, and help you stay injury-free.
Aerial Yoga: Combines grounded postures with my magic of flight. Decompress your body and spirit. This class will teach you the basics if you're new and provide a lasting foundation for your practice.
Tip #6 - What are your class levels?
Always start with any class labeled "great for new people". The curriculum for these classes is specifically designed for people who have never done anything like this before. You will probably want to take about 5-7 of these classes. Please always ask your instructor if it is the right time to move up a level to ensure you stay safe, have the best experience, and progress properly.
Tip #7 - Which apparatus should I start with?
Whichever class sounds the most exciting. Attitude, not aptitude determines your Altitude. One discipline cannot be described as “easier” than the other. Having SOME level of fitness certainly has its benefits. If you find your first class either too easy or too hard, please talk with your coach or the front desk about the logical next step.
Remember, we have MANY different “flavors” of classes. Try a few different classes with your New Client Special. You might be surprised by an unexpected love for a class or apparatus.