Weekend Recap: Pole Training and My First Aerial Hoop Class!

Happy Hump Day! Just wanted to quickly recap my fun-filled weekend (even though it’s already Wednesday) of pole training and falling in love with a new aerial apparatus!

Before I recap, if you haven’t already, check out my first giveaway! I will be giving away one $50 dollar Lululemon gift certificate to a randomly selected person. The giveaway is open until the end of the month so make sure you enter before I choose a winner on December 1st!

Saturday was a great pole day! Since it is “Opposite Side November” I focused a lot on my “bad side.” I’ve noticed that my inverts on my opposite side have gotten so much better over the course of this month. The chronic pain I’ve been experiencing on the right side of my back has diminished since I’m not favoring one side during my training.

I also worked on my ayeshas (split, cup and twisted grip) and a couple leg variations. I’m still struggling with getting my ayeshas on my opposite side, mainly because my push pull grip doesn’t feel quite right when my left hand is on top, but I’m hoping that I’ll figure it out soon.

Twisted grip ayesha leg variation - my goal is to get both legs to bend in that direction!

Twisted grip ayesha leg variation – my goal is to get both legs to bend in that direction!

Twisted grip straight edge ayesha

Twisted grip straight edge ayesha

Another one of my goals is deadlifting into my ayesha. It is much harder and requires a great deal of arm and core strength to lift up into that position without momentum. Right now I can only lift my legs up a little bit and I’m struggling with trying to lift my hips up…which means I need to add more core-heavy conditioning exercises into my weekly training.

As you can see, it takes all my effort to even lift my legs this high

As you can see, it takes all my effort to even lft my legs this high

At the end of class, my friend Lindsey and I took a picture of our double straight edge with our awesome muscle leggings by Black Milk! I know some people will be grossed out by these leggings but I think they are super cool. I have also have their lightning leggings, which are great too. Black Milk’s leggings are made out of a high quality material and they are very durable so check them out – they have all kinds of funky prints.

Doulbe straight edge!

Double straight edge!

On Sunday, I took my very first aerial hoop (or Lyra) class and fell in love! It was the same feeling I got after taking my first pole class. I wasn’t to sure if I was going to like it as much as I did because I recently took an aerial silks class and although it was a lot of fun, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoy pole. But, I think that aerial hoop has a lot more similarities with pole than aerial silks has in common with pole, which is probably why I was drawn to it. Aerial hoop is also an amazing way to cross-condition in conjunction with pole. Because both apparatuses are different (round vs. straight, thinner diameter vs. thicker diameter, etc.) you can do certain conditioning exercises on one that may not be possible (or is a lot harder) with the other. But because both pole and hoop are part of the aerial family, these skills/strength gains can easily transfer over. Since I already have the proper rigging in my apartment (from my Fly Gym) I went ahead and bought myself a hoop! I know that pole will always be my #1 but I’m looking forward to making some room for aerial hoop in my weekly training schedule 🙂

Check out the video below of a mini combo I did at the end of my first aerial hoop class!

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