As the time away from our aerial facility slowly comes to an end and our class schedule resumes, we wanted to share some insightful tips and strategies for safely reentering the world of aerial arts training after taking some time off. (Whether life got busy, or you needed time for recovery, we’re here to support your journey back to the silks, lyras and more with confidence and caution.)
- Reconnect with Your Why:
Remind yourself of the passion that led you to aerial arts in the first place. This will help reignite your motivation and enthusiasm as you step back into the studio.
- Assess Your Current State:
Take an honest look at your current physical condition and mental state. Understand that it’s okay if you’re not where you left off. Embrace the process of rebuilding and improving gradually.
- Consult a Professional:
If your break was due to an injury, consult a healthcare professional before resuming training. They can provide insights into any precautions you should take and recommend exercises to aid your recovery.
- Start Slow and Gentle:
Begin with gentle exercises and stretches to ease your body back into the movements. Allow your muscles, joints, and connective tissues to adapt to the demands of aerial arts again.
- Attend Beginner or Refresher Classes:
Even if you were once an advanced aerialist, consider starting with beginner or refresher classes. These classes focus on foundational techniques and are designed to help you regain confidence and proper form.
- Focus on Technique:
Use this return as an opportunity to hone your technique. Concentrate on perfecting your form and alignment before attempting more complex moves.
- Incorporate Cross-Training:
Engage in cross-training activities to improve your overall strength, flexibility, and balance. Yoga, Pilates, and bodyweight exercises can complement your aerial arts practice.
- Prioritize Flexibility and Mobility:
Regain and enhance your flexibility through targeted stretches and mobility exercises. This will improve your range of motion and reduce the risk of injury.
- Mindful Progression:
It’s tempting to push yourself, but remember that progress is a journey, not a race. Gradually reintroduce advanced moves as your body readjusts to the demands of aerial arts.
- Stay Attuned to Your Body:
Listen to your body’s signals. If you’re feeling overly fatigued or experiencing pain, take a step back. Pushing through may lead to setbacks.
- Set Realistic Goals:
Celebrate the small wins. Set achievable short-term goals that allow you to measure your progress without overwhelming yourself.
- Embrace Patience and Persistence:
Returning after a break requires patience. Embrace the process, and remember that every practice contributes to your improvement.
- Foster a Supportive Mindset:
Avoid comparing yourself to your past self or others. Focus on your unique journey and the positive improvements you’re making.
- Have Fun and Stay Curious:
Aerial arts are not just about fitness; they’re about creativity and self-expression. Embrace the joy of learning and discovering new aspects of this captivating art form.
- Reflect and Adapt:
Regularly reflect on your progress and adjust your training plan accordingly. This will keep you engaged and motivated as you witness your growth.
Returning to aerial arts after a break is an opportunity to rediscover your love for the art form. With a mindful approach and a commitment to self-care, you’ll be gracefully soaring through the air in no time. Happy training!