Monday, 21 August 2017

When one can't go to silks, one must improvise ...

When one can't go to silks, one must improvise ...


A trip to the bars, provided some cool outcomes:

The warm-up

Now warm, let's have some fun



For some fitness ideas:



When you can't make your fitness class, do something else in it's place.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Its time to get out of your comfort zone and be amazing

Realise you hold the power you need to go to next level

The mental strength you need 


As I have said before, aerial silk is just as mental as it is physical. I have been postponing the aerial silk drops for long enough and now I am ready to just do it. Aerial silk drops are what make the performance a wow factor. I don't want to just stop at a level I am more than comfortable with, I want to go to the next level and do the drops.

Don't let fear win before you even begin


After a couple of freak out moments up high, facing upside down, head first into the mat, I told my trainer, "I don't want to do this," but I really did. It was just in that position, up high, is quite scary, especially when you don't know what to expect.

In my third attempt, I nearly didn't even attempt it. But my friend encouraged me to just do it and I have been putting it off for weeks. So I did.

What happens when you let go of fear


And it felt great. It reminds me that I am in control when I am doing silks. I hold the control. But apart of me has to let go of the fears. The fears are what is temporarily stopping me from being great.

So whatever mental block you are facing, makes sure the people in your a sidelines are those you trust and support you. Make sure you believe in yourself and make sure you give it a go.

"Don't settle for comfortable, settle for amazing." 

Below is a video of my third attempt of my aerial silk drop:



Monday, 14 August 2017

Aerial Silk Inspiration

Le Cirque du Soleil. La Nouba, Chapter 8.



My trainer says when looking on YouTube, look for the best. So I found the best!
I love this aerial silk piece. So much strength and beauty. 



Monday, 7 August 2017

This is what fear looks and feels like

The fear is real 



So when I am learning a new aerial silk drop, I experience a wave of fear. Firstly because I am up high. You have to be high so you don't hurt yourself coming down or especially because I am afraid of heights, landing on the mat underneath is not going to make me want to do it again! So, up high I go. Again, having a real fear of heights my whole life to now hanging upside down, going to do a full body drop at least a metre fall, face down, is pretty damn scary.

 If you don't have this fear, like my friend, then its really not a big deal but for those who do... Well its hard to get there. I can even be watching my friend do the trick and feel the blood drain from my face. Most times I have to look away and take a couple of deep breaths. It sounds so silly because I know I am safe and I am wanting to do it because it looks amazing. Plus, when I do do the drop, I feel amazing. Nothing can wipe the smile off my face. But even with this knowledge the fear is real and when I am up there for the first time, my mind freezes as does my body. I freak out.

What happens when you experience fear

Its interesting though to watch fear, because your mind and body just shut down. All you can feel is the fear. I was doing the superman trick, and just before I go into a ball, you will see in the video, I have to basically be a plank, up high in the air, with my hands holding nothing. My trainer says, "Do you feel balanced, can you feel your feet touching my hands?" Me, "my feet are numb." (In my freaking out voice).

Find a good trainer who knows how to deal with your fears

My trainer knows my fear and its good on some level because he also had the same fear when he first started out. I go down into the position you see in the video (link below), ready to do the drop for the first time. My hands hold the silk. "No, I can't do this." I start to climb up. My trainer helps me back into position. My brain and body freezes. All I am thinking about is once I tuck my legs into my body, I will drop. My trainer is saying, "bend your knees." Nothing, I can't move. "Just bend your knees." I shut my eyes as I know I am going to do this either way. Finally my legs push through and I do it for the first time. Relief. My trainer shows me the rest of the trick and I come down with a big smile on my face.


The after effects of experiencing fear

 Afterwards, my feet were washed with sweat, my heart was pounding, my body was shaking but I felt on top of the world. When I dropped it wasn't scary, it was just the lead up that was terrifying. That weekend, with only my friend and me, I tried it again. I dropped, all by myself and I felt pretty damn amazing. For me, its the unexpected and its dealing with the fear of heights that is the hardest challenge to get past but I do get past it every week, it might be a slower way of learning but each time I get that bit better. It's important to face your fears, I do recommend you do it in a structured environment with an instructor who can spot you and help coach you through the fear. Don't let fear win, keep pushing through anyway.

This is what fear looks like, when someone is experiencing it:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWwz3OAgJ-k/?taken-by=meltoye

Monday, 31 July 2017

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 46

Open Training 

The pros and cons


So I decided very last minute that I would go to open training for aerial silk.

My friend couldn't come so it was just me.

I do love open training. I can do a trick 17 times and not succeed and nobody cares. Nobody laughs and really nobody even looks. Yet its my time to practice what I have learnt in class and try to remember the steps involved and making it look pretty. Also it helps when I go back to class and say, I had trouble doing this part can you tell me what I'm doing wrong?

In addition, I was feeling a light soreness from aerial silk two nights earlier and to be honest, going in the morning means I can be pretty tired for the rest of the day. But I spent the evening watching aerial silk inspired videos and I just wanted to get back into it.

So I went.

The outcome


And it felt great. I had some not successful moments but I would try again and I had some really nice elements and I even practiced some tricks that used to make me hyperventilate just watching my friend do it (I did it close to the ground) but still it renewed my confidence in those tricks I haven't had a chance to perfect and others I am only just learning and others that I need to get moving on.

Plus it gives me extra fitness. Extra exercise and strength that I can build and push my body to get used to.

The result, I felt great. I video tapped the session and I had practiced everything I wanted to and more. I even did things that I never have confidence to do for myself in class and I did it all by myself. Sometimes if we really want something we need more time to practice and we need to renew our confidence in ourselves that there is nothing to worry about, I've got this!

Want to see one of the many tricks:


https://www.instagram.com/p/BWmoFvygcyr/?taken-by=meltoye

Monday, 17 July 2017

Watch our first aerial silk performance here

Did someone say aerial silk performance?


Last night my friend and I performed in our first ever aerial silk performance.

We have only been learning aerial silk for 16 weeks.

It was awesome to have our family and friends watching and supporting our very first performance!

A duet no less.

I feel we rocked it!

A big thanks to my friend Eliza, who has been on the same journey, encouraging me every step of the way and challenging me to literally greater heights and obviously our trainer Darrin, who choreographed the routine and helped us make it happen and watched it over and over prior to the performance!

Watch it now:




Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Your daily exercise motivation: Day 45

So if you read my last blog post, you would have hopefully not just witnessed but also undertook the 10 minute leg exercises to combat upper thigh and butt cellulite.

I did say in the post I was going to do this exercise every day for two weeks. I also said how it didn't give me much pain. Well guess what!?

The next day, I could barely walk and trying to sit down was a huge effort in pain. I ended up doing some light stretching in pain in the afternoon.

The day after, I was attending aerial silk training, which I was praying that my legs would help me out and not kill me in pain further. As they say mix up the exercises to allow the legs to recover, so work on the arms, not to just rest and do nothing.

I did have to do more stretching and my own normal stretches were pretty painful but after a two hours workout, my legs felt pretty good and thankfully the following day the pain was gone.

I was keen to do the exercise again, (if you ever need a motivator go shopping for bike pants) but I have our aerial silk performance this week, so I decided its in my best interest to forego this exercise until Saturday. I can't wait to do it.

Watch the killer exercise video here:

Actually, don't just watch it, do it.