Thursday, 26 October 2017

Difficulties getting back into fitness

Image via: Fitted Magazine

After having a break

Wow, so I had four weeks where I had off aerials, the first two weeks was due to back pain from a crazy incidental fall in my own home (not from aerials). The next two weeks following I couldn't participate due to a major tension headache and during that time I had a range of brain tests to check my brain wasn't bleeding or anything had been ruptured. (Talk about trying not to stress!)

Thankfully, everything came back clear and after many physio visits and de-stressing moments, I was finally able to start aerials again properly.

What happens when you get back into fitness after a break

For me, aerials is my two-hour haven, where I push my body to its limits and I feel like a complete idiot learning new tricks and then I do a trick and it's perfect and I feel on top of the world.

The first week wasn't as bad as I thought and normally I would go in twice a week for two hours at a time but this week I just did an hour and a half. It felt good, not as strong in some tricks and I did feel behind from the rest of the class, simply because I hadn't learnt what they had.

Week two and I feel amazing. I am able to do multiple tricks together. I feel strong. I feel good. My tricks are improving and although I am in some places not where I used to be, I know it will only be matter of time till I am.

Go in with a strong mental attitude towards exercise

It's scary taking time off from exercise. My doctor told me I wasn't allowed to exercise at all until I had done all the tests and received the results. Exercise can be such a mental game sometimes. Yet, as long as we get back in the game, we are winning. If we give up at that point then we have no hope of catching up. It never takes long, just a couple of weeks to get back to the standard you expect to be.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Aerial Silk Pretty Videos

So I went to training and I was the only one there and I thought, why not just go all out and try to make everything look really pretty.

So I did, well at least I tried ...

This one is very cool, it's the splits for about a minute thirty and then a roll up split and then keep watching for a cool upside down straddle split and my first time I rolled back up:

A cool spinning trick that I love!:

The scorpion:

A pretty climb:

Thank fully, I created so many video's on this one day at training because that night (not at silks) I hurt my back!! So a few weeks off tricks (but still stretching on the silks). Can't wait to get back on it and learn more!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Two aerial silk drops in class

So aerial silk class is always an exciting time, because we learn new tricks all the time.

This cool drop, I am still perfecting ... but I love it. In this video, I tried it up high to feel the greater effect. It's always a good idea to see how far we have come by filming these videos. We used to let go and drop and stop after the first turn, being locked in by the silk!! Very painful and scary, but now we are getting it!

Another cool climb, we have just learnt. It's pretty cool and I think the music with this one is perfect!

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: