Aerial Hoop

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a few months ago i started an Aerial Hoop class, partly for fitness but mostly because it looked pretty fucking cool – i spent the majority of my childhood weekends doing gymnastics and have long been into yoga so i quite liked the idea of Aerial 

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Aerial Hoop

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After the first class my arms were beyond dead, moving them at all was quite agonizing . But it was the most fun hour of exercise ive done in i cant remember how long – and after the second class your arms are less and less sore the days after – its mostly because even if you work out your arms in a gym – the positions you do in aerial are so different + use various muscles that most exercises wont touch on 

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Aerial Hoop

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I would recommend anyone whos interested in taking it up to try it – theres a ten minute cardio warm up thats half cardio and half stretching – its incredibly important to actually stretch all your muscles properly before you take part as your in such contorted positions your muscles can cramp so much easier than if you were just on the treadmill . Stretch people !

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Aerial Hoop

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One of the moves you learn int he Beginners 1 course is called the “Amazon” – it is a tricky one but it does look slightly more difficult than it is – with a lot of these moves you have to commit and be a little fearless and trust that you’ll be able to hold the position 

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Aerial Hoop

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When its part of a fluid movement you have to let yourself ‘fall’ from the hoop being held by your arms above and below you :

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Aerial Hoop

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another is “Arabesque” – you hold onto the hoop with one hand and have one leg outside of the hoop 

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Aerial Hoop

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And the last one i learnt in that class was the monkey roll – which incidentally you can see Margot Robbie doing in her cage whilst portraying Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad 

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Aerial Hoop