A hoop suspended in the air on which you can learn tricks, routines, strength and conditioning exercises and much more!
WHAT IS THE HOOP MADE OF?
The aerial hoop is made of metal and is covered with coloured tape to help you grip. The way it is made means it is incredibly strong and virtually impossible to break. (The science bit is that the distribution of forces around the circle means the load is always evenly distributed, and the way the hoop is welded means there is no weaker spot – it’s all very clever meaning it’s also VERY safe for all shapes and sizes of people!)
HOW IS IT HELD UP?
The hoop is attached to something called a strop, which is basically a very, very strong strap. This is then attached to the rigging by a carabiner (if you have ever done anything like climbing, or Go Ape, these are those safety clips they use to ensure you can’t fall). The hoop is rigged from the top, so it hangs, and it does swing about a bit sometimes. It can be rigged at various heights. We always start low to make access to the apparatus easier for beginners. As you progress and build your confidence, the height of the hoop can be increased as and when you want to go higher.
WILL I BE TOO TALL/SHORT FOR THE HOOP?
Absolutely not! We are very lucky that we have a huge range of bespoke hoop sizes at Aerial Fitness and Fun ranging from tiny hoops for any kids aged 5 or over who wish to have a go, right up to hoops big enough for a wide range of adults.
Long lengths of material hanging from the ceiling which can be used for many different types of fitness and fun!
WHAT ARE SILKS?
The Aerial Silks are the long lengths of material that you see circus performers use. They are made of a stretchy material which is very, very strong.
HOW WILL I START?
As a beginner, you will work from a knot or hitch that is tied into the fabric so you can begin to learn tricks low to the floor and build the strength required to perform more demanding moves in the future. Then we will slowly move on to learning how to climb and work higher up the silks!
IS IT SAFE?
Safety always comes first. You will be taught the basics of how to ensure you are safe when working with the silks before doing anything, and we will also go over these safety points regularly. You will never work alone on a piece of equipment; you will always have a spotter with you to ensure you are as safe and comfortable as possible.