For the past few weeks Rydell Suicide & I have been doing Aerial Hoop Classes at Tantra Fitness in Vancouver.
As you can imagine, a lot of strength and flexibility is required to master this apparatus. Our classes were introductory, however, thanks to my background in pairs skating, and some dabbling in aerial arts, I was able to try a trick or two that were slightly more advanced.
Swing your arms in circles, 10 – 15 times, beginning with large circles that slowly become smaller. (A slight bend in your arm is fine, but the main motion should come from your shoulder, not the elbow.) Next repeat the same circling motion, from small to large, this time pointing the fingers down towards the ground.
Kneel on the floor, with your bum resting on your heels, and your face towards the floor (In Yoga this is often referred to as Child’s Pose.) With your back parallel to the floor, stretch your arms out above your head. Keeping your palms down, gently press your weight towards the floor, relaxing your shoulders and armpits into the stretch. Be careful not to force your shoulder past what is natural and comfortable.
Crossover shoulder stretch:
Cross one arm over your chest, keeping it parallel to the floor, and palm facing inwards. Place your free hand to the elbow of your outstretched arm. Gently pull your elbow towards you, being careful not to force your shoulder past what is natural and comfortable.
Whether you’re swinging from the ceiling, climbing a rock wall, lifting weights, or taking on push ups, warming up your shoulders is the first step.
If all the world’s a stage, the last thing you want to do is miss showtime.