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Aerial Battle: Pole vs Silk vs Hoop

Aerial Battle: Pole vs Silk vs Hoop

Do you want to start aerial sports? Great decision! You have heard rumours about both being difficult, and you feel confused? Been there, done that. Are silks the most difficult of them all? Or is it pole? So many questions. Lucky you, we are here to answer them all.

WE ALL COME FROM THE SAME FAMILY

 

Whichever you choose all three (pole, silks, and hoop) are a great full-body workout. Training for all of them will increase your strength and stamina. You will find yourself building strong upper body and core muscles. And of course increase your flexibility and improve your balance.

Same family means similarities. There are similarities between them. For example, some of the pole dancing tricks can be transferred to aerial hoop and/or silks and vice versa. Some of the tricks, like for instance “Allegra”, have the same name, and are executed almost the same way. Cool right?

 

ALEGRA POLE AERIAL TRICK
Allerga in the aerial hoop and Allegra in the pole

 

SAME FAMILY, DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES

Strength. Let us be honest here. If you start from scratch with no dancing or training background, probably it is better to start from pole. The basic argument behind that is that you start from the ground. Pole can be a good way to introduce yourself to aerial fitness because it is the best way to activate your body and start building your muscles.

Silks require greater strength and stamina since everything happens up in the air. Yes, it is great to fly, but in order to climb and invert your body is required a bit more strength than spinning and doing pole moves starting from the ground. Of course, all are physically demanding, but I think you get my point here. Since you have to pull up and hold on your whole body with silks, it is understandable why they, most of the time, require more upper body strength.

 

Perspective. Yes, silks are hanging from the ceiling, so you see the world from a different perspective than from the pole which is attached to the ground. Both are vertical apparatuses. The difference here is that silks move while pole does not. Well, it spins but it is attached to the ground no matter what.

 

Furthermore, silks conform around your body. With the pole, it is completely the opposite. When you approach the pole, it remains where it is. You have to adjust your body to perform the tricks, whereas the silks adjust themselves to you. That is one of the reasons that some moves might be executed similarly for silks and pole, but it feels very different.

IT IS ALL ABOUT ATTITUDE

Wrapping it up, we hope we shed some light on  your dilemma from where to start. Normally we would suggest to someone to start from pole, move to hoop and then, as a final step transfer to silks. But this can be subjective as every person is different. A good suggestion could also be to go to trial classes to find out by yourself which one is a better fit for you. Which one do you enjoy and motivates you the most? Remember you can always start from one and mix it/ or leave it for another. The most important thing here is to have fun while training!

So what will it be?

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CAN I RIG AERIAL CIRCUS APPARATUS FROM A TREE?

CAN I RIG AERIAL CIRCUS APPARATUS FROM A TREE

aerial silks on the treeBeing close to regular aerial circus classes is a luxury for many people. It can be tempting to rig your aerial silk, aerial hoop, trapeze or corde lisse from that sturdy looking tree in your back garden or in your local park. A free training space in beautiful surroundings – sounds idyllic, but it is unlikely to be safe.

The short answer to “can I rig my aerial circus equipment from a tree?” is “no”. Profi-Pole strongly recommends you do not rig from trees on safety grounds. It is a much better and safer option to invest in an outdoor (or even indoor) aerial rig to practise from in the convenience of your back garden or local park.

However, we know some of you are going to rig in trees anyway, so we’ve done some research and written this article to highlight the most important considerations you need to take into account if you want to know how to rig a silk, aerial hoop, trapeze, rope or other piece of aerial circus kit from a tree. This is not a guide to rigging in trees or an exhaustive list of the safety precautions. Please research further before attempting to rig in a tree.

The risks involve not only injuring or killing yourself, but your spotter and passers-by as well if the branch breaks. If everyone is lucky enough to walk away from such an accident, then there is the damage to the tree and to the reputation of the aerial circus to consider. While an element of risk is inherent in aerial circus, these risks can be minimised, and they are by all reputable practitioners. Accidents caused by irresponsible rigging risk aerial circus being seen as a very dangerous activity that may put people off trying it, stunting the growth of this art. It could also adversely affect people being able to get insurance, jeopardizing the ability for them to teach and perform.

Before rigging anything in a tree, you should consult both a professional arborist and a professional rigger. To put it bluntly, unless you have training in these things, you will not know the strength of the branch you intend to rig from. This is hugely dependent on the species of tree and its health. The tree may look big and strong enough, but disease or poor health of the tree can mean it’s actually very fragile.

Understanding the forces you’re likely to exert on the tree is another essential factor. Your weight, and the weight of the equipment, will account for the static load being applied to the tree. However, you will also need to consider how dynamic your movements will be on the equipment – how much do you move? Will you be practising drops? In testing, it has been found that the forces generated by dynamic circus routines can reach peak momentary loads (the maximum force exerted on the anchor during the routine) of between double the static load for less dynamic apparatus like aerial hoops and five times the static load for more dynamic equipment like flying trapeze or during drops on silks. Dynamic moves on free ropes will fall somewhere in between as the rope absorbs some force.

The tree branch itself is also putting pressure on the join it makes with the trunk, so the weight of the branch also needs to be taken into account. The position of your rig along the branch is also important as it will be acting like a lever, so the further you are from the trunk the higher the moment you will be applying to the branch. You should rig as close to the trunk as possible.

aerila hoop on the tree

 

You also need to consider the health of the tree. Damaging the tree or branch can reduce the tree’s strength over time. The branch might be strong enough today but if you damage it, it may not be strong enough next week, next month or next year, risking future injuries to yourself or others. Precautions should be put in place to avoid this. Chances are that these precautions will also help to protect your equipment from being damaged by the tree. This is another important safety consideration – the rough bark of a tree may reduce the integrity of your rigging equipment.

Redirects or guying, where the branch of the tree is supported by and secured to other large branches or the tree’s trunk, is another vital safety measure. This reduces the risk of a breakage, but also reduces the risk of the branch landing on you if it does break. This is another thing that can only be done correctly by a trained arborist.

After taking all these considerations into account, you should also apply a test weight to the branch that is well above the load you expect to exert on the branch, remembering that dynamic moves greatly increase the force.

After taking all these considerations into account, you should also apply a test weight to the branch that is well above the load you expect to exert on the branch, remembering that dynamic moves greatly increase the force.

You should also only be considering this if you are an experienced aerialist – learning new moves, particularly with silks, rope or straps, on your own is a very bad idea. And no, YouTube and books are NOT a substitute for a professional instructor. Even if you are confident in your abilities, you should never train alone. Just like your normal, indoor training, your spotter should also be experienced and know how to get you out of a move gone wrong and spot that a drop or wrap is wrong before it’s attempted. You should also be wearing suitable clothes and have a crash mat or something similar to help break your fall should you be unfortunate enough to have one.

To reiterate, we recommend never rigging from a tree unless you have the thumbs up from people with the relevant expertise. You should also research as much as you can; we make no pretence that this article contains everything you need to know.

You may also like to read about INSTALLING AERIAL EQUIPMENT AT HOME.

As already mentioned, there is always risk involved with aerial (or anything else) and it’s down to personal responsibility to ensure your own safety and that of others. Risking your own life is one thing, but endangering other people is another. However, with the proper precautions and the right information, rigging from a tree can be as safe as rigging indoors. It’s just much more difficult to do safely than it is indoors. Given the difficulty and potential expense involved with this, we still reckon you’re better off with a rig like one of these!

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WHAT SIZE AERIAL LYRA / AERIAL HOOP DO I NEED?

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We hope this helps with deciding on which aerial lyra will suit you best.

If you’re in the market for a lyra, you’ve probably already seen that they come in different sizes. It can be a little confusing to work out which you need, so we’ve put together some helpful tips in this post!

The general rule for a lyra is to measure by torso length, not height. This will allow you to sit comfortably in your lyra with enough clearance for your head against the top bar.

For adults:

– Sit in a chair or on the floor, or against a wall, with good posture
– Measure from seat to the top of your head
– Add approximately 5cm to the previous figure, for top bar clearance.

For children:

Follow previous instructions, but you may consider adding an extra 5cm, so they don’t grow out of their lyra too fast! However keep an eye on some tricks that involve catching feet on the top bar – practice slowly and securely.

The figure you measure is the approximate size lyra that will suit you best. Our lyras are measured by INSIDE diametre – some stores sell by outside diametre – so keep an eye on this when purchasing your lyra. If you are purchasing a lyra that is sold by outside diametre, add 10cm to your torso length, instead of 5 cm.

Some points to consider:

This is a general rule, but often people may prefer a larger or smaller lyra depending on personal preference, experience, and the tricks they are doing. If you can, it’s a great idea to visit an aerial studio and test out lyras in different sizes, doing different tricks to find your preference.

90 cm lyras are ‘standard’ and our most commonly purchased. If you’re buying for a studio where different people will be using it, this is a good starting point.

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If you are not familiar with using a certain size, practise slowly and carefully your first few times. Naturally some tricks require catching certain body parts on the hoop and you want to make sure a new size doesn’t make you under or overestimate.

We hope this helps with deciding on which lyra will suit you best. Happy flying!

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INSTALLING AERIAL EQUIPMENT AT HOME

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Are you thinking about setting up aerial equipment in your home or garden?

Before you do, read this guide – rigging can be more complex than you might think!

Aerial acrobatics are incredible skill sets that require strength, flexibility, and a willingness to hang upside down. Currently, aerial circus disciplines don’t have any set industry standards or regulations. Even though some equipment dates back over a hundred years, aerial arts are still considered to be relatively new fields of expertise. This can make it difficult to find all the information you need in one place.

This article is not a complete guide but does contain the basic terminology and resources you will need to keep yourself and others safe practising aerial at home. Some of this information may vary depending on your individual circumstances, always conduct thorough research and contact professionals before making any big decisions.

There are a lot of good reasons to learn aerial, but there are also a lot of risks and people do get severely hurt. As safety and quality are our highest concerns we’ve done our best to create our own standards by drawing on climbing, theatre, and lifting industries, all of which have different ideas about what “safe” means.

Over the past two decades, we have proudly developed a reputation of good safety practice and we do our best to ensure all Firetoys’ manufactured equipment is safe for its intended purpose and hold ourselves accountable to the high standards we know our customers expect from us. All our own aerial apparatus is subjected to extensive strength testing and is provided with a load rating so you know what applications each piece of equipment is suitable for. That said, continued safety is dependent upon proper installation and the users’ safe practice and maintenance.

AERIAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

Any rigging points that you use to attach to should be checked and certified by a competent rigger or structural engineer.

aerial hoop lyraNever use any aerial equipment unsupervised! A spotter is always necessary in case you get yourself tangled or fatigued.

Always attend regular classes with qualified professionals before considering home installation, and always check with your instructor first if they think you are ready to begin aerial training at home.

Never forget that any rigging system is only as strong as its weakest part, and in most cases, the only thing keeping you from falling is your own grip.

Whatever you do, don’t be tempted to use cheap ceiling hooks which screw into the bottom of a beam. These are not rated for human loads and are not suitable hardware to install for this purpose. Anything that claims to be able to be rigged from a door frame for a human load to invert safely should be approached with caution.

Rigging from trees should be approached with extreme caution as it is much more complex than most people realise. The short answer is don’t do it. Branches are not always as strong as they appear, and rough bark can damage your equipment. Even a small person can cause a high dynamic force when training drops or beats with aerial apparatus. Here is more information about rigging from trees, including the problem of a sudden branch drop!

We sell all rigging components separately for your safety and convenience. We want you to have exactly what you need and don’t want you to buy something that might not work for you. Most of all we want you to be able to replace it easily when necessary.

Each installation will vary

You will need to buy the correct size or componentry for your needs or personal preferences, this includes the space you have to work in and the size or type of your equipment. Your ceiling might be a different height to your neighbours or friends, or you may be rigging different equipment with different needs- aerial silks won’t be rigged in the same way as an aerial yoga hammock or a trapeze.

We aren’t riggers

Many members of our team have completed rigging courses and can give general advice about what to buy, but we can’t see the space in person and we can’t load test the area you want to rig in. Because of this, it would be dangerous for us to provide you with installation equipment and we will always recommend you speak to a professional Rigger or structural engineer. They are specialists and professionals that have spent a lot of time and money getting the right qualifications to help you.

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RIGGING EQUIPMENT

Complete beginners often expect the apparatus they purchase to come with everything they need to install it at home straight from the box. We understand how exciting it is to buy new kit and it’s disappointing to find this out when you open the box, but we don’t sell it all together for a few reasons, here’s a list of the necessary things you will need to buy:

INSTALLING AERIAL EQUIPMENT AT HOME

Strop / Spanset – These are looped polyester straps ranging from 50cm to 4m in length and are used to connect your equipment from a carabiner to the anchor point.

Carabiner – Another crucial and commonly used rigging component, this will connect your anchor point to your strop, and you may need more than one depending on what you’re planning to practice on at home.

All of the carabiners we sell are suitable for Aerial, but there may be a specific type that is best for you. Please don’t buy small and cheap carabiners from hardware stores to use for Aerial rigging, they are not designed for this use.

Figure 8 / Rescue 8 – Commonly used to knot your silks onto. This can then be attached to your anchor point with a connector e.g. a carabiner.

Crash mat / Safety Net – Crash mats or safety nets are crucial to your safety, they absorb a lot of the force when you fall and give you something soft(ish!) to land on.

AERIAL RIGGING TERMINOLOGY

Anchor Point / Rigging Point – The hooks or brackets your equipment attaches to and hangs down from. This could be a single or double point configuration, depending on your space, requirements or personal preferences.

WLL – Working Load Limit, the amount of weight the apparatus can safely take. This is usually measured in KG

MBS / MBL – Minimum Breaking Strength / Minimum Breaking Load. This is the minimum load the equipment should break at. This is measured in kN. If a piece of equipment is rated to 25kN  (approx. 2500 kg) then it could lift that amount, once, and then would need to be retired. In practice, we should never load the equipment to its MBS.

Static Load – The weight of the equipment, plus the weight of the user when not in motion.

Dynamic Force – The weight of the user and the weight of the equipment, plus the force of movement.

FoS / SF – Factor of Safety / Safety Factor, This is the ratio we apply to the BLL we get from our testing to determine the WLL of our equipment. It’s important to understand as these compensate for unknown variables during use and installation. It acts as a buffer for dynamic forces and material deviations. For Firetoys equipment, we set the following safety factors depending on the material the apparatus is made from:

Natural Fibres (cotton) 10:1, Synthetic Fibres (nylon/polyether) 7:1, Steel 5:1. So a BLL of 10kN (1019kg of force) would give a WLL of 101kg for natural fibres, 142kg for synthetic fibres and 204kg for steel.

Rig / Rigging / Rigger – Installation of Aerial Apparatus is known as Rigging, this can be attaching your equipment to a freestanding Rig, or beam or joist. This is specialized work and should only be attempted by qualified professionals, known as Riggers.

INSTALLING AERIAL EQUIPMENT AT HOME

First, you need to know what load a beam can support, and if the beam is wooden or metal. There are huge differences between these materials and it’s important to know what you’re dealing with from the very start. The rigging itself should still be done by a qualified professional whether it’s from a steel joist or wooden beam. This is something that we wouldn’t be able to advise on and would recommend that you speak to a structural engineer to ensure it can support the loads being applied.

With a steel beam, it’s easy enough to work out if it is strong enough before calling in riggers. A steel joist has defined and consistent load values which can be looked up online based on the measurements.

With timber, there are lots of variations and these make a massive difference when it comes to rigging. Timber beams can never have a guaranteed WLL or BLL attributed to them as there are natural differences in the material, but a structural engineer can assess a timber beam and report on its usability. A simply supported beam has three zones. At the top, you have the compression zone. This is where the downward force results in pushing in on the beam.

In the middle third, you have the neutral zone where the forces are about equal; the fibres are neither in compression or tension. At the bottom, you have the tension zone, where the downward force causes the beam to pull apart.

The next thing you will need to know is how to attach it to the beam. The best thing to do would be to consult with someone qualified and experienced with rigging for circus to professionally install points for you to attach to that won’t take away from the overall strength of the beam. When you stick a screw up into the bottom of the beam, you’re screwing into a section of a beam that’s pulling away from the screw. Over time, you’ll be taking away a significant amount of the tension zone, which will reduce the overall strength of the beam.

Correct hardware drilled through the area between the tension and compression zones of an appropriate wooden beam can work. But several conditions must be met, including resisting twisting or swaying the beam. This is not something that should be undertaken by anyone other than a professional after consulting with a structural engineer.

Remember that rigging aerial at home can be tricky and dangerous if it’s not done properly. Please take our advice, do your research, contact the professionals and only use equipment that is designed, tested and certified for aerial. Perform regular checks of all your equipment and replace any damaged items immediately. Above all, have fun but please train safely! (we like repeat customers)

 

Watch the fantastic video below, presented by our friend, Mark Gibson. It says it all and more!

 

You’ve read all the information, watched the video, bought the equipment and now you’re training at home? Great – here’s another fantastically informative video from Mark Gibson.

 

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The Unexpected Benefits Of Aerial Silks

Increased Flexibility Without Impact

Aerial silks, also known as aerial contortion and aerial ribbons, is a performance and fitness based activity.

This activity involves hanging from a long strand of silk and performing acrobatic moves on the cloth. The performer uses the fabric and wraps, suspends, swings, and spirals their body into many positions. It is a beautiful form of physical expression, and there are many added benefits of aerial silks. Get to know some of these major unexpected health benefits of aerial silks and order aerial silks in our eShop now.

Increased Flexibility Without Impact

Being flexible and increasing the body’s flexibility is important because it warms up the muscles and makes them limber. This helps reduce potential injury that can occur in the body. Aerial silks can help increase flexibility in the body with very minimal impact, which happens when the body’s weight is taken off the ground. When the body is not touching the ground, there is no strain on joints or ligaments. Flexibility is gently increased when the body has more freedom to move. Be sure to wear leggings or a bodysuit to optimize the aerial silks experience and increase flexibility. Avoid wearing jeans and other restrictive items, as these items can inhibit range of motion and limit flexibility. Select clothes free of metal and keep hair tied back.

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It is important to have a good focus, as it can lead to higher concentration skills, which are needed to carry out day-to-day activities efficiently and successfully. Practising aerial silks can help improve an individual’s focus level. This activity helps the performer focus on control of their movements in the body. When hanging on the piece of silk, the person is in a challenging position and more likely to concentrate harder. Once the basics moves are mastered, more advanced positions can be learned. Examples of these moves are crane position, the double foot lock, straddle inversion in the air, and arm wrap inversions. Performing these harder positions means increased and improved focus due to the complexity of the moves. The mind cannot wander during an activity like aerial silks.

Get to know more unexpected benefits of aerial silks.

Strengthened Muscles

Exercising with aerial silks will help refine and condition the body’s muscles. The main muscles used to perform aerial silks moves are the arms, legs, and abdominal area. Therefore, arm, leg, grip, and core strength are greatly improved. Stamina is also strengthened as well. Certain aerial exercises can be practised to enhance the muscles. Popular and effective moves include pike straddles, planks with arm circles, hocks sit-ups, and knee raises on the knot. It is recommended for each aerial move to be completed at least ten consecutive times or held for thirty seconds. Adding some aerial silks exercises as a supplemental practice to the daily routine can really help tone muscles.

Keep reading for more of the unexpected health benefits of aerial silks.

Stress Relief

Aerial silk classes are not only great for the body; they also provide a huge sense of relief on the mind and soul. After completing a class, there is a feeling of utter relaxation that permeates throughout the body and mind. Floating around the in the air on a silk wrap can make the performer feel as if they are as free as a bird flying high in the sky. This feeling can make most individuals forget their troubles and worries. Also, aerial silks can increase the individual’s creativity, which leads to a refinement in artistic skills and makes the performer feel even better about themselves. When a person feels good, their self-esteem is boosted, and they are less likely to feel stressed out.

Try taking an aerial yoga class to reduce stress. Aerial yoga is a type of aerial silks exercise that combines traditional yoga, pilates, and dance with the use of a wrap or hammock.

Major Lift In Mental Health

Practising aerial silks exercises not only improves the body physically, but it also does wonders in boosting mental health. The health benefits of aerial silks are ubiquitous and effective. When the performer is suspended in the air, deep muscle relaxation occurs throughout the body. The relaxation can easily need to meditation and beneficial breathing exercises. All these techniques are good for the mind. Aerial silks is a major mood booster because it allows an abundance of oxygen to go to the brain. The increased oxygen is also good for fortifying one’s overall mental state.

It is crucial to be mentally healthy because it can prolong an individual’s lifespan, increase the quality of life, and ensure continual happiness.

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Aerial Hoop buying guide: How to choose the right for me

If you have reached an appropriate level and want to further develop your skills, then you may have thought of buying your own aerial hoop to train at home.  Make sure that you take into account the difficulties that you may encounter at home.

Can I hang it from the ceiling?

Do not attempt to hang the aerial hoop yourself. The aerial hoop should be hung from the ceiling at a point where there is concrete and not plasterboard or wood. Hire a civil engineer to find the appropriate point. The installation is a complex process and should be done only by qualified professionals.

Can I install it in the garden/yard?

For any installation process you should always consult a professional. If you want e.g. the aerial hoop to hang from a tree, you need to call a geologist to evaluate the tree according to your needs to ensure your safety is guaranteed.

In the industry you will find special structures for outdoors. They can be assembled in 10 -15 minutes and you can hang the hoop and start training immediately.

What is the proper height?

Acrobatics on the hoop can be done whether the hoop hangs a few inches off the floor or many meters. However, a low ceiling will limit your advancement.

Size of the aerial acrobatic hoop

Size refers to the vertical internal diameter of the hoop. But how do you know what size is right for you?

Below, we have 3 ways to help you find your size:

  1. Sit in a chair and measure the distance from the seat to the top of your head. Then add 5.08 cm (2 inches). The sum that is calculated is your size!
  2. Sit in a chair and put your hand on top of your head to form a fist. The measurement from the top of your hand until the seat is the size that suits you!
  3. The last type of measurement that is used by many people in the last 10 years is to measure the length of your foot. Lean forward until your body forms a right angle. The distance from the floor to the waist is the size of the hoop.

Hot tip: If you do not find your size on the market round the above result always upward!

Connection points

The aerial hoop is hung from the ceiling is done so from wither one or two connection points. How many points of connection you will have, depends on how it will be used, the desired result and your level.

Consider the following:

One point of connection (single point aerial hoop)

 

  • Single Point Aerial Hoops will rotate slightly even when rigged without a swivel, if you don’t want your hoop to rotate at all, we suggest a two point aerial hoop.
  • Swings in all directions.
  • Is unstable and can be frustrating for some poses.
  • Is suitable for installation in smaller spaces.

Two connection points (dual point aerial hoop)

  • Can rotate around its axis or remain stable, depending on how it will be hung.
  • Swings back and forth as swings on playgrounds.
  • Are more stable and offer balance to perform difficult movements.
  • Because of the two cords you can practice a larger range of motion over the rim. However because of installation mode required is more height.

Zero point Aerial Hoop

Zero Point Aerial Hoop

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This aerial hoop has no attachment points, or in other words is tabless. Some people like Lyra without tabs for aesthetic reasons – you get a nice circle with no bits (rigging points) sticking out from it. However, most people use aerial rings with no attachment points for a combination of aesthetics and rigging reasons.

  • Can be rigged like a one point or a two point hoop. This can be useful for people teaching lyra as you can just set up a 0 point hoop differently for each class rather than buying a one point and a two point aerial ring.
  • Allow you to use a horizontal configuration rather the regular vertical configuration.

Material

You can choose between aluminium and stainless steel. Aluminum is lighter, which makes it easier to transport.
The steel is more rugged metal unlike aluminum and can crack after excessive use.

Solid or hollow

Whether you choose solid or hollow depends on how you use it and in particular the speed of rotation that you want. A solid hoop has greater mass, making it more difficult to rotate. But its rotation lasts much longer than a hollow hoop.

Variations

Hand loop straps are used for a variety of different purposes, you can use them for strength training, and wrist conditioning. Add them to your aerial hoop by either choking or attaching with a carabiner to give you a wider versatility of moves.  This allows you to hang directly in the center of a 1-point hoop, lean further out than you would normally be able to, and even do foot hangs!

Aerial Cotton Covered Hand Loop Strap

Tape

Hoops are usually coated with a special adhesive tape (tape) which allows for a better grip. You can wrap the hoop yourself or ask your provider. When you need to replace the tape be sure to remove all residues of glue before retape the hoop.

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Additional equipment

Besides the hoop you’ll need to buy additional equipment such as for example the ropes or stropes from which it will hang, special links and the protective mattress you will place underneath. Choosing the right equipment can be a difficult process, so we recommend that you discuss all of this with your supplier before you reach a decision.

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Invest in market professional products that will ensure your safety.

In making your choice, you should consider storing, transporting and whether its weight will affect each of the aforementioned items, Additionally consider how often you use it.

After reviewing all these factors, you will be one step closer to deciding what is the appropriate hoop for you.

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Why Pole Dancers Should Work with a Personal Trainer

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Your pole class is an excellent workout, but doing only pole work can result in imbalances in your body. Problems may arise as you continue working out the same muscle groups in similar ways and continually place pressure on the same areas.

If you’re only doing one class a week for fun and doing other forms of exercise, then you’re probably okay. However, if you’re doing multiple pole sessions per week, deepening your physical routine with a professional trainer’s help will make you better at your craft.

Let’s explore the many reasons that pole dancers should also work with a personal trainer.

Create a Balanced Body and Prevent Injury

Pole dancing requires a lot of upper body, especially shoulder, strength – more than many people realize. This is especially true at the beginner level when people do not have the power to perform moves properly. At this stage, they can quickly start making compensatory movements that are incorrect, hard to change, and cause serious injury over time.

Many pole dancers usually have a stronger and a weaker side, so they tend to perform the more challenging moves by leaning into their strong points. Pole work also challenges the upper body more than the lower body. These two scenarios lead to several body imbalances.

By training with a coach who is appropriately qualified after studying certified personal trainer courses, you’ll get stronger throughout your body. Compensatory movements will then be less likely to develop, and you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble later on.

Helps you Rehabilitate from Injury

Working with a qualified physiotherapist and personal trainer can also help you rehabilitate injuries if they do occur. You can work in a traditional gym environment with a trainer who focuses on yoga and Pilates-based strength and flexibility, or you can focus on functional strength training.

Pole dancers who have experienced shoulder injuries say a blend of functional training, powerlifting, yoga-type stretches, swimming, and bodybuilding has helped ease injuries.

A professional personal trainer will help you develop a good rehab routine for your needs. You should not try to do this on your own. An expert needs to guide you to prevent further damage.

Develops Strength, Flexibility, and Cardiovascular Fitness

Ever heard of the triangle of fitness? It’s an older modality that categorizes the main types of fitness. They are strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness or stamina. Any athlete performs their best when they are in balance in the body.

Pole dancers need to be strong to get into and hold postures, they also need to be flexible to go into them as deeply as possible, and they need the stamina to last for an intense 3 to 5-minute pole dancing routine.

While you can only get better at your craft by practicing on the pole, you cannot attain the level of strength, flexibility and stamina you need by only working on the pole. For flexibility and stamina especially, the pole work alone will not take you to the next level. Personal training will help you get there.

How Much Should I Train?

How much exercise other than pole work you do depends on how much time you spend on the pole and how ambitious you are. For example, if you want to compete, then increase your pole and personal training time. Everyone’s baseline fitness and areas they need to develop are different. You will need a customized workout plan to truly advance.

Working with a personal trainer will ensure you develop a routine that works for your individual needs.

Find a Personal Trainer

While spending time on the pole is exhilarating, you also have to do other training to reach your true potential. You can even find trainers who are more familiar with pole dancing who know how best to help you achieve your goals. Work with an expert personal trainer to improve your strength, stamina, and flexibility, and you’ll have found a game changer!

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Things to consider before buying an aerial hoop for practice at home

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Aerial hoop (also known as the lyra, aerial ring or cerceau/cerceaux) is one of the most impressive aerial performances one can watch. It includes exercises that demand strength, endurance and flexibility.

Apart from a form of art, it is also a widespread form of workout as its benefits are visible to the whole body. Learning to use the aerial hoop is an amazing experience. However, we won’t see hoops that often in houses, like we see Pole Dancing poles. Why is that?

Safety

All trainers of aerial sports will agree that it is wrong to learn hoop on your own. It can not be self-taught! While in Pole dancing, someone can execute exercises on the floor or in the air with safety, this does not apply on the hoop.

You will be asked to invert by the very first lesson. Aerial sports can be dangerous even at a low height. It becomes obvious that a wrong movement is enough to make you land on your neck. Especially at the amateur level, where you have acquired no knowledge yet of the mechanisms used in every exercise, it is very easy to fall. Basically, this is the main reason you should train along with an experienced trainer and in addition to that, have a thick safety mattress under the hoop.

Space

Hoop allows movement to every direction. It spins, sways and swings on momentum, creating an illusion of “flying”. For this to be accomplished, you need to have the proper equipment and plenty of space. If you live in a small apartment, you won’t be able to exploit its full potential. There will be exercises that you simply won’t be able to try. The same applies if you train in a small school, with hoops suspended between poles. After some time, all the basic movements will be covered and limited space will prevent you from advancing.

Proper training

Although there are a lot of manuals and YouTube videos available, which could be of some use to you, at least as reference, nothing can replace an experienced trainer. The trainer will trace your weaknesses and will catch your mistakes. It is very important to learn movements with the right technique and not to adopt bad habits.

Even if you manage to learn the basics on your own, how far can you go? Soon you will need to learn transitions, combinations of movements (combos) and entire choreographies.

In addition, you will want to learn more advanced movements demanding significant flexibility and strength. Being an amateur with no background in dance or gymnastics, it will be very hard to accomplish this on your own.

You can buy Aerial Hoop on our Shop

Want to learn more about this impressive aerial performance? Read more about aerial hoop and its origins

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WHAT SIZE AERIAL HOOP DO I NEED?

Getting the right size lyra,  aerial hoop, is important not just so you’re comfortable but to keep you safe as well. Figuring out what size aerial hoop you should get is easy when you know how but which size to choose also comes down to experience, your body proportions, what tricks you like to do and personal preference.

There are two main methods to calculate what size lyra you need:

1) Sit on a chair with good posture. Measure from the seat of the chair to the top of your head and add 10 cm (4″).

2) Stand up straight with your feet together and flat on the floor. Bend at your hips until your torso is at 90 degrees to your legs. Measure from the floor to your lower back and add 5 cm (2″).

The results of these two methods are a good guideline for the size aerial hoop that will fit you best. Please note, these methods give the outside diameter measurement, which is how we size our aerial hoops. If you prefer to work with the inside diameter, add 5 cm (2″) instead of 10 cm (4″) to method 1) and don’t add 5 cm (2″) if using method 2).

Method 1) is best for beginners. Using this method means you’ll be able to sit in the hoop without feeling cramped and won’t hit your head when performing tricks – a real danger if you’re using a hoop that is too small.

Method 2) ensures that you will be able to catch your feet on the top of the lyra when performing tricks like half and pike back balance, wine glass, half hip hold and lots more. Lyras that are too large may mean your feet miss the top of the hoop, which can potentially cause a dangerous fall. Aerial hoops that are too small can also be dangerous as you can hit your feet when not intending to, especially when performing moves like barrel rolls and elbow rolls.

These two methods can give you slightly different results, depending on your body. For example, our resident aerial hooper, Hannah, gets a result of 100 cm (39″) using method 1) but 95 cm (37″) using method 2). Hannah is an advanced aerialist, so she prefers method 2) as she does lots of moves that require correct foot placement.

Hopefully, you now know how to figure out what size aerial hoop is right for you and why the correct size is important. If you’re buying lyras for use in a class, so you don’t know the heights of the people who will use them, the 95 cm (37″) hoop is a good bet. The 95 cm (37″) is in the middle of our range and the most popular size.

If you have any more questions don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Super Bowl 2020: Shakira and Jay Law’s hot dances on the pole

Pole Dancing and Latina: Shakira and Jennifer Lopez Performing at Super Bowl 2020

The Super Bowl match is considered one of the highest rated on American television. About 200 million viewers around the world watch the game. In 2020, the Kansas City team won.

A traditional element of the show is the performance of the stars during the break of the match. This time the audience was entertained in the stands of Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.

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The performance of Shakira and Jennifer Lopez in the final match of the NFL – Super Bowl 2020 became one of the best in the history of the show.

Fifteen minutes of drive, famous hits and fiery dances – this was the show performed by the Latin American pop divas Shakira and Jennifer Lopez during Super Bowl 2020 break.

During the show, viewers saw pylon dances, Latin American elements and capes in the form of US flags and Puerto Rico on the shoulders of Jay Lo. Also unexpected was the appearance of rappers J Balvin and Bad Bunny.

Shakira performed her hits She Wolf, Empire, Whenever, Wherever, Chantaje. Then, along with Bad Bunny, they sang the track Cardi Bee I Like It. The artist completed her solo performance with the song Hips Don’t Lie! In addition to songs, Shakira played several musical instruments, and also performed a belly dance.

Jennifer Lopez, who performed the hits Jenny From The Block, Get Right, Waiting For Tonight, Mi Gente with J Balvin and Let’s Get Loud, came on the stage. The singer sang the last song with her daughter.

The girl demonstrated her strong vocal abilities, performing in front of the crowd of thousands the hit Jennifer Lopez ‘Let’s Get Loud’. Her proud mother stood nearby, wrapped in the flag of Puerto Rico.

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You can order a pole like Jennifer Lopez for vivid performances in our store here.

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