Aerial Hoop – Building Strength

Move in the picture – Split grip split

If you’re not a dancer, or never had any dance experience other than your aerial work for the last year like myself. Then this move will teach you a couple of fundamental things that tend to come with this kind of discipline. How to be fearless! and always point your toes! If the top foot flexed then you can kiss your shoulders goodbye, because you will drop and probably rip your shoulders off to go with it.


To continue with my earlier discussion about strength. This discipline is actually quite helpful. You’ll find that each discipline (if you practice multiple) helps compliment the other. I probably would not have made the progress I have over the year if I had not had the supported practice of the other disciplines. The same strength applies, and once again it can be built through beginning classes.

With all the strength in the world, if I had not had the practice from beginner classes I would never have made it to this point. Aerial Hoop, though different to pole in some ways can be a good companion practice for pole or silks. Personally, I would use it to help build strength, as there are positions in Hoop that are easier to build strength in than pole. This is because you can use the hoop as a pull up bar, also that the only grip worries you have to worry about is if your hands get tired. Whereas Pole you’re depending on the grip of your skin as well as your body strength and sometimes that can let you down.

This is not to say that Hoop is any easier than Pole. Absolutely not! I would just agree that they can help each other in practice.

Lesson 1.3 – Other disciplines can help with strength building.

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