So I ran a 5KM last weekend with my niece and it went really well except I did get a really huge blister on my instep during the race and it is still healing. Despite that, I went for my first ever aerial silks training class yesterday. I’d like to say I have Cirque du Soleil potential, but the fact is, I have a long road to go to get there! Lucky for me that is not my dream! My dream is to be in the best shape of my adult life and this year has been full of that kinda stuff!
So I’m used to doing mountain climbers and planks of all kinds and loads of other ab exercises in the hot yoga classes and this 30*30 total transformation home exercise routine I started. Who knew that doing those things part-time and sitting at a chair in front of a computer full time would mean that pulling oneself up into the silks like a chin up and then raising ones knees to their chest would require a whole new level of strength?!!!
Watching the instructor perform the above move at the very beginning of class, well, she made it look really easy! Then a few people who had been taking aerial silk classes for a while also made it look really easy. And none of these people were particularly ‘cut’ or ‘ripped’. To me they looked like your average fit person. But when I attempted to do even a tiny fraction of what they were capable of doing on the silks I was humbled. Lucky for me I find this inspiring. I love knowing that next week when I go back I will have built up even more strength and I will see vast improvement over the 6 weeks. I love knowing that building even more strength than what I already have will help me to feel powerful and strong, physically and emotionally and mentally. I love that I won’t look like I’m in the WWA just by building some strength. I love that I will be more ready than ever before for tank top season! I love that I will be able to play and have fun in the aerial silks and eventually do more tricks and perhaps a bit of a routine. I love that I can be humbled and inspired all in one night!
What kind of physical strength do you have? Have you attempted an activity lately where you noticed what level you were at? Does the power of physical strength serve you well right now? Are there ways in which building your strength could serve you even more?
Whatever it is you do to take care of your body, may the power of strength be with you!
p.s. If you’ve ever trained on aerial silks, I’d love to hear some great at-home exercises/frequency to help me build up my silk muscles! I know push-ups and tricep dips and planks are staples. Can they be done daily?