Aerialist Don'ts

Aerialist Don'ts

Aerial arts are amazing and can really become a complete lifestyle, but like any sport they can put you at risk of injury. However, whether you are a beginner or experienced there are a few things you can make sure you DON'T  do to reduce this risk and to make sure your aerial journey is a smooth one. 


  1. Neglect Proper Warm-up and Cool-down: One of the most common mistakes aerialists make is skipping warm-up and cool-down routines. Neglecting these crucial steps can increase the risk of injuries and impede progress. Before each training session, dedicate time to warm up your muscles through light cardio exercises and dynamic stretches. Similarly, after your training, cool down with static stretches to help your body recover and prevent muscle soreness.

  2. Rush Progression: Aerial arts requires patience and progressive training. Rushing to learn advanced moves without mastering the foundational techniques can lead to poor form and heightened injury risks. Focus on building a strong foundation by perfecting fundamental moves, mastering proper technique, and gradually advancing to more complex skills. Quality over quantity should be the guiding principle.

  3. Ignore Proper Rest and Recovery: Aerialists are often driven by passion and dedication, sometimes leading them to overlook the importance of rest and recovery. Overtraining can result in fatigue, decreased performance, and an increased likelihood of injuries. Incorporate rest days into your training schedule to allow your body to recover and rebuild muscle strength. Listen to your body and address any signs of fatigue or overuse by adjusting your training intensity or duration accordingly.

  4. Only do Aerial: Aerial arts demands a diverse range of physical abilities, including strength, flexibility, and coordination. A common mistake is solely focusing on aerial training without incorporating cross-training exercises. Engaging in activities like strength training, yoga, Pilates, or dance can enhance your overall physical abilities, improve muscle balance, and reduce the risk of overuse injuries. Incorporate cross-training sessions into your routine to enhance your aerial performance.

  5. Forget Spotting and Safety Measures: Safety should always be a top priority in aerial arts. Many aerialists underestimate the importance of proper spotting techniques and safety measures. Always ensure that you have a qualified spotter present when attempting new or challenging moves. Familiarize yourself with the appropriate safety equipment and usage, such as crash mats or crash pads, and make sure your equipment is in good condition. Prioritize safety and take necessary precautions to prevent accidents.

Avoiding these mistakes will send you on a much smoother Aerial journey and keep you happier, healthier and in the air for longer. Enjoy!


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