Have you ever tried a one-arm hang? It’s a tough skill, even for those who are strong!
This skill used to baffle me. I assumed it was a matter of hand strength, but having strong hands from aerial training and rock climbing didn’t seem to do the trick. Then came a season when I had very little time to train on aerial equipment for myself---I started training on Pilates reformer to fill in the gaps.
When I took the video below, I hadn’t touched a rope in months. I was teaching aerial classes 3 days a week on trapeze and lyra, but I was not training at my peak. I did, however, add Pilates into my regimen 3 days per week. One day, I was curious if the one-arm hang would be available:
I know, the right hand is significantly stronger than the left. But besides this obvious imbalance, here are some other questions that came up for me:
1. How is it possible to do a one-arm hang without ever training that skill? The rule of specificity says that you have to train t...
I spent the 4th of July week teaching in Salt Lake City, my old stamping ground! Back in 2008-10, I was the owner of an aerial studio (Revolve Aerial Dance), which is now known as Aerial Arts of Utah. I was thrilled when they invited me back to teach a week-long adult intensive with Elizabeth Stich, my co-artistic director from back in the day.
We began the week by teaching 4 skills classes - silks, trapeze, rope, and lyra. By day 3, we did “Wild Card Wednesday,” covering sling improvisation and trapeze beats. Thursday and Friday were sequence review/creation days to prep for the final showing on Friday afternoon.
Even though it’s been years since Elizabeth and I taught together and our styles have evolved, it was amazing how similar our sequences were. I noticed that several shapes in the fabric sequence Elizabeth taught were in the same order as the lyra sequence I taught. We also found several parallels between the trapeze and lyra sequences, and pointed out “themes” t...