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...