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January 29, 2018

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...

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