Fly Gym Aerial Fitness® is a holistic aerial fitness system that combines the science of physical conditioning with the philosophy of movement therapy; the Fly Gym mission is to help individuals of all ages and abilities achieve optimal fitness and well-being in a fun & safe suspended environment. The Fly Gym system incorporates suspended athletic conditioning, aerial yoga & Pilates exercises, and pole & aerial arts inspired movements. Our programs are based on the latest research in exercise science and holistic methods of teaching physical activity. Fly Gym exercise programs are progressive, adaptable, and creative. We call it the “accidental workout” because Fly Gym helps individuals achieve better health through fitness made fun!
Intro to Fly Gym (Beginner):
Think aerial fitness is just for the circus? Think again. With Fly Gym, aerial fitness exercises can be adapted in a supportive and therapeutic manner so that anybody can enjoy the freedom of movement that suspended exercise brings. In this Beginner level class, we will focus on flexibility, core conditioning, arm strength and body awareness to execute suspended poses and stretches in the Fly Gym Sling. We will work on body awareness and alignment, increasing your flexibility and improving your quality of movement. Class will end with a series of relaxation exercises to promote overall health and well being.
Escape Aerial Yoga (All Levels Welcome)
In this class you will utilize the swing to support your body while you stretch, lengthen, and release. Class will include strength and stability exercises to complement the stretch and flexibility elements of a regular Yoga class with no compression on the joints or spine. Don’t be surprised if you’re an inch taller when you leave this class!
Fly Gym Conditioning for Pole and Aerial Artists (prerequisites: Intro to Fly Gym and Pole 101)
To succeed in aerial arts and pole dancing you need flexibility, upper body, strength, and incredible body awareness and control. You also have to feel comfortable moving fluidly off the ground. For beginners this can seem like a daunting task, and even for advanced performers it takes a lot of work to maintain fitness and prevent injuries. This class combines the benefits of aerial fitness exercises and aerial circus or pole dance positions so that you can take your skills to the next level. Support your body in the fabrics so that you can safely learn more advanced positions, condition your body evenly, stretch further, and build climbing muscles!
Mommy and Me / Family Fly ~ Aerial Fitness for the whole family!
* No previous aerial, acrobatic, or Yoga experience is necessary. *
Flight Risk ~ Fly Choreography (prerequisite: Intro to Fly Gym) 12 week series
Aerial Yoga combines with aerial dance increasing your strength, balance and timing. In this 12 week series we will weave poses together using swing and floor transitions to create a flowing routine. Once the routine has been created and practiced you will have the opportunity to perform during Escape Aerial Arts next open house!
Note: We encourage students to wear clothing that covers the backs of their knees and torso for all aerial classes, other than pole. This will help avoiding burns caused by friction with the fabric or hoop.
Wear form fitting stretchy clothing. No baggy clothes. Leggins or yoga pants are best, you may want to wear a shirt with sleeves if you have very sensitive skin.
Avoid eating a large meal before a session.
Bring an open mind and sense of humor! Don’t expect to master the equipment on your first try.
The best thing about the FlyGym system is that you do not need to go completely upside-down to enjoy the wonderful benefits of aerial movement & play. Because our slings are adjustable, you can hang close to the ground to suspend just part of your body and still enjoy spinal decompression, deep stretches, and playful exercise.
Going upside-down is not for everyone!!
Before attempting an inversion please make sure you your instructor is present and aware of any medical conditions you may have. Some health concerns that would make inversion dangerous are:
1) High or low blood pressure
3) Heart conditions
4) Head injury
6) Inner ear issues
7) Headache, congestion, heavy menstrual flow, or eating a big meal can also mean you should avoid inversion
****Remember that it takes time to get comfortable with inversion and suspension. Listen to your body & take your time. Do not force yourself to do anything that you do not feel comfortable with or ready for. Make sure to warm up before doing inversions, do not stay in them for too long, and rest when you come out.
*Technique for inversion will be practiced ON THE FLOOR (reverse hip hold) before you try it from up high!!