Hobbies by design: Aerial Straps

Aerial Straps

Early 2019- Present day.


After starting pole, my eyes were opened to a new amazing world of potential hobbies that i wanted to try. I travelled upto the Northand circus festival early in January and watched a number of people perform there amazing skills, showing of the aerial arts and circus abilities.

All of a sudden there was all these amazing things to want to try and after a little rearch i discover React studio not far from were i live in Auckland.

React concentrate and offer circus skills to those that want to learn, from Trapeze, hoop and aerial straps, which is what really interested me.

I had the opportunity to go along to a workshop that was help over the weekend, giving an introduction to straps. My first impressions were, wow this is super hard, but man, it looks awesome.

A month later , I signed up for the upcoming Term 2 and started an 10 week adventure into Aerial Straps. I soon discovered this was harder in many respects that pole. Strength plays a major part of being able to hold yourself up within the straps.

If you are not sure what i am talking about, Wikipedia defines:

‘Straps, also known as aerial straps, are a type of aerial apparatus on which various feats of strength and flexibility may be performed, often in the context of a circus performance. It is a cotton or nylon web apparatus that looks like two suspended ribbons.’

The first time i manged to do a straight arm invert was an amazing feeling. The challange with straps is not against anyone else, but yourself and it really appeals to me. As its something to work at and develop over time.

Having just started my 3rd term of straps, I am really beginning to get to grips with the basics and started to intergrate workouts to really help develop the skills and strength needed to take my abilities to the next level.

Bring on the future and lets see what happens next!

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