1. Find your weekly live classes
This is a time for connecting with community online. Even if you are an expert at designing your workouts, I HIGHLY recommend joining at LEAST one online class per week. It is important to try to attend this class consistently to establish rhythm (since many of our rhythms were disrupted) and to maintain motivation.
The feeling of joining others in one shared activity is refreshing and uplifting. It has a way of clearing the emotional slate and allowing things to turn in a positive direction. Plus, it makes it easy to do a full workout, since you have a coach and classmates to motivate you to do your best.
I have set an online schedule for my students for the month of April and I've been honored to have students outside my local community join in as well. Classes are donation-based to accommodate the sudden financial changes many are facing.
By the way, for those of you with kids, I have 2 weekly P.E. donation-based classes for youth.
2. Make a list of workouts you can do on your own
Make several workouts that range from easy to very challenging. Have them written out. Include warmup, sets & reps, and warmdown. Create a space to tick off each item as you go to hold yourself accountable.
If you don't have time to make up workouts or don't know how, Fit4Flight might be a good fit. This is a series of aerial-specific workouts that can be done at home with no special equipment. It's a one-time purchase and you can watch the videos as many times as you like--they are yours to keep. Go get your 50% off code.
Sara is an excellent instructor. She makes learning the art of aerial very safe and super fun. -Gigi de Jong, former Olympics gymnastics coach
3. Seek new activities
With this great shift, it is an excellent time to branch out. Find out what activities you have access to. Perhaps you can hike or run outdoors. You might even consider picking up a new skill altogether. Find online lessons in something you don't usually do, like dance or Tai Chi.
Learning something new is a good way to turn your brain in a positive direction. It challenges you but also offers the rewards of discovery and progress.
4. Continue to study
Even if you do not have access to an apparatus, you can keep your mind strong by studying aerial videos and taking notes. You can browse Instagram and YouTube (I find YouTube better because you can pause and slow down the video). I have a handful of videos on my YouTube account (more coming soon!).
Aerial Silks Online is a great resource for this. It currently includes beginning-advanced aerial silks instructional videos and will soon also include single point aerial hoop conditioning and combos. I do take requests from members. Get your 30 days free (after that it's only $10/month).
5. Receive coaching
Being personally coached is a valuable, connective experience that has been taken away from many of us. However, the pandemic cannot take it away completely. Many coaches are now offering online private lessons, and often at a discount. Some are making payment options more flexible, such as by offering monthly installments.
I have a limited numbers of spaces available for sliding-scale private lessons for aerialists who have a safe at-home rig. Or, opt for a Technique Analysis.
For those without an apparatus, you can choose from one of my non-apparatus selections, including flexibility training.
Okay?! You got this! Be proactive about your health and happiness. Ask for help. Do your best. Forgive yourself for everything that isn't perfect. It's a difficult time. But we are in it together.