Want to know one of the smartest choices I ever made in aerial? Committing to a weekly conditioning workout.
For years I was a voracious crow hunting for shiny objects. I enjoyed juicy flows, new tricks, and discovering sequences. Well, I STILL enjoy all that, but now I condition too. I've now been conditioning once a week for five months and the changes are noticeable. Not only is my body visibly more muscular (my arms are becoming a proportion math problem), but my technique is noticeably cleaner, I can stay in the air longer, I recover faster, I can train more, and I can simply do more badass things. In January, I could eke out five hip swivels. Yesterday, I did seventeen. SEVENTEEN! And I climbed all the way up and down my silks without legs! WHAT? (I mean, okay, maybe I'm a little sore today. Okay maybe a lot. Okay maybe I struggled slightly to lift my coffee cup this morning.)
But anyway, I swear I did NOT expect the results to be that amazing. Now I look forward to conditioning, it's one of my favorite times of the week!
I didn't think about it this way in the past, but you need strength to have beautiful technique and maintain it in the air, you need regular training to get the muscles used to rebuilding, and you need to challenge yourself to realize what you are capable of.
Conditioning is great mentally--it provides structure and challenge. And even as it makes us stronger, it's also good for cultivating humility. I used to think I was talented enough to be good at silks without conditioning. Well now I am a LOT better than I used to be, so, turns out I'm human like everyone else, and training in a disciplined way makes me better at what I do. (Duh!) I'm grateful for conditioning for providing the reality check.
I'm excited for all the ways I can still develop and improve in aerial arts, especially technique, and I'm glad I have conditioning to help me along the way. Now, I am a voracious crow with bulging biceps and a protruding QL (six-pack still MIA but this may be related to chocolate consumption). I still love shiny objects, and now I realize that conditioning is one of them.
Next week I'll be sharing a post from a fellow aerial instructor about that variety of aerialist I used to be--a Trick Junkie. Stay tuned!
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