Pole Fitness has bloomed since it hit the fitness industry in the 90s, and it is still going like a rocket! It is now also featured in many touring Circus shows just as Aerial Hoop and Aerial Silks. These Pole, Aerial Hoop and Aerial Silks classes have been made famous by the high end circus shows such as Cirque du Soleil, where the public would like to give it go themselves.
Pole Dancing is not only seen as a fitness regime but has also now been rebranded as a sophisticated, strength based competitive sport, with worldwide competitions. There is even talk of it being featured in the Olympics!
Barbara Speed wrote an article in the Guardian stating:
“ It's a sport that's gaining popularity globally as a fitness trend – with ambitions for inclusion in the Olympics”
She went on to discuss the sport in a competitive sense...
“As Rio prepares itself for the football World Cup, another, very different sporting event took place in the city this weekend. The third annual Pole World Cup saw more than 150 men and women from 36 countries competing for a £20,000 top prize.”
Pole Fitness is an exercise class as well as a dance/gymnastics. These classes are for anyone and everyone, all sizes, genders, and levels. It is also great for those who don’t like to going to the gym or doing exercise, as well as the opposite end of the specturm for advanced gymnasts and dancers wishing to add a new technique to their repetoire.
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Aerial Hoop AKA 'Lyra' is a circus discipline peformed on a metallic, circular hoop made of steel, suspended in the air.
It orginated in the late 1800s and from there, Cirque du Soleil and many other touring circus companies have popularised it in its shows since in the mid-2000s. Its popularity continues to rise as more aerial hoop classes are introduced in dance studios worldwide.
Just like Pole Dancing, Aerial Hoop has transcended from its stereotyped function of existing only as part of circus performances and acrobatic acts into special fitness programs offered in dance studios and gyms just as we do here at WINGS!
Nowadays, Lyra Hoops have become sources of both entertainment and options for health conditioning regimes.
The numerous benefits this performance-art-turned-exercise-program continue to fuel its rise as part of mainstream performance sports. Its popularity even led to the establishment of international commissions committed to standardizing rules, regulations, and equipment safety not only for competitions held worldwide but also for the growing community of home users.
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Aerial silks (also known as aerial contortion, aerial ribbons, aerial tissues, fabric, ribbon) is a type of performance in which one or more artists perform aerial acrobatics while hanging from a silk fabric. Performers climb the suspended fabric, using it to wrap, suspend, drop, swing, and spiral their bodies into and out of various positions. Aerial silks may be used to fly through the air, striking poses and figures while flying.
Aerial silks are more than just a fun activity with poses that look beautiful on camera. Silks provide a range of health benefits that target your physical strength, figure and mood. All of which can be improved through regular participation in aerial silks, as well as other aerial arts.
Everything you will do in a silks class will be using your own body weight. Aerial silks help increase flexibility in the body with minimal impact. When your weight is off of the ground, you will strengthen your joints and ligaments. Flexibility is then increased when your body has more freedom to move. Silks will allow you to isolate parts of your body that you haven’t before, whilst also helping you discover areas of stiffness in your muscles that you hadn’t realised were there.
Aerial silks exercises are practiced to enhance your muscles...
For example, when practicing aerial silks, turning yourself upside down once is equivalent to doing 20 sit ups.
Silks exercises help improve your core, arms, legs and grip. Many traditional exercises neglect focus on true upper body strength. Aerial silks classes provide a great workout that will strengthen muscles that might be difficult to focus on in traditional workouts.
Aerial silk classes are one of the best mind-body activities. If you’re looking for a new challenge or an out-of-the-box workout routine!
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