Have you just taken your first aerial silks class? Just climbed off the lyra or the trapeze? Still wound up and wondering what to do with all that lingering energy? Make it work for you!
This is the first thing you should do after class. Cool down whatever you have just worked. Stretch! Your muscles have just worked hard, and they need some lovin’. Pay special attention to your shoulders (I say this from experience), and any part of your body that you’ve worked a lot (which in aerial, tends to be everything).
Don’t skip this!
With all of the strength that silks, trapeze, lyra and whatever else you choose to climb on is building, loss of flexibility is a constant threat. It will also help your muscles be less tense the next day.
Protein builds and repairs muscles, and after you’ve worked them so hard in class, your body is probably craving some. Eating protein after a workout speeds up recovery and can help you gain strength faster (which means nailing that climb sooner).
You’ve got options here. I eat eggs CONSTANTLY. I love them. Red meat! Any meat! Tuna (seriously, this stuff is almost pure protein). Greek yoghurt.
Looking for vegan options? Lentils, quinoa, tempeh, tofu… You’re not off the protein hook.
If you don’t already take notes during class, jot some down after while the material is still fresh. Include what you worked on, what conditioning you did, and especially helpful, any tips you figured out. Does this transition go smoother when your hand is facing forward? Does this silk drop go land better when you imagine you’re a board? That stuff is helpful. For real.
This goes along with taking notes, but it’s a big one. Take some time to mentally review what you’ve just learned while it’s still rolling around up there. In your head, walk yourself through the steps. It will help solidify what you’ve just learned, which will give you a BIG headstart the next time you’re in the air.
Epsom Salt Bath
It eases sore muscles, and it’s a bath. And you shouldn’t need any more convincing than that.
What about you?
Anything you find helpful after class? Give us your own tips.