My Experience with Aerial Hammock

We all have that bucket list, the things we want to do that are top experiences for us that push our boundaries, create memories and take us out of our normal day to day lives. So far my completed list was go to England, swim with manatees, try parasailing, see James Taylor in concert and most recently added my dream to be a honorary member of Cirque du Soleil. Since that requires years of training I’m starting with aerial hammocks. 

I have always been a larger person, but I’m active, I keep up with my kids, walk, bike, challenge my Fitbit friends to 10k steps a day. I’m not the running type, yoga is too slow paced for me and a gym membership? Just not my thing. My favorite types of workouts include doing things where I don’t realize I’m working out actually. So swimming, dancing, chasing children in a rousing game of playground lava monster… you get the idea.  I found out about hammocks 2 years ago while newly pregnant with my youngest child. “Well, guess I’ll wait since it’s not recommended for pregnant women.” Then I found myself a few weeks ago revisiting that idea of aerial hammocks and the mind game that also ensued. I’m not in shape, what makes me think I can do this? Will it even hold me? My good friend Elizabeth who happens to be the owner of Safe Haven Cat Sanctuary and also a new instructor tipped me off that there was a new studio opening on Broadway called Aerial Roots and that was it. I committed.  I went online, downloaded the MINDBODY app and bought a starter pack.

For those who know me I can hear you all yelling as you read this HOW DOES SHE HAVE THE TIME…Yes,  I’m busy but aren’t we all? As a moms and (insert various roles here) we are busy. But I made time.  I invested in ME this year. As a mother, wife, volunteer, doula and business owner I’m constantly giving of myself and I’ve felt burnout before. But that is a whole blog in itself. So back to hammocks!

This is one hour a week for ME.

What I loved- It’s every level friendly. But for the first timers here is how my mindset went…

  1. Start class with some stretches and then the Instructor shows you the beginning moves
  2. Roll my eyes, laugh out loud and then swear under my breath
  3. Then fight with myself mentally for 5 mins while convincing myself I can do it.
  4. Everyone encourages me, I break free of the head game and boom… I did it.
  5. When I wasn’t able to do a move, I modified. They were great with teaching modifications. It’s your pace.
  6. Cool down, stretch and lay in a cocoon. Feel like a badass

5 weeks later…

  1. Start class with some stretches and then the Instructor shows you the beginning moves
  2. Roll my eyes, laugh out loud and then swear under my breath OR beam with confidence and do said move
  3. GET TO IT! try try try! 
  4. Support the others who are working on the move 
  5. Still modifying when needed but it’s becoming less and less needed 
  6. Cool down, stretch and lay in a cocoon. Feel like a badass

The first move I learned  took me 15 mins to get the move then 2nd class all of 30 seconds. Now it’s 2nd nature. It’s a full body workout but you are so focused on the trick you forget you’re using every muscle in your body but don’t worry, a day later. You’ll feel it.

While you can’t do this exercise while pregnant, You are good to go once you have the OK from your doctor that you can resume working out post baby. All sizes all shapes. The hammocks and supporting beams hold 10,000lbs.  I did notice I am not able to do hip hangs due to scar tissue from my previous c-section but I just modify those moves.

I don’t feel like I’m working out. I am too busy challenging myself to flip this way, or pull this down, enjoy the stretch, or celebrate the completion of a move to notice what is happening. Add that to a fun atmosphere and great tunes and the hour flew by.  They offer multiple packages or just try it once! But I truly feel you need to do it more than once because of a little word… CONFIDENCE.

Beyond aerial hammocks they also offer Silks (Kaukauna location only), Pole Fitness, Barre, Pilates and Yoga.

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