Aerial Fitness at home: Do’s and Don’ts!
At Aerial Fitness Cyprus we offer all levels of Aerial arts (Aerial Hoop, Aerial Sling/Aerial Yoga etc.) and although going to classes is the best option especially for those just starting out, practicing at home isn’t mission impossible.
Before you attempt your aerial routine at home though, there are some safety tips that we would like to share with you to take into consideration
Most of these things are common sense, however we do know that it is easy to get carried away with excitement and ignore some basic safety rules that could lead to an accident.
Disclaimer: Aerial Fitness Cyprus, or any of its instructors, are not responsible for what you do in your own home. You are taking on all risk and liability by rigging and training at home.
Rather than discussing anything in particular at length, we’ve decided to just list everything out below: Give it a look and if any questions, please contact us (Here or in Chat)
1. Always use a crash mat under your apparatus (see our Crash mats here)
2. Check the weight limits and loads the aerial equipment and rig can take and know what loads you will be applying to them, don’t forget to include the weight of the equipment itself. The equipment is only as strong as the weakest point. Remember that dynamic moves, such as drops can radically increase the peak load (up to five times), so make sure your equipment and rig are strong enough for this.
3. Always use certified equipment and rigging (see our fully certified products here)
4. Always practice with a spotter. in case you get yourself tangled or fatigued. Even if you’re experienced, someone should be within earshot, just in case.
5. Learn from a professional. Books, YouTube and videos are a great source, but attending an Aerial Class is highly recommended. Check with your instructor first if they think you are ready to begin aerial training at home
6. Always check your equipment before each use to make sure damage has not occurred at any time and that the rigging is secure
7. We recommend that you tape your hoops for both hygiene issues and safety issues.
8. Make sure you warm up and cool down before and after each training session.
9. Do not train while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (it might seem fun but it’s not!)
10. Always wear appropriate clothing, don’t wear items that are likely to get caught in the equipment. ()
11. Don’t wear jewelry or sharp objects while training
12. Aerial equipment should be installed by a competent professional
13. Don’t be tempted to use cheap ceiling hooks which screw into the bottom of a beam. These are not rated for human loads and are not suitable hardware to install for this purpose
14. Rigging from trees should be approached with extreme caution as it is much more complex than most people realize. The short answer is don’t do it. Branches are not always as strong as they appear, and rough bark can damage your equipment. Even a small person can cause a high dynamic force when training drops or beats with aerial apparatus.
Please refer to us or to your personal instructor for further information and guidelines