How I become a circus performer

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I first learned about aerial silks quite recently, actually – from XO Sarah. She is a blog designer but also does performances on the side. When I saw that I thought, "how cool is that? I want to be a circus performer!" Because of course I do. Pursuing umpteen million other hobbies isn't enough – now I need to run away with a traveling road show.

So when I saw there was a Groupon in their Summer Shop for aerial silks at a local rock climbing gym, it was a must do. I put on my workout clothes and dragged my friend Maya with me as I always do. If you are going to punish yourself, might as well punish a friend too . . . and it might be fun!

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In my mind's eye the right place to do aerial silks was under a circus tent – but it turns out a more likely place they are available is your local rock climbing gym. So that's where we went!

Aerial Silks in the gym

One thing I love about the aerial silks is how pretty and cool they look. Large strips of colorful fabric draped from the ceiling seem magical. It made me feel like "hey, I can be good at this!" Or if not, at least it's going to be fun and a decent workout. Little did I know what kind of a workout I would get!

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Of course, any aerial silks session has to begin with a silly selfie warmup.

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The first step was to learn to tie a knot in our silks – a main knot that you use to sit, stand on, and do tricks on top of. Our instructor had us hang, using our arms, from the silks. It was then that I immediately realized how hard this was going to be, and that my journey to circus performer might not just be a one day thing. Only my own strength can save me now!

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Let's just say it "got real" quickly. We learned how to flip upside down.

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There was even some toe pointing to make things look more graceful and official. Whether or not I'm graceful is actually up for debate, but let's go with it for a moment. We only had an hour, but in that time we learned a bit of a mini routine. Here's my execution:


As you can see, it can use a little work, but I'm starting to get way more comfortable on the silks: And when all was said and done, we were proud of ourselves for giving it a shot. And we got to be circus performers for a day, which was cool.

Ready for the silks

A final word on aerial silks? WAY harder than I thought. You need core strength and a good sense of balance. But I can see how much this activity can tone your body, give you confidence, and probably improve your grace. And lord knows I need some of that! I'm so glad I tried this new activity – and I'm actually looking forward to trying aerial silks again!

Are aerial silks in your area? Find out in the Groupon Summer Shop – and see what other fun activities and eats are going on in your town. See you again soon with my next adventure!

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