I’ve always enjoyed trying new things and challenging myself. Recently, I have been enthusiastic about activities that double as a fantastic workout. This is how I came upon Aerial Arts classes. My roommate teaches at Esh Aerial Arts, located in Somerville, MA. When I found out he spots in his level one silks class open, I signed up.
It’s funny, I’ve watched the videos he has posted of himself or other people doing silks but I had no clue how hard it was until I tried it. The premise behind silks is using your body weight, with some help from the material to lift you up and move into all sorts of different positions in the air. Either it is my serious lack of flexibility or the sudden awareness of how weak the left side of my body is, even with workouts and tennis, but I am seriously struggling.
There are seven weeks to this class and we’ve already finished two. I figured out that there are positions that are much easier and some I just can’t do at all. I’m hoping I get the basic premise for most of them in the next five weeks because I want to be able to walk away from this doing some of the moves he’s been teaching. I refuse to give up. I give it 100% each time and I can feel some of it getting easier. I don’t know if this is something I will be heavily pursuing after this class ends. Tennis and my workouts seem like a more realistic exercise program to continue. It is a fun experience and when I can manage to get up in the air and hang there, it’s pretty cool.
I don’t regret doing it, I think it’s important to experiment and get out of your comfort zone. My Aerial classes have definitely covered that. I am definitely being challenged, but I love it. I know once I succeed and can do some of the moves correctly, I will be very proud of myself. That is all that matters to me. I can say I tried this. I talk a lot about doing different activities and often don’t. Now I can cross this one off my mile long list of things I want to try.