So you’ve turned up to your first aerial class all excited and eager, and you can’t wait to start swinging about up there in the air, busting out those moves and looking like a total badass. Until ah oh, you try it, and then find out that it’s actually a lot harder than you thought. Even just getting on the aerial equipment requires super human degrees of strength, that quite simply you just don’t seem to have. Damn those guys that make it look so easy.

Believe you can do it and you will be able to do it.

Well don’t worry because we’ve all been there. Take courage and just get stuck in. Because if you want to do it, you can do it, if you believe you can do it. When you put your mind to something and you put in the hard work and dedication, you can accomplish anything you want to, as long as you really, truly believe you can do it.

‘Everything is hard until it gets easy’ Goethe

It’s important to remember that for any new skill you try, there is inevitably going to be a learning period where you may not be very good and end up failing—a lot. But just because you’re not good at something at the beginning doesn’t mean you can’t become great at it with time and practice.

It all starts with a pull up

So if you want to do aerial one of the best things you can start to do is master the pull-up. Why pull-ups? Because with pull ups you are training to lift your own body weight which builds serious upper body strength, and let’s face it – it’s the closest thing to doing aerial that you can actually practice at home. Pull-ups work nearly every muscle in your upper body, including your upper back muscles, shoulders, arms and yes even your abs.

Learn to love your pull up bar

Pull-ups were the first exercises we were told to do at circus school and yes we had to do them every-single-day. If we couldn’t do a set of ten then we couldn’t go on the aerial equipment! Needless to say I learnt to love doing pull ups pretty fast. If you know you don’t have the body strength for aerial then you should seriously think about either finding time for some extra upper body gym workouts or better still learn to love you pull up bar and you can learn to build up strength from home.

Rocking the pull up makes you feel awesome

Anyway rocking at pull-ups makes you feel awesome. Yep they have bad ass factor written all over them. I suggest that you give them a try and don’t give up until you can do at least one. I guarantee that after you have done your first one you will want to do more and more and more!

‘But I suck at pull ups!’

Don’t worry because everybody sucks at pull ups the first time they try. You can’t do them YET but if you want to do them you can. Yes, it will require hard work. Yes, you’ll get sweaty. Yes, you will hate them. Yes your muscles will ache and many a time you will want to give up. Yes you will fail over and over before you succeed and yes it’s not going to be easy. But remember this… it will definitely be worth it.

I believe in you!

If you want something bad enough – no matter how much work it takes – you can do anything you put your mind to. I believe in you.

Build up gradually – little and often

If you are a total beginner then don’t try and launch straight in to full pull-up-smash-up mode because that’s just plain silly – you didn’t run before you could walk. You will only de-motivate yourself and want to give up, or worse cause injury. Work wherever you are at and progress from there. Building up slowly is key, the little achievements will motivate you to keep going. Train little and often and believe me you’ll be knocking out pull-ups before you know it, and you’ll soon be wondering what all the fuss was about.

Click here to see a demo on how to go from no pull ups to your first pull up. So do not fear – pull up help is here!

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