(WFLA) Short of running away and joining the circus, aerial fitness may be the closest most of us will get to the flying trapeze. Aerial fitness classes usually include a trapeze, a hoop known as a lyra, and long drapes of silks.
“It wasn’t at the time accessible for everybody. You had to either be in a traditional circus or a circus school in order to learn this skill,” says third generation circus performer Jessica Watson.
Watson and her partner Kaley Gay just opened a new aerial fitness studio to bring those skills to more people.
“It’s a fun way to work the body,” says Gay. “You gain all kinds of strength and flexibility, but it’s fun, and you don’t even realize you’re working out.”
It is a full body workout that targets the back, the chest, the arms and the core, and it will increase upper body strength.
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