AERIAL / POLE FITNESS
There are so many benefits you get from pole and aerial fitness.
Once you get the basics down and strengthen your muscles a bit, you will quickly begin to develop some serious skills and a body that makes heads turn. Being confident isn’t just about your state of mind – you will actually start to walk tall and improve your posture. Your skills on the pole will translate into real life and you will be able to move with the nimbleness and graciousness of a cat.
One of the biggest benefits of aerial fitness is actually related to your psychological and emotional health.
When you are stressed, adrenaline starts slowly building up in your body, making you anxious, easily annoyed and depressed. An intense aerial / pole fitness session will help you blow out all that adrenaline and cause your body to start producing endorphins, the hormone associated with feelings of euphoria. You will be calmer and happier after a good workout.
If a workout feels like a chore and you don’t really see any serious progress or you don’t actually pick up any skills that are applicable in real life, then you will quickly lose motivation. Aerial / Pole fitness develops a strong body and builds stamina. As your skills improve you will be motivated to work harder.
Kinesthetic awareness is your brain’s ability to calculate where your body is located in three-dimensional space in relation to other objects around you. When you start performing more complex routines, your kinesthetic awareness increases.
There’s a real sense of community and a positive mentality among all of our students in all our classes at the Academy. It’s a positive group to be part of because fans are passionate about their sport, they keep healthy and are focused on getting stronger, more flexible and better at their tricks. Each of our classes are designed to cross over and compliment each other.
Inspired by the benefits of an all over body work-out that improves strength, flexibility and confidence, thousands of men and women are trying Pole and Aerial fitness, the new gymnastic workout.
Pole fitness is one of the most comprehensive and results-oriented workouts possible. It demands the strength of gymnastics, the focus of yoga and gets the heart racing faster than any treadmill.
Pole and Aerial athletes have some of the best bodies in the world because lean muscles are developed through performing many sets of resistance exercises whilst practice for a routine.
Resistance exercises are any exercises which cause the muscles to contract against an external resistance with the expectation of increased strength, tone and/or endurance. External resistance can be dumbbells in the gym or a fitness pole.
Just like in the gym, when you are pushing and contracting your muscles through weight sets, Pole and Aerial fitness puts your muscles through the same type of movement. Instead of pushing and contracting in the gym (isotonic contraction) you are using your own body weight to pull yourself up and let yourself down off the pole. It is the same type of exercise.
Whilst learning a three-minute routine during a Pole or Aerial fitness class, you will work multiple sets of muscle groups. The result is, after six weeks, you’ll notice your arms getting stronger, your stomach becoming more toned and your legs looking better.
In an hour’s class you will burn around 300 calories. The big plus is you will build tone and muscle in your arms and legs and strengthen flabby areas such as your bottom and upper arms, which can be hard to target at the gym. It also improves balance, coordination and agility and core strength.
It’s a fact: if you don’t stretch, the older you get, the smaller and tighter your muscles become leading to greater difficulty in movement. You basically start to loose ease of motion as your muscles become tighter.
It’s quite common for beginners to have tight shoulders, they can’t stand with their back against a wall and extend their arms flat above their head with their back flat. This is often caused from sitting at a computer all day. Office workers also have tight hip flexors from sitting in a seated position for many hours of the day. This is part of the reason why they can’t perform the splits. Pole and Aerial fitness will help to lengthen muscles and unlock tight hips.
Our classes include conditioning as part of the course.
Additionally you can enroll in extra flexibilty and mobility classes if you need it. Stretching for just half an hour a day has been found to prevent much of the muscle atrophy normally associated with tight muscles.
A stronger core means stronger balance, both physically and emotionally. When you are physically stronger to face the day’s natural obstacle course, your mind steps up to the plate.
Strength training releases endorphins during and after you exercise similar to a runner’s high, but much more fierce.
I’ve already mentioned that strength training releases endorphins, which puts anxiety and depression in the doghouse. It also increases norepinephrine, which can boost your brain’s ability to cope with stress
A strength training lifestyle encourages you to dedicate yourself in many areas, such as nutrition and time-management. This sense of dedication and focus transfers into all aspects of your life, including your personal relationships. Strengthen your body; strengthen your relationships.
Strength training does so many amazing things for the body that it should be included in everyone’s fitness program, no matter what their overall goal may be. From boosting metabolism by building muscle mass, to lessening the risks of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, strength training, especially when combined with a healthy diet, offers countless benefits that lead to a better overall quality of life. One of the greatest and most important benefits of adding extra weight to your workout is that strength training builds bone mineral density. This is truly a welcome benefit to both men and women; however, it is extremely vital to women’s health.
Strength training includes both body weight exercises, like squats and push-ups, and equipment based weight training with dumbbells, resistance bands, weighted medicine balls and other weighted equipment. By adding strength training to our exercise program, we build bone density, and add strength to our bones. This is because of something called “Wolf’s Law”, which states that bones will adapt to the stresses being placed on them by laying down stronger bone where it is needed. Because bones are live tissue and renew throughout our lives, as new stronger bone is remodeled through weight bearing exercise like weight training, we will ultimately lose bone mineral density at a much slower rate as we reach our later years.