Aerial Silk Diaries: Workout Wear Wishlist

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You GUYS. I never thought I’d be able to say that I’ve bought more workout clothing than regular clothing in the last 6 months but that is now my reality. Nope, I have no idea who I am either. I am pretty consistently checking out sale racks for all of the best deals and it’s usually hit or miss. Sometimes I’ll come across something relatively cute but it’s either A) terrible quality or B) $1000. I’ve yet to come across yoga pants at the mall that I felt were entitled to an $80 price tag.

So I turned to the internet. My Instagram feed is mostly aerial silks, yoga poses, babies, and cats nowadays. I see a lot of people tagging their workout clothing in their posts so I’ve started checking them out! There seem to be some surprisingly awesome (unheard of? well I had never heard of them!) companies out there. I’ve chosen to feature this time around! That one piece would be *perfect* for an aerial performance!

Aerial Silk Diaries: Moving On Up!

On Wednesday I took a test (along with several other classmates) to see if I could do all of the required poses and drops to start taking intermediate silk classes and guess what? I passed! It was an amazing feeling. I was so weak when I started taking classes in February. I couldn’t even do some of the most basic introductory poses. To be graduating into intermediate feels a little bit surreal because I remember watching everyone in that class and thinking I would never be able to do what they were doing! On Sunday I went for the first time and it was a lot of fun to learn some new things! This class is definitely a lot more exhausting as we’re doing most everything from an aerial invert – no more sitting in the hammock knot – this is all holding on to the free silks!

I’m going to start taking my camera to open silks to take some better quality videos for editing/sharing here on the blog! I think it would be fun to post a weekly video of my progress outside of grainy Instagram videos. What do y’all think? Yay or nay?

Are there any questions that you might have around this topic? Let me know! I would love to answer your questions in a video!

Aerial Silk Diaries: Student Showcase Success!

1st Annual Bella Forza Fitness Showcase
It’s hard to put into words what Sunday night meant to me. I am still bursting at the seams. Everyone did so well! The girls that knew I was super nervous and unconfident ran up to me at the end to tell me that I did great, and the encouragement continued to flow through Facebook comments for days after! It was so much fun to show my Husband, Mother-in-law, and close friends what I’ve been up to. You can tell people that you’re taking aerial silk classes all day long but it can be a bit hard to explain. I love that I got to really show them what I’ve been learning. The only thing that would have made it better is if my parents could have come! Maybe next year, right?

1st Annual Bella Forza Fitness Showcase
The group fitness classes I’m taking at late night impulse Groupon purchase would bring my way! I’m really thankful to have such an uplifting group of women in my life!

1st Annual Bella Forza Fitness Showcase
I will be sharing more images from the Showcase in a separate post. I had a blast playing photographer and taking photos of the other ladies during their performances. Nate did a fantastic job snapping these photos of me from way in the back of the gym! I’m thankful to have them as a testament to the time I got up and did something I was terrified to do… and almost flashed an entire crowd of people while doing it. ;] Lesson learned: the double sided tape just isn’t strong enough for the movement of an aerialist! Duct tape, next time!

Aerial Silk Diaries: If It Scares You, Do It.

Aerial Silk Diaries: Progress
Tonight at 6pm I will be performing an aerial silk routine along with several other (extremely talented) ladies. I’m excited. I’m nervous. I still feel a little unprepared, but I think that’s the perfectionist in me. I take a lot of comfort in the fact that it is relatively impossible for anyone in the audience to detect whether or not I am executing my routine absolutely perfectly. I also take comfort in the fact that my instructor has seen me run through it several times and I know she would be honest if it looked dreadful. ;]

When I first found out about the showcase I couldn’t even entertain the thought of being in it. I’m still so new at this. I never want to show anyone something I’m working on until it’s flawless. I take myself public embarrassment very (way too) seriously. But I started to watch the other ladies work on their routines and it looked like so much fun. Everyone was being helpful and encouraging to one another. What was I afraid of? Having fun? Making friends? I decided to put my name down on the list. I changed my song 3 or 4 times, was still putting my routine together long after everyone else, threw a few pity parties at practices, and bought my outfit the day before the show. Yes, yesterday. And tonight I am going to do my best, have fun, and enjoy the experience.

I’ve realized that life is all about the journey. It’s not about getting from point A to point B as fast as possible. It’s not about trying something new and being immediately fantastic at it. It’s about persistence, hard work, and confidence. It’s about realizing that wasting time comparing yourself to anyone else will crush your spirit faster than anything. It’s about starting at point A and appreciating everything it takes to get to point B.

Wish me luck tonight!