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I've been going to lyra/trapeze classes for two and half months now and tonight was the first week of classes in their new South Side building. Since they are expanding and will be increasing their class offerings, my instructor said that she thought I was ready for level 2. So tonight was also my first time in a non-beginner class.

Since it was my first, and I have so little experience, and I didn't know the other students there tonight (but they were way more experienced), and it was technically a 2/3 combined class, AND the studio is still in an interim phase before real sessions start, I have no idea exactly what level the stuff we did tonight would be considered (elsewhere, or even here later). All I know is that it was, shall we say, humbling. I was spoiled in the beginner class where I could do all the moves fairly easily and just needed to develop balance and grace. This class was the first time where I simply failed at nearly everything we tried.

The updown warmups were all fine, and at least my mounts are much smoother. Gazelle rollup - failed several times and acquired nice inner leg bruises. Back balance - couldn't even get one hand off and stable, but made myself lightheaded from hanging upside down trying. Moving to lyra: dragonfly into wine glass was really awkward but not awful, and a forward spin as part of dismount was the one new things that went well. Spinning kneehang situps - cannot do. Trapeze ankle hang (with legs wrapped around ropes) - held my legs wrong and abraded two spots on my feet something good. Had to bail face first onto the mat. Conditioning knee lifts - not bad, but can't quite bring them to the bar. Spinning - even the slightest bit gets me headachey dizzy. On my way to the car I cried from frustration.

I have a week to heal up so I can try it all again. Practice makes better.

Here's a pic from a practice a few weeks ago where I was doing things right and looking pretty.
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OK, not actually running away to join the circus. But I might visit occasionally.

A friend brought her lyra hoop to an event recently and I got to play around on it, and realized yet again that a) this is fun, and b) I know how to do approximately nothing on it. So finally I decided to do something about it, and I signed up for a beginner lyra class from Fullbody Fitness, a local aerial fitness studio.

It was fun! I arrived a little early and there was a silks class and also a pole class in progress, so I watched them for a bit. I was pleased to see that there was a variety of body shapes and ages attending. My class had five people in it, and the other four had been doing this for a while. I was definitely the least skilled and also the least flexible, but also the strongest (or at least highest strength-to-weight), and that plus my experience in climbing other things let me jump right in to their level. We went through quite a few moves and got to practice as much as desired. The other participants all set up their phones to record themselves which is probably a good idea that I might do in the future.

By the end of the class I was definitely feeling tired and bruised, although not muscle-sore. I suspect the unevenness of what gets worn out will balance out with time and practice. I chatted with the instructor for a bit after and got some tips on how to stretch out my hips more as well as talked up some of my bostonish friends' aerial experiences and skillz. I mentioned that I thought the class was pretty fast-paced for being beginner and she said that was only because she felt all of us were really strong for beginners and experienced enough in other things that enabled her to push us a lot more. She also mentioned that the studio was planning a move to the South Side neighborhood soon, which would be lovely as it would cut my commute in half (and make it feasible to bike there).

Sooooo I think I'm going to go back. Maybe see if I can get some local friends to go with me, heh.

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