What To Expect In An All Levels Class
Walking into a new fitness class can be intimidating. Are you dressed appropriately? Were you supposed to bring a towel or a mat? Shoes, socks, or bare feet? And most importantly: are you totally in over your head or will you be able to complete the workout?
We try to answer these questions for you on our website, but that last one can still be confusing. While our series classes are separated according to skill level, many of our drop-in classes, including most of our “fit” classes, are open to everyone. But what does that really mean and, more importantly, what does it look like when you’re in class?
What to Expect Before Class
We pride ourselves on creating a warm and welcoming environment, so don’t be surprised if your instructor begins class by having students introduce themselves or checks in with you one-on-one prior to class. It’s helpful to know about your past experience and any injuries or health issues you might be experiencing.
In some cases, you might be a regular student at the studio, but a new face to a particular instructor. Please don’t take it personally if we don’t recognize you right away. The nature of aerial work often requires hyper-focus, so we may not have noticed you working your heart out nearby. We’re definitely excited to work with you now.
In a Sky Candy fitness class, you can expect a thorough warm-up that all students complete together, followed by a lot of conditioning skills, on the ground, and on the apparatus. As the skills become more challenging, the instructor might begin to assign seasoned students more reps or more challenging variations of an exercise.
Those advanced variations might look appealing, but check in with your instructor before attempting them. A strong student who understands the mechanics of a skill can make something incredibly challenging look smooth and easy. A student who doesn’t have the necessary strength or experience can easily injure themselves attempting the same skill.
Keep in mind that classes like Silks Fit or Lyra Fit are designed to give you a good workout, not to teach you new skills. Students who are already familiar with skin-the-cats from their series classes have no problem performing a set of them in a Trapeze Fit class, but the instructor isn’t expected to break down this complex exercise for new students during this type of class.
Instead, they’re focused on giving every student a fun, challenging, and safe workout. Stick with the exercises your instructor gives you – when you’re ready for the next step, they’ll let you know.
It’s Okay to Say No
If you’re asked to perform a skill that you don’t understand or that seems scary, don’t stress. Have your instructor demonstrate the skill again. Ask which muscles you should feel working or engaging. It’s always okay to ask for a spot when applicable, or for an alternative exercise, or even to skip an exercise you’re not comfortable with.
If you start to feel overworked or fatigued (especially with regards to your grip), it is always okay to take a break or to just observe the rest of the class. This is hard work; do what you need to do to keep your body safe.
More than anything, we want you to feel safe and comfortable when you walk through our doors. Whether you’re a brand new student or a frequent flyer, you’re part of our community.
We want you to have fun, challenge yourself, support your fellow students, and achieve your strength and fitness goals. We work hard to cultivate a safe space, and we want to make your experience the best it can be.