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Talia's Journey - Having fun for the sake of having fun with Aerial Silks

Updated: Jun 13, 2022

This blog was written by one of our Altitude members, Talia 💙


Aerials are something I had wanted to try for years but I didn't want to give up my current training routine. So when I moved cities in October 2020, I decided that it was the perfect time to give Aerials a go 😊 I almost didn't, I almost talked myself out of it because I was a little scared and intimidated. But man am I glad I did!


I started on a 4 class a week membership. Intended on doing Hoop/Lyra because of someone I saw on Instagram (obviously), but I promised the team at Altitude Aerials that I would try a few apparatuses and low and behold, I fell for Silks!


My first class was scary, but I was OK at it because I already had so much strength from weight training. The support and encouragement from fellow classmates and instructors is what kept me going. That and I very quickly fell in love with doing silks. I love aerials because it's an exercise that I do for pure enjoyment. I "enjoyed" the gym, but if I was totally honest, I went out of obligation/social expectations.


Never have I had to persevere so hard at something when I have felt like I'm not seeing results. I advanced very quickly with silks to level 2, but have struggled so hard to get my aerial inverts. But out of sheer stubbornness, and with the encouragement from some other students and teachers, I have stuck with it and kept training despite feeling like I wasn't getting anywhere. I am finally starting to see improvement and it feels so damn good to know how hard I have worked to get there!!!


I love that I am getting strong, flexible and feel like a badass with something that challenges me in ways I have never been challenged before. I love that people are so fascinated and impressed by it because it's still relatively unknown. I love that it's graceful and beautiful but also requires so much damn strength and technique.


I also adore the Altitude community, I don't think I've ever walked into a building and felt so comfortable to be myself or felt so encouraged and championed by fellow students before. I love how much we celebrate each other's success. Big or small.


I've learned to persevere when feeling discouraged. To get familiar with failure. And how to be a supportive friend to others. Females can be so competitive; it's nice to break that mindset and celebrate people because it doesn't take away from me.


I've learned not to compare my progress to others and to just focus on my journey. I am also learning how to just have fun. Not everything needs to tick a box (or a sign off sheet), and having fun is a valid reason to do something!



Do you have any advice you would give to someone starting out at Altitude?


Do it. You won't regret it. And don't give up after one or two classes, sometimes things take a bit longer to see results. Also - have fun for the sake of having fun!




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