by Mary Jo Gruber March 11, 2021 3 min read

Beginning your journey into the world of aerial arts is almost always filled to the brim with excitement, joy and endless possibilities. But that path can often be a bumpy one, permeated with frustrations, setbacks and numerous obstacles. These obstacles aren’t necessarily the physical conditioning that comes to mind, like upper body strength, core power and deep flexibility. Challenges can also present themselves in the form of financial hardships, time constraints and mental barriers that keep you from progressing in your practice. With that being said, there are a few things that you can keep in mind whenever you’re faced with an obstacle in your aerial journey, that can help you stay the course. 

Tight Budgets

It’s no secret that aerial is far from being an inexpensive hobby. Taking regular classes can run anywhere from $15 to $35 for one session, studio memberships or punch cards are typically in the $100 to $200 range and investing in aerial equipment for your home will likely require some strategic saving. If you’re trying to progress in your aerial practice, but are in a tight place financially, try not to let yourself become overwhelmed. Instead, take a look at your monthly budget and set a realistic expectation for how much you can afford to spend on aerial. Remember that even one training session per month will help you advance as an aerialist. Be practical in your budgeting approach and treat it as a marathon, not a race to the finish line. 

Not Enough Free Time

Girl doing an Aerial Yoga Pose on a Yellow Aerial Hammock

Dancer's Pose on a Red Aerial Fabric

Daily life can become hectic and you may find yourself struggling to find time to squeeze in a training session. This is where building a solid, at-home conditioning routine can work wonders for your strength and flexibility. You can easily improve on your overall skills during your downtime! Even if it’s a mere 10 minutes a day, there are an abundance of ways that you can practice your flexibility, core strength, and upper body without even leaving your home. Spend some time researching these exercises to keep yourself on track even when life seems to be holding you back. 

If you can invest in your own at home aerial equipment, it can go a long way in furthering your practice. Being able to repeat studio skills at home can help you progress much faster! Our Height Adjustable Aerial Rig is a great investment that allows you to practice aerial anywhere, and you can bring it with you should you ever move. 

Fears and Doubts

Girl doing an Aerial Inversion on our Black Aerial Silks

Crossback Straddle Aerial Inversion on our Black Aerial Silks

Finally, one of the biggest obstacles you will face are the barriers that occur in your own mind. Pesky little fears and doubts can feel inescapable and may hold you back from taking the next steps in your journey. Instead of trying to silence these thoughts, allow them space to be. When we push back against our negative feelings, they can start to grow even louder. Imagine these fears as being a good friend who just needs to vent. You can listen, allow them to be heard, but still reassure yourself that these doubts don’t define you and don’t have to prevent you from moving forward, even when it feels scary to do so. Embarking on a new adventure can trigger our deepest insecurities to rise to the surface. By letting them in, you can release them freely and continue on your way. 

Mary Jo Gruber
Mary Jo Gruber

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