Strength Training for Circus: 3 reasons to add weight-training to your circus training (part two)

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An athlete should possess: Specific strength necessary to perform the skills/combinations/routines they are aiming to do A solid level of general strength I’ve added Rupert Egan’s slide to the start of part two as a reminder: your foundation is important. It is perhaps the key to long-term health and injury reduction …and to being able to do cool stuff in circus. …

Exercises Every Circus Artist/Athlete Should Do: Bear Crawls

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In case you missed it on Instagram…before I accidentally deleted it, here’s another installment of “Exercises Every Circus Artist/Athlete Should Do”. View this post on Instagram Exercises Every Circus Artist-Athlete Should Do: Bear Crawl!⠀ —————————– Bear crawls are packed with goodness! ⠀ ⠀ * Rotary core stability and control ⠀ * Dynamic scapular stability and control ⠀ * Serratus activation, …

When are you going to stop doing your PT exercises? (part two)

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So what about progression? In part one, we started looking at how injuries happen—since that’s how most folks end up “doing PT”. The focus was on tissue capacity. We looked at how that plays a role in injuries:

Stretching: finally, some clarity

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I’ve been sitting on this thought for months, so this post really is overdue. After all, the literature review was published way back in January and it’s already May. Remember that New York Times article that made the rounds (and may well continue to do so) on the Book of Faces and other social medias? Remember how that played a …

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Stretching: down the rabbit hole

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What’s exciting to me about circus is that it has so much potential to be a journey of self-discovery. Everyone starts in a different and unique place–not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. And from there, we explore and discover new possibilities. Everyone gets to approach and play with their limits–their current limits–and engage in the adventure of testing them, challenging …

Exercises Every Aerialist Should Do: the problem with the ‘hollow’ body

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I have used it before in the past and I’ve worked with others who have used it. In certain circles, it’s quite popular and used on a regular basis. For those ‘in the know’, the word hollow is synonymous with an abdominal drawing in and the most commonly used teaching cue for it is “pull your belly button in towards …

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The Desk Job Double Cross, Part One: Why Sitting Is Horrible For Flying

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Here’s a fun paradox for you: one of the main goals of this blog is to provide you, dear flyers and aerialists, with some knowledge that will, ideally, lead to you becoming more aware of your body and how it works so that you might learn how to take better care of it as you pursue your ever growing passion …

Things I think about… how you should really be training your rotator cuff

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The world of elite gymnastics has been well acquainted with the world of sports science for some time. This relationship is something that (ideally) serves the larger gymnastics community well, providing it with a sound, scientific basis for improving performance and implementing injury prevention measures. For example, there have been multiple studies that have examined the forces exerted on the …

What are we all doing here? How to keep your legs together in your sweep.

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So what are we all doing here? You know, why do you come and fly? Or perhaps aerials are your thing. Why do you do it? There are as many different answers as there are people who join us for classes, but I’d like to offer a thought (or two) for your consideration. I’m going to use flying trapeze to …

Strong stable shoulders: How to grip the bar and why your head position matters

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This month, things are going to get practical, comprehensive and maybe a little bit controversial. Over the past two months, I’ve focused on anterior core control with a view to establishing a base for assessing—and ultimately improving—shoulder mobility, stability and strength. With any luck, I’ll be able to provide you with some insight into the functioning of your magical shoulder …

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Exercises Every Aerialist (and Flyer) Should Do: part one

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In the world of recreational flying trapeze, you’ll very often hear “you don’t need to be very strong, flexible or athletic to do this” or “it’s more about timing than strength—so as long as you’re a good listener, you can do this” or some variation on that theme. And that’s true, to some extent… For your first class. The same …

The method behind the madness, part 9

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Let’s take a trip down memory lane. Here is where this whole Method Behind the Madness series began: “Though it may seem like a random journey from trick to trick sometimes, there is, in fact, method to the madness. At TSNY, we have a carefully developed curriculum that is aimed at developing essential skills alongside your trick-to-trick progression. The overarching …

The method behind the madness, part 5

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Up until this point, catching has likely been a big highlight of your experience. And well it should! Some call it one of the coolest things they’ve ever done. By the time you start working on your Level 4 Sign-off Sheet, you have probably discovered another of the joys of flying trapeze: watching videos of flying trapeze on YouTube. In …

The method behind the madness, part 4

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You’ve come a long way since the thrill of the first knee-hang catch. By the time you complete your Level 2 Sign-off Sheet, you’ve developed an impressive list of several key skills for your flying trapeze progression. You have begun to consistently put your body into a good position at “catch point” and as you land in the net on …

The method behind the madness, part 3

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Perhaps this is obvious (or perhaps not), but it’s worth noting that the primary focus of Level 2 is preparing you for Level 3. Level 3 is devoted almost entirely to learning the swing. So how does Level 2 prepare you for learning the swing? Let’s have a look.