Redefining Goal-setting

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Screw New Year’s Resolutions. Unless you have success with them, in which case: good for you!!! Either way, here we are. It’s the First Friday of 2019. Friday’s are for thinking about stuff. I decided to wait a few days to let the hullabaloo of the New Year settle down a bit. The potential energy of the New Year hasn’t completely faded, though. I love …

Getting Uncomfortable: My Movement Check-Up

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Recently, I went in for a movement check-up. Or you could say I returned to physical therapy. I think I would prefer to describe it as performance therapy. I first learned of performance therapy as “an integrated system of rehab, fitness and performance” at a seminar given by Mike Reinold and the team at Champion PT and Performance, here just …

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 …

Manifesto 2016: ch-ch-ch-changes

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It’s been way too long since I’ve posted. It’s time for that to change. In fact, many things are changing and I’d like to tell you about them. But first, a story: Not too long ago, I was at a party. All good stories start this way. At this party, I found myself involved in a conversation that started this …

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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 …

Good news for flyers: you don’t have to be tight!

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That’s right, flyers: for those of you who have struggled with this and for those for whom it’s never been an issue, I have good news. There’s no need to squeeze your everything when you’re in the air! Not if you don’t want to, anyway. I can imagine people reacting to the title of this post in one of two …

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 …

Why anterior core control matters for your (aerial) shoulder health

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There’s so much I want to share with you and, for now, just the one blog post. The goal of this month’s post is to illustrate the importance of anterior core control for you, the flyer and/or aerialist, and your shoulder health. Shoulder health has become somewhat of a buzz word (or phrase) in the world of circus arts. Very …

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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.

The method behind the madness, part 2

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It may surprise you to learn that your journey from Level 1 to Level 2 can begin as early as your second class when we introduce you to your first release trick: the Set Heels Off. At first, completely letting go of the bar may seem strange, but as we said last month: there’s method to the madness. The primary …

The method behind the madness, part 1

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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 goal is to help you to become the best and most capable flyer you can be. Along the …