Sometimes it can seem impossible to find a good Aerial Arts (or creative acrobatics) training spot in Anchorage! It can actually be quite difficult to do a lot of things in Alaska (especially during the cold season). But is it possible to master the Aerial Silks in Anchorage, Wasilla, or Eagle River–and get REALLY GOOD, safely, while having A GRAND ‘OL TIME?
Transforming into a Cirque Superhero is not only possible…but Anchorage, Wasilla, and especially Eagle River is ACTUALLY A HOTSPOT for Aerial Silks training.
Your success, and FUN, does depend on 3 factors though.
- The places you train, the overall cleanliness of the environment (who wants to get sick after training at a dirty gym?), and the equipment.
- Your training methods, progressions, and safe system for advancement.
- Your community of peers and Coaches you train with.
Our team at Pacific Rim Athletics has created this NIFTY GUIDE for you to navigate the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of training Aerial Silks in Anchorage or greater Alaska.
5 WAYS TO MASTER AERIAL SILKS IN ANCHORAGE, AK
FIRST, “WHO” IN ANCHORAGE IS AERIAL SILKS FOR?
Aerial Silks are for EVERYONE. It is for all ages, genders, and levels.
HOW IT CAN HELP YOU…
- Getting and staying SUPERHERO STRONG
- Building FANTASTIC FLEXBILITY
- Attaining a ROCK SOLID CORE
- Overall BODY AWARENESS
You gain a lot of other really tremendous benefits as well because the conditioning is like none other.
Your grip strength increases.
Your core becomes stronger than ever in your life (no exaggeration).
And your shoulders, hips, and spine thank you.
Here’s Spring at 46 years old and mother of 3 crushing it.
And here’s one of her daughters Sierra slaying the silks.
AERIAL SILKS PLACES IN AND AROUND ANCHORAGE, WASILLA, AND EAGLE RIVER
You’ve seen all the videos and amazingness that is cirque and aerial arts, but you haven’t been able to either get to a good spot, get the good training, or really see progress.
So what went wrong?
If you want to be a Cirque Superhero, you need a good place to train.
Naturally, you’ll want a place that feels comfortable, with cool people, and ultimately safe, where you see people constantly progressing to new heights.
You can definitely get your own rigging, like an A-frame, and attach your silks, hoop, straps, or other aerial equipment.
And in Anchorage and the surrounding 15-20 miles there’s plenty of beautiful places to do that.
AERIAL ARTS IN THE ALASKA OUTDOORS
The essential element to remember is to always check your rigging and your equipment before performing a skill.
Here’s a student from Pacific Rim Athletics on the hoop out in her backyard.
And Vennie, a student of Pacific Rim Athletics doing muscle ups on Aerial Silks.
- And here’s Sarah on the hoop out at Talkeetna on a retreat hosted by Pacific Rim Athletics.
HOW TO MASTER AERIAL SILKS (and all aerial arts)
THE MOST important things you need is a SYSTEM.
As an example, at Pacific Rim Athletics, a 10 Level System is used for advancement in all the 5 Styles.
Cirque Superhero is one of those Styles.
Here’s how the SYSTEM LOOKS:
You learn how to “FLY SKY HIGH” on each one of the 5 Elements:
- Creaturely Climbs
- Beautiful Strength
- Spectacular Drops
- Fantastic Flexibility
On the 3 Apparatus:
- Aerial Silks
- Aerial Hoop
- Aerial Straps
You must learn the STRENGTH and the SKILL.
This includes things like Meathooks, Backflags, Handstands, and Muscle Ups.
Joints and connective tissue are built over the span of 6 months to 2 years in order to be thick and tough enough for the skills
And the overall strength and flexibility is built through low impact work like Handstand Rockstar (handbalancing from all angles) and Ninja Strength (calisthenics on rings and high bar).
And THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU NEED IS A COACH.
Here’s Coach Lee helping Georgia with muscle ups and cross work.
SO… WHAT DO WE MEAN BY “MASTERY”?
Mastery means understanding all of the Levels and progressions of the System.
Mastery also means being able to perform all of those skills from Level 1 to Level 10.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, it means being able to adapt training for yourself and teach someone else how to become Level 10…as well as go further…even into duo and trio routines!
And if you desire, it could include performing and competing!
Here’s some performers from Pacific Rim Athletics showcasing their skills for Cirque Shows in Anchorage.
GO ON AN ADVENTURE!
Training doesn’t need to end at the gym or on the competition floor!
Sometimes to escape Alaska, it’s important to travel nationally and internationally.
Escaping from Alaska for a bit can help break up the winters as well as go somewhere new and exciting during the Summer Break.
And here’s several athletes from Pacific Rim travelling together and performing skills around the world.
Here’s Lauren on Aerial Silks at a Pacific Rim Athletics Retreat in Okinawa, Japan.
And Michelle, mother of 2, doing a lay back on Aerial Silks.
And Coach Alexis.
And Coach Lee doing a Roll Up to Handstand in Huelva, Spain.
You might be missing out if you’re not already doing Aerial Silks in Alaska. It’s a HOTSPOT FOR CIRQUE AND AERIAL ARTS TRAINING.
No matter your age, level, or background, you can build superhero strength, fantastic flexibility, and learn to “fly sky high” when you have the right community, place to train, system, and coaching.
You can actually find some of the best Aerial Arts in the world in Anchorage, Wasilla, and especially Eagle River.
So, if you want to take your Aerial Silks training to a whole new level, choosing to work with a team of coaches in a community that cares about you winning is undoubtedly the best way to “fly sky high”!
See you soon!