One of the most amazing things about running hoopLA is being able to experience things I never thought I would. I signed up for an aerial class at Aerial Warehouse (3961 Sepulveda Blvd #100, Culver City, CA 90230; 310.397.2200) thinking, ok this will be fun (and I have always wanted to try it). As I walked in, it reminded me of gymnastic, which as a child, I would fake any illness to get out of. I took a deep breath and reminded myself to have an open mind.
We started off with what I like to call, “Pilates on crack.” It was an intense, fast paced ab work out followed by stretching. While we were stretching, my instructor’s, Rachel, personality really showed through and it made me realized this is just fun, let it all go (and I did). Rachel is a straight forward instructor, who is patient, encouraging, and a little but of a goofball. I loved her.
The class broke up into beginners, me and another girl, and then the other more experienced girls chose which equipment they wanted to work with. As a beginner, I worked on the silks, which I loved and was hoping to try. I quickly was taught “tricks” or as Rachel (and myself) like to say, “skills.” I spent the rest of the class practicing and adding on. It was so exciting to see how strong I was and I had such a sense of accomplishment. Aerial classes are not just beautiful, but they use muscles you never thought you had (you will be sore the next day).
I left Aerial Warehouse feeling exuberant and quickly signed up for my next class. It was so exciting to push myself in a direction I never believed I would go. All, with an instructor and a class where everyone was supportive and fun. Now, what will my next adventure be?