New to aerial fitness? Not sure which class is for you? Don’t know what to bring or expect from class? Then you’re in the right place. Just scroll through the text below to find answers to your most pressing aerial questions. If there’s anything we haven’t covered, you can always reach us at the email and phone number below.
DO I NEED TO PREPARE/CAN I DO THIS?
Yes, you can! Provided one does not have any of the contraindications listed herein and barring any physical abnormalities, you can do this! We suggest starting out with a beginner class and taking it slow. It is always encouraged to monitor your own resistance, so each class is as hard or as easy as you choose to work. This suspension technique has deep philosophy, there is no competition or ego encouraged. Everyone works at their own pace.
WHAT IS THE AGE LIMIT?
Children 14 and over are welcome in class with parental consent. Children 14 and under may partake in a private session, one parent is complimentary.
WHAT IS ANTIGRAVITY® FITNESS ?
Antigravity® Fitness is a relatively new method that uses a Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock to help the practitioner achieve various poses and sequences. The Antigravity Fitness techniques were derived from the aerial art methods developed by Christopher Harrison. You may have even seen P!nk swing from the Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock at the 2010 Grammy Awards, or Mariah Carey use the Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock in her 'Charmbracelet' Tour. At House of Flyte our classes are conducted on a Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock, that is connected from two overhead points acting like a swing. The hammock supports you as you move through suspension techniques. The Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock is rated to hold over 1,000 pounds and will absolutely, most positively hold you no matter your weight or height. Trust the hammock, trust yourself, and most importantly, trust your instructor.
AntiGravity® Fitness is a comprehensive technique that allows you to discover the power, excitement and pure joy of moving freely in all directions of open space. This technique is intended to decompress the spine and align the body from head to toe while stretching and strengthening the muscles of the body.
WHAT ARE THE CONTRAINDICATIONS (PRECAUTIONS) FOR AG FITNESS?
- Recent surgery (esp. shoulder, eyes, back, hips, hands or wrist)
- Heart disease
- Very high or low blood pressure
- Easy onset vertigo
- Osteoporsis/ bone weakness
- Recent head injury
- Cerebral sclerosis
- Propensity for fainting
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
- Severe arthritis
- Sinusitis or head cold
- Hiatal hernia, disc herniation or acute discogenic disease
- Recent stroke
- Artificial hips
- Radicultis (inflammation of nerve root in spine)
- Severe muscle spasms
- Botox injections (within 6 hours)
As with all exercise programs, we strongly advise anyone who may suffer from any kind of medical condition or injury to consult their doctor before beginning an aerial class.
WHAT CLASS SHOULD I TAKE FIRST?
All new clients must first take a beginner or open level Fundamentals class at least once. Fundamental classes begin to familiarize students with the hammock, gaining confidence on how to get into poses safely, working on key muscle strength used throughout the practice and gain the trust needed to build the bedrock for your practice. Your current fitness level, previous aerial experiences, and general comfort with the basic grips, wraps and traps, will determine your progression to the more advanced classes and beyond as your abilities and interests allow. During your first Fundamentals class, one of our instructors will be happy to answer any questions and make recommendations of what classes will best meet your current practice and goals.
Private classes are always another option as well, to receive personal attention for the first or fiftieth time in the Hammock!
I'M A YOGI (OR DANCER, GYMNAST, CROSSFITTER, PILATES INSTRUCTOR, ETC.), DO I REALLY NEED FUNDAMENTALS?
Yes. Aerial fitness is different from traditional yoga, dance, Pilates, and other movement methodologies. While having the fitness and body awareness these practices provide, it is essential you learn the basic wraps and safety taught in Fundamentals classes. This technique requires practitioners to build strength in areas of the body that other fitness, yoga, and dance programs may not provide. This is most true when it comes to forearm strength, which is essential for our upper level classes.
HOW MUCH DOES A CLASS COST?
We offer a variety of pricing options here.
I DONT LIKE YOGA WILL I LIKE ANTIGRAVITY?
While this practice uses yoga techniques its' structure is quite different from a typical yoga class. It also depends on your instructor and class. Keep in mind this is a hybrid technique that is a formula for mind/body/spirit to bring about awareness. Every class starts with a levitating meditation and ends with a floating sivasana.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO CLASS?
You should wear workout clothes that covers the shoulders and legs. Short sleeves are required (long sleeves are ok too) for your comfort and to protect the cleanliness of the Hammocks. Breathable cotton fabrics are best. Fitted clothing is best, remember you will be upside down! Please avoid clothing with a shiny or slippery surface and anything non-breathable, these can become very uncomfortable as the detoxifying poses often stimulate a lot of sweating.
For safety concerns as well as to protect the hammock fabric, what NOT to wear is more of a concern. You must remove all of the following items before entering the Hammock:
- Jewelry of any kind, including earrings and necklaces
- Clothing with gems, sequins, zippers,glitter, or other sharp or abrasive surfaces
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Most of our clients bring nothing but themselves and an open mind, but we do recommend bringing water. Mats aren’t generally used, but some people do prefer having a mat or towel available during our core classes for the extra padding and grip while in plank poses.
CAN THE HAMMOCK HOLD ME?
Every portion of the Harrison AntiGravity Hammock is rated for well over 2,000 lbs. The points in the ceiling in an AG Fitness approved center have been placed by a professional contractor and certified by an engineer, and are rated to hold at least 1,000 lbs. per set up.
WHAT IF I'M LATE?
We recommended arriving between ten and fifteen minutes prior to your class’s scheduled start time. Our instructors must adjust the hammock to accommodate each client’s height, and this allows us to begin class on time. We do allow a five minute grace period to classes, but clients arriving more than five minutes late will be denied entry and subject to our cancellation policy. If you know you are going to be late, please call the studio to see if you can be accommodated or reschedule for another class.
IS HOUSE OF FLYTE A FRANCHISE?
While we appreciate the compliment, we are the first studio of its kind. House of Flyte started with a vision and will continue to aim to bring the Naples area to new heights!
CAN I HOST A PARTY?
While our venue isn't available to rent out without an instructor, we highly encourage birthday, bachelorette and parties of all kinds! Please be sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org for scheduling and pricing.
CAN I EAT OR DRINK BEFORE CLASS?
Because you will be inverting (going upside down) during class, we advise clients not to eat or drink anything acidic for at least an hour before class starts. This is especially important during the early stages of your aerial practice, as your body will not be used to inverting yet.
WHAT IF I'VE NEVER WORKED OUT BEFORE OR AM REALLY OUT OF SHAPE?
AG Fitness is a great way to get in shape, and we support and encourage clients of all fitness levels. We do not judge anyone and understand everyone is in a different place in their physical journey. If you are concerned you may need additional support, we strongly recommend starting with a private or small group appointment before moving into a larger group class. AG Fitness does require some core and overall body strength, and our instructors are able to provide you with more modifications and personal support during private instruction.
IS AERIAL YOGA SAFE?
All exercise entails some level of risk, and aerial yoga is no different. With that said, we take the safety of our clients and instructors very seriously. Our hammocks are rigged to hold over 1,000 lbs. The most common cause of discomfort when beginning an aerial practice is due to the wraps themselves. You may experience some minor irritation, discomfort, and even bruising as you condition your body to the sensation and pressure of the wraps. Some people may also experience dizziness as a result of inverting, and we take great care in our classes to ensure adequate time is allowed for clients to breathe and reconnect with the earth after inversions.
It is essential that you inform your instructor of any existing medical issues, injuries, or other concerns before beginning class and review the 'contraindications' section above to ensure you do not have a condition that may prevent your practice.