Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone
Life is all about pushing yourself outside your comfort zone to try new things, right? After stalking the social media accounts for AIR Charlotte for weeks, I knew it was something I really wanted to try, but had one thing holding me back… I’d never taken a group fitness class, yoga class, or anything of the like, so I was intimidated (to say the least)!
I’m that friend who will lovingly encourage you to have a glass of wine and watch a movie instead of going to the gym (you know, for your health), but when I say that you can succeed at AIR, that’s no joke. You will leave sweaty and with a sense of accomplishment!
“AIR is an intense aerial fitness training program designed to strengthen, lengthen and tone your physique in record-breaking time.”
If you’ve looked at pictures and thought, well that looks fun! You’re totally right, it’s a blast! Your first impression might be that it’s yoga using hammocks. To an extent that’s true.
You will do some yoga poses, just as you will learn aerial tricks using the hammocks. You will spend most of your class strength training, doing cardio, and the ever-wonderful AIR burpee in order to build up the strength for more difficult tricks later on.
I spent a week trying all of the classes they offered with different trainers, including AIR Foundations (recommended by teachers to try this before other classes), AIR, AIR Core, and their Community Class which is the AIR Foundations, but for only $5.
They offer a community class on Friday's at noon and on Sunday's at 11:30am. I highly recommend going to one if you’re interested in AIR.
The majority of the attendees at the community class I went to were beginners as well, and it was fun seeing each other master the moves throughout the class.
It’s definitely motivating to see someone else flip themselves upside down!
I’ve found AIR to be a very supportive atmosphere where everyone gets excited from someone mastering a trick. We all stayed after to play on the hammocks and took pictures of each other.
The trainers want to see you grow your skills and succeed, and are happy to help you get there.
Every teacher I worked out with definitely had their own style, some tougher than others. All of them were supportive and encouraging. They suggested modifications throughout the class and gave words of encouragement during tough moves. I was never pushed to do a move I didn’t feel safe or capable of doing, I was encouraged to try something else.
Tips for Beginners
After attending her class, I asked Owner/Teacher Kerri Flanigan if she had any tips for beginners who might be nervous about trying AIR. Here is what she had to say:
- Arrive 15 minutes early. It helps to calm the nerves, meet the trainer, get set up, and go over a few basics before the class starts.
- Bring a small towel, water, and wear leggings instead of shorts. If you have sensitive skin, wear a long sleeve or t-shirt that covers the upper part of your arms.
- Listen for cues and modifications throughout class. Perform exercises at your level. Remember that it takes time getting used to the hammocks no matter your fitness level, and there's always room to build.
- Have fun! It's a challenging workout, but it's different and so much fun. Once you start to relax the mind, your body will begin to do things you didn't think were possible.
- Remove the words "I can't" from your vocabulary ;)
- Hang out for a photo after class!
AIR Charlotte is currently running a New Client special where for $100 you get unlimited classes for one month. So sign up early for a Community Class, try it out, and fall in love like I did!
Hope to see you there!
Written By: Vikki Thomas | @thomasvie23
Dog-obsessed. Connecticut native with a passion for theatre and new adventures.