“I’ve always fantasised about being a circus artiste. They’re so graceful – which I’m innately not,” Jaime confesses. So in the spirit of giving her experiences to enrich her life, we got Leron Tan, aerial instructor from Fly Acro Polates, to show her the ropes in aerial silks.
1 Getting Ready
To get her heart rate up, Leron asks Jaime to do 15 seconds of planking and 30 jumping jacks. “This quick, fuss-free exercise activates major muscles to get the blood circulation going,” she explains.
After that, Jaime learns how to do a single foot lock – a basic step in climbing the silks – by wrapping one leg around the outside of the silk, then pulling a length up to wrap around the foot.
2 Giving It a Lift
Once her foot lock is secure, Jaime pulls herself up onto the silk ropes, hands high above her head. “This is more tiring and painful than it looks – you’re supporting your entire weight on only one foot!” says Jaime, with some surprise.