Now that Autumn is well and truly here, it’s time to cosy up on the sofa under a blanket and drink lots of hot chocolate! This is my favourite thing to do once the colder weather and dark nights come around, but I also like to try and keep active as much as possible too. Dark, cold nights don’t really give you the motivation to get yourself to the gym after work, so I have something that might help …
Let me introduce you to Rebel Manifesto Aerial.
The past few weeks I’ve enrolled at Rebel Manifesto Aerial for their beginner aerial classes and it’s made working out so much fun. I still go to the gym throughout the week, but my aerial classes are the workouts I look forward to the most now.
Rebel Manifesto Aerial is ran by Luka Owen, the loveliest person I’ve met! She’s an amazing aerialist and such a great teacher. She makes everyone feel welcome and is really supportive (both mentally and physically!). I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to do much in my first class, but Luka had me doing beginner moves straight away and then I was hooked. Each week since I’ve been slowly progressing and I’m even putting together my own hoop routine at the moment! There are nets, silks, trapeze and a hoop there and you get to learn them all.
Don’t be put off because it looks hard and/or scary. The beginner’s classes are great for easing people in gently. They won’t expect you to be able to jump straight on a hoop and then do a backflip dismount (if that’s even a thing, which it probably isn’t haha!), they’ll do some easy moves with you first to ease you in. Everyone then learns at their own pace and Luka will give you all individual things to practice during classes, as well as a few group exercises.
You have that much fun at these classes that you forget that you’re even working out. I’ve been going to the gym regularly for the last 4 years or so and even I’m working muscles that I didn’t even know I had! It’s great for improving your strength, flexibility and core as well as getting your heart pumping and all while you’re learning a new skill and having fun.
I have a little bit of a dance background, so I know the structure of learning moves and putting together routines already. However you don’t have to have any kind of dance/aerial/gymnastics practice at all. People of any age and ability can join in and are welcomed into the group with open arms. The girls in my class are all super lovely and I’ve never met a group that are so supportive of each other. Cheering each other on and congratulating each other on accomplishing that special move is compulsory! 😊
The sense of accomplishment you get at the end of a class is addictive. It’s so amazing to be able to go home and show my fiancé the new moves I’ve learnt and also moan about the new bruises I’ve acquired too! I don’t think I’ve ever been so proud of myself as often as I have been over the last month and I love it.
If you’re looking for something to get you motivated to get moving this winter then this is your thing! It’s such a fulfilling class and will ensure that you’re excited to get exercising. Luka has the best energy and is such an amazing teacher that I’m sure you’ll be hooked just like me. You can get in touch with Luka through their Facebook page here or through Instagram here to book classes.
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