Flying Fantastic Blog

Hello aerial addicts and aerial addicts in the making! This blog is to try and share the knowledge that we have accumulated since our first aerial classes in 2011. We'd like to inspire other people to share the aerial love and enjoy the benefits of a life upside down!
Aerial | Conditioning | Rigging | Equipment | Wellbeing | Silks | Nutrition | Accessibility | Aerial Yoga | Circus | All
Aerial Silks

ABOUT US TRYING AERIAL AND HOW IT MIGHT JUST CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

This is a love story between 2 ordinary humans and a long piece of material suspended from the ceiling like in that BBC ad....
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Aerial | Wellbeing
January 2023
Aerial Silks

THE TROUBLE WITH THE DRIVE TO IMPROVE

The marvellous Malik talks us through his mental process of accepting his aerial achievements for what they are and how he re-frames his perspective. READ MORE
Aerial | Wellbeing | Circus
June 2024
Aerial Silks

UNLOCK YOUR ATHLETIC POTENTIAL WITH MENSTRUAL CYCLE TRAINING

Pieta, our Fantastic Aerial Pilates instructor as she discovers how menstrual cycles affect our training and how to use hormones to our advantage!READ MORE
Aerial Silks

KIDS' AERIAL JOURNALS

Have you checked out our range of aerial journals yet?READ MORE
Aerial Silks

THE LGBTQIA+ HISTORY OF CIRCUS

Enjoy a short dive into the LGBTQIA+ history of circus as we look over some prominant figures and how the circus and queer communities have become entwined.  READ MORE
Accessibility | Circus
February 2024
Aerial Silks

EVERY BODY IS AN AERIAL BODY

Clare Liedstrand, a London-based American writer, writes about how aerial has reframed her relationship with her mind and body and how we should use new years resolutions to be mindful to start the year right!
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January 2024
Aerial Silks

NAIL YOUR INVERT THROUGH MUSCLE FAILURE

The key to muscle growth is training our muscles to rep failure. Olivia give us an insight on how she has nailed her invert!READ MORE

December 2023
Aerial Silks

CALLUS CARE 101

As aerialists, we put our hands through the paces, hanging off bars, gripping onto fabrics and applying drying chalk or sticky rosin. Come and see how to take care of them to stay in the air even longer!READ MORE
Aerial | Equipment | Wellbeing
November 2023
Aerial Silks

INSTAGRAM TUTORIALS AND INSPIRATION!

If you follow us on Instagram, you'll have seen that we've been creating tutorials on a variety of topics by a variety of our fabulous trainers! We've arranged them below by category so that you can find them easily! Please let us know if this is helpful and what else you would like to see here! To get the most up-to-date tutorials, make sure you are following us on our social media channels! READ MORE
Aerial | Conditioning | Equipment | Silks
November 2023
Aerial Silks

ONLINE AERIAL YOGA RESOURCES

Our Aerial Yoga app is now live! Currently available is our Aerial Yoga Teacher Training, Aerial Yoga for Beginners and Find Your Flow Aerial Yoga Sequencing Course. In development is our Members subscription area full of Strength and Conditioning Exercises, Flows, Live and On-Demand classes. Watch this space! READ MORE
Aerial Silks

AERIAL YOGA FLASHCARDS

We are loving our new Aerial Yoga Flashcards. Download and print at home to help with lesson planning, creating sequences or as an aide memoire for moves! Available on our new Etsy store!READ MORE
Aerial Silks

THE ACCESSIBLE AERIAL COURSE AT FLYING FANTASTIC

'Aerial for all' is a very easy thing to say, but often disabled people are left out of exercise classes. This year, Flying Fantastic decided to really commit to this statement by running a 10 week accessible aerial class from January to March this year with funding from Access Sport and Sispan. Read about the course as described by participant Meg Fozzard!  READ MORE
Accessibility
July 2023
Aerial Silks

MY JOURNEY TO AERIAL INVERSIONS

Our inspiring instructor Jemima shares how she nailed her aerial inverts & how you can too!READ MORE
Aerial | Conditioning
July 2023
Aerial Silks

SIMPLE AERIAL HOME CONDITIONING

Some simple - yet unique - conditioning exercises to build strength and flexibility at home. READ MORE
Aerial | Conditioning
June 2023
Aerial Silks

COSTUMES FOR AERIAL

Some tips and tricks to consider when picking out the perfect aerial outfit!READ MORE
Aerial
June 2023
Aerial Silks

NEW TO AERIAL? A HANDY GUIDE ON WHERE TO GET STARTED.

Flying fledgling? A quick guide to where to start your aerial journey.READ MORE
Aerial Silks

ACCESSIBLE AERIAL CLASSES AT FLYING FANTASTIC

Aerial is for everyone. Meet some inspirational aerialists and find out about our regular Accessible Aerial Classes.

Image: Aerialist identifying as a white woman smiles in an aerial hoop wearing a black tshirt that says "Circus for everybody" READ MORE
Wellbeing
May 2023
Aerial Silks

INJURY PREVENTION

Turn Up the Heat on Your Warm Up to Avoid Injury READ MORE
Aerial Silks

WHAT IS A SCRATCH NIGHT?

Want to know what a scratch night is and who it's for? Read more.READ MORE
Aerial
May 2023
Aerial Silks

MY AERIAL SCRATCH NIGHT EXPERIENCE!

Want to know what it's like to perform in one of our Aerial Scratch Nights? Read Orsi's experience here.READ MORE
Aerial
May 2023
Aerial Silks

PREGNANCY AND AERIAL. ITS DIFFERENT FOR EVERYONE.

Pregnacy is not the time to start aerial. And it's an unusual time for aerialists as their bodies change! READ MORE
Aerial | Wellbeing
May 2023
Aerial Silks

HOW TO RE-TAPE AN AERIAL HOOP. THE RIGHT WAY.

If your hoop is looking tatty, ratty and a little worse for wear, check out our guide to retaping your hoop. The right way.READ MORE
Aerial | Rigging | Equipment
March 2023
Aerial Silks

WHAT EXACTLY IS ROSIN? AND WHY IT CAN HELP (AND HINDER) YOUR AERIAL!

Some call it magic. Some call it witchcraft. But what exactly IS rosin? And is it the best form of grip enhancer out there?READ MORE
Aerial | Conditioning
February 2023
Aerial Silks

BEST CRASH MATS FOR AERIAL AT HOME

Landing mats. Another key part of safe aerial training.READ MORE
Aerial | Conditioning | Equipment
February 2023
Aerial Silks

WHAT MAKES THE BEST AERIAL INTENSIVE COURSE?

Getting the most out of your course - The key ingredients of a great intensive course.READ MORE
Aerial | Conditioning
February 2023
Aerial Silks

CONDITIONING FOR AERIALISTS - YOGA

Join Maisie in two at home aerial yoga flows designed with aerialists in mind.READ MORE
Aerial | Conditioning | Wellbeing
April 2023
Aerial Silks

CONDITIONING FOR AERIALISTS - HANDSTANDS

A video conditioning series for handstands by Jen and why handstands are so important by Laura Neall.READ MORE
Aerial | Conditioning
April 2023
Aerial Silks

PLANNING YOUR WARM-UP FOR SELF TRAINING IN AERIAL.

Blog post by Bethany Shum (@flexibility_matters), BSc Physiotherapy, MSc Performing Arts Medicine_  READ MORE
Aerial | Conditioning
December 2022
Aerial Silks

5 AERIAL MYTHS BUSTED

Not flexible enough... Not strong enough... Not enough upper body strength... we've heard it all!READ MORE
Aerial | Conditioning
December 2022
Aerial Silks

BEST AERIAL RIGS FOR AERIAL AT HOME

If we had £1 for every time we were asked how to rig a living room ceiling... instead we bring you the Best Aerial Rigs. READ MORE
Aerial | Equipment
January 2023
Aerial Silks

BEST PROTEIN POWDERS (AND WILL THEY TURN ME INTO A SUPERHERO?)

Olivia Barrowclough demystifies protein powders, explaining what they do, why they're helpful and a few studio faves. READ MORE
Aerial | Conditioning | Wellbeing
January 2023
Aerial Silks

AERIAL ENERGY BALLS THAT MAY ALSO HELP WITH SPINNING!

Looking for a way to fuel up before an aerial class? Look no further. These no-bake ginger energy balls are filled with slow release carbohydrates making them the perfect pre workout fuel. Try out Olivia Barrowcloughs recipe to fuel your aerial workout. 
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Wellbeing | Nutrition
January 2023
Aerial Silks

MAKE AERIAL WORK FOR YOUR BODY

Why aerial is for every body and how to make it work for yours by Hannah VictoryREAD MORE
Aerial | Wellbeing
January 2023