Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Aerial Arts and Aerial Yoga?
Aerial Arts comprises of aerial apparatus such as static trapeze, silks and lyra (which are commonly seen in Cirque-du-Soilei acts). Aerial Fitness Studio makes it possible for anyone to be able to feel like an aerial acrobat through our beginner courses onwards. Aerial Yoga uses a hammock to strengthen and stretch the body through a flow of yoga poses.
What is the difference between an Open Class and the Aerial Arts 8-week course?
Open Classes are drop-in classes open and suitable to all levels from beginner to advance. The instructors in Open Classes make modifications according to your level of expertise and mobility limitations. Students in an Aerial Arts 8-week course must allow 8 weeks of commitment to master a set of tricks and transitions. The 8-week courses requires discipline and practice for students to pass the assessment during the final week.
What is the difference between Aerial Yoga Basics and Aerial Yoga?
Aerial Yoga Basics are for absolute beginners who are new to aerial fitness or aerial yoga. The class will be taught the same set of sequence for one term (8 weeks). There will be a new beginner sequence every term so beginners are welcome to join for as long as they are comfortable. Through repetitive practice in Aerial Yoga Basics, beginners will be able to master the fundamental poses which will get them ready to join Aerial Yoga. In Aerial Yoga, the sequence is more challenging and more strength is required to be able to follow through the sequence and flow. Aerial Yoga is suitable for anyone who is confident of inverting and can hold poses for a longer period of time.
We recommend students to join a few months of Aerial Yoga Basics regularly to enjoy Aerial Yoga to its full potential.
If I have prior aerial experience, how do I get assessed to join Aerial Arts courses at AFS?
There are a few options for students from other studios to join courses at AFS:
Your first option is to read the pre-requisites stated in each level of each apparatus on our website, and decide which level suits you best. There is no refund if you decide to pull out halfway through the 8-week course. There will be a penalty fee of $35 if you request for a change in level during the term.
Your second option is to arrange a private lesson with an instructor. This will be an evaluation lesson where the instructor can assess your skill level and recommend you for higher level classes or a course of training. Private training is scheduled according to the studio and instructor’s availability. We recommend you to email us with a list of your available timeslot. Private classes are offered at $150 per 60 minute session. Payment is to be made one week before the scheduled class. There will be no refund if class has to be rescheduled or cancelled 2 days prior to class day.
Your third option is to send video documentation of yourself performing or practicing in the aerial art you want to specialise in. Our instructors can evaluate your skills from the video and make their recommendations from there. We look for skill sets based on our pre-requisites stated in our website. We would recommend you to show us the tricks and transitions you have achieved so far, along with the pre-requisites required, in order for us to place you in the right level accurately.
Is there any weight restriction or age limit?
Our rigging system and aerial apparatus are regularly checked and can take up to one tonne (which means anyone can give it a try).
Our classes are conducted for adults from 21 years old onwards. We welcome teenagers from 13 to 20 years as private class students, during our off-peaking hours on weekdays 2pm to 5pm. Teenagers must bring a parent to the studio to sign the indemnity form and present their Identification Card to verify their age. Once we have verified and receive the signed form, they can purchase the private class credits on the Glofox app. We will then arrange the private class for you.
We do not accept children from 12 years old and below.
There is no maximum age but we do recommend older students to consider the Open Classes where the apparatus are lower to the ground and the pace is manageable.
Do I have to be strong or flexible to join a class?
No, our classes are structured to help you take the first step. We see progressions in those who attend classes regularly. For those who are active or already flexible, our instructors are more than happy to challenge you to advance to the next level. Our open level classes are mutli-level, there is something for everyone to work on!
How do I start booking for my first class?
Please download Glofox app on your mobile, register and browse for any Open Classes you are interested in.
What is the attire?
Close fitting clothing that allows for movement. Leggings are suggested. Long hair should be pulled back. Jewellery/ watches should be removed before class.
All classes are conducted barefooted. Please bring along a towel for personal hygiene.
What facilities do you have in the studio?
We have shelves for your belongings and footwear, two changing rooms. The washrooms are right outside the studio. We also have room-temperature bottled water for sale at $1 over the counter.
Yoga mats are available. You are welcome to bring your own mats if you are prefer. Please bring a towel as well to class.
Can my kids/family members/friends accompany me to the studio and wait for me?
No. The studio is an open concept space with no waiting area. There are usually more than one class occurring at the same time and the studio space is fully utilized. Also for your own safety, we want you to have 100% focus in your class.
What are the risks of aerial arts?
Aerial arts is a potentially dangerous activity involving acrobatic work at various heights. The most common injuries are overuse injuries of shoulders and back, pulled muscles, bruises, fabric-burns, and dizziness/nausea (from upside-down or spinning). Possible risks include but are not limited to sprains, broken bones, paralysis or death. Students agree to participate at their own risk.
Students should only take classes from professional aerial trainers. Aerial arts involve complex wraps and positions that if executed incorrectly or slightly off could have major consequences including falling out of the air. It also involves subjecting the body to large impact forces that may cause sprains, strains, overuse injuries, and internal organ injuries and/or bleeding if done incorrectly. Do not try to learn from Youtube or people who are not qualified, professionals. Unsafe aerial instruction can result in paralysis or death.
What safety measures do you take?
Aerial Fitness Studio takes your safety very seriously. Our teachers have over 10 years of combined aerial teaching experience, and they continue to train with the principal teacher on a regular basis that focuses on teaching and spotting techniques. We also carry commercial liability insurance. Our aerial equipment holds a minimum of 2,000lbs, and the rigging holds at least 10,000 lbs. We have a regular inspection and maintenance schedule to keep our equipment clean and in good repair. We work above high-impact gymnastics mats that are specially designed to absorb large impact forces.
What can I do to ensure my safety?
Your safety is ultimately in your hands. All students must adhere to the Aerial Fitness Studio student safety policy, or they will be asked to leave the class.
Aerial Fitness Studio Student Safety Policy
1. We insist on a mastery of basic skills before progressing to skills requiring more strength, endurance, stability, and understanding. Our program is based on Levels (1-5) that build on each other. Students must strictly adhere to the level progression and may not learn or practice skills above their level, including all Open Aerial classes.
2. Students must be able to execute a pose or sequence with strength, control, and proper body positioning before progressing to a more difficult skill.
3. Students must strictly adhere to the working heights specified in the program. The program starts low to the ground while students’ bodies and minds adapt to the new movements. Students will only be allowed to work at greater heights when they can safely execute the skill (with control) many times low to the ground first.
4. Students are not allowed under any circumstances to teach other students or anyone else, any movement, pose, sequence, or skill. This is also known as skill-trading or skill-sharing and is strictly prohibited. Please check out this great article by Laura Witwer that explains why. When the Blind Lead the Blind
5. Students must get instructor approval before practicing skills that were not taught to them by Aerial Fitness Studio.
6. Students are not allowed to practice anything that they learned off YouTube. If a student wants to learn a skill that they saw on YouTube, they can email the link to their instructor and ask their instructor to teach it during class. The instructor will evaluate whether the skill is appropriate for the student’s level, and will teach it accordingly. Please check out this great article by Laura Witwer that explains why. DIY FAIL: How NOT to Learn Circus from YouTube
7. Students must respect the teacher and other students at all times.
8. Students may not be under the influence of alcohol, any illegal drugs, or any prescription or over-the-counter drugs that affect their focus and concentration.
9. Unsupervised practice is strictly forbidden.
10. Students must respect their bodies. They are responsible for listening to their bodies, and not pushing them past safe working limits. Late nights, drinking, illness, stress, injury, and monthly cycles can all affect an aerialist’s strength and stamina. Be aware that your ability to safely execute sequences may vary daily.
11. Warm-up properly to avoid pulling or straining muscles.