Inside Aerial Fit: Trapeze

We often get questions about our aerial classes, so we’re creating videos will give you a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in each class we offer. The sixth in the series is Trapeze.

Static Trapeze is one of the most classic and oldest of the circus apparatuses. It is familiar to many of us because it shares some similar characteristics with the playground monkey bars, but it is truly a sophisticated apparatus all to its own.

Moves can be done below the bar, on the bar, using the bar and the ropes, or above the bar using only the ropes. Practice and playing on the trapeze quickly builds grip strength as well as upper body and core strength. Don’t worry…you don’t need to be able to do a pull-up to get on the bar. We will teach you the techniques of static trapeze, including how to easily get on and off the trapeze, how to hang and do beats from under the bar, how to use the bar and the ropes to support weight and transition smoothly into gorgeous positions, and eventually how to play in the ropes and do exciting momentum moves.

We work over thick crash mats and a soft gymnastics floor. As a beginner you will work low to the ground learning a variety of fun poses, and some poses that you might find scary at first but will quickly learn to love. We value longevity so shoulder and core position is emphasized early on. As you build familiarity and strength with the trapeze, you will progress to higher and more complex moves. Our advanced students are creating their own choreography and moves!

There is no aerial experience needed to take your first class. We recommend a weekly practice, either in conjunction with, or without, other aerial skills classes as well. Please show up at least 10 minutes early for your first class. Wear comfortable, form-fitting clothing that covers the armpits and knees, and remove all jewelry from your arms, hands and fingers. See our full schedule at

Thanks to Kelly and Lindsey for taking part! See our full schedule here