On-Apparatus Private Lessons Return Starting May 18th

We’re so happy to be getting you back in the air. The governor has announced that gyms and fitness studios may reopen on May 18th with social distancing requirements and other restrictions in place. Our first priority has always been your safety and that has been in the front of our minds as we’ve planned our reopening strategy. While at this point nobody can ensure zero virus transmission while out in public, we are taking steps to severely limit any possible virus transmission as our state moves to reopen.

Quick Summary

  1. We are following local COVID-19 guidelines.
  2. We are still offering online live-streaming classes.
  3. We will start offering on-apparatus private lessons on Monday, May 18th.
  4. On-apparatus private lessons are only available to current members.
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To adhere to social distancing requirements in the context of an aerial practice, the first phase of our reopening (starting May 18th) will be limited to private lessons for current members only, in conjunction with online ground training classes. Here’s what you need to know about your new normal for now at Aerial Fit.

WHAT WE’RE DOING TO KEEP STUDENTS AND STAFF SAFE

  • We are continuing to offer our schedule of online live classes, to keep you aerial fit while grounded at home. These classes will supplement your on apparatus training and make your aerial comeback more smooth.
  • For the foreseeable future there will be no apparatus sharing. All lessons will be one student per apparatus with the instructor on their own apparatus. All apparatuses that can be disinfected between users will be, and all apparatuses that cannot realistically be cleaned between users (for example, aerial fabrics and aerial slings) will “rest” for 3 days between users. Based on current research this is plenty of time for the virus to die if on a soft porous surface.
  • In Phase 1 of our reopening we are limiting the capacity of our training floor to a maximum of 4 people at one time. This will allow everyone to maintain much more than the recommended 6 feet of social distancing which we feel is not enough for our comfort in this early phase of reopening.
  • All crash mats will be disinfected between users.
  • We are providing individual vinyl warm-up and floor conditioning mats for students to use instead of being on the floor. These will be disinfected between users.
  • We will not be offering hands on spotting during Phase 1, except in an emergency. This is a time to slowly make your aerial comeback by starting with conditioning, review of familiar skills, and simple choreography. 
  • We will not be accepting new students during Phase 1 since new students require hands on assistance.
  • Rosin and chalk will be sold in individual quantities that you will be able to keep with you and bring to your lesson.
  • Spectators will not be allowed during private lessons. 
  • The facility will be cleaned thoroughly and frequently. Cleaning supplies will be provided near any frequently touched surface so that students may have the option to disinfect before use.
  • Nobody who has symptoms of COVID-19 (see below) is allowed in the space. Everyone who enters will have their temperature scanned with a touch free forehead thermometer before continuing past the sign in desk.
  • Weather permitting, we will have the roll-up door open to allow for an influx of fresh air circulation through the studio. When weather does not allow, we will at a minimum open the roll-up door for a few minutes periodically throughout the day to allow for fresh air to circulate.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO HELP US KEEP THE COMMUNITY SAFE

We are all in this together, and to prevent a setback or another closure due to an outbreak in the local or regional community requires us all to be vigilant. Your new normal at Aerial Fit will include the following.

BEFORE ENTERING:

  • Be aware of the symptoms of COVID-19. According to the CDC, symptoms may include Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fever, Chills, Repeated Shaking with Chills, Muscle Pain, Headache, Sore Throat, New Loss of Taste or Smell. 
  • If you have had any symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure to someone with the disease, then stay home and do not enter the studio! Guidelines for how and when to stop self-isolating can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html

WHEN ENTERING FOR YOUR SCHEDULED LESSON:

  • When you arrive for your class or lesson, wait outside until we flip the door sign to ENTER before entering. This will help us keep the entrance area clear and allow us to get previous students out the door, and any cleaning that needs to take place finished, before the next student enters. 
  • Take and record your temperature on arrival with our touch free forehead thermometer. The new sign-in sheet will ask you about symptoms and known exposures.
  • Be aware of your space and leave plenty of space (6 foot minimum) between yourself and others while in the studio.
  • Wash your hands before and after each class or lesson.
  • Do not touch your face with an unwashed hand.
  • If you cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue which you immediately discard, or into the crook of your elbow. Wash your hands immediately after.
  • Clean up after yourself. Signage will be posted regarding this but it will be necessary for students to clean their own crash mats and warm-up mats after use.
  • Follow the 3 C’s:
    • COVER – cough (or sneeze) into the crook of your elbow or into a tissue that is immediately thrown away, then wash your hands.
    • CLEAN – Frequently wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds – about the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice.
    • CONTAIN – Stay home when you are sick until you have been free of fever for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. 
  • Be patient with yourself. It’s been awhile since you’ve been in the air but don’t worry we have a plan! Keep reading for more on what to expect as you return to aerial practice after a break.

Be aware: The wearing of masks at Aerial Fit is optional at this time. Masks can protect the people around you in normal situations, however, during aerial practice masks can create a hazard in that they limit breathing, volume of speech, peripheral vision, and may present a distraction if they slip or move during certain moves. Feel free to wear a mask when you enter and leave the space, and anytime you are not working on complex aerial skills, if you prefer.

COMING BACK TO AERIAL AFTER A BREAK

Coming back to your aerial practice after a break is exciting, and you’re likely going to want to jump right back into where you were when we closed. But, your body is going to have other plans. If you’ve been keeping up with your training in our online classes, then you’ll have a good head start. But, you will still have to reacclimate your body to the unique demands of being in the air. We approach coming back to aerial after any break (from vacation, injury, illness, or circumstances) as the same process.

  • Ease back in. Start with very simple skills. Our first time back will often feel like a slow extended on apparatus warm-up where we spend a long time checking in with our grip, our climbs, our simple mounts, our simple footlocks, etc.
  • Be patient with yourself. Your mind will want to do more than your body will be ready for. Be disciplined so that you can come back strong. 
  • Take this opportunity to hone in on any weak points, bad habits, or long term challenges you’ve had with aerial. Have you always felt like your lines could be better? Then focus on extending through all of your simple skills. Have you always felt tweaky in one or both shoulders? Hone in on your alignment in your most basic skills, so you can change any bad habits you may have unknowingly had.
  • Develop new habits and drop old ones. Habits are so hard to break! But, they’re easier to break when they’re no longer a habit. This is why as instructors we’ve always found that students without good training (either no training or poor quality instruction) have the hardest time progressing…there are too many bad habits and it’s very hard to change them once they’re ingrained. Students starting with a blank slate have the opportunity to develop amazing habits right from the start, and they progress to their goals the fastest. Take time to be sure you’re only bringing back to your practice what you want to bring back (for example, your amazing toe point) and leave that which was holding you back (for example, your tendency to let that one shoulder roll forward in your lock-offs).
  • Have fun! Remember what you love about aerial and find that joy again through simple skills and sequences at first. Once your body has spent some time in the air it will remember quickly, and you will be back where you were (and even further along) before you know it.

 

What else to know:

Your pre-pandemic memberships and class cards remain on hold, and will be there for you when we get closer to normal. 

If you have any questions about anything at all please contact us. We look forward to seeing you (whether in person or virtually) soon!