Aerial Arts: What to Wear

on September 18, 2012

How to outfit yourself for an aerial arts class.

On your body: Wear tight-fitting clothing that covers the armpits and legs to the ankles. Tuck your shirt in so you’re not adjusting it as you swing. Nix zippers, buttons or any doodads that could scrape or press into your skin.

On your hands. Rubbing your hands with chalk can help you get a tighter, less-slippery grip on a trapeze bar. Remove finger rings.

On your feet. Leg warmers, ankle braces (thick elastic socks with a hole at the heel), or ace bandages protect your ankles when you’re hanging. No shoes.

On your head. Take off dangling earrings and necklaces.

Gear. The studio should provide basic equipment like mats, hanging cloths, trapeze bars, and slings.  Take a bottle of water—you will get thirsty.

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