By Becky Garcia
Paralegal, AIReal Yogi & Beginning Aerialist
My real transformation took place when I joined The Aerial Studio for their “21 Day Challenge.” I made the commitment to take a class every day, for 21 days… starting, the Monday after my very first aerial class. Here I go, jumping into the deep end learning how to fly.
I was so excited to meet all the different teachers and try the different types of classes and learn new skills and tricks on the apparatuses! I signed up for my classes in advance, sometimes I even took two when I was feeling adventurous. I alternated between Beginning Aerial, AIReal Yoga, Aerial Conditioning and any other class I could fit into my schedule. Matt (my husband) signed up for the new client unlimited 30 day special The Aerial Studio was offering too. It was a lot of fun learning new things together.
At the beginning of the challenge I could barely climb up the silk using my left or right foot, I could not tuck over onto the hammock or the trapeze my own, my hands and forearms were so weak I had to stop and stretch in between each skill I was learning and trying, and forget pull ups! I was discouraged, at first, because everything was so hard and I was barely strong enough to do the most basic skills. Oh, and my whole body was so sore from the discovery of new and unused muscle groups.
However, even though it was really hard some days, I really tried to keep a positive attitude, and it worked, because with every class I attended I seemed to be more flexible and stronger too.
I think it was helpful that Matt was super supportive and encouraged me to stick with it and win! He noticed I was more bright and shiny and had a new passion; I would come home after each class if he couldn’t go and tell him all the new things I was learning and when I finally accomplished something new.
This was one of the most challenging things I have done in my life, but I did it, everyday, and all my hard work was rewarded with the best feeling ever, the satisfaction of reaching my goals!
I'm finally able to tuck over on the hammock without help, climb up the silks (relatively easily) with both feet (still not to the top, yet) and I can pull off a knee hang on the trapeze and lyra.
I am feeling more confident about my body, my posture has improved, my clothes are fitting better, and I am inspired to live an active healthier lifestyle.
Oh, and I am looking forward to the next 21 day challenge to push me even farther!
Until next time… keep soaring!