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    Here's Everything You Need To Know Before Trying Aerial Circus Classes

    You don't have to run away to join the circus — or to get a great workout.

    Hi there! I'm Susie, and I've been taking aerial circus classes for five years now.

    1. "Aerial arts," "aerial circus," and "cirque-style fitness" are broad terms that cover a whole bunch of different activities.

    2. Aerial yoga is a different (very cool!) thing entirely.

    3. You don't need to have a particular body type to do aerial circus.

    4. Aerial can be accessible and adapted to people with different abilities.

    5. It's not just for women.

    6. You don't need a ton of upper body strength to start, but if you stick with it you might develop some serious guns.

    7. You'll get a great core workout, too.

    8. You don't have to be super flexible, either.

    9. Consider what class level and format will work best for you.

    10. Find a qualified teacher who practices proper safety measures.

    11. Be prepared to sign a waiver before class.

    12. Expect to learn a few basics in your first class and stay pretty close to the floor.

    13. Wear comfortable clothes that will keep you covered while you're upside down.

    14. You'll want to eat a light, nutritious meal a few hours before class.

    15. Expect to be sore the day after your first class. Like, got-hit-by-a-truck levels of sore.

    16. Don't be surprised if you develop a few "apparatus hickeys."

    17. Don’t stress out if you don’t look like a pro at first.

    18. Be ready for some mental challenges along with the physical ones.