Top 10 Tips for Static Trapeze Beginners

  • Nadia

    I love the new format Amy!!! Great idea.

    Arnica… what a lifesaver. I have bubble bath from Neal’s Yard remedies which has it in it and is lovely and you can also get it in tablet format.

    Another tip – use video!! what you think you are doing and what you are actually doing are often miles apart (for me anyway!!). Seeing yourself can help you correct mistakes and decide what you find asthetically pleasing, and it’s fun to have records of your progress :)

    Looking forward to more in this series!

  • Amy

    Yes, more great advice, Nadia. Thank you so much!

  • Ava & David

    Amy, … you have a face for TV. We love the hairdo. We love the earrings. We love Mina sneaking into the show. We love the caveat on, “You’re going to die!”. Mostly, we love you. ;-)

  • simon

    hey amy

    that’s great, they’d probably be my top 10, as well.

    a few more:

    a) food. its quite energy intensive so i certainly need to have calories inside me to do it well. on the other hand, i dont want to be hanging in hocks with a full stomach. so its about balance.

    b)layers. if you keep practicing the same move (eg, star on the bar), it can really rub the skin off. having more than one layer of clothing can prevent this. cloth moving against cloth is better than rope against skin. having layers available helps for cooling down too.

    c)ibuprofen! i’ve used a lot since taking up trapeze in the last year!

    d) put in the time. if you go once a week, you will improve; if you go twice a week, you will improve twice as much and so on.

    of course, do consult your shrink around any ocd issues you may have :-)

  • Mic

    Hi – I just stumbled on this video, and then your blog and I found it really inspiring! I’ve been learning static trapeze for about 7 months and have also fell in love with it :)

    Im curious – how do you use rock rosin? I’ve only ever used powder.

  • Amatheya

    Hey Amy,

    This looks brilliant!!! Can’t wait to see you’r next one :)

  • Amy

    Mik – you can break up the rock rosin into a loose powder by banging it on the ground in a plastic bag (so you don’t make a mess) and then you can also break up the small pebbles when they are inside the sock I showed in the video. It breaks up really easily. Hope that makes sense!

  • Xanix

    Thanks very much for the vid and the routine you’ve shown in another one is amazing to watch.
    It would be great if you posted more tips for beginners, like initial conditioning and safety…I’m just a recreational dancer and fitness enthusiast who tried to learn some trapeze stuff in the local jungle gym (can’t afford training now as I’m in school)… which resulted in a fall from about 6 feet onto my lower back on the ground. :[[[[ Had to stop dancing for 2 month and now afraid of the bar….
    I tried to go into the pike and over-rotated into skin-the-cat–next thing I knew my body was picking up speed rotating down towards the grownd until shoulder flexibility limit had been reached–at that point my hold on a bar falied and I plunged down :[[ scary as hell.

  • Amy

    Xanix- I hope you have healed fully healed after taking time off. What a terrible fall- it must have been painful and very scary. If it makes you feel any better, that is not an uncommon thing to have happen – to over-rotate into a skin the cat with momentum. It happened with my doubles partner once when we were learning a new trick. I will definitely do a video on conditioning and some basic safety precautions. Safety rule No. 1 for beginners is to always use a mat. But in your case, using a jungle gym to train can be very tricky because a stationary object behaves much differently than a dynamic object like a static trapeze. I’ll think of some safe conditioning moves you can do on the jungle gym and include that in my next video. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  • Xanix

    Thank you…well at least now I know that others took the same fall, I thought it was a sign of total fail. I thought I broke my back at 1st. Yes thanks, I’m healed–I think I might have cracked the tailbone though. Yes it just occurred to me that stationary bar will often let generate more momentum than trapeze! What I do now is try to hang off the bar at the lowest skin-the-cat/German hang point and move up and down, on a low bar. I had downloaded the conditioning guide from the link you posted in earlier blog–this is very helpful. So yes I’m back on the bar trying simple things… I do wonder though if one has to have super-flexible shoulders to be safe doing anything.

  • Renee

    Hello! I just started practicing the trapeze about 1.5 months ago and so far, it’s been so much fun. That being said, I’m highly embarrassed by my inability to even do one pull up, chin up and can only pike as high as hip high from a dead-hang. =( This means that I can’t even begin to be able to do a pull-over (even with beatbacks) let alone inversions, or a lot of the other tricks.

    Do you have any suggestions for conditioning when you don’t own a pull-up bar? My landlords don’t allow me to put holes in the wall, and even with the newer pull-up bars without having to screw into a wall, they sometimes leave large circular dents in the doorframe and I’m sure they wouldn’t be pleased with that either. I don’t have access yet to open practice hours at my circus school. I just so embarrassed to be the only person in my class who can’t even do one pull up or a proper pike!

    I always thought I was pretty strong as I’ve had a strong yoga practice for almost 4 years, but turns out I’m pretty weak!

  • Amy

    Hi Renee – so sorry for the delay in replying. First off, you are doing GREAT for training only 1.5 months. It took me about 9 months to build strength to do a single pull up and it took about 1.5 years to be able to do an up and over (pull over) with a beat. These is a fairly advanced move and if I don’t do it often, I lose it very quickly. These things take persistence and patience to develop!

    To answer your question, there are free-standing pull-up bars you can buy, but they are expensive and take up a lot of space. Or if you have a gym membership, you can do some great conditioning there. And if that’s not possible, go find a jungle gym at a playground. You can do tons of stuff on that equipment.

    I hope this is helpful and best of luck with your training.

  • Renee

    Hi Amy!

    Thanks for replying. I bought a resistance band to help me with assisted pull-ups but it’s still difficult. Just working on basic upper-body strengthening with weights and the band as well.

    A few weeks ago I got as close as possible to a pull-over with a beat, but was cheating by using the lines with my feet to help myself. But in the end I ended up losing grip and falling flat on my face (everybody has to fall at some point!). In the pullover, with or without a beat is it mostly arm or core strength?

    Anyway, thanks for the suggestions! Nothing by my apartment but soccer goal posts but I do have access to my campus gym…even if it is a crappy one!

  • Jen

    Just wanted to say thanks for this video, and I love your blog! I’ve been doing aerials (static trapeze, silks, and rope) for about 6 months now and am loving it. I was looking for book suggestions and found your site. Great idea about writing things down too- I can usually do tricks just fine when they are explained but then forget them by the next class. Love the hematoma of the week too- too true.

  • Krissy

    Hello! I recently found your blog looking for info about static trapeze as I do silks and recently started learning trapeze. I didn’t know a cream existed that helped bruises, so thank you for that! Great tips in the video. I was wondering though if you know about those black lace-up shoe/sock things that a lot of static trapeze performers wear that cover the tops of their feet and their ankles. What are they called, and where can I buy some?

  • Amy

    @Jen – thank you so much for watching and commenting. I’m so glad you found the information useful and entertaining! The Hematoma of the Week is something every aerialist can relate to:-)

    @Krissy – those are called aerial boots and they’re super sexy. They are typically custom made because the leathermaker takes about 10 different measurements. I got mine in London, but haven’t yet found anyplace in the U.S. Because it’s such a niche product, you’ll likely have better luck asking around your aerial school to see if anyone makes them. I’ll also start looking around, too, and will let you know if I find someone who makes them.

  • http://N/A Brian

    Hello! I haven’t started yet, but I’ll be doing so within the month. These tips are really useful so I know what to expect, and also have given me some good ideas of what I might need – especially grip chalk. Good video.

    Thanks. :)

  • Mia

    Hey Amy,
    Really loved the video! I was just wondering if I can hang my trapeze in my apartment? If not where else would I be able to set it up? thanks again.=)

  • Amy

    Hi Mia,
    Thanks for taking time to watch and comment! Rigging a trapeze in your apartment is a tricky thing. I would only suggest you try to rig it if you’re able to consult with a structural engineer to see if your beams/joists are strong enough.

    As for other locations, I am really conservative about safety and would only recommend rigging to something that’s been inspected by a professional.


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