The Beast from the East has hit the UK hard; bring subzero temperatures, foot upon foot of snow, and perilous journeys to the drafty warehouses and high ceilinged halls in which most of our aerial training takes place. Consequently, make sure you treat your body right during Winter training by considering the following…
The Warm Up Should be Exactly That
A good warm up increases your core body temperature and thus prepares your body for the Circus Joy you’re about to encounter. Are you sweating slightly? No? That means you are not warm enough. Drop and give me twenty!
Remember; it is not only your instructor or teacher’s job to get you warmed up and ready for training. Everyone’s body is different, and as a result what your teacher does in a warm up might not be completely what you need. This is especially true if it’s low temperatures.
Layers, Layers and More Layers
The trick to training in the cold is to make sure you layer up. Your clothes should be form fitting, and easy to take on and off as needed. Beware of loose fitting clothing that may hang over your head when you hang upside down, and poorly positioned zips that will potentially snag and ruin your equipment.
Clothes that are good for laying may include:
- Tight/well fitting hats such a snug beanie,
- Wide head bands that fit around the ears,
- Tube scarf (sometimes called a neck gaiter),
- Cotton leggings,
- Back warmers (the fabric ones as worn by dancers, not electrically heated ones!),
- Leg warms,
- Arm warmers,
- A pair of Aerial Boots,
- Several pairs of socks/”grippy socks”,
- Jogging bottoms,
- Long sleeved t-shirts
- Hoodless hoodies or other jumpers.
Chit-Chat? None of That!
Training in cold weather should be as efficient as you can make it; this is not like that beautiful day in August when you sat on your lyra, gossiping with your friends and sipping Lipton. You need to get in to class, get warmed up and getting moving. If you let yourself get cold, you’ll risk injuring yourself so save the chit-chat for after class.
Uhhh, Push It!
After paragraphs of me telling you to get on with it and get moving, you’re most likely ready to make like Salt ‘N’ Pepper and “push it real good”, but this is not that best approach… Yes; you want your muscle to be warm, but if today is the day you start learning the splits; you’re in for a nasty time. The cold weather, even after warming up and cooling down will only cause you to cease up. On those cold trainings days make sure you do your conditioning and then focus on nailing those moves you are already practicing, and save the new ones for a days you are uninhibited.
About the author
Snaith founded touring theatre company, Dread Falls Theatre, in 2011. Inspired by folk tales from around the world, Snaith immerses audiences in magical and imaginative worlds through her use of imaginative stage design, physical storytelling, puppets, and circus skills. To learn more about Victoria and her work visit www.facebook.com/dreadfallstheatre or Tweet her @victoria_dft