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The promise

A one-hour introduction to the high-flying world of aerial hoops and silks.

The reality

As I walk in, the place strikes me as a ballet studio with attitude.

The NeverEnding Story theme song is playing while girls from previous class are doing the splits – as a cool-down – and others are practising on the poles.

I move to the back of the space, where the hoops and silks hang from the ceiling. I’m keen to hang upside down but our teacher, Liz, takes us through some warm-up exercises and safety instructions first. We do leg stretches, push-ups and abdominal work on the floor, and then chin-ups.

The necessity for all of this becomes apparent when we finally move on to silks: it’s all about upper-body strength. Liz demonstrates a “French climb” on the silk, which turns out to be much harder than it looks, followed by a “Russian climb”.

It’s a fun and giggly affair trying to loop our legs around to create a foothold and then pull ourselves up the rope using the strength of our arms.

It’s also very rewarding when we finally get the hang of it. We then move to the hanging hoops, where we jump-lift ourselves up and hook our legs through to then dangle upside-down. Finally, we perch ourselves in the hoops in a pretty rest pose known as the “tweety”.

The pay-off

The satisfaction of nailing some new and dynamic moves.

The pain factor

Naturally, my arms hurt a little the next day and I notice a few interesting bruises on my body.

Who should do it?

Those looking for a different kind of whole-body strength and flexibility workout.

The bill

Casual classes are $22 and eight-week courses start at $215.

would i do it again?

Yes! I would really like to become an aerial superstar.