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ABS-olutely Aerials: Using Pilates to Build Core Strength

Updated: Apr 21, 2023

If your core isn't rock solid when you start your aerial practice, well...welcome to the club! Our clientele is made up of people just like yourself! But do not fear. As a certified personal trainer dedicated to continuing education, I have CEU's in Pilates so that I can guide our clients in conditioning those abs in the most effective ways!

You see, Joseph Pilates' theories about coordination of the body, mind and spirit have been around since the 1920s. Pilates-based movements center on strengthening the core through stabilization of the torso. The Pilates technique is an integral part of many dance-based trainings because it complements dancers' traditional exercise training so well.

Here are some training components of Pilates which are hugely beneficial to dancers (and therefore...aerialists):

o Strength and Stabilization

o Flexibility and Range of Motion

o Proper Body Alignment

o Coordination and Body Awareness

o Balance

  • Symmetrical (anterior and posterior muscles) balance

  • Bilateral balance (right and left side)

  • Balance between strength and flexibility - by lengthening tight muscles and strengthening weak muscles.

Do I have you sold yet? The video below shows exercises you can do outside of class to strengthen the core, which then directly translates into more power to the arms & legs in class. Check it out, and then give us a shout with any questions you may still have. Every body is different and we are here to help you figure out what best works for you! XOXO, Mindy

Mindy is the founder of Kalispell's Levitation Nation Aerial Studio, where the catch phrase "fitness is fun" is embodied alongside a culture of movement & women empowerment. Mindy is also a columnist for "Montana Woman Magazine." Her column "The Real Levitation Experience" shares expertise for elevating health and wellness that she has acquired through her certifications as a personal trainer, nutrition coach, and life coach. For more about Mindy, please visit:

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