This is a very different kind of workout, and it’s harder than it looks.
I tried aerial silks at their Union Street headquarters and branch at Battersea. Expect initial confusion as you learn the basics of the French climb and sore hands. You then get to practice foot locks and learn to make interesting shapes on the silks, so you will definitely have some air time before the end of your first class! There are two instructors per class so you will get plenty of support and attention, although some groups are bigger than others.
I was lucky enough to be the first to try their new Aerial HIIT class, a combination of cardio drills and strength work on aerial equipment. Think pull ups on the trapeze bar, core conditioning and inversions on the corde lisse and silks! Throw in a few burpees and voila. I enjoyed the class, though I felt that it wasn’t quite HIIT. The shorter time periods meant that if you didn’t already know how to use the equipment you could end up doing nothing because some of the moves were quite technical.
Sweat index: 4 (it can get quite sweaty with all the climbing!)
Classes: Aerial yoga, silks, harness, trapeze, hoops, corde lisse
Price: 3 classes for £45 for first timers. Also available on Classpass, albeit a reduced schedule.
Amenities: Bring your own towel/toiletries if you’re going to the Union Street studio. No showers at the Battersea studio – it’s in the hall of a community centre.
Address: Union Street: Arch 27, Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union Street, London SE1 0LR
Battersea: The Wilditch Centre, 48 Culvert Road, Battersea, London SW11 5BB