Lock in Your Aerial Silks Thigh Hitch Using Body Position (no hands)

Lock in Your Aerial Silks Thigh Hitch Using Body Position (no hands)

How can you use body position to secure a thigh hitch so that you can take your hands off the tail?

There are three key actions for locking in a thigh hitch:
1. Folding at the hips
2. Scissoring the legs (actively driving away from each other)
3. Squeezing the thighs together (adduction) with top one is in flexion and bottom one in extension
On the floor, bring your top leg toward your head while you press the bottom leg the opposite way. The most extreme way to express the body position on the floor is to hug your top leg and send the bottom leg as far the other direction as you can. You will not need to go to the absolute extremes to lock the thigh hitch, but doing so on the floor is helpful for understanding what actions make that hitch stay put.
You can practice the same thing in the air. Once you tighten down your thigh hitch wrap, try giving your top leg a hug while the bottom leg reaches behind you. Feel the squeeze of the upper thighs.
It works because it creates compression against the wrap so it doesn’t slide. It fixes it in place. A useful exercise is to practice deliberately loosening the wrap only by changing body position–no hands!
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