Bicycle climb — not only is it pretty, but it is also actually not particularly strenuous–once you get the hang of it. It’s a climb that can translate between rope and aerial silks. And what I really love about it is that it naturally alternates sides, meaning you get equal use of left and right sides of the body.
However, it DOES require a good deal of…er…cognition. It’s a bit complex, with several things happening at once. This video breaks it down and addresses the most common mistakes I’ve seen students make while working on this climb.
I have also included a little-known detail for how to make it the cleanest possible (hint: how you look at the end matters!). A lot of aerialists overlook this detail.
I have my students practice this one regularly as it is wonderful mind and body training and not overly taxing on the hands and arms. Makes a great warmup climb!
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