Candlestick Tucks – Aerial Silks Conditioning

Candlestick Tucks – Aerial Silks Conditioning

Candlestick tucks: excellent foundational/warm-up movement for anyone who can invert. As a teacher I really like to emphasize basic shapes, as they are the building blocks of aerial movement.
Drills like these might look very simple, but how much they offer depends on how you practice them. You can make this not just a drill, but also an exercise in body awareness. You can do these with intention, feeling your body in great detail and giving attention to your breathing. I think drills are the perfect opportunity to do this, since they are simpler and more repetitive than the tricks/skills that usually come later in a training session.
1. Put on wristlocks of choice (optional, but I don’t use this as a grip drill so I prefer the ease offered by wristlocks)
2. Invert into a tucked position.
3. Extend legs up into a candlestick position, squeezing arms into legs to help with balance. I stay pretty hollow for these, but you could go into a more neutral position if you’re interested in exploring that.
4. Tuck legs toward chest and repeat.
Note: I would not normally add a spin. I only did it to be able to show you all the angles.
Enjoy! If you’re grounded, keep an eye out because I will be adding more handstand drills to this feed. I also post a weekly floor drill so stick around for those if you aren’t airborne these days.