This could be a super useful drill if you’re having trouble getting inverted. Jumping is usually not encouraged in aerial class, but if you can maintain healthy posture (aka, not arching) it can be a helpful way to find your way to your first inversion.
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1. Put on wristlocks and make sure they are not too low or you will bump the mat. See how I rise up until my hands are at my pecs. Don’t straighten those arms early!!!!!!!!!!
2. Push off the ground with knees tucked and arms bent, hands by pecs, elbows in. Keep the legs nice and tucked!
3. Use your core strength to catch yourself once upside down–you are not aiming for a full flip.
4. As you repeat, try to reduce the push off the ground. Eventually, you will work your way toward a lift + an inversion, all based in your very own strength.
Bring awareness to your core while you do this one, focusing on how it makes the movement possible.
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