Our June event was with Go Ninja Aerial Circus Fitness, which was focused around workouts on silk ribbons.
Taken from their site, Go Ninja’s Mission is:
to provide an artistic form of movement and music to the little artist inside of EveryBody! Go Ninja was founded by teachers who love aerial circus arts, dance, martial arts, and music. We combine these arts to develop a challenging and beautiful form of movement that promotes grace, flexibility, strength, and confidence.
The gym is owned and run by Linda Murphy Park McIntosh and her daughters, Heather and Shaunna, and has been around since the 70’s. Girl power! Heather, the most flexible and funniest chick I have ever met, led us through our 2 hour class, and the first memorable things she said included, “I will make you vomit,” and, “I won’t be offended if you edit my swears for your posts.”
Heather started by giving us the down low on Go Ninja, and then put us through a warm-up, that included stretching, jogging, loosening up our arms, somersaults, and per my request, handstands.
After our warm-up, we were gradually introduced to the silk ropes.
One of the first moves we learned, was this one, which I don’t even remember what it was called, but it was my favorite since it was so easy.
Jaime’s height put her to an advantage and got high on her move. I, on the other hand, was approximately 7 inches off of the ground, ha!
Heather told us you can do each move slow or fast, and can add emphasis to it. I went for the dramatic pose. Naturally.
I lied because this was my favorite pose. Just hanging around upside down in the air. (Yes, I was so terrified that I wanted to $hit my pants.
The ribbons were kind of painful as they dug into my hips, but Heather said after several classes, you don’t even notice the pain.
The pigeon pose stumped me because I have stumps for legs and arms, but Jaime and Janine have arms and legs of the Gods, so they could easily complete it. Maybe not easily, but nonetheless, they did.
One of the last moves that Heather had us try included hanging sideways in the air. While I struggled, Janine nailed it. This is one of my favorite shots from the day. How beautiful and happy does she look?!
I honestly have to say that this was the best class that I have ever taken, and am planning on going back again.
Go Ninja offers Level 1 and Level 2 classes, and also offers an array of options, including boxing, boot camp, pilates, yoga, kickboxing, and also jiu jitsu. Bare Knuckle Murphy’s is actually THE place to train if you’re a boxer… and they’ve trained Olympians!
Go Ninja offers single classes at a drop in rate of $25, or you can buy an 8-class package for $120. If you’re in the area, and want to take the 90 minute orientation class, there’s a deal on Groupon right now for only $19!
Thanks again for the awesome event, Go Ninja!
Have you ever taken an aerial class before? If not, would you?!