This week, fellow (kick-a$$) aerial instructor Adam Woolley rocked the blog-osphere when he posted a thoughtful and well-written entry on the growing number of aerial tutorials available online (if you didn’t see it, click here – it’s a MUST READ). Adam brings up some fabulous points, and, since we’re all talking about it, I figured I would add my two cents. Wondering how to use YouTube and other online resources to further your training? Read on, Dear Dangler!
You’re hungry for training – I get it, I’m there right now with my wheel stuff. I will be the first to tell you that I’m a YouTube junkie – aerial and German wheel videos are like crack to me. Also? Oreos, but that’s another post entirely. I spend at least 20 minutes a day glued to YouTube, combing videos for performances and moves I like and want to
steal learn. BUT – there’s a big difference between appreciating performances/variations and using video as a substitute teacher. There’s a period of time as a student where you’re just learning how your apparatus works; it’s not just a series of tricks that you’re filing away, you’re actively figuring out how to drive this thing. A wrong turn could leave you with an unspeakable wedgie, dislocated shoulder, broken neck, or worse. So, how should you use all this readily available info? With caution, friend.
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- Watch videos and online tutorials.
- Go into the studio and try to recreate what you saw (or think you saw) on your own. You’ll earn yourself a Darwin Award.
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- Watch the masters. What is it about their performance that is so captivating? Do you see things you would like to learn? Make a note of them.
- Work on the material with your coach. NOTE: Do not bombard your instructor with endless links (we love them, but there are only 24 hours in a day), or bring a list of 50 things you would like to work on in a group class – most of us plan our sessions ahead of time with the group in mind. Feel free to make requests, but save the big list for a private lesson.
- Take careful notes in class, observe your fellow students, and video yourself if your instructor allows it. Trust me – you’ll learn more about your performance watching yourself than someone else!
- Soak it all up. Read the blogs, expose yourself to tons of sources, and always ask yourself who’s doing the talking. Also? Question everything.
So, watch til your eyeballs fall out! Get inspired and all revved up. I love knowing what my students would like to work on, but it’s also worth mentioning that any good coach has a methodology to their teaching. There is a real and important progression to aerial work – a good foundation is essential, and there’s no way of getting around that. So yes – tell your coach you eventually want the triple, but understand that there are a lot of things you’ll need to master before you get there.
Big thanks to Adam Woolley for very frankly and candidly addressing this – don’t forget to read his post. And don’t fall on your head. Love and pull-ups, Laura
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