As circus arts become more popular, people of all ages and backgrounds are exploring circus arts for recreation, for fitness, or for professional careers. As students, teachers, and performers, we need to take care of ourselves so we can get the most out of our training while reducing the risk of injury. An important way of doing so is to incorporate cross training into our schedules outside of the circus class – exploring other physical activities such as various sports, dance, and mind-body methods like Pilates & gyrotonic.
What Is Cross Training and Why Is it Important? Cross training uses a variety of other activities or training techniques to help improve your overall fitness by addressing any imbalances and aspects missing from your primary physical activity. What components are part of overall physical fitness? strength power (strength plus speed) flexibility/ active range of motion balance coordination motor control proprioception (body awareness) endurance/ cardiovascular fitness No single activ...
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Liz Cooper has been performing and teaching aerial circus arts since 2001. A former professional modern dancer, Liz is the head aerial instructor for Monica's Danz Gym and head aerial choreographer/ co-director of Momentum Aerial & Acrobatic Troupe in Winnipeg, Canada. She also taught Stott Pilates for 18 years and was a Stott Pilates Instructor Trainer for 13 years. Liz has been studying the anatomy of movement for the past 20 years and is especially interested in applying that knowledge for better training practices in circus arts.