Aerial training is a complex total body strength endurance activity. We focus on silks as they are the most forgiving of all aerial apparatus.
Good aerial training should focus on three separate and distinct pieces of program design. First, a thorough joint mobility warmup that focuses on the joints structures and muscles most used in aerial. Stretching is NOT a warmup. Holding static poses focusing on the legs is NOT the proper way to prepare the hands, elbows, and shoulders to be clinging to a rope or bar for dear precious life. Warming up should focus on moving… moving the joints that will be primarily under load.
The actual movements of aerial are the most complex forms of pulling that can be trained. Every movement is a core movement, which develops strength and grace.
Stretching is saved for post training in order to unload the muscles and structures of the body that have been so heavily loaded in practice.