A Crazy-Fun Workout You Haven't Tried Yet

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This winter has been long. It's been cold. And, we've been stuck working out indoors for far too long — how many more uninspired 5Ks on the treadmill can we run? Well, there are fun ways to mix up any indoor workout. A simple search of "aerial silk classes" is all you need to do to know acrobatics are in.
We asked expert circus performer and aerialist Kate Goetzinger to walk us through some of her favorite exercises, both in the air and on the ground. While you can't necessarily try all these at home, you can check out your local aerial gym. Ahead, six incredibly unique workout moves for elegant, amped-up fun.
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Flexibility training is super-important — whether you're going to be up in the air or on the ground. To begin practicing your splits, start with your legs spread slightly and your feet at a nearly 45-degree angle.

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Go down as low as you feel comfortable. Start slow at the beginning! You don't want to injure yourself, so stop when you begin to feel a pulling sensation in your inner thighs.
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If you keep it up, you'll be able to make it all the way down!
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Performing tricks on the aerial silk requires both flexibility and strength. Once you've perfected your floor split, you can try one in the air. This move requires hamstring and hip flexibility as well as the upper-body strength to keep you upright.
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Arm and back flexibility are also important. For a simple stretch, stand with your feet firmly planted and reach your arms behind you. Interlace your fingers and stretch your arms backward.

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Bend forward as far as you comfortably can. Extend your arms toward your head until you feel a good stretch in the back of your arms.
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Here's a different take on the split, the Split Roll-Up. This move requires back and hamstring flexibility as well as core strength and grace.

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For a fun twist on the Hula-Hoop (and one that works those arms), try your hand at spinning two hoops.

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Spin them both at the same time!
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This Can Opener requires both back flexibility and hamstring strength.

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For the very advanced, the Cross-Back Straddle harnesses your hamstring flexibility, core strength, and ability to hang upside down.
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