♪ upbeat music ♪ On any given morning, you
can find Midlands fitness instructor Tamela Hastie
at the Stronghold Gym in Columbia, busy preparing
her work out area with floor mats, silk fabric, rings
an aerial hoop called a lyra and trapeze swing,
all secured to the ceiling, creating the
opportunity to do an exercise routine with
one’s feet in the air. It’s called aerial
fitness and Tamela is perfecting the art for
groups of all ages. ♪ A movement educator,
neuro-muscular specialist and lifestyle coach, she has spent
years of perfecting three dimensional movement, conditioning, joint rotation,
and mobility with aerial fitness.
She says this has resulted in a whole body
approach to health. Aerial fitness is
actually taking your fitness to another level.
We’re going up. We’re defying gravity.
We’re learning how to climb. Use our leg muscles,
arm muscles, core, spatial awareness,
focus. Confidence gets built, flexibility.
Usually when I have a beginner I will start
with a aerial hammock or sling, which is a nylon
tricot. It’s not really silk but it looks
like silk. It’s soft. It’s comforting. And it’s at
ground level. So it’s approachable for everyone.
They learn how to balance. They learn how to grip by
working with the fabrics. Board certified by NECCA,
the New England Circus Arts School, Tamela holds
over twenty years of teaching and
certifications in yoga and Pilates.
Her youngest client is eleven year old, Eva
Mustard, who’s already showing promise climbing
silks, rings, doing work outs with a lyra hoop and
the swinging trapeze. So there’s a nice clase. Reach
up high and separate. That’s it. Pause.
Do your sail. Send your hand out. Let’s flip
around here. I love being up in the air and being able to flip
around. And I feel like I just have freedom
in the silk. I can do whatever I want as long
as I’m safe. Eva’s mom, Lisa Mustard, says
her daughter is passionate about aerial fitness.
She just gets so excited and passionate about aerial
training. It’s incredible. She’s on a gymnastics team. So I
think the combination of you know getting into
gymnastics and and learning you know how to
use her body and on the floor and on the on the
beam, which I think is, probably your best.
She just kinda took it to the next level. How
can I take the skill set and apply it to something
that really lights me up. One foot and wrap it
around and then you’re gonna pause. Okay? So watch what
I do. So climb one time. And then I reach up
and I separate these.. Tamela also works with Mark
Fowble and John Jordan. Both have become
proficient in aerial exercise under her
tutelage. Both are excited about the
medical rehabilitation and general athletic
exercise confidence that Tamela has given them
with aerial fitness coaching. Let this elbow come forward. Go
up and hold yourself, with your shoulders down your
back, out at your ears. You can lift your knees at this
point if you want or just hang. Tamela
would be an expert if somebody needs specific
strength, like if somebody hurts their back, she could
figure out where it is and strengthen that area.
I know just from working out you could hit muscles that you don’t even know you have.
After a beginner level, I would teach them basic
climbing, being able to hold themselves up,
strengthening the core. We always do a warm up
on the floor, which will kind of gauge how clued
into their body they are. You don’t want to do toe
touches, do roll ups. What I like about it is
strengthening our core it is not- It
doesn’t feel like it is as hard work as lifting
weights on a bench or any kind of arm weights. You’re
working out but you’re working muscles that
you typically don’t work and without realizing it.
see this excitement Gonna slide down. Pushing
yourself. Let’s go through the harness.
Let’s go through the harness. Seeing Eva’s excitement during
her aerial work out Tamela we couldn’t resist asking what
she wants to be when she grows up. We got this
response. An aerial silk
constructor. Tamela really inspires me. ♪