The Aerial Hoop, also known as “Lyra”, is a metal apparatus (made of steel) that looks like a suspended hula-hoop. Aerial hoops are usually available in single point and double point configurations.
SELECTING AN AERIAL HOOP
Properly sizing an aerial hoop or Lyra comes down to personal preference, and what you are comfortable with. A method of selecting an aerial hoop is to sit in a chair, measure from the seat of the chair to the top of the head, and add 2 inches. The number of points your aerial hoop has will depend on how you are going to use it, what effect you are after, and what you are comfortable with. The following is a list of just a few things you might want to take into account when choosing your aerial hoop:
- Single point hoops tend to rotate a lot more, however they allow for you to rig in smaller spaced areas.
- Single point allows the hoop to rotate so additional moves can be performed.
- Double point hoops allow you to perform moves that tip forward and back with a smaller amount of lateral movement.
- Double point hoops allow less overall movement. They also allow for an extra range of poses to be performed on the top bar. However, due to the method of rigging they do take up more vertical space.
- Last but not least, think about storage, transportation and setup, and how the weight of the hoop will affect each of these.
PRO-SINGLE POINT HOOP
- The Pro Hoop is aerial industry standard diameter of 1 inch (25.4mm) thick tubing.
- These are perfect for performances and more advanced tricks and drops. Also for those aerialists who are comfortable with the smaller hand grip.
Below are a few safety tips we recommend when trying any type of aerial fitness:
- When learning any aerial fitness we highly recommend the use of a mat under your apparatus.
- Make sure you have a spotter with you when trying the harder moves and flips.
- If possible, learn from a professional. Books, YouTube and videos are a great source, but we highly recommend attending an Aerial Class.
- Check your equipment before use. Always check your equipment to make sure damage has not occurred at any time.
- To avoid any hygiene issues, silks or hammocks can be washed on a very low temperature/delicate setting.
- We recommend that you tape your hoops for both hygiene issues and safety issues.
This lyra doesn't include the hardware (carabiner, rope, etc) that you need to rig your appratus -- we suggest going to your local climbing store, such as REI, or looking for a reputable dealer of climbing equiptment online.