CLASSES

Class venues and times

We currently offer hoop classes at three venues.


The Bendrigg Trust is a residential recreational facility near Old Hutton but on the east side of the M6. It is 10 minutes' drive from junction 37 of the M6 and 15 minutes' drive from Kendal town centre. There is a free car park on site. 

New beginner-level classes starting in autumn 2019 will be on Friday afternoons and on Sunday afternoons and evenings

Address: Bendrigg Trust, Old Hutton, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 0NR


Westmorland CrossFit is a gym in Kendal town centre. It is walking distance from the main shops and there is free parking on site for gym customers but please note that spaces are limited. Enter from Aynam Rd near The Tap. 

There is an intermediate-level adult group class on Wednesdays at 19.10.  There is also a Tuesday morning parent+child class at 09:30

Address: Westmorland CrossFit, Unit 2, Aynam Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 7DE.


Lower Holker Village Hall is in Cark near Flookburgh. One-to-one and Doubles classes are available here at mutually suitable times by arrangement with Debora at hello@ootheblue.com.  

Address:  Cark LA11 7NU. 




Class types and content

There are several different categories of hoop class: 

  • Group classes (up to six adults or teenagers)
  • Doubles classes (for 2 people, often friends) 
  • One-to-ones (just you and me)
  • Parent+child classes (two or three parent+child pairs). 


Classes last one hour, starting with a warm-up and ending with cooling and stretching. These are essential for your health and safety. Up to three hoops are hung, and typically there are two or three students to each hoop (two persons is the minimum per hoop for safety reasons). 


The hoop content of the lesson includes learning how to do new hoop moves and how to spot them (how to guard the safety of the person on the hoop), revising hoop moves learned earlier, and learning how to combine moves into short sequences and longer routines by working on the transitions between them.  We also do a few strength and conditioning hoop exercises.


You can see an example of a simple beginner hoop routine here. All the moves are beginner moves but don't worry, you will not be expected to be able to do these straight away! It takes time to condition and strengthen the body for hoop moves.  

WATCH THIS BEGINNER AERIAL HOOP ROUTINE

Class prices and bookings

YOUR FIRST CLASS WILL BE HALF THE REGULAR PRICE OR LESS. Here are the regular prices:

  • A group class costs £11 when booked as a single class. A block of four group classes costs a reduced price of £40. 
  • Doubles lessons cost £20 per person at Bendrigg and Westmorland CrossFit, and £14 per person at Cark.
  • One-to-ones cost £35 at Bendrigg and Westmorland CrossFit, and £28 at Cark. 
  • Parent+child classes cost £16 per parent+child pair. A block of four costs a reduced price of £58.


To ensure your health, safety, and enjoyment, group class sizes are small. Please do not just turn up without warning, please book a place in advance by emailing Debora at hello@ootheblue.com


 There are two payment methods for classes: cash, and Paypal for blocks (Paypal button below).


If you are unable to attend a booked class after all, please cancel at least 48 hours before the class so that there is some time for someone else to book and enjoy the class. You can cancel by emailing hello@ootheblue.com. If you cancel less than 48 hours before the class, you will be expected to pay for your booked place.

Who can come?

Aerial hoop is for everybody: men, women, young, old, big, small, the strong, and the weak. We start just where you are now and we go gently, slowly, and safely. You don't have to be super-fit or strong to start, but you soon will be! I started aerial hoop over five years ago just before my 50th birthday with no gymnastics or dance experience. In our first week of classes at Bendrigg and Westmorland CrossFit last November we had people from the age of 20 to the age of 65 doing thrilling aerial hoop moves. Yes, you can! 


There are some medical conditions that would exclude a person from aerial hoop classes. These are mostly the same as those that would exclude a person from any form of vigorous exercise. They are mentioned on the  Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) that you will be required to fill in and sign before your first lesson. So please read it before you come just in case (green button below). This form is for your own safety.  


If you are between 12 and 17 years of age, your parent or guardian will need complete the 'TEENS' PAR-Q form on your behalf. 


If you are bringing a child who is 11 years old or younger, you will need to complete the 'JUNIOR CHILDREN' form for your child.   


If you are bringing a child or teen participant to the class, please familiarise your child with the rules at the end of the relevant PAR-Q form before your child attends his or her first class. 

Body matters

Touchy issues: Occasionally when you are learning a new hoop move it may be necessary for the instructor to touch you on the hand, shoulder, leg, etc. in order to ensure your safety or to guide you into the correct and safe position. If you are extremely uncomfortable with the idea of being touched, please make this known at the time of booking.


Discomfort issues: Learning hoop moves can be a little uncomfortable owing to the pressure of the steel hoop on various body parts, and it can also sometimes cause a little bruising. The bruising is typically minor and fades in a few days. Hands can also suffer soreness from gripping the hoop. Hand creams can help with this, and arnica can help with bruises. You may also experience a little muscle soreness (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) which you would expect from any demanding strength exercise. BUT PLEASE DON'T LET THIS PUT YOU OFF! The rewards vastly outweigh any discomfort, as you will very quickly discover.

PAR-Q FORMS

Class clothes

In order to be safe and to be able to do hoop moves, you need to wear close-fitting clothes that do not restrict movement. Baggy tops are a no-no, as they fall over your eyes when you are upside down and are dangerous. Tight trousers restrict movement. Good things to wear are full-length leggings, ideally two pairs layered (to protect your skin), and a close-fitting top with short or long sleeves. Alternatively, you could wear a pair of slimline joggers with elasticated ankles, or cycling or running trousers, or leggings with shorts over the top. Please do not just wear shorts without leggings underneath them, as the skin on your legs will suffer. Skirts, combat trousers, and trousers with pocks on the side of the leg should not be worn.


It is also best to work in bare feet. Socks that have sticky grips on the bottom are suitable for most (but not all) moves. 


No jewellery can be worn apart from small earrings, so rings have to come off.


Additional guidelines for children: As with adults, children should wear stretchy clothes that do not restrict movement. Tracksuit bottoms or other sports trousers or leggings are suitable. A close-fitting t-shirt or one that can be tucked into the trousers is acceptable. The child should also have an additional long sleeved top. Baggy clothing, shorts and trousers with pockets on the side of the leg are not suitable. If a child wants to wear a skirt, it should be a short skirt, and leggings should also be worn underneath.

Payment Methods for Classes

 There are two payment methods for classes.  Individual classes should be paid for in cash on the day of the class. For blocks of four group classes, you can pay by cash on the day of the first class of the block, or by Paypal before the first class of the block. 


PLEASE NOTE that discounts for block bookings apply to cash payments only and not to Paypal payments. 


IF YOU PAY BY PAYPAL, PLEASE CONFIRM THE DATE AND TIME OF THE CLASS YOU WANT TO BOOK BEFORE YOU PAY by emailing hello@ootheblue.com.