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Class venues and times

The Bendrigg Trust

Bendrigg 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. There is a free car park on site. 

Group classes are on Fridays at 13:30 and 14:30 and on Sundays at 17:30 and 18:30. There are also occasional Monday afternoon classes.

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

Westmorland CrossFit 

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 a adults' group classes in the evening on Wednesdays at 19.30.  There is also a Tuesday morning parent+child class at 09:30. One-to-one and Doubles lessons are available at other times by arrangement.

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

Class types and content

There are group classes, Doubles lessons, one-to-one lessons, and paren+child classes. Regular group classes take a maximum of six students, though occasional classes will take up to nine. Up to three hoops are hung, and typically there are two or three students on each hoop (two persons is the minimum per hoop for safety reasons). Classes last one hour, starting with a warm-up and ending with cooling and stretching. These are essential for your health and safety. 

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 someone on the hoop), revising hoop moves, and learning how to combine moves into sequences and perhaps eventually dance routines by working on the transitions between them. 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.  


Class prices and bookings

A group class costs £11 when booked as a single class. A block of four group classes costs £40. One-to-one lessons cost £35. Doubles lessons cost £20 per person. Parent+child classes cost £16 per parent+child pair.


To ensure your health and safety, group class sizes are restricted, and so class places must be booked and paid for in advance. Please do not just turn up without warning, please book a place by emailing

There are two payment methods for classes.

1. Paypal before the day of the class.

2. Cash before the day of the class or at the beginning of the class.

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 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 super-strong to start, but you soon will be! I started aerial hoop nearly 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. You can read about them on the  Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaires (PAR-Q). Everyone will be required to fill in and sign this form before their first lesson, so please read it before you come just in case. 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' 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 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, knee, 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.

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 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, and a close-fitting top with short or long sleeves. You could also wear a pair of slimline joggers with elasticated ankles, 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. 

Additional guidelines for children: Children should also 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 for Classes

There are two payment methods. Cash on the day of the class or Paypal up to the day before the class.