I Tried L.A.'s Trendiest Workout: Here's What Happened

At first glance, aerial fitness might seem like one of those things your best friend tricks you into doing for a good laugh. Or one of those workouts only the professional dancers/trapeze artists among us can do, you know, to casually keep their muscles moving on their off days. A circus act. Walk into a loft-style room with 10-foot-long silk hammocks hanging from the ceiling, and your first reaction might be Aw hell no/Yeah right as you back up slowly for the door and get ready to run before the instructor makes eye contact.

But I am here to tell you, as someone who survived not one but two aerial fitness classes on consecutive days, that it was one of the single most challenging, delightful workouts I have ever had the pleasure of doing. It was a harder workout for me than Barry's Bootcamp. And I do not say that lightly. It was the kind of experience that you wake up from deliciously sore and hungry to do again. (And by hungry, I mean, I am achingliterally, physically, and mentallyto get back into the studio, and I left my last class four hours ago). I loved it, and I'm no acrobat. If you're intrigued in the slightest about what aerial fitness even means/entails, keep scrolling for my firsthand account of what it's like to work out on a suspended silk swing—and why you'll want to too.