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1601 Galbraith Ave SE
Grand Rapids, Kent County 49546
USA

©2011 by Aerial 4 Me

What do I wear?

Wear comfortable stretchy clothing that covers the back of your knees, armpits, and waist when arms are extended above the head.
Feet exposed, we work barefoot. Layers are recommended to adjust with temperature and some movement can cause abrasions. An extra layer can help.
Men should wear a dance belt or support brief.
Because we work upside down, ladies may want to wear a sports bra under a leotard that is low cut for modesty.
Please remove ALL jewelry before the start of class. This is to avoid snags on the fabric.
Long hair should be tied back.
Long finger nails (acrylic tips, etc) are not recommended. They make it difficult to grip the apparatus properly and safely.
If you are a person who wears glasses, you may want to wear contacts since we go upside-down a lot.

​Extra tips on Clothing (for the serious student):

  • Unitards and tights made from Nylon/Spandex, or cotton/lycra blends are preferred.

  • Slick fabrics such as parachute pants and wind pants are not appropriate.

  • Wear two pairs of tights or a pair of tights underneath workout pants to minimize/avoid leg abrasion.

  • Do not moisturize or put oil on your skin before class, this causes skin abrasion.

  • To ease floor stretching, bring socks or ballet slippers.

  • Wear tights that end at the calf level, to ease wrapping the silk on your leg.

What if I'm not flexible? Can I still do aerial?

Yes! We will work on your flexibility on the ground and in the air. We’ll even give you stretches you can work on at home. You’ll be amazed how quickly your flexibility will increase if you do a little each day and do it properly. Form and body awareness are key for successful stretching.

Is there a weight limitation?

No. Our equipment is able to take thousands of pounds. Its limitations are measured in Kilonewtons.

Am I too over weigh, too old or too out of shape to do this?

Our level one is adjustable for each student’s abilities. All moves are learned low to the ground while the student builds the strength to climb. Climbing is more difficult the more a student weighs. This is because you are lifting your own body weight; however your muscles will develop and get stronger by just trying. With every attempt, you are working those muscles and the more you try the stronger you get. Each class will incorporate conditioning to help strengthen your muscles. The best advice we can give to all students is have patience with yourself and don’t compare your progress with your neighbor’s. Every one progresses at their own pace. Your journey is just that, Yours! So enjoy it and have fun!

Don't I have to be super strong to do this?

No, you don't have to start super strong. We will work with you to build your strength through warm ups, conditioning, stretching and working on the apparatus.

I can't do pull ups! Can I still take class?

Yes you can still take the class! You don’t have to be able to do a pull up to take our beginner class however being able to hold your own weight up will help tremendously and is recommended. Not sure if you can?

  • Can you hold a plank for 10 seconds? (What’s a plank? It’s the “up” position of a push up)

  • With the assist of a chair, can you get into a pull up position, bend your knees and hold it for 3-5 seconds?

  • Can you hold yourself in a crab walk position with your butt off the ground for 5 seconds?


​Even if you can’t do any of the above, with patience and the right attitude you can build the strength while taking the class and have fun doing it.

I have an old injury or health condition, can I still participate?

With any form of physical activity please consult a physician before starting any new exercise program. People with low blood pressure or poor circulation will want to consult a physician since we invert and are upside down. We also knot the silks on our feet which can be a concern for students with poor circulation. If you are sensitive to motion sickness you may be at risk for motion sickness while on the equipment. Please be sure to let your instructor know of ANY injuries or health conditions before participating.

What if I am afraid of heights?

No worries! We work low to the ground at beginner stages and you only go as high as you feel comfortable. All movement in level one can be done two feet off the ground. One of our instructors used to be afraid of heights and it hasn't stopped her! Just let us know if this is an issue for you so we can work within your limits.

What if I have studied aerial before?

Please let us know who you have learned from and what poses and locks you can do. We will work with you to place you in the most appropriate level for your skills. We can also schedule an evaluation (30 minute private lesson  where a teacher will work with you to see where you will best fit with our curriculum.

How do I sign up/ register for a class?

Visit our website and click on the links for class sign up. You’ll need to create an account in our registration system (classbug),  follow the prompts. If you have any trouble email us at Aerial4me@gmail.com

What are your Open Gym Rules?

Open Gym Rules:

Due to liability, open gym is only open to students of Aerial 4 Me or past students with teacher permission.

  • Open gym does not include instruction, but will be supervised by an instructor or staff member.

  • Students should only practice skills they can do safely on their own. This is a great opportunity to condition, stretch or work on perfecting moves you learned in class. 

  • Aerial Open Gym fee must be paid at time of arrival or before. Monthly membership is available.

  • Open Gym may be used as a make-up session for a regular class that was missed by current members. Arrangements must be made ahead of time (24 hrs min).

  • Under no circumstances should anyone other than an Aerial 4 Me instructor teach skills to a student. If you can't remember how to do a move from class please ask a teacher or teacher assistant. If neither are available, please work on other material you can do without guidance.

  • If you violate safety rules you may have your privilege to open gym revoked.

 

Thank you for understanding and keeping everyone safe!

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Do you have classes for my child (under 13 years old)?

Currently we offer evening classes which consist mostly of adults. We allow teens as young as 13 to participate in our classes.  A parent or legal guardian will need to do the registration for all minors.

  1. The parent should create an account with their own info and save a credit card then add your child to your account. 

  2. On the first day of class, please come a little early and introduce yourself to the instructor and drop off your child's signed waiver.

 

If your child is under 13 you can book private lessons, either solo or group.  Group lessons are cheaper.  Our schedule is limited. See our page on Privates and Parties for pricing and schedule availability.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept the following:

  • Cash 

  • Checks made out to: Aerial 4 Me

  • Credit cards through our secured online registration website: VISA, Master Card and Discover Card

You will receive an emailed receipt.

What are your enrollment and payment policies?

Enrollment and Payment:

Tuition for the session must be paid to reserve your registration spot. There are class size limits and classes do fill up. Credit cards, cash or checks made out to Aerial 4 Me are accepted. Credit cards must be used through our online registration. VISA, MasterCard and Discover are accepted. Checks returned to Aerial 4 Me for insufficient funds will be charged a $25 fee along with full payment of the rejected payment.

​Refund Policy:

Please take note of our refund/exchange policies. There are NO refunds. This includes classes, workshops, private lessons and open gym sessions. We do not issue refunds or credits for classes not attended. It is your responsibility to attend class. If you have already taken a beginner class with us and have schedule issues, please contact us so we can discuss possible drop in options. Drop ins are only extended to students who have attended a 6 week course with us within the past year.

Missed Classes/Make Up Classes:

Missed classes will not result in a refund. Make-up classes are not intended to catch the student up on exact material missed but to allow them time to work on the equipment. Aerial 4 Me allows one free "make-up" class per six week session, when advanced notice is given to the instructor of the student’s absence and are intended to be used during that session time frame. If there is room in another scheduled class of the same level or lower the student can make up during that scheduled time. Otherwise, all make-up classes must be done through open gym.
If the student misses more and wishes to attend a make up session at their own expense the cost is $26 (drop in class) and must be scheduled via email: Aerial4me@gmail.com
Aerial 4 Me does NOT pro-rate or refund for any missed classes.
If class is canceled due to weather or instructor illness, Aerial 4 Me will offer a make-up class or pro-rate option.

Cancellation Policies by Aerial 4 Me:

Aerial 4 Me, LLC reserves the right to cancel any class, workshop or event due to low enrollment, inclement weather, instructor illness or building issues. We require a minimum of 4 enrolled students for any class to be "open". If there are not at least 4 enrolled students in a class, you may be asked to choose an alternate class day/time. Earliest notification will be given via email and/or phone/text. Please make sure we have your up-to-date current contact information on file. If a single class is canceled due to an ill instructor, we will make every attempt to schedule a makeup session. If the full session or workshop is canceled before it begins the participant may choose either a full refund or account credit. Credit is valid for one year from the date of issue.

Private Lessons and Cirque Parties:
Only available by appointment. A credit card is required to secure appointment. Cancellations must be made in advance (72 hours minimum) or you will be charged for the lesson.

How can I get the latest updates from Aerial 4 Me?
  • Please make sure your most up to date email AND cell phone/phone number is on file through your online profile. And be sure you are opt in.
    to receive our emails and notifications. To do so, check in your profile to see if the box is checked near your email.

  • ​You can also sign up for our newsletter for important news and discounts by following this link: Newsletter Sign Up

  • If you are not receiving our newsletter, check your spam folder.  

  • Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aerial4me 

  • Make sure your emergency contact info is filled out for your child and for yourself (if you are a student) in your online profile.

What are your aerial gym rules?

We observe the building policies of Grand Rapids Gymnastics since our classes are in their facility. Please be respectful to all staff members.

  • Students are to stay off equipment before and after class. - Students are expected to respect classmates and instructors.

  • Students are encouraged to show support for their fellow classmates in the form of applause or appropriate cheering.

  • No gum, food or beverages (except water in a closed plastic container) are allowed in the training areas.

  • Be on time. Any student arriving more than 15 minutes late will not be admitted to class.  

  • Remove your shoes before entering the practice space.

  • All shoes, jackets and clothing should be kept in a cubby or locker room (bring your own lock) and not in the gym area. Valuable items should not left unattended!!  We have a small basket near the aerial equipment you can place small items like keys or cell phones in.

  • Aerial 4 Me or Grand Rapids Gymnastics is not responsible for any lost or stolen personal items from the locker room or public areas.

  • Please avoid strong smelling perfumes or lotions (lotion can cause abrasions from the silks)

  • Please avoid practicing on a full stomach (You’ll thank us later!) But make sure you have eaten properly on class days.

  • We welcome parents to observe from our viewing areas. Only staff and students are allowed in the training areas.

What about bad weather and snow days?

If Grand Rapids Gymnastics is closed, so are we. Aerial 4 Me will announce on our facebook page by 4pm if evening classes are canceled. www.facebook.com/aerial4me

We will also send an email to students that are registered for classes the day the cancellation occurs.

 

Weather Closing Protocol at GRG:

IF Forest Hills Schools are closed we are closed for Morning Classes only.

By 3pm the gym will make the decision as to whether we will stay closed for classes after 4pm. IF we do close, we will have it posted on the following:

  1. Website Homepage (http://grgymnastics.com/)

  2. Facebook

  3. Eblast will go out to all that have class that day

  4. TV8, TV13 and Fox will have it posted.

Please check one of these places first before calling the gym. If you don’t see a cancellation,  you can assume we are open.

If the Grand Rapids Gymnastics is closed or Aerial 4 Me classes are canceled, a make-up date will be announced. If you are unable to attend the scheduled make-up date, student will be responsible for arranging their own make-up classes according to our make-up policy. 

Open Gym Rules

Open Gym Rules:

Due to liability, open gym is only open to students of Aerial 4 Me or past students with teacher permission.

  • Open gym does not include instruction, but will be supervised by an instructor or staff member.

  • Students should only practice skills they can do safely on their own. This is a great opportunity to condition, stretch or work on perfecting moves you learned in class. 

  • Aerial Open Gym is $10 and must be paid at time of arrival or before.

  • Open Gym may be used as a make-up session for a regular class that was missed by current members. Arrangements must be made ahead of time (24 hrs min).

  • Under no circumstances should anyone other than an Aerial 4 Me instructor teach skills to a student. If you can't remember how to do a move from class please ask a teacher or teacher assistant. If neither are available, please work on other material you can do without guidance.

  • If you violate safety rules you may have your privilege to open gym revoked.

Where can I download your waiver?

Right HERE!
We also have copies at our gym.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find a list of frequently asked questions about our classes and policies. We’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to get in touch directly!