SHE may look like she is just hanging around but Kate Ryan is trying out an increasingly popular exercise craze: aerial silks fitness.
The 29-year-old, from Marston, is one of the most experienced students at the AfreakAAerials class, that uses silks and hoops hanging from the ceiling.
She said: “I first studied aerial silks when I lived in Chicago two years ago. I saw a film about it and thought it was really beautiful so I joined a class the next day.
“When I moved back to Oxford there was no class, so I took a hiatus, but then the AfreakAAerials class started 18 months ago and I’ve been training with them ever since.”
The postdoctoral chemist said: “They’re great at pushing you to do your best.
“I’m a bit nervous about heights and doing big drops on the silk so they’re good at getting me to do more.”
Dr Ryan’s moves may seem incredible, but she remains nonchalant, adding: “It’s all about core and upper body strength. When I first started I couldn’t do a pull-up, but it’s amazing what you learn.
“I’ve done yoga for 12 years, so that helps.”
- For more information on AfreakAAerials visit afreakaaerials.com
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
Send your Letter to the Editor: What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter for publication here
11:20am Monday 28th July 2014
What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.
Our top stories
9:00am Thursday 5th March 2015
THE death of an Oxfordshire schoolgirl has sparked a social media trend to keep her “wonderful, infectious” spirit alive.
8:00am Thursday 5th March 2015
A RETIRED police officer who tried to blow the whistle on sexual abuse before Operation Bullfinch said senior county council managers must have known about his concerns.
5:23pm Thursday 5th March 2015
FIVE young men from Banbury have been convicted of committing a range of sexual offences against six teenage girls in Banbury.
3:35pm Thursday 5th March 2015
OXFORDSHIRE looks set to be hotter than the Mediterranean on Saturday as temperatures are set to rise over the weekend.
9:30am Thursday 5th March 2015
YOUNG musicians, actresses, poets and dancers performed to a sold-out crowd at the Sheldonian Theatre as part of a school centenary.