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Bonnie Kaufman practice aerial silk forms at DEFY Aerial Fitness Studio off Cherry Avenue in Keizer. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Bonnie Kaufman practice aerial silk forms at DEFY Aerial Fitness Studio off Cherry Avenue in Keizer. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

It took Sarah Hoggatt the better part of a week to learn to hang upside down like Spider-Man from two pieces of silk, but it was really just the beginning.

“It’s not often as an adult you get to be excited about a new accomplishment. Getting to put it all together, the climbing, the foot locks, everything, is really thrilling,” Hoggatt said.

Hoggatt, a library media assistant at Cummings Elementary School, trains with Kimberly Ocupe at her gym DEFY Aerial Fitness Studio at 3606 Cherry Street, Suite B, in Keizer.

“To an extent, aerial silk is like a dance in the air. It’s also like working a puzzle as you try to figure out the forms. It’s a workout for the body, but it’s also exercising your mind and spirit,” said Ocupe, whose background is in personal training.

Ocupe long held a fascination with the beauty of aerial silk, which combines artistic expression with the fitness components of traditional workout classes, but it was finding a flier for classes in Portland that got her in the door to try it herself.


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