SILKSUSPENSION™ SETUP AND SAFETY
First and foremost, make sure that your suspension infrastructure has been installed properly. You MUST hire a professional who is licensed, bonded and insured to set up your suspension area, unless you yourself are a licensed, insured, and bonded contractor.
Because of the nature of suspension work, lateral stability as well as vertical stability is important. Thus, if you only show your contractor two exercises, make sure you show him/her one that highlights maximum vertical stability necessary (such as full body weight hanging in the sling) as well as one that highlights maximum lateral stability necessary (such as performing Superman or Rows at an angle). Each individual station should be able to support up to 300 pounds, and thus, the entire system should be able to support the number of stations that you have (300 x # of stations). For example, here at Pilates on Fifth, we have 5 stations, and thus we made sure that our system could support 1,500 lbs.
Ideally, the horizontal beams or bars should be between 8 and 9 feet above the ground. You may opt to install your units into the ceiling, or into the ground. This decision MUST be made by your licensed, bonded and insured contractor based on your facility and its construction.
THE SILKSUSPENSION™ SET UP
Once the infrastructure installation has been built and is secure, the SilkSuspension™ equipment can be attached with ease.
SilkSuspension™ ropes comes in 1.5 meter length, with knots spaced out every 10 centimeters or so. In American speak, this means ropes just under 5 feet in length, with knots spaced just under every 4 inches (3 15/16 in). This will enable you to perform every exercise in the SilkSuspension™ repertoire.
Tie the ropes around a horizontal beam or bar about 2 feet (.6 meters) apart from one another. This is a good standard setting, but please note that you can adjust the width of the ropes as you see fit. We also recommend that each individual set up be positioned at least 2 ½ feet away from the next one. Most studios opt to stagger the units for additional space optimization. The staggering is usually a 2- 2 1/2 ft distance apart.
In regard to the ropes, note that the knots do slip occasionally, which requires HUMANS to adjust accordingly. While this is NOT an ideal situation, the time saved in being able to adjust between exercises GREATLY outweighs the time it takes to re-adjust the knots periodically.
The SilkSuspension™ units
There are 3 pieces per unit.
2 sets of handles: Each "set" has 3 handles. For convenience, we label them long, middle and short. There is a "S" ring at the top of each set, and you use the S ring to hook the handles onto the ropes. The height of the ropes and handles can be adjusted as necessary, depending on the exercise that you are performing.
When performing supine or prone exercises, you will want to move the foam handle to the side so that the fabric can cradle the foot.
The third piece of the SilkSuspension™ equipment: the hammock. It is made from the same material as the handles and is wide in the center and then comes together at each end. The same S hooks are used to attach the hammock to the two ropes.