If you’re in the market for a lyra, you’ve probably already seen that they come in different sizes. It can be a little confusing to work out which you need, so we’ve put together some helpful tips in this post!
The general rule for a lyra is to measure by torso length, not height. This will allow you to sit comfortably in your lyra with enough clearance for your head against the top bar.
– Sit in a chair or on the floor, or against a wall, with good posture
– Measure from seat to the top of your head
– Add approximately 5cm to the previous figure, for top bar clearance.
Follow previous instructions, but you may consider adding an extra 5cm, so they don’t grow out of their lyra too fast! However keep an eye on some tricks that involve catching feet on the top bar – practice slowly and securely.
The figure you measure is the approximate size lyra that will suit you best. Our lyras are measured by INSIDE diametre – some stores sell by outside diametre – so keep an eye on this when purchasing your lyra. If you are purchasing a lyra that is sold by outside diametre, add 10cm to your torso length, instead of 5cm.
Some points to consider:
This is a general rule, but often people may prefer a larger or smaller lyra depending on personal preference, experience, and the tricks they are doing. If you can, it’s a great idea to visit an aerial studio and test out lyras in different sizes, doing different tricks to find your preference.
90cm lyras are ‘standard’ and our most commonly purchased. If you’re buying for a studio where different people will be using it, this is a good starting point.
If you are not familiar with using a certain size, practise slowly and carefully your first few times. Naturally some tricks require catching certain body parts on the hoop and you want to make sure a new size doesn’t make you under or overestimate.
We hope this helps with deciding on which lyra will suit you best. Happy flying!