Workout Trend to Try: Anti-Gravity Fitness
This full-body aerial workout combines elements of yoga, Pilates and barre with a hanging hammock.
When we were introduced to Anti-Gravity Fitness, a suspension exercise method using a hanging Harrison hammock, we were immediately intrigued by the idea. It wasn't too long until we found ourselves hanging upside down in a class, reveling in a fantasy of joining the Cirque du Soleil troupe. We must admit it was intimidating at first, but dove right in after discovering its benefits—and sheer fun.
Anti-Gravity Fitness is ideal if you're looking to revamp a tired fitness routine. Classes reinvent popular exercise forms, such as barre, yoga and Pilates, and adapts those movements for an aerial workout. What you get is a challenging full-body routine.
Our own Anti-Gravity Airbarre instructor from Crunch Gym, Lorianne Major, explains that the classes bring upper and lower body conditioning together with core training. "You'll super tone your legs, butt and thighs while building arm strength and long, lean lines," she says. And it's open to all fitness levels. "Anyone who can do at least three consecutive situps can do Anti-Gravity training," she notes.
As for health benefits, aerial movements allow you to lengthen your spine, relieving it from any pain built up from poor posture. Those inversions also help refresh your lymphatic and circulatory systems, and are quite cathartic. After our try-out, we definitely felt uplifted and calm—in addition to delightfully sore.
For beginners, Major offered several tips to know before heading to a class.
1. Eat something to ward off dizziness, but don't eat a huge meal just before class.
2. Wear workout gear that covers armpits and legs. Cotton-blend fabric is best because it's non-slippery.
3. If wearing tights, make certain that they are opaque.
4. If wearing sweats, having them tight around the leg cuffs is best.
5. Don't wear socks, unless they have sticky bottoms.
Find an Anti-Gravity Fitness class near you here.