I’M GOING TO HAWAII TODAY!!!!!
Whew. Sorry about that. Sometimes I just get overly excited.
Now, before I hop on the plane (I don’t leave until after lunch) I wanted to share a super fun fitness class I was able to attend with the Blog Squad on Saturday. (We were able to attend for free in exchange for a blog post and social shares, but, as always, opinions and experience are my own.)
Back in May, before InFlight Fitness opened, I sent Alison a message asking if she’d be willing to host the Blog Squad for a class. Well, she replied that she had contacting me on her “to do” list, so things worked out so well! (Alison and I met in 2007 !!! and worked together at an accounting firm while working toward our accounting designations.)
Alison and her husband, Jeff, opened up InFlight Fitness in May 2016. Alison is a AntiGravity® Fitness 1Star Instructor, and Jeff is a Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt. Alison and Jeff combined their fitness passions to open InFlight Fitness offering both AntiGravity® Fitness classes and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes.
What the heck is AntiGravity® Fitness anyway?!
AntiGravity® Fitness was started by Christopher Harrison (not to be confused with our favourite Bachelor/ette host, Chris Harrison) 25 years ago. AntiGravity® Fitness initially started out as entertainment, and then transitioned into a fitness class. If you recall P!nk flying through the air during performances, this was done by AntiGravity®.
The unique hybrid of aerial arts and yoga works to decompress and strengthen the musculoskeletal system.
Before the Class
Like many fitness classes, there are a few things you need to be aware of before getting started.
Instead of the tank top so many of us enjoy, for sanitary and safety reasons, you’re required to wear a t-shirt or long sleeved shirt in class. Some of the positions or movements require the hammock to support near your armpits, and I’m sure none of us want to be touching the armpit sweat of other people. The hammocks are also made out of silk, so this keeps them in good condition.
Grip socks are required in the class. This is, not surprisingly, for grip in certain poses and to give traction on the studio mats.
We were also asked to remove all jewelry, as silk is fragile, and no one wants to hang upside down in a ripped hammock.
After we arrived, Alison got us set up with our hammocks.
We all measured to have the height of the hammock sit at our hip-crease when we held it taut in a push grip.
After we were measured it was time to start the class.
We started by sitting in our hammocks and then did some stretching in saddle pose and moved into womb. It was so nice and relaxing I could have sat there all day.
Once we were comfortable in the hammocks and warmed up, it was time for our first inversion. Before staring, Alison demonstrated how to get in, and out of the pose, and then cued us through the pose. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I can tell you that it truly is easier than it looks!
I was definitely comfortable with hanging upside down (possibly from my synchronized swimming background?). I think a lot of the class reminded me of being a kid. We hung upside down, stretched our hips, laughed, and even got to swing!Inversions, swinging, cocoons, and laughter. Read about my experience at @InFlightFitness Click To Tweet
On top of being fun, swinging serves as working on our proprioceptors (aka – knowing where we are in space). Poor proprioception is something super common in adults, and it can get worse as you age, so any kind of activity that challenges your proprioception is really important.
Right before we ended, Alison challenged us to try a more advanced pose, and like many of the others, it’s much easier to move in and out of than you think. Plus, it just looks cool.
After the Class
Per Alison, Christopher Harrison promised we’d leave class happier, healthier, and just a little bit taller.
I can’t say that I measured myself after, but I was most definitely near giddy for the rest of the day.
Maybe it was from all the blood rushing to my head, but I can honestly say I had the absolute best time!
If you’re local and want to try AntiGravity® Fitness, you can purchase an unlimited one-month membership for $79 (I’ll be doing this once I’m back!), or pop in to try one class for $20.
In order to make sure you’re comfortable with the poses and in the hammock, all members must attend at least four AntiGravity® Fundamentals classes before you can try other classes. I’m personally really excited to try an AntiGravity® AIRbarre class! I also really want to purchase a hammock for my house. I can only imagine how amazing the naps would be. (Yup, you can buy a hammock if you really want one!)Wondering about #AntiGravityFitness? Read about my experience at @InFlightFitness Click To Tweet
Have you tried AntiGravity® Fitness before? Do you want to?
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