Air opened up in September here in Chicago and it has been on my list of things to do. I waited until the marathon was complete so I wouldn't risk injuring myself in a new activity. So, last Thursday my good friend and I decided it was a good idea to run to the studio take a class and run back (the run back was fatiguing). From the website we thought a few things; the class is for beginners (hence the name foundation) and from the description below we thought it would be mostly yoga and Pilates like exercises using the silk hammocks. We were mistaken! The teacher most definitely gave some basic instructions but not too much about the class was basic. It was very challenging and it was a heart pumping strength class, no yoga going on there. The idea of laying in a hammock and stretching as seen on their website was long gone. The teacher had us jumping 5 feet in the air, suspending upside down while performing abdominal exercises, planking with our feet in the silks, and a wee bit of stretching. It was FUN and what a workout.
(pictures from airfitnow.com)
I consider myself to be quite fit and I found the class to be challenging on a strength level, coordination, and cardiovascular at times. Hanging from the air felt quite freeing and energizing. From my understanding all of the teachers at the new studio come from different fitness backgrounds and are putting a little bit of their own variation on the work for right now and in January they will be learning the aerial yoga work which I would love to try. It was a lot of fun but I am not sure for right now I will be incorporating it into my weekly routine.
If you are looking to try out a new type of fitness it is definitely different and challenging and we know that the body likes variety to continue to change. I think Air would be a great place to go on a girls outing or for a staff event or for team building. Have you ever tried Aerial fitness?