The gym can get a little tedious, especially with all that most workouts entail. If you ever find yourself mired in the workout doldrums, try FullBody Fitness Club’s JUKARI Fit to Fly classes. Developed in partnership with Reebok and Cirque Du Soleil, classes are designed to simulate the sensation of flight. Participants are temporarily suspended from the ceiling using a trapeze-like contraption. According to research, this activity benefits coordination, balance and core muscle strength. It's also the closest most of us will get to joining the circus. — N.L.
I was excited to try the workouts after hearing that celebrities like Brooke Burke, Jennie Garth, Maria Menounos and Kim Kardashian love them. First, I took an aerial silk class. . (Read More and see the video)
By Kim Fernette
Darieth is committed to the concept, symbolized in the scrolls of her banister, that “if this is going to happen, it has to flow together.” She named her company Flow Fitness LLC (doing business as Fullbody Fitness Club) in recognition of that. “I don’t shy away from the mysticism around it because I owe it to literally that thought.” Later she laughs, “I am grateful for that part of it. Without it I think I would just be fumbling and stumbling along.”
September 23, 2011
by Mandy P
The number one question on my mind: What is the experience like for a first-time visitor, someone like myself with little to no coordination? Darieth explained that her staff is incredible in that not only are they personable and motivating, but they are also certified and reputable in their respective areas.......(Read More)
Not just geared toward adults, Chisolm recommends getting youth involved in Aerial art. “The aerial apparatus and flowing aerial fabric is exciting to them and when they watch they like it,” she said. Concerned that often inner city youth can’t afford to take gymnastics or participate in similar types of programs, she said Aerial Art is affordable and a way for youth and teens to explore their physicality and creativity when gravity is not a factor. (Read More)
By Emily Petsko
Point Park News Service
In what resembles a circus training camp, several spandex-clad women swing through the air on trapeze, leaping at every encouraging, “Up, up!” from the instructor. At Fullbody Fitness Club in Brentwood, Pa., the “Fit to Fly” exercise class has its participants soaring to new heights.
Part of the intrigue is in the ability to fly, Heward says. As children, we enjoyed swinging on swings, going around in circles and doing cartwheels. As we get older, we can still do those types
of movements -- aerial yoga and the Jukari programs help people balance air time with muscle training for a full-body endurance workout. But having trained instructors is an important part of the
process. (Read More)
While it also has cardio and strength components, the emphasis in Fit to Flex is on dynamic stretching and joint mobility.
"This makes flexibility and range of motion fun," Ms. Murphy said. "Many people either don't appreciate the importance of flexibility issues or don't like to work on them. They'd rather do high intensity [exercise]." It's especially important to do flexibility exercises as we get older."