Nicole Budden, Karlie Jayne Tan and Darren Smith work out in the specially-designed silk hammocks.
Nicole Budden, Karlie Jayne Tan and Darren Smith work out in the specially-designed silk hammocks. Warren Lynam

Coast's anti-gravity trend flips fitness on its head

IF YOU'VE ever thought yoga was boring you might think again after visiting CircStudios' anti-gravity classes at Warana.

Class students can learn pilates, yoga, barre and acrobatics while suspended in silk hammocks.

The gym's founder, Darren Smith, said the health benefits were incredible.

"There's no weight on the spine so you've got constant movement of the spine," he said.

"We definitely have a lot of clients coming in with reduced back pain.

"It's really taken off."

Mr Smith, who comes from a tumbling background, said the idea began with an American, Christopher Harrison, who designed the hammocks as a circus piece for acrobats.

"What he noticed was that acrobats would come in after the show and lie upside down in these hammocks because it stretched their back," Mr Smith said.

"It's very low-impact on the body, generally the hammock works as an assistance device to help people achieve positions they couldn't before because their backs or knees would hurt."

SOARING: Anti-gravity fitness instructor Nicole Budden.
SOARING: Anti-gravity fitness instructor Nicole Budden. Warren Lynam

The former acrobat said the classes had become popular with the middle-aged demographic.

"When we first started here on the Coast we thought the demographic would be quite young," he said.

"What we're finding with our clients is that generally they've tried getting into fitness before but now have had kids or are looking for something different in their regime.

"That's the best thing about the classes - there's always a challenge, a trick or something to keep your mind motivated."

CircStudios memberships at Warana are available for $35 a week.

 

The studio has early morning, morning and evening classes.


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