Healthy Living: Workout suspends notion of traditional pilates
Suspending your workouts usually isn't a good thing if you are trying to get into shape, but that all depends on how you are looking at the word "suspend." YNN's Kafi Drexel filed the following report.
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It's time to try defying gravity again. At least that's the case with AntiGravity Pilates, the latest twist on aerial workouts taking flight at Yogaworks on Manhattan's Upper West Side.
"Christopher Harrison started AntiGravity Entertainment 21 years ago and he brought it to the fitness industry in 2007. He created AntiGravity Yoga and we also have AntiGravity Restorative, and now we also have AntiGravity Pilates," says AntiGravity Pilates Co-Creator Jill Drappo-Harvey.
One of Jill's favorite traditional pilates moves they've brought to the AntiGravity hammock is the ab-blasting 100.
"The 100 is on every single machine and in every single mat class," explains Drappo. "But oftentimes students will use their hip flexors a little more than their abdominal muscles especially since it is in the very beginning of the class, classically. So now in the AntiGravity hammock we get to float the legs and lengthen the hip flexor so we get to focus just on the core."
The hammock allows students to do a lot of the same exercises normally done on more expensive pilates equipment that some people don't have as much access to.
"We are striving to put pure pilates on the hammock. So by nature it will still be a fusion.
But we wanted to take the traditional exercises of contemporary and classical pilates from different machines. So we have the mat, the reformer and the ladder barrel all on one apparatus," Drappo-Harvey says. "The fantastic thing about all AntiGravity fitness programming is that it is suspension fitness. And when the body is suspended the internal stabilizers fire which makes all of the rest of the muscles activate and actually work together in a smarter way."
Before you know it, you just might swing yourself into better shape.