Head over heels over aerial conditioning


by MICHAEL KING and ERIC RIDDLE / Evening Magazine

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Posted on January 18, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 18 at 7:55 PM

At LAB5 Fitness on Seattle's Capitol Hill, people are literally going head over heels for the latest fitness craze: aerial conditioning.

Instructor Melina Ritche explained, "Palates, yoga, and weight training is mostly what we've implemented into the class. The aerial, of course, is because of the apparatuses."

In Ritche's class, participants use hanging silk fabric or hammocks to support their body weight and suspend them above the floor. 

Ritche described the workout this way: "When you're navigating the air, you're navigating all around your body, as opposed to working on the floor you're simple navigating where you are. Having the huge range of motion really challenges students."

Student Sarah Krieg thinks it's a new twist for old exercises.

"These silks are just like you see in Cirque du Soleil or any other place," Krieg said. "The hammock refers to the fact that they are tied into a loop."

As the class progresses, the fabric is raised higher for more challenging moves. It reportedly strengthens core muscles, posture and gets participants into shape as well.

As far as falling is concerned, Ritche said, "I'm not going to say it's impossible, but it's hard to fall."

If you're not afraid of a little hard work, or of defying gravity, hanging around this class is guaranteed to turn your life upside down.

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