Fly Gym is a new concept to some people. While it shares some similarities to other exercises equipment like yoga swings, aerial silks, hammocks, suspended resistance training straps and other exercise programs, the Fly Gym is unique. It consists of thirteen stretchy fabric loops and rigging aids that allow you to adjust the swing set for your body size and intensity of exercise. With this system you are moving 360 degrees in any plane of motion. The comfortable fabric straps help to support you to decrease stress on the joints and increase your range of motion. Since Fly Gym is a type of aerial exercise, it’s great for relaxing stretches, spinal decompression, improved muscular balance, core strengthening, improved circulation, boosting brain power and so much more. Due to the supportive and versatile nature of the equipment and how creative you may be with it, this is an enjoyable workout. It’s even referred to as the “accidental workout” because it is fitness made fun!
Classes include movements performed on the floor, standing, partially inverted and depending on student level of experience, fully inverted. Full inversions are optional. If someone is uncomfortable with this, the student may just come partially inverted with the body supported in the sling(s) while part of the body is still grounded.
Please wear comfortable, form fitting, fitness clothes to your Fly Gym classes. If you are unsure of how you will like the feel of the fabric on your bare skin, you may want to wear something with at least a little cap sleeve and possibly pants instead of shorts. While many of us like the massaging sensation of the fabrics directly against our skin, a few do not at first.
We offer three class options. Our regular one-hour class involves strengthening and flexibility training of an open level. This is a great class on its own or as cross-training for other activities. We also offer a lighter 45-minute class, Fly Gym Savasana. This shorter class is focused on relaxation. We have a light warm-up and mobilization period ending with 20-25 minutes in a cocoon. You may use this time for personal meditation, or let’s be honest, sometimes you just need a mid-day nap to get through your workday. This shorter class really is dedicated to relaxation and recharging so if at anytime the student decides to cut the warm-up short, they are welcome to curl up and relax in their cocoon early. A Fly Gym session may also be booked as a private with Nikki Craven if you would like a personalized lesson plan to help you to meet your strength and flexibility goals.
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