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[Video] Fit With Fallon: Antigravity Yoga

 

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In this episode of  “Fit With Fallon” I headed over to Crunch Gym in Burbank, CA. to try a new yoga class that’s getting all your favorite celebrities high. Anti-gravity yoga is a combination of dance, yoga, pilates, and calisthenics all done while suspended in an air, hanging hammock. It’s a great workout that gets you in shape and helps with realigning your back from the compression of gravity. Watch as I channel my  inner acrobat during a personal session at Crunch gym!

I met with Sahara, Crunch’s anti-gravity yoga instructor, so she could explain to me the benefits of this class as well as show me some of the moves.

Just to brief you, I have taken various yoga classes before such as  regular yoga and bikram yoga but boy was I in for a surprise with this class. As a former competitive gymnast I was definitely up for the challenge and excited to try something new. There were moments during the class where I felt scared, relaxed, and even thought I could fly! Check out the interview I did with Sahara below, followed by step by step breakdown of the moves she taught me.

 FWF: Can you tell us more about this anti-gravity yoga class?

Sahara: Well antigravity is a distinct program that decompresses the spine, that help revitalizes the nervous system, and helps your body move more freely and easier, as opposed to traditional yoga on the floor.

FWF: Some people tend to shy away from yoga because they feel like they’re not going to get a good workout, they’re not going to get their heart rate up, they’re not going to break a sweat.

Sahara: There are various levels of fitness involved in this fitness program. There’s a cardio aspect, a fitness aspect, and a traditional workout aspect.

FWF: Any tips for beginners?

Sahara: There are no beginners, there are no advanced students, the poses are what they are and it’s a matter of trusting yourself and allowing yourself to let go of any judgement and have fun!

 

Cardio: She started me out with a quick cardio routine on the hammock to get my heart rate up. I was instructed to lock my hands into the ropes and quickly do jump squats lifting up my own body weight. After 10 reps, I started to break a sweat.

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Fitness: I asked Sahara if she could show me some of the cool acrobatic type of moves that I have seen circling the web. These moves are called “dual moves” because the first part of the move will help decompress the spine and the second part included more fun, Circus Soleil type moves which stimulates the brain and revitalizes your entire nervous system that releases hormones that make you happy and sexy 😉

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SELF Magazine Teams Up With Crunch Gym To Help Challenged Athletes

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Ever wanted to play DJ in spin class? Crunch and SELF magazine are coming together this summer to make that happen. You’ll get to choose the tunes to play in the Songs of Summer Ride this July!

Vote for your favorite summertime jam on self.com for the ultimate Songs of Summer playlist. The winner’s songs of choice will be played during one-hour-long Ride classes around the country on Saturday, July 20. All proceeds go to the Challenged Athlete Foundation.

The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) mission is to provide opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. CAF believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life.

If you would like to enter a chance to win in the Songs of Summer contest and help a challenged athlete at the same time head over to Crunch.com for more info.

 

New Fitness Trend: Karaoke Cycling

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This new cycling class will have you singing your heart out! Literally.

Crunch Gym is putting another exciting new class on the map, this time one that will have you working up a sweat, while you are working those vocal cords.

The Burbank location in California premiered the new class last night as a test to its members. No more worrying about taking in a lot of calories at the karaoke bar drinking your alcoholic beverage of choice, now you can burn calories during your karaoke routine with Karaoke cycling.

This 60 minute long class includes a traditional spin class that incorporates riding on a stationary bike where you climb, and sprint in a not so traditional way. The spin room is similar to what looks like a night club, with glow in the dark and laser lights.

The tunes that you usually ride to, will now also be the tunes that you sing to; Billie Jean, Bad Romance, Lady Marmalade, Oops I did it again are some of the hits you can jam out to in class.

According to Livestrong.com an hour of singing can burn up to 100 calories. If you combine that with 800 calories that you can burn from an hour cycling class, you have burned nearly 1000 calories!

Now that’s a workout!

Check out crunch.com to see if they have a karaoke cycling class in your area, and tell them Fallon sent you.

Fallon Mercedes is a Celebrity Fitness Reporter.

She is a Certified Personal Trainer who has years of experience in Entertainment Reporting.

Putting her two passions together fitness and celebrity news, she created a unique concept, blog and show called “Fit With Fallon” that educates and inspires individuals to get fit in an entertaining and fun way.