At the 2010 Grammy awards, the singer Pink executed a jaw-dropping rendition of “Glitter in the Air” from an AntiGravity aerial yoga hammock, demonstrating – literally at times – a somewhat new spin on an established discipline. The artistic and graceful performance, high above the audience, was pro-level aspirational spectacle, but the practice at its base is something anyone can try.
For those interested in a zero compression, full suspension blend of yoga and Pilates, the Pyour Core studio in Surf City now offers Christopher Harrison’s AntiGravity Fitness, “the original and safest rated in the world,” owner Carolayn Crane remarked. The workout delivers “a magnitude of benefits, such as bringing fresh blood to extremities and synovial fluid to joints, improving brain function and decompressing the vertebral column.”
Last month, for the program’s soft opening, the facility hung three of the special, silky hammocks, along with one for the instructor. By the end of May, there should be 12 client hammocks in place.
When Pyour Core first opened three summers ago, Crane pointed out, she really wanted to bring in AntiGravity, “but there’s a lot that goes into certification.” Now, she leads the small aerial classes with a calm yet purposeful energy, creating an environment of encouragement and support.
Like all other classes at the studio, AntiGravity Fitness has restorative elements. “That’s why I wanted to bring this component in,” said Crane.
“Pyour Core is not a ‘push it ’il you drop’ mentality,” she added. “That type of training leaves people feeling exhausted, overly sore and defeated, which will inevitably lead to dysfunction and injury. Pyour Core cultivates safe and challenging workouts for every level. We focus on restoring function and building strength and stamina … all while feeling good, feeling worked, feeling encouraged and getting results.”
The studio offers classes for all fitness levels, and will integrate modifications for injuries and special populations. “We’re a premiere core fitness training and Pilates studio with a strong commitment towards personalized service and individual attention for those seeking to achieve a healthier lifestyle,” the facility website, pyourcore.com, explains. “Whether you are 22 or 82, and whether your goal is to tone, increase flexibility, rehab an injury or lose a few unwanted pounds, it begins with the decision to change your lifestyle and start at your core.”
Crane, of New York and Beach Haven Gardens, is a fully certified Stott Pilates trainer in mat, reformer, cadillac, chair and all barrels, as well as in rehabilitation for injuries and special populations. She is also certified with Mad Dog Spinning as well as Real Ryder Cycling, a core balance cycling, and has more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry.
AntiGravity sessions, such as the one Crane led on a Saturday morning last month, begin with the basics, as students become familiar with movement on the hammock. Advanced classes incorporate more challenging poses, all hinging on the tranquil, loosening, feel-good fluidity – think Pink.
On another pink note: Throughout the month of May, as Surf City “paints the town pink,” a percentage of proceeds from the sale of pink Pyour Core T-shirts, as well as the proceeds from one class per week, will support the campaign for mammography awareness.
Later this month, on Sunday, May 29, Pyour Core will hold its third annual Fit Fair. Thirty-minute classes, of each type offered at the facility, will run throughout the day, at just $8 per class. AntiGravity master instructor Laura Colon will join the studio’s other trainers in offering the sample sessions.
Pyour Core offers a variety of classes, including Pyour Mat, for which the facility’s trainers “put their own spin on traditional Pilates Mat with the option of props, or not,” Crane explained. “This approach will keep the classes fresh and innovative, while highlighting each trainer’s specialty. For example, Pilates trainer Jonathan Urla is the creator of ‘Yogilates,’ and will be incorporating the techniques he has created and mastered into his mat class.” (Visit yogilates.com for information on Yogilates.)
Pyour Barre 360, meanwhile, is a new class that utilizes three-dimensional training. “This is not your traditional barre class,” said Crane. “Designed for muscle confusion, this ab-ripping, leg-sculpting, body-toning class will get you the results you want.”
Also check out Pyour Ryde, taught on Real Ryder bikes that tilt and turn, recruiting muscles en masse to burn major calories; Pyour Strength, a mat class that incorporates perturbation training to challenge stability by utilizing various props and weights; and the rope-less jump rope class Pyour Plyo, which combines plyo-metrics and Pilates Mat for an interval training workout to keep the heart pumping, with high calorie burn and muscle toning. “No coordination needed!” Crane attested.
Halo, originated by a physical therapist, integrates the Pilates method and athletic condition to challenge balance and stability while working to strengthen the core.
And Pilates Quad – designed for four people – involves circuit training on the Pilates Spring Wall and Pilates Stability Chair, building balance, stamina and strength.
Private Pilates sessions are also available, and are tailored to meet a client’s individual needs. “We first address injury, then postural dysfunction, and blend these corrections into a comprehensive Pilates equipment workout, constantly modifying and progressing as correction, strength and stability are achieved,” Crane noted.
Pyour Core has recently expanded its Pilates rehabilitation program to include neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and more. According to Crane, participants “will reap the benefits of feeling stronger and better balanced, and therefore more mobile, by building neuroplasticity through Pilates training.”
In addition to Urla and Colon, also instructing at the studio this summer is Mariola Fully, a certified personal trainer and Pilates trainer with specialized certifications in rehab and neurological disorders. The trio join head trainer Linda Mead, who collaborates with Crane on programming, as well as fitness instructors Lara Doran and Karin Farnham, “who have worked endlessly building their certifications and continue to do so, and offer high-energy, fully modifiable classes,” said Crane. Complete trainer bios are available at pyourcore.com.
Looking ahead to September, Pyour Core will host Jake’s Ride and the Michael J. Fox Foundation Fundraiser for Parkinson’s Disease and dystonia, with a set-up similar to the Fit Fair, and proceeds donated to the cause. The facility will offer chair classes so anyone and everyone can participate in the event.
Also later this year, the studio hopes to start a pro-bono program for wounded soldiers. “Our goal,” Crane noted, “is to help rebuild balance, strength and confidence through a Pilates rehab program for soldiers with amputee or other qualifying injuries.”
For additional information on Pyour Core’s classes and events, call 609-494-3500 or visitpyourcore.com. Learn more about AnitGravity Fitness at antigravityfitness.com.
Pyour Core is located at 604 Long Beach Blvd.
– Reposted from The Sandpaper