A new take on fitness and well being
Trying something new makes you feel more alive and connected with the world around you!
This is especially true of starting a new exercise routine, and a fresh, unique fitness class that caters to this is all set to launch in Ballito this February.
If you are not a gym and weights enthusiast but love to keep fit and strong, Skye Aerial Arts and Fitness Ballito’s new aerial tone class is a must try.
The class involves stretches and postures using a silk hammock for support. From basic to more advanced moves, the silk support adds an interesting dynamic to the workout and deepens stretches. It also uses one’s own body weight as a tool to tone and strengthen.
Aerial arts studio part owner alongside her husband and instructor Sheelagh Francis said the class is totally exclusive, as she has developed it using her knowledge of personal training, pole fitness, aerial ribbon (silks) and lyra or aerial hoop as well as basic fitness principles.
“Aerial tone is a fusion of a few of the fitness techniques that I have learnt over the years, and is designed to have a number of benefits. It’s fun so you don’t even realise how many squats and pull ups you are doing during the class. The exercises have little to no impact on joints, and are also really good for spinal and core strength, toning as well as inducing weight loss,” said Francis.
She added that as the class is low impact, it is suitable for people with arthritis or who are recovering from injuries.
“It also gives you different and exciting goals to aim towards – like doing the more difficult postures – rather than just doing the same workout over and over just with heavier weights. Aerial tone is a full body workout and a really fun challenge,” said Francis.
“I am passionate about helping people reach their fitness goals,” she added.
Apart from being trained in various fitness fields, Francis has a basic science of exercise qualification and competes regularly in pole fitness competitions. This year she has already entered the National Pole Sports competition, and if she excels she will qualify for the World champs in London, as well as the South African Pole Artist Video competition.
Francis also teaches the original and fun aerial fitness trends full time.
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