When you think of an anti-gravity fitness class, do you picture NASA-esque space simulators where your body is floating through the air? Or maybe you’re thinking of the moment in Harry Potter when Harry experiences flying on a broomstick for the first time.

Either way, the concept of “anti-gravity” fitness certainly conjures up some intense images.

In reality, though, anti-gravity fitness classes are a form of aerial exercise that comes with distinct benefits — not to mention, they’re really fun.

If you’re already convinced to try acrobatic fitness for these reasons, the next step is preparing yourself for this type of class.

Preparing for Anti-Gravity Fitness Classes

Anti-gravity fitness classes involve being suspended in an elevated hammock as you exercise. Although you flow through familiar exercises from yoga, pilates, and calisthenics, the aerial aspect of the class certainly adds an added challenge.

To maximize your fitness class experience, keep these tips in mind as you prepare for class.

  1. Find a gym that offers anti-gravity classes near you: Keep in mind that because anti-gravity fitness takes a particular environment and the right equipment, these exercise classes aren’t offered everywhere. Luckily, our local gym in Bethlehem offers anti-gravity fitness classes as part of our group exercise class offerings.
  2. Do not wear jewelry, belts, clothing with studs, etc.: Because you are suspended in a hammock (made specifically for exercise, not lounging), you do not want to wear anything that might cause a snag. Take off rings, earrings, necklaces, and be mindful that you do not wear any clothing with studs, gems, or anything else that might rip the material.
  3. Avoid baggy or loose-fitting clothing: Being prepared to invert your body means wearing clothing that won’t lift up. The last thing you want is to be constantly grabbing your shirt or tucking it in as you exercise. Consider wearing tight leggings or spandex, too, so that your shorts do not ride completely up.
  4. Do not use lotion or sunscreen before class: Lotion and sunscreen are slippery, and “slippery” is not a good adjective to have anywhere near “anti-gravity” fitness. You will need a firm grip as you learn to maneuver the hammock, so do yourself a favor and skip the lotion before class. Additionally, you do not want any potentially irritating products to rub onto the hammock, as other people will use the equipment as well.
  5. Save eating and drinking for after class: It’s never the best idea to eat a full meal before any type of exercise, and this is especially true of the fitness involves inverting your body. You are more likely to feel dizzy or sick if you have a full stomach. Stay hydrated, of course, and eat a little snack, but don’t get too full before class.

Watch a class so you know what to expect: Whenever we try something new, it’s easy for our imaginations to get the best of us. If you can, stop by our local gym in Bethlehem to spectate an anti-gravity fitness class. This way, you’ll know exactly what to expect. You can also watch a video of an anti-gravity class in action on our website to get a feel for the class!

Steel Fitness Riverport

Our local gym in Bethlehem chose to offer anti-gravity fitness classes because they are extremely beneficial and a nice way to reinvigorate a tired fitness routine.

Come see why anti-gravity exercise is all the rage these days at Steel Fitness Riverport in Bethlehem.

If anti-gravity classes aren’t right for you, check out the 60 other group fitness classes offered on our weekly schedule!

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