Look, I’m going to be really upfront here: fitness isn’t really my thing.
I feel like I just got a dirty little secret off my chest saying that. As though it’s akin to running over your neighbour’s cat, or asking ‘who is Beyonce?’
I try to exercise because my Mumma raised me right, and it’s something I know I should do. But if I’m completely honest it doesn’t take much for me to find an excuse NOT to exercise. Seriously, my excuse to myself the other day was that I had cut one of my toenails too short. FML.
Now that I’ve set the scene for you about just how lazy I am much I struggle, let me introduce to you to my fairy Godmother of fitness peeps, Studio 3.I first stumbled across Studio 3 on Instagram, (just because I’m not fit, doesn’t mean I don’t follow #fitspo) where I saw lithe ladies swinging and twisting and stretching and bending on a suspended piece of material – hello aerial yoga, the most Instagrammable exercise everrrr.
I dug a little deeper, convinced that something that looked so fun could be just the answer I’ve been chasing, and trotted off to Studio 3 for a looksee.
Standing in the aerial yogo studio, I gave the swathes of fabric a solid tug, slightly terrified at the prospect of falling flat on my arse if the hook were to give way. I was assured that they‘d support 600kgs – so I was in the clear!
If you’ve never heard of aerial yoga, it’s basically yoga for big kids, but it has a stack load of benefits. Studio 3 has a ‘fundamentals’ class – basically it’s a beginner’s class for dunces like me. You’ll get an introduction to the joy of swinging about freely in the hammocks (hammocks even makes it sound relaxing, doesn’t it?!), plus this class will teach you all about zero compression inversions and suspended stretching. You’ll flip and swing and fly through the air without even noticing that you’re exercising – just my kinda workout!
Since aerial yoga had received such a big thumbs up, I was intrigued about what else Studio 3 had to offer. There were four more classes that had FUN written all over them.
I’d given this a bit of a whirl previously, but being the clutz I am, I’d always kind of struggled to keep up and had found the classes a bit daunting - so it was with a bit of trepidation that I trotted off to check out Studio 3’s pilates reformer class.
I needn’t have worked myself in to the ball of lycra-clad angst that I did – the classes were small, everything was explained, and my slightly wonky technique was corrected - but not over a loud speaker. Oh hey there, tummy muscles! And I didn’t even cheat on the spring load!
I’m from Tassie. I don’t cope well with the heat. So I had images of myself panting miserably at the back of the class, while I sweated it out. When I got there and found that the room was around 32 degrees, my spirits lifted! Believe it or not, that’s just a standard sunny day in Tassie – totally doable! Studio 3’s hot yoga classes focus on posture, so there’s a lot of holding one pose until you’re silently cursing your overriding desire for a #bikinibod. There’s a touch of vinyasa yoga included too, but the focus is definitely on posture. Either way, I had a surprising amount of fun.
I was a bit daunted by the name of this as I didn’t have the foggiest idea what ‘hatha’ meant, but I jumped in with both feet only to find that I needn’t have been afraid of the name. Hatha yoga, as it turned out, is what a lot of us might think of as ‘traditional yoga.’ The class was led by a bubbly instructor who assured me it’d be barrel load of fun, as it turns out, she wasn’t wrong. There was plenty of emphasis on controlled breathing and focus of the mind, while also working on strength and flexibility – multi-tasking never was one of my strong points. The whole thing was all very zen; I left feeling like ‘someone who exercises’.
When I think of barre, I think if little ballerinas practicing their pliés. It’s been a jolly long time since I donned a tutu, but Studio 3’s barre class was still a blast! Our super enthusiastic instructor had combined a pinch of pilates basics with a spoonful of traditional ballet exercises to produce a snappy class of strengthening that included weights and various other props. Dancer’s bod come at me!
If you’re in need of a fitness fairy godmother too, have a chat to Studio 3. You just might get hooked on aerial yoga too.
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Image credit: Jenna Fahey-White