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Move Over Devil Dog, Mama’s gonna join Cirque du Soleil*

English: Flying Pigeon pose in AntiGravity® Ae...

English: Flying Pigeon pose in AntiGravity® Aerial Yoga, developed by Christopher Harrison (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Okay, not really. But I did have the chance to go with Jillian to an anti-gravity Pilates class @ Shine. What’s that you ask? Nothing-less-than the latest fitness trend sweeping the nation! But seriously, it was totally cool.

You use what is called a “hammock” (but looks a heck of like the thick ribbons that acrobatic dancers and Cirque cast members use to twist and turn in while dangling from the celling– think Pink’s Grammy Performance circa 2010).

After getting introduced to the hammock and a grabbing a yoga mat, your lovely instructor walks you through some of the tried and true Pilates moves. I hear there are also yoga classes using the hammock, but I’ve to escape my kiddos long enough to try one!!!

I was a tad skeptical about it. I mean, there are so many fad classes and everyone’s got a gimmick. But for me the true worth of the workout comes the next day when see how your body feels. I want to feel a little ache, not a can’t move my limbs felling, but I want to know my time was worth something. I am also not an “entertainment” workout woman. I put in my time at the elliptical or Bikram and I’m done. I don’t need dance steps or pop music or anything else. I don’t want to run outside and look at the world. I don’t want to meet my friends and scoot a ball over a net. I want to workout and get on with my life!

Thus, I might not be the idea candidate for anti-gravity Pilates. But, I LOVED IT. You get to hang upside down–cool! You get pretend you are as awesome as a rock star or Cirque performer–cool! You get what qualifies for me as good workout–cool!

I felt it the next day in my abs, arms and legs!! I can’t say the same thing regular Pilates (one-on-one with a trainer on the reformer– not some half-baked group mat course…)

I cannot wait for kids to get back in school so I can go again!!!

*See my Devil Dog post to understand what I mean!

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Water Work Out @ Red Mountain Spa

Even mom needs a little off time and this is never more so than when summer and Mom Camp are in full swing.  I am pretty lucky that my mom lives just down the street and I can take advantage of her excellent free babysitting and dog watching!  This time, I left the kids with grandma  for a day and The Captain for a weekend and ran off with Jillian to Red Mountain Resort in Utah.

Here of course, I must thank The Captain and my mother for making this possible!!!

Jillian and I arrived with only minutes to spare.  You see Jillian decided she wanted to take the 3:30 pm ‘water workout’ titled Off the Deep End.IMG_2007

The last time took any sort of ‘water workout’ was when I was preggo with The Princess.  I had this odd-ball notion that working out in the water would help avoid stretch marker.  The water would make my ever burgeoning belly more buoyant and cause gravity to pull down on my skin less and this would reduce stretch makes.  Of course, stretch marks are related to the quick-growing belly and genetics not gravity.  But, you know it was my nutty theory.

I lugged my preggo self down to the pool in my whale covering bathing suit. I quickly discovered it was me and the over 60 crowd doing rather pathetic jumping jacks in the pool.  

I did end up getting the stretch marks in my 8th month and decided not to rely on my crazy theories.  I went on the net to rely on other people’s crazy theories.  Low and behold, if you rub pure vitamin E oil on the area it will reduce the marks.  I am happy to say, they quickly disappeared–no thanks to the water aerobics.

The next time I encountered a ‘water workout’ was on a boutique cruise I took.  The ‘Sports Director’  (if we can call him that because  he only led water aerobics and helped guests climb the mast) held a class in the rather tiny on deck pool.  Given my preggo flirtation with a ‘water workout’, I took a pass.

All this brings us to me, Jillian, and Off Deep End. It was certainly not a geriatric ‘water workout’.  There were Pilates moves in the water and both my abs and arms had their share of action.  I can’t say I was out of breath, but I certainly got a workout.

Jillian went the next day for another aqua class while my narcoleptic self took a nap.  According to Jillian it was not as good, so I think I made the right choice.

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