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Work out a sweat this summer with these fun fitness routines - non of them needing swimsuits.

by Asha Macam, ATC, NASM-CPT
Photo by Sany Chua

MARCH 2012

Shore up your core

Need to strengthen a weak back, or tighten your abdominals? TRX® Suspension Training System is a good way to keep your entire core activated because it uses existing raw material—your own body weight—to stabilize while moving on two cords. As a result, you achieve muscle strength, balance and flexibility with regular practice. Also, a simple 30-minute routine blasts a minimum of 500 calories—good news for weight loss. Used and designed with the help of U.S. Navy SEALs, this portable performance tool can be set up on any strong structure for a workout any time.

Log in and out

It may look like a plain rubber log, but the ViPR (Vitality Performance Reconditioning) is a highly versatile and durable tool ideal for various conditions—on the field or in the gym. It makes a great alternative to dumbbells and bars as it also comes in different intensities (four to 14kg up). ViPR leaves room for creative fitness so you can design your own or tandem routines. These include lunges, ice skaters, rowing and many more.

Effort level: Safe and progressive. Ranges from beginners (supervised by a fitness coach) to TRX® Suspension Training System and ViPR-trained practitioners.

Population: Most healthy adults, from seasoned athletes to seniors without recent injuries or serious conditions

Health considerations: Possibly contraindicative for hypertensive and pregnant individuals due to certain positions or heavy gripping, which might increase blood pressure. Get clearance from a physician.

Venue: Available in most gyms, but also good for home or outdoor setup. For inquiries on equipment and training, contact Raymond Legarde of Finix Corp. at (02)900 5226, 641 2660, 915 1698 and 915 1699, or e-mail:

Om-azing grace

Combining the strength and grace of aerialists and the calming balance of yoga, AntiGravity® Yoga was invented by Christopher Harrison, who combined traditional yoga poses and stretches with the gravity-defying principles of aerial arts as well as dance, gymnastics, Pilates and calisthenic movement to attain both physical fitness and mental “decompression,” or relaxation.

Employing Harrison’s highly secure AntiGravity® Hammock (which holds up to over 2,000 pounds), the cocoon-like swing ensures stability in motion, and helps its practitioner achieve balance and cardiovascular endurance, develop core strength, increase joint flexibility and muscle tone in a safe yet fun environment.

In a typical 90-minute class, students are led through basic progressions that promote spinal disc decompression and realignment to improve posture. Other benefits include weight loss (burns 400 calories up), alleviation of depression, rejuvenation of the circulatory and endocrine systems, mild detoxification of the digestive system and more.

AntiGravity® Yoga has gained a vast following of 6,000 daily practitioners in over 52 international locations, including the Philippines, where it is exclusively offered at Beyond Yoga Studio in Manila.

Effort level and population: Classes using the AntiGravity® Hammock are appropriate for those of all ages and fitness levels and include low impact cardio, strength and flexibility training, balance and agility exercises, and inversions. Instructors meticulously guide students.

Health Considerations: Might be contraindicative for hypertensive and pregnant individuals due to certain positions or inversions, which might increase blood pressure and uterine contractions. Get clearance from a physician.

Venue: Beyond Yoga, 3rd Floor, II Terrazzo, Tomas Morato corner Scout Madrinian Street, Quezon City. Website: Contact no.: (917) 5BEYOND (523 9663).

For more active alternatives to try out this summer, check out the March issue of HealthToday, out now in newsstands and bookstores.

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