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German Glamour Magazine
FLOAT AERIAL YOGA
Float Aerial Yoga wurde von der New Yorkerin Fran Sperling entwickelt. Die Tänzerin, Sporttrainerin und Zirkustrainerin hat sich hierfür von der Akrobatik inspirieren lassen. An langen Stoffbahnen hängend und in der Luft schwebend werden yoga-, pilates-, stretching- und ballettähnliche Übungen ausgeführt. Es verschmelzen Koordinationsaufgaben mit geistiger Flexibilität und Stärkung der gesamten Muskulatur – ein wahrer Allrounder also. In New York hat diese neue Yogaart einen großen Boom ausgelöst. Wir sind gespannt, wann sie nach Deutschland kommen wird.
German Vogue Magazine, Business Edition
“To be hanging swinging, circling: A novel fitness program, inspired by acrobatics, adds dynamic energy to New York. Pink, light blue, red, violet loops of fabric hang from complicated rigging on the 10 meter high ceiling at New York’s Reebok Sports Club, that one can comfortably sit like on a swing. Yet, what is different from a playground swing, the abdominal muscles have to work hard on these long bands of safely graspable fabrics in order to even start a minimal oscillation, immediately making one realize that one is facing a difficult partner in these ropes of gathered fabric.
For the dancer, circus artist and sports trainer, Fran Sperling, who, four years ago, developed her sports discipline “FLOAT”, which she is marketing under the label “SKYBODy”-it is the object of inspiring confidence in these softly swinging “ropes”. When one hangs with the shoulders in the loop and makes a wide circle with the upper body while the feet stay on the floor, the great joy one experiences about the momentum lets one forget the effort needed to convert the body into board.
Fran Sperling’s formula for success: She seduces her clients by means of the spontaneous pleasure of swinging to a rigorous working of muscles as well as working up courage.As quickly as the participant has overcome the initial anxiety, he or she is swinging to his or her own surprise, upside down,like a monkey on a tree. With the flow of blood, one remembers one’s fearless, easy childhood activities. But to get back up is less easy. With a one-leg yoga position, groping for the loop only seems to help, but the loop also proves to be quite an unsteady support.
For Fran, all the confusions one experiences, like for example, searching for the left foot with the right hand in a hanging position, are part of her program. FLOAT is a challenge for both the brain and the body. There are various studies that combine complex coordination tasks with mental flexibiity, says the acrobat, who has been successful with teaching seniors and who was able to help a patient with Parkinson’s Disease in respect to her tremors.
There is nothing more demanding than lifting one own’s bidy weight, says the fly-light Fran Sperling, who through the strength of her muscles also experiences feminist power: “It is amazing how fast the shoulder and upper arm muscles develop when one hangs with both hands on the “rope”. Almost anyone can do that: to hang on one arm, however , is more difficult.”
From week to week, even beginners can feel progress in the battle against gravity.When one, at the end of a hour and half session that integrates Pilates and ballet elements while floating in the air, spreads open the fabric into a long hammock and remains there for a few minutes, inside, one can only imagine the effects of the efforts. But on the following day, every muscle responds with a sense of triumph.”
Time Out NY
Dec 31, 2009 – Jan 13, 2010 | Issue 744.745
FIERCE AERIAL CONDITIONING™
Reebok Sports Club/NY (160 Columbus Ave at 67th St; 212-362-6800, mpsportsclub.com). Single class $70, packages available. Registration required, contact Fran Sperling at 212-501-1401, ext 3890, or email@example.com.
The experience: The trapeze wasn’t as daunting as the 30-foot silk ropes hanging from the ceiling, though instructor Fran Sperling’s direction quelled any nervousness. We were working on the bar in no time and quickly escalated to miniature routines. The trick is physics—as long as you can hold your own body weight, you can perform on the trapeze; doing somersaults, leg lifts, faux splits. Sperling believes inversion is “the fountain of youth” for its circulation and breathing benefits; I’d agree, because it felt like playing instead of working out. How fit you need to be: Occasional exerciser. — FS
Nov 11, 2008
CIRCUS CIRCUS BY ROBIN WALLACE
To discover muscles you did not know you had, or test how well your work-out really is really (not) working, check out Aerial Arts at Reebok Sports Club New York. You will dangle from a trapeze bar, scale drapes of silk suspended from the ceiling. then unfurl yourself during a graceful descent executing Cirque Du Soleil poses. Or, your mental facilities will collapse and your muscles will twitch uncontrollably, as happened to a 40-something reporter.
Instructor Fran Sperling’s body has been carved from one solid sliver of muscle, her strength and skills, supernatural. Yet, Sperling teaches with a soft touch, inspiring you to connect with your body’s potential rather than get frustrated with its present limits. Be prepared to lose the use of your arms and abs for a few days afterward and to ache in places you can’t identify.
May 30, 2008
CIRCUS ACT POSTED BY ERIN KURDYLA
Recently I got the chance to fly through the air with the greatest of (un)ease at a special Aerial Arts workshop at the Reebok Sports Club/NY. That’s me hanging upside down on the trapeze! Circus workouts are gaining popularity and it’s easy to understand why: they’re fun! Instructor Fran Sperling (check her out on the rope!) had me dive rolling onto a squishy mat, flipping on the rings, walking on a balance beam, hula hooping, and my favorite, drum roll, please…climbing the rope. Holy gym class flashback! I never had a hope with the rope, until now! Turns out that it doesn’t require superhuman upper-body strength to scale that sucker. Nope. It’s all in your legs! Essentially you wrap and release your leg around the rope as you inchworm your way up using your abs and thighs. I was giggly when I got to the top and the rest of the day for that matter. Nothing beats doing something you never dreamed you could!
March 19, 2010