Vogue Magazine Monday Nov 30 2009
Beauty, Health, and Fitness: Airopes: Give it a Whirl
Picture this: Five women hop behind a peppy, bright-eyed instructor, each wielding a rope with a ball on the end in each hand, whirling it above her head. It may sound like the stuff of comedies, but this workout is no joke. The class is Airopes, the latest offering at Smart Workout, a small gym tucked into the heart of midtown Manhattan. With classes limited to five, the discreet studio is the ideal setting to try out challenging (not to mention entertaining—trampoline, anyone?) ways to get fit, and schedules are based on demand (if you show up solo and feel like belly dancing, chances are they can make that happen).
Named after the equipment—weighted rubber balls attached to jump-rope handles connected by a short cord—the class allows for a higher-resistance workout minus the whip and coordination issues that often come with jumping rope the old-school way. The sequence includes lots of jumps, lunges, planks, kicks, and squats – all of which participants do while continuing to twirl the ropes, so your body never stops moving. The activity is an intense fusion of cardio and strength training, and guarantees you’ll laugh while you break a sweat.
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