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Flying High For Fitness

March 29, 2012, 6:09 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Flying High For Fitness
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

A new fitness class in Sioux Falls has participants flying high for a work out.

It's called aerial fitness.  People use hammocks to hang in the air and maintain their balance.

They may look like acrobats training for a circus show but it's actually a group of people aiming high for a work out.

"This little material will actually hold you the whole time. Ha," Amy Uttecht said.

Uttecht is one of a few people who have given the new aerial class a swing.  She says you don't have to be a gymnast to get your feet off the ground and get in shape at the same time.

"I think of the movie 'Zookeeper' where they're flying around on these drapes, and it's like, 'There's no way I can do that.'  But you get in here, and it is all trust. Once you get into it and put yourself in that position, you're comfortable," Uttecht said.

Stacey Niewenhuis brought the aerial fitness class to Sioux Falls. She says it's a mixture between a yoga/Pilates class and an aerial class.

"You just feel this calm, relaxing moment where you can sink into the fabric and be weightless," Niewenhuis said.

While it may look a little crazy and fun, Niewenhuis says it's actually a great total-body workout.

"You have the powerful movements of using your upper body. You're using a lot of core strength.  But at the same time, you get a chance to sit in it and open yourself up. It's so relaxing," Niewenhuis said.

But with such jaw-dropping moves, some may wonder whether it's safe. Niewenhuis says it is because the hammock holds 1,000 pounds.  But she recommends starting out with an introductory class.

For Uttecht, the most difficult part was trusting the hammock.  But now, she's flying high and falling for the class.

"It's a great workout, and it's a lot of fun especially the first learning process and trying to figure out how comfortable you are with yourself and the material," Uttecht said.

Classes are on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at U R Fit Journey in Downtown Sioux Falls.  Learn more about the aerial fitness classes online.

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