AIR BORNE

Let NYC’S new­est fit­ness stu­dio, Spi­der­bands, turn you into a su­per­hero.

Gotham - - Contents - BY DANIELLE CO­HEN

Thanks to Spi­der­bands, high­fly­ing ac­ro­bat­ics are no longer exclusive to Cirque du Soleil and Pink’s Grammy per­for­mances. This new to­tal-body car­dio re­sis­tance pro­gram takes work­outs to a new level: midair.

Re­sis­tance bands and trapeze rigs hang from the Spi­der­bands stu­dio ceil­ing to hoist stu­dents into the air, where they learn moves such as Spi­der­jacks and lunges. The bands pro­vide both re­sis­tance and as­sis­tance to the limbs; it’s not easy, but stu­dents are con­stantly spot­ted. The 50 min­utes of chore­ographed poses yield se­ri­ous re­sults—and they’re lots of fun, too.

The con­cept came to per­sonal trainer and nu­tri­tion­ist Franci Co­hen dur­ing an ab rou­tine, when she no­ticed a trapeze rig­ging above her and some aban­doned bungee cords across the floor. “The prover­bial light went off, and I thought, What if I take those bands and hook them to the ceil­ing?” she says. She slowly cre­ated an en­tire cur­ricu­lum span­ning 24 dif­fer­ent classes.

Co­hen main­tains that Spi­der­bands is for ev­ery­one. “As long as you’re not spaced out, any­one can do this,” she says. “There are peo­ple here who are 14 years old, and we go all the way up to al­most 70.” She’s so sure her classes work, she even of­fers a two-week chal­lenge, which she says never fails: “Try on a pair of tight jeans, take my class three to four times this week and next, and then try on those jeans again.” 12 E. 14th St.; spi­der­bands.com

THIS NEW TO­TAL-BODY CAR­DIO RE­SIS­TANCE PRO­GRAM TAKES WORK­OUTS TO A NEW LEVEL: MIDAIR.

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