From Our Editors
Tough Lotus owner-instructor Marnie Valliere along with a team of three instructors demonstrate the workouts from aerial-fitness classes, moving with such ease and grace that it's hard to believe they aren't full-time acrobats. Students hover above the studio's black-and-white checkered floor inside aerial gyms suspended from the ceiling. From this perch, they bend their bodies through routines that activate various muscle groups and increase flexibility, balance, muscle tone, and core strength, improving functional movement. In any given class, a collection of students of varying experience levels, body types, and ages follow every movement as they soar forward and back in Superman-like poses or lift their legs.