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Welcome to Fighting Gravity Fitness! 

Fighting Gravity Fitness is The Commonwealth of Virginia’s first Christopher Harrison's AntiGravity® Fitness Studio.  AntiGravity® Fitness is a unique combination of Yoga, Pilates, and Gymnastics.  It allows you to stretch further and hold challenging poses longer by utilizing the Christopher Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock. 

The hammock is a fabric that hangs at two points from the ceiling acting like a swing and is designed to hold 1000 pounds. 

The unique combination of exercises, as a sequence, is intended to decompress the spine and align the body from head to toe while stretching and strengthening one’s muscles, all while putting a smile on your face and having the best experience you have had in a fitness class in a long time. 

Christopher Harrison’s personal guarantee; “If you can suspend your disbelief, I guarantee I can make you happier, healthier and taller in just one session!” 

Come hang out with us at Fighting Gravity Fitness.


Not only do we offer the most fun AntiGravity classes, we offer a wide variety of other fitness classes too. We have classes that have Cardio and Strength Training like “Guns, Buns and 6 Packs”, and Barre classes, Yoga for Stretching and Relaxation, and Zumba, and Werq for the dance lovers. You get more “Bang For Your Buck” at this friendly studio!



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Testimonials 



I am a 64 year old woman who has been going to Fighting Gravity Fitness for a year. While I have always tried to be fit and healthy, after many years of yoga and dancing I felt that my routine had become stagnant. When I joined the studio I found that exercising in the hammock has been amazingly helpful. It is always fun and interesting and as the founder of AntiGravity, Christopher Harrison says, I do end class “feeling happier and healthier as well as taller”! It is remarkable that using a hammock makes exercise feel more like playing. Audrey has a wide range of classes that keep it interesting as well as challenging. I think I am more fit now than when I was forty.  For less cost than a massage a month I have nearly eliminated long standing back pain and have become very strong as well.
                                                                                                                                                                             -Mindy Loiselle


I have done the fighting gravity fundamentals class and the cardio burn and shape class so far! I had a blast & got one of the best workouts I have ever had at the cardio class! I am in ❤️❤️ with this place! You'll be seeing me a lot ☺️ WONDERFUL place!

 - Elizabeth Laumer

 


Went to my first class this morning and had the most incredible time. I'm extremely out of shape, overweight & have zero... upper body strength. Audrey helped me when I needed it and praised me when I didn't. I was the strongest I've felt in many years. If I can do this anyone can! I will definitely be continuing this journey.!

 - Allison Minter Glackin

 


This place gets all five stars!

Audrey is a very energetic, dedicated and wonderful fitness instructor/trainer. She offers a variety of classes that keeps you interested in working out everyday and I've attended most of them like the barre, Zumba, cardio, abs, yoga, anti gravity etc. I not only lost weight but also learned the correct and safe technique. She's the only one in town who offers Anti Gravity classes which is an excellent, unique exercise and a must try for everyone!

 - Kareena Sujanani

 


I have had the pleasure of working with Audrey Bonafe for the past year. I have worked with Audrey through personal training as well as group classes, both of which have been extremely rewarding for me. Audrey is a great motivator and a great instructor. Audrey is intuitive, she listens and understands your goals and is truly interested in helping you achieve your fitness and wellness goals. Audrey is incredibly patient, compassionate and considerate of any limitations you may have; she will contour or create a routine for your comfort and safety in mind without losing sight of the end goal. Audrey has truly helped me reach my goals and will continue to help me maintain my goals.

 - Mary Anne


 

"Audrey is a fantastic instructor, energetic, knowledgeable, and receptive to her student’s goals and limitations. She is constantly getting trained in new courses and seeking new ways to make her classes more exciting, accessible, and fun. When I first signed up for anti-gravity classes I was having some serious back pain issues as well as wrist and knee pain that fluctuated in intensity and kept me from continuing to do yoga. The support of the hammocks enabled me to do those yoga poses previously prohibitive because of my wrists, eliminated my back pain, and made working out an enjoyable and safe new adventure. The soothing and centering effect of the last part of the anti-gravity classes, the Cocoon which is equivalent to the Sava Sana yoga pose was incredible in the hammock and the playfulness of the more acrobatic like exercises in it were empowering in building physical strength and confidence while exploring one's limits and recovering the flexibility of childhood. In addition to her anti-gravity courses, I took barre, abs, and Zumba classes with Audrey and thoroughly enjoyed them. She has a warm and engaging personality that makes working out a pleasure and make you want to keep going."

 - Dr. Moheno


Check out this review from the RVA Fit Gals Guide
http://www.thepdxbelle.com/2016/11/fitgalsguidefightinggravityfit.html#.WCXRq_orLIU





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  20170405_193756-01 Acro Yoga Workshop
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AcroYoga is a partner yoga practice, blending the wisdom of yoga the dynamic power of acrobatics and the loving kindness of healing arts. These three lineages form the foundation of a practice that cultivates trust, playfulness, and community.
In this workshop we will circle up, share names and break the ice! Then play a game /warm up! We'll cover some basic terms and body positions during warm up and the the first part of workshop.Then we will go over some basic principles of Acro Yoga info like bone stacking, counter balance, tempo, tightness, communication and trust! These are paired with drills and poses to demonstrate.  We'll talk about accurate self assessment and spotting before we get into the L basing portion of the class since everyone can be safe! Then end the portion with some inversions. 

We'll teach a few poses that can be practiced individually or put together into a mini flow along with some conditioning to help people get stronger and more stable.

Wind down with some therapeutics and stretching and close with a circle activity where we lift each other physically and mentally!

Focus is on  lots of fun!
Instructors Justin Lowery and Liz Sykes

Register online here:
 
https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=155674&stype=41&sTG=36&prodId=10266



NiaClass
 Nia Form & Freedom
Playshop

Sunday July 23 @ 1:00-3:00 pm

Nia is an energizing barefoot movement class which blends elements and movements from the dance arts, martial arts and healing arts. A holistic wellness program designed for sustainability in the body, mind and spirit.  Nia is adaptable for ALL levels of fitness. Nia offers the choice to move towards pleasure and self-healing and away from pain. Flexibility, agility, mobility, stability and strength are the five sensations used as tools to guide participants towards optimal health.

Prerequisite: This workshop is for all fitness levels.  No experience required
COST: $20.00 pre-registered  
$25.00 at the door 
Sign up here 
https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=155674&stype=
41&sTG=36&prodId=10274






Excite your existing students and intrigue new ones with this one day certification teacher training. It’s new, it’s popular, and a training will be here in Richmond just for YOU!Certifications include quarterly lesson plans and promotional material created by the inventor of the Volée Method™, Vicky Waterman and Rachel Kowal.

Our very own Heather Mazeika will be the Master Trainer

Early Registration (before July 31) $300.00
After Aug. 1 $399.00
Enroll here: 
https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=155674&stype=-8&sTG=38&sVT=46&sView=day&sLoc=0
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST ANTIGRAVITY® CLASS AT
FIGHTING GRAVITY FITNESS


THE ANTIGRAVITY® CLASS HAS LIMITED AVAILABILITY AND SELLS OUT FREQUENTLY. PRE-REGISTRATION IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED! 
Please Note: If no one is registered for a class, the class will be cancelled 30 minutes before class is to begin. 

Arrive Early. Come 10 minutes prior to class to fill out your paperwork, meet your teacher and get measured for your hammock. If you arrive late, you may forfeit your hammock to stand-by client.

Dress Comfortably. Choose active-wear designed for movement and comfort. For AntiGravity® classes in particular, wear a shirt with sleeves to prevent any discomfort under the arms and help keep the hammocks clean. No tank tops in AntiGravity classes, please!

LATE CANCEL/NO SHOW POLICY: DUE TO THE HIGH DEMAND OF THIS CLASS, CANCELLATIONS MADE LESS THAN 2 HOURS BEFORE THE CLASS STARTS WILL BE ASSESSED A CANCELLATION FEE EQUIVALENT TO THE CURRENT SALES PRICE OF A SINGLE DROP-IN SESSION UNLESS WE CAN FILL YOUR SPACE WITH SOMEONE FROM THE WAIT-LIST. IF YOUR SPACE CAN BE FILLED ON SUCH SHORT NOTICE, YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED; HOWEVER, NO-SHOWS WILL BE ASSESSED THIS CANCELLATION CHARGE-
NO EXCEPTIONS.

NO JEWELRY! - Help us to preserve our Harrison Antigravity® Hammocks. Please remove all jewelry, watches, hair clips or anything that will snag the cloth hammocks.

Contraindications: Avoid Inversions: Pregnancy, glaucoma, recent surgery (esp. shoulder, eyes, back, hips, hands or wrist), heart disease, very high or low blood pressure, easy onset vertigo, or motion sickness, osteoporosis / bone weakness, recent head injury, cerebral sclerosis, propensity for fainting, carpal tunnel syndrome, severe arthritis, sinusitis or head cold, hiatal hernia, disc herniation or acute disco genic disease, recent stroke, artificial hips, Radiculitis (inflammation of nerve root in spine), severe muscle spasms, Botox injections (within 6 hours)

ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE at least 3 ANTIGRAVITY FUNDAMENTALS(Beginner) classes before moving on the other AntiGravity classes(I.E. ANTIGRAVITY YOGA, ANTIGRAVITY PILATES, ANTIGRAVITY SUSPENSION FITNESS, etc.)

FOR YOUR SAFETY, MINIMUM AGE 13; MUST ATTEND WITH PARENT. MINORS 16 AND OVER MAY ATTEND WITHOUT PARENT; HOWEVER PARENTAL CONSENT MUST TO GIVEN WITH OUR WAIVER PRIOR TO ATTENDING CLASS.

Come with a sense of playfulness! Be prepared to have the most fun in a fitness class! Bring your cellphones to take pictures!