Have you ever heard of suspension pilates? No, me neither. That was until I got sent a very interesting email inviting me to try Bodhi at Precision Fitness in Newcastle. Apparently this is the exercise that all the supermodels have used to hone their long, lean bodies. And given I am forever in the pursuit of looking like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, I thought I’d better give it a go!
The class at Precision Fitness, a short drive from Newcastle Airport, is the only Bodhi class to be found outside of London. Adrian Bell, owner of the gym, describes Bodhi as like Pilates on very strong coffee. Uh oh!
One of the things I love about Pilates is the strength it builds in your core, and Bodhi has been developed to target this area even more intensely. Time for those RH-W abs please!
The idea behind the class is that you use ropes suspended from a bar to manoeuvre your body into a deeper version of standard Pilates moves. It’s pretty difficult to explain, but Adrian has added some Bodhi videos to the Precision Fitness Facebook page which are helpful to watch.
We did planks, sit ups, press ups, full body stretches, bridges, bicep curls and loads more. It really worked my body and although the moves are quite gentle, I worked up a sweat! The day after I could really feel the burn, particularly in my waist and abs.
You don’t need to worry about not knowing how to do any of the exercises because Adrian demonstrates them all and makes sure you are doing the move correctly. The classes are a maximum of 5 people, so you really feel like you’re being taken care of.
To teach Bodhi suspension pilates, you have to be accredited by the Bodhi Suspension System team in the USA, which Adrian has travelled to do. So he really knows what he is talking about!
My favourite part of the session was at the end when we built up to a four point suspension, where your entire body is suspended by the ropes. It was tough to keep your core activated and not wobble around all over the place, but it felt really satisfying – particularly for someone like me who has terrible balance!
If you fancy a Bodhi class and getting yourself a supermodel body (and who doesn’t?) then you can find out more on the Precision Fitness website and book to try for yourself! Bodhi classes cost £11.50 for 1 hour.
Have you ever heard of Bodhi? Do you think you’d like to give it a go?