So you’ve decided to start an exercise routine, that’s great!
I guess you are here because you are looking for some fitness equipment that you can use to maximize your workouts?!
By now you must be going out of your mind…
I mean where do you start with so much equipment to choose from?
You’ve got free weights with bars and dumbbells, resistance bands, suspension straps, boxes, racks and benches, kettle bells, skipping ropes, wall balls, rowing and cycling machines, all-in-one home gyms and more!
Home Gym Limitations
All of these pieces of fitness equipment serve a purpose and some cover many parts of the body and some are very specific to get maximum gains from a particular movement or exercise.
The trouble with much of this exercise equipment is that you generally need several different ones in order to do a complete workout for your body.
Not only does all this different equipment take up lots of space, usually taking over the entire garage, it’s also either expensive on their own, or expensive when you have to purchase all of them in order to get a full workout.
Introducing The Yoga Swing
We love using most fitness equipment, and I’m especially fond of our rowing machine and also going for jogs around the block and of course stretching and so on.
However, we want to introduce the yoga swing to you today, and sing its virtues as an all-round fitness equipment solution.
Of course we’re quite biased, however many people from all walks of life, use the yoga swing for a convenient and effective workout!
Aerial Yoga is a relatively new style of practicing your traditional poses and can even spice things up a bit if you find yourself losing interest.
Aerial yoga ranges from simply using the yoga swing for alignment purposes or for full-on flying yoga!!
Whatever gets you going, you’ll be sure to find some classes or videos online to guide you in the style you prefer.
In any case, aerial yoga is amazing and has so many benefits, that’s really what we’re all about here at Gravotonics. You can read more about the benefits of aerial yoga in our other articles.
It’s not just used for aerial yoga, although originally designed and perfectly suited for full aerial yoga sessions, it is also an extremely useful yoga prop to help with traditional yoga poses and alignment.
Aerial yoga and suspension training using the yoga swing or an aerial hammock is a great way to get a full body and mind workout without having to purchase so many different pieces of equipment for your home gym.
This makes it accessible for many people.
As long as you have somewhere to hang the yoga swing, you’re good to go!
Body-weight exercises are a simple, effective way to improve balance, flexibility and strength without any specific equipment.
When thinking of strength training you would immediately assume that is requires heavy weights and pumping iron until you feel the burn!
But the truth is that just by using the weight of your own body, and leveraging the power of gravity, you can build muscle, burn fat and get a fantastic workout that hits the spot easier than you imagine.
There are many benefits of bodyweight training and resistance training, and they are often safer and less impact on the body, which is great particularly for those with mobility issues.
Strength & Cardio
Of course if you really want to bulk up, then getting a rack, a bar bell and some free weights is a great idea or if you are heavily focused on cardio and prefer not to run or cycle outdoors, or swim at the local pool, then an exercise bike, treadmill or rower is a fantastic addition.
However, the yoga swing really does cover all bases, especially for a moderate all round workout.
You can do an up tempo workout to get the heart rate up for more of a cardio focus.
Or using gravity your resistance, you can do slow, deeper workouts simply with your own bodyweight, where adjusting the level of difficulty is as easy as moving your hands or feet – just by varying the angles that you use the yoga swing to increase the resistance.
Now you might think why not just get simple suspension training straps such as the TRX system, and at first glance this would make sense.
However, the straps are very one dimensional and you miss out on the multitude of additional exercises you can do with the yoga swing. Everything you can do with the suspension straps, you can do and much more with the yoga swing.
Not only do you have 6 padded handles at 3 different lengths, making resistance training a breeze, you can also use them together with the hammock or sling to maneuver into almost any position or yoga pose imaginable.
Its lightweight, portable and can be raised or lowered at different heights from the floor quickly to give you the most amount of versatility and can be disassembled with ease, so you can use the hammock/sling on its own, or detach the handles for use on their own.
So essentially it’s perfect for strengthening and stretching through general stretching, body-weight training workouts, aerial yoga, Pilates exercises and also pain relief!
Yes, that’s right, the yoga swing can be used as a gentle traction device for relieving back pain through Inversion Therapy.
Inversion is where you are supported by the yoga swing to hang upside down, allowing your spine to elongate and relax, which takes the pressure off the disks and “de-compress” – which brings much relief in a short time.
If done often, this process can even help correct posture and relieve long standing back issues. We have a few full articles on inverting, you can check out this overview here.
Other Body Therapies
Not only can you use the swing for inversions to relieve pain, you can also use the sling if you are a massage therapist, physiotherapist or rehabilitation specialist to assist clients in a safe and effective manner.
Whether it be as a way to support them through movement therapy, to gain extra leverage during deep tissue work, or a tool for facilitated stretching to help your clients open up locked areas of the body.
The Yoga Swing is truly a great device for use in all kinds of bodywork and pain relief methods.
Greatest Fitness Equipment!
So there you have it, while most exercise equipment is very one dimensional or simply too bulky and/or expensive – the aerial yoga swing is easily one of the greatest pieces of fitness equipment ever invented!
Get your yoga swing today!