22 September 2019

Sportsister tests: Jukari Fit to Fly

September 14, 2009

Sportsister takes to the air and tests out Jukari Fit to Fly, a new workout from Reebok and Cirque du Soleil.

What’s it all about?

It’s an hour long workout that Reebok hopes will revolutionise your fitness regime, just like the Step did back in the early nineties. It’s been created by the sportswear giant and Cirque du Soleil, the circus style entertainment phenomena.

Using a specially designed piece of equipment called a FlySet the workout gives you the sensation of flying. But don’t panic if you don’t have a head for heights, you’ll never be more than about six inches of the ground.


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Getting started

The first thing you notice upon entering the workout studio are the hanging FlySet’s. Suspended from the ceiling, you use your FlySet at all times during the class. While at first glance it reminded me of a circus trapeze, I am told they most resemble an ariel hoop. But this is not a circus skills class it’s Jukari, which means ‘play’ in Sicilian.

The FlySet consists of a durable three-stranded rope fixed to the ceiling with a 360 degree swivel point at an adjustable length with two attachment loops. The attachable steel bar, called a FlyBar, is placed through the two loops, which can be adjusted in height to suit you.

A maximum of twelve people per class ensures you and your FlySet have plenty of space to swing, jump and fly.

So what exactly do I do?

Your instructor will take you though a series of moves that give you a full cardio workout as well as increasing your strength, balance and core training.

Here are some of the Jukari Fit to Fly signature moves:

Mountain climber to Pike (pictured below left) – perfect for strengthening your core, you start in a push up position, with your feet in foot loops and body parallel to the floor. Bring one leg up to your chin and alternate legs. Go back to the push-up position, engage your core, point your toes and fold yourself under into a pike position. Finish in the push-up position.

Woodpecker (pictured below centre) With the bar at chest level, stand in front of your FlySet with an overhand grip.  Engage your core, lean forward until you are at an angle and dip your forehead to the bar bending at your elbows resisting your body weight with your tri-ceps, push and repeat.

Swing to Straddle/Tuck/Scissor Jump (pictured above right)  A fun way to work your legs and get your heart rate up. With the bar at chest level, start with a walk forward and extend to a full stretch.  Then walk backward, bringing the bar close to you, hold tight, retract your lat muscles and swing.  In the swing, if you extend your legs out, you are in your straddle jump.  When you engage your core and tuck your knees, you are in a tuck jump. Or… pick up your pace, push the bar towards the floor, get some height, extend one leg in front, kick the other leg behind, and you’re in a scissor jump.

It might sound complicated but once you are in the class, following your instructors lead, I found the moves came together reasonably easily.

What are the benefits?

It gives you a great mix of cardio, strengthening, balance and core training. I had worked up a sweat by the end of it and the next day my upper body in particular was feeling it! I was a little skeptical beforehand when Reebok said they wanted this to become the new Step, but having tried it I can really see it taking off in a big way.

Who does it suit?

If you are feeling in an exercise rut and need something new and exciting to get you going again, this is it. The aim of the partnership between Reebok and Cirque de Soleil is to ‘make fitness fun again for women.’ And there’s no doubt that Jukari is good fun. It’s one of those classes where you don’t even get chance to look at the clock as you are so busy concentrating the hour has gone by before you know it.

Where can I do it?

At the moment the classes are only available at the Reebok Sports Club in London but in the autumn they will roll out nationwide. Call 0800 305 0500 for details or visit www.reebok.com

Reebok Sports Club, 16-19 Canada Square, London E14 5ER. Tel: 020 7970 0900 www.reeboksportsclublondon

Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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