Kinesis at ACAC

By: Philip Stewart
By: Philip Stewart

August 27, 2006

One local gym recently added a new workout room that's turning lots of heads. The members say the new workouts are a lot harder than they might look.

ACAC's Kinesis room, and it's very unique looking equipment, is causing quite a stir there. Members are often curious and even down right afraid.

"I was scared to death," laughed Gerry Callaghan." "I had never seen anything like this in my life."

That fear has apparently worn off. Callaghan, along with her daughter Candace, attend a session at least once a week now.

ACAC said Kinesis is a combination of flexibility, stability, and strength training. It's sort of like Pilates meets weight lifting.

"Kinesis actually means 'movement,'" explained personal trainer Adrian Chance. "Essentially what Kinesis is designed to do, is to do movement training."

The weights are behind a wood panel wall. They're attached to a system of pulleys and cables. Those come come out to the parts of the equipment that the exerciser actually pulls on.

"You have a nice swivel handles, and this is an actual three hundred sixty degree loop," demonstrated Chance. "It's a closed loop, so you can go in any direction you want."

Because of the seemingly limitless movement possibilities, and since the weights can be changed, instructors said a Kinesis workout can be customized for each individual.

Natasha Chance recently had a baby, and Kinesis has gotten her back into a workout routine. She's also the trainer, Adrian's, wife.

"[Adrian] assured me that any person at any fitness level would be able to get benefit from it and feel comfortable and it has been that way," she said.

ACAC is the only gym in the Mid-Atlantic to house Kinesis.

Sessions do cost ACAC members an extra fee. But for some, the small group setup is almost like a personal training session. That, they say, is worth it.

"In this class you're only dealing with four to five people," said Kate Barrett. "If your form is off, you're going to get called."

"I think you actually need to experience it to understand how much of a workout you can get," said Candace Grierson.

The Kinesis sessions are offered at ACAC's Albemarle Square location. The Kinesis studio has been up and running since early May.

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