Let NYC’s newest fitness studio, Spiderbands, turn you into a superhero.
Franci Cohen, founder of Spiderbands, shows off one of her aerial moves.
Thanks to Spiderbands, highflying acrobatics are no longer exclusive to Cirque du Soleil and Pink’s Grammy performances. This new total-body cardio resistance program takes workouts to a new level: midair.
Resistance bands and trapeze rigs hang from the Spiderbands studio ceiling to hoist students into the air, where they learn moves such as Spiderjacks and lunges. The bands provide both resistance and assistance to the limbs; it’s not easy, but students are constantly spotted. The 50 minutes of choreographed poses yield serious results—and they’re lots of fun, too.
The concept came to personal trainer and nutritionist Franci Cohen during an ab routine, when she noticed a trapeze rigging above her and some abandoned bungee cords across the floor. “The proverbial light went off, and I thought, What if I take those bands and hook them to the ceiling?” she says. She slowly created an entire curriculum spanning 24 different classes.
Cohen maintains that Spiderbands is for everyone. “As long as you’re not spaced out, anyone can do this,” she says. “There are people here who are 14 years old, and we go all the way up to almost 70.” She’s so sure her classes work, she even offers a two-week challenge, which she says never fails: “Try on a pair of tight jeans, take my class three to four times this week and next, and then try on those jeans again.” 12 E. 14th St.; spiderbands.com