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Callanetics: the 'no sweat' gym alternative

Would you like to tone up but can’t stand getting hot and sweaty in the gym? Then Callanetics may be just the thing for you. Never heard of it? Let me enlighten you!

Callanetics has been around since the 1980s.When it first started, creator Callan Pinckney promised devotees that they could look 10 years younger in just 10 hours and even released a book and DVD with that title as proof. So if the word sounds familiar it could be because Callanetics was on all of the best-selling book and video lists throughout the 80s and 90s. It even gained royal seal of approval, with Sarah Ferguson, the then Duchess of York, bringing Callan over from the States to get her back into shape following the birth of Princess Beatrice. It is also rumoured to be used by Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow’s trainer, Tracy Anderson, as part of her training regimes for clients.

So what is Callanetics exactly? The simplest way to explain is that Callanetics is a deep muscle toning exercise method which most gym or exercise regulars can liken to somewhere between Pilates and traditional gym toning classes. By isolating muscle groups and using tiny, precise movements, Callanetics exercises, tightens and reshapes your body while increasing strength, flexibility and body alignment. More muscle fibers are recruited meaning quicker toning and results you can feel in one hour and see in as little as two. It’s also non-impact which means that Callanetics students won’t experience the bouncing or jarring effects of traditional methods and can exercise much more safely. As such, it is suitable for all ages and abilities.

If you type the word “Callanetics” into any search engine you will find a plethora of 1980s videos and articles, leotards and leg warmers but in 2012 the method has evolved. As fitness science evolved so to have the exercises used in Callanetics and about 10 years ago, Callanetics Evolution was born. It is a great testament to Callan that many of her original exercises have remained intact. In fact, instructors now learn both the traditional and evolution methods as part of their training.

Windrush Fitness founder, Lucy Davis, has been teaching Callanetics at her Bourton-based studio, for over a year now. “I discovered Callanetics just over 2 years ago when I was forced to take a break from my normal gym sessions due to injury” Lucy explains. “I still wanted to do something and I found a teacher nearby who introduced me to the method. From day one, I was hooked”.

Having qualified as a Callanetics teacher in June 2011, Lucy then continued her studies, adding Cardiocallanetics in March 2012.

“Cardiocallanetics is the perfect addition for anyone wanting to add a little cardio to their routines. We do 30 minutes of ballet based low impact cardio, followed by 30 minutes of Callanetics toning.”

Lucy student’s have been amazed at the changes in their bodies. Nikki says “In 19 hours of Callanetics I have lost, in total,17 inches from waist, arms, thighs, abdomen, bust and hips and I feel really good. I can honestly say I am more toned now than I've ever been”.

Fellow student Julie adds “After 10 classes my core strength has been greatly improved, no other form of exercise trimmed me as quickly as Callanetics. This summer for the first time in many years I felt confident enough to wear a bikini on holiday and since then I have continued to lose more inches. I feel fantastic, have a more toned and stronger body, better balance and flexibility and feel so motivated to continue and achieve even better results.”

So why not come and check it out for yourselves? With a choice of times and private training also available, Windrush Fitness offers something for everyone.

Call Lucy on 07811 186 235, or email to book your place. All the details andmore can be found at