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lightweights
NEW US TREND WILL
HAVE YOU HANGING ON
As the US gym chain behind classes such as Naptime
(see HCM November/December 05, p96) and
Stiletto Strength (see HCM March 06, p80), Crunch
is known for its unorthodox approach to fi tness. Its
latest offering sees people suspended in hammocks
performing mid-air moves.
Wings is a one-hour workout in which attendees
experiment with a series of yoga, pilates, gymnastics
OPHER HARRISON
and basic dance poses while suspended from the
ceiling in individual hammocks. The techniques are said
to be very benefi cial for the relief of compressed joints
and body alignment.
Wings, also known as AntiGravity Yoga, was devised
especially for Crunch by the acrobatic performance
troupe AntiGravity. The technique was developed
by the troupe to help them explore performances in

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the air. The company also created the AntiGravity
Hammock, which is used in the classes.
PICTURE:
HAIRDRYERS TO
Operators should invest in
hairdryers to keep female members
HELP WITH
for longer, it has been revealed.
A recent survey of more than
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1,000 UK women showed that more
would participate in sport if they
could style their hair afterwards.
Carried out by the Women’s
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Sport and Fitness Foundation, the
.IST
survey showed that 56 per cent of
girls aged 10 to 15 said hairdryers

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were a necessity, and 91 per cent
OCK.COM cited private cubicles as a must-have.
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The fi ndings will be used to urge
CARRYING COAL’S THE
schools to upgrade changing facilities
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in a bid to raise levels of physical
GOAL IN GAWTHORPE
activity among females.
PICTURE:
It started as a £10 bet between two coal
merchants in the Yorkshire mining village
walking to help chocoholics
of Gawthorpe in 1963, and this year up to
50 people are expected to take part. It’s
none other than the World Coal Carrying
A walk of just 15 minutes can reduce After exercise, participants reported Championship, to be held on Easter Monday.
chocolate cravings, research from the lower cravings than after rest. The Endurance, strength, determination – and
University of Exeter has found. cravings were reduced for up to at least possibly a touch of madness – are required
Following three days of abstinence, 25 10 minutes after the tasks. for this 1,000m contest, which will see men
regular chocolate eaters were asked to Past research shows that 97 per carrying a 50kg bag of coal and women
either complete a 15-minute brisk walk cent of women and 68 per cent of men burdening 10kg sacks. Since 2006, a children’s
or rest, in random order. experience food cravings: typically for version of the event has also been staged.
They then engaged in tasks that calorie-dense, fatty or sugary foods. The current world record stands at
would normally induce chocolate Previously exercise has been proven four minutes, six seconds for men and fi ve
cravings such as unwrapping a chocolate to help people manage dependencies on minutes, fi ve seconds for women.
bar and mental challenges. nicotine and other drugs.
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