We Tried It

This story is part of HuffPost Healthy Living's We Tried It series. How It Felt: "There seems to be a movement around 'wellness
This workout was just right: My heart was pounding and I was dripping sweat, but I could still crack a smile. The 50 minutes flew by, as we moved from one exercise to another before anyone had time to get bored or wish class was already over. I left feeling strong.
Thanks to those sturdy harnesses, the instructors were able to alleviate some of our body weight just by holding onto our safety ropes, leaving the bulk of the work on me to perform the motions rather than hold myself up on the bar -- honestly, it was much easier than it looks.
I was more than a little intimidated walking into the studio, but I found the movements were easier to catch onto than I'd expected. After some initial embarrassment, I realized everyone else in the class was having a great time, so I tried my best to just smile along.
Remember when you decided you wanted to get in shape for the first time? And after two minutes, your head started pounding and your heart felt like it was going to jump out of your chest? Yeah. That's what working out in an AirFit studio feels like.
I could definitely feel the skipping, cone-weaving and plank crawls. My dog, Ted, on the other hand, cruised through it effortlessly. Maybe it helps to have two extra legs.
Runners will appreciate that the Sproing Trainer was designed with them in mind as a way to build endurance and strength without the pain that can come with pounding the pavement.
I would assume that parkour is helpful if one happens to be in a situation where they need to quickly escape from vicious dogs and the only way out is jumping over a super tall wall. For regular folks it definitely strengthens your core, arms, legs and butt.
I wasn't crazy about sleeping with the Dreampad, mostly because I'm very particular with my pillow. But I am a big fan of white noise to block out changes in sounds throughout the night, and the Seaside Strings track did just that, while also relaxing me before bed.
The rope climbing was challenging, but not impossible, and the best part was getting to hang upside down and stretch my legs around, because that's what I'd imagined doing when I signed up for the class in the first place.