Rings of Fire

Written by Niki D'Andrea Category: Health & Fitness Issue: October 2015
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FXP Fitness fuses Pilates, barre and yoga – with hula hoops.

Take the toning, stretching, and strengthening benefits of barre, Pilates and yoga and combine them with the core-rocking pasttime of hula hooping, and you’ve got the FXP Fitness program, a new holistic exercise system making strides nationwide – but especially in Arizona, where local FXP Fitness trainers like Suzanne Hunter, Sarah Pyper and Ann Merrill teach at Valley studios (see sidebar). “I feel like it’s high-intensity, but has minimal impact on the knees and joints. That’s why I enjoy it,” Merrill says.

FXP Fitness makes custom portable hoops for the program (available at fxpfitness.com) that come apart in six pieces and provide durability for resistance training. “Pilates, barre and yoga are amazing workouts where you get into concentrated muscle movements, and hula hooping incorporates your core for every single exercise you do,” says Kat Suwalski, director of education for FXP Fitness and a master trainer. “People can recall their childhoods... because it’s fun, it’s not a chore to go and do. It truly is all ages, all stages.”

Get Hooped Up!
Local FXP Fitness instructors Suzanne Hunter, Sarah Pyper and Ann Merrill (pictured, left to right) conduct classes at the following locations:
Camelback Village Racquet & Health Club (Hunter and Pyper)
4444 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
602-840-6412, villageclubs.com/locations/camelback

PebbleCreek (Merrill)
3003 N. 164th Ave., Goodyear
623-935-6700, robson.com/communities/pebblecreek