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Audrey Bonafé demonstrates an Antigravity move in her new studio on West Cary Street (PHOTO: Michael Thompson)

Audrey Bonafé demonstrates an Antigravity move in her new studio on West Cary Street (PHOTO: Michael Thompson)

RICHMOND, Va. – Another new name in the local specialty fitness market is getting its business off the ground.

Fighting Gravity Fitness, a studio that uses silk cloth hammocks to suspend people in the air during their workouts, opened earlier this month in a 950-square-foot space at 1911 W. Cary St., just east of Carytown.

Audrey and Wesley Bonafé founded the studio, which is licensed to teach AntiGravity branded classes, along with yoga and Zumba.

Audrey Bonafé got her start teaching Zumba in her Powhatan home before moving on to teach classes at American Family Fitness in Midlothian. She tried AntiGravity for the first time in Miami earlier this year and wanted to bring it back to Richmond.

“I didn’t feel AntiGravity would go over in Powhatan,” Bonafé said. “I felt like it was more of a trendy thing and it would be received better in the Richmond area.”

The hammocks help decompress the spine while also working out core and upper arm muscles. Half of a person’s weight is supported by the hammock, and the rest is up to strength, Bonafé said. Bonafé leads her classes through movements that combine yoga, Pilates and gymnastics.

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