These classes are SO much harder than they look.

By Faith Brar
Updated: April 05, 2019
Photo: Dimitrious Kambouris/Staff/Getty Images

Have you ever tried working out like Ashley Graham? We can tell you firsthand that it's anything but easy. The model and body positive activist has proven time and time again that she's the ultimate badass in the gym. She's shown us that cardio doesn't have to suck, and she's crushed full-body workouts that will have you feeling sore just watching. This week, Graham shared how versatile she's willing to be with her workouts by taking a class that's a little out of the ordinary.

In a series of videos, Graham showed herself doing some aerial yoga, naturally looking like an Instagram-worthy acrobat. "This is called the mermaid position," she wrote alongside a still shot of her suspended sideways in the air. (Related: 3 Types of Aerial Fitness Classes You Should Try, Even If You're Afraid of Heights)

"But I definitely didn't feel like Ariel because my core was on FIRE!!!" she added. (We have a feeling doing crunches mid-air might have had something to do with that.)

Between hanging upside down and doing splits, Graham proved that aerial yoga is no joke. As we've reported before, the moderate-intensity workout can really help to sculpt your arms, back, and core; that's why celebrities like Chrissy Teigen and Pink consider this unique workout to be a go-to. But keep in mind, it can take as long as a year just to master the basic skills. (Still not convinced? Here are 7 ways aerial yoga will take your workout to the next level.)

If you're feeling inspired, but still a little scared of a flying flow, this aerial yoga-inspired workout will help you prep for your first class. Nail these fundamental moves, and you'll be well on your way to showing off your skills on the 'Gram. (Because, LBH, that's definitely one of the reasons you want to try it.)

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