The Grace Somatomorphic Technique is a workout system that claims it will ‘radically transform’ your body once and for all. Yes, the name is a mouthful—but there was a time when we didn’t all know how to pronounce ‘Pilates’ or Tae-Bo either.
The Grace Somatomorphic Technique—GST for short— was designed by dancer and actress Anna Rahe and uses spring-loaded equipment, resistance training and ballet barres for a workout that’s part Pilates, part physical therapy, and part Capoeria. GST classes teach movements and exercises for each system of the body: Spinal, respiratory, muscular, skeletal and fascial. By specifically targeting fascia—the body’s connective tissue system—the program claims it can not only stretch, strengthen and tone your body but help alleviate chronic aches and pains. Rahe developed the program after years of dancing left her in pain and searching for a therapeutic fitness option.
While GST classes are currently only taught in Los Angeles and New York (of course; for once, I’d like to see a hot new exercise launched from, say, Illinois or South Dakota), DVDs and home equipment will hit the market by the end of summer. Get a taste for GST by checking out Vital Juice’s guide to GST’s traction lunges (which you can do in your kitchen with no fancy equipment) or these videos of folks working out in GST’s LA studio.