NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A fitness class in Middle Tennessee is targeting brittle bones. Heather Dunsford is a master trainer and owner of OsteoUp TN. Her classes look a lot like vertical Pilates, with users wearing bungees, braces and and belts to create resistance.
"This is called the Tye4 and it is a bungee system," she said. Dunsford spent 10-years as a physical fitness instructor but says this hits close to home.
"My family history has Osteoporosis. The gentleness of the exercise is amazing," she said. Dunsford says after 50 we lose our footing, balance can go and Osteoporosis can set in.
"In regular life your bones break down and build-up. Osteoporosis happens when they break down and they don't build back up as fast as they're breaking down," she said.
The classes help counter-act those worrisome trends and do so - gently.
And while Osteoporosis doesn't set in until later in life, she says it's never too early to start preventative measures.
Classes are $10 with a $2 rental fee for the Tye4 harness. For more information click here.