It’s the fifth and final week of our New Year’s fitness class reviews. We hope you’ve been inspired to switch up your exercise routine this year and remember that exercise can be fun and diverse. With so many new and exciting ways to exercise, getting fit in 2017 has never been easier.
For our final class, we decided to go out bouncing, with a trampolining class.
What is a trampolining class?
When you think of a trampoline, you might picture a 7 foot wide circle in the middle of your childhood playground, or perhaps even a more modern indoor trampoline park.
However a group fitness class using trampolines is very different. Imagine a music-filled room complete with small trampolines allowing each participant their own, individual space to bounce. Most classes also use a built-in handle bar for support.
Trampoline fitness classes claim to be high intensity, full body cardio workouts. They are thought to be a fun and energetic way to get moving as you jump, tuck and spring your way to fitness. What’s more, it’s said that the soft springy surface of the trampoline reduces the impact that your joints would typically experience when working out on hard surfaces.
The class: here’s how it went
There was no easing us in gently at trampolining, as we started by assembling our own trampettes – an individual trampoline with a handle for support. Upbeat, modern music blared, waking us all up and making sure we were ready for take-off, whilst the instructor briefed us on what to expect.
Straight away we were bouncing our way to fitness. The idea was to stay low, keeping the weight in your legs to really feel the burn. We bounced from side to side, up and down and all around the trampette, all the while being supported by the springy surface.
The first 30 minutes of the class focused on cardio, with jumping jacks, sprints, high knees and heel taps. Our arms were brought into play using every side of our trampette as we had to concentrate to keep both our balance and coordination in check.
We then took a break from jumping and moved to the floor, where the edge of our trampette was used as a support for push-ups, mountain climbers and side planks. We continued work on our cores as we lay on our bouncy bed for a session of ab crunches, toe taps and leg scissors.
This is definitely a fun cardiovascular workout, so ideal for anyone looking to shake things up and try something new. Although the elasticity of the trampoline is supposed to reduce the impact on your joints, having to keep the weight in the lower half of your body means it wouldn’t be an ideal class if you’ve got any lower limb issue such as hip, knee or ankle injuries.
We did a 45 minute class, and although our heart rates were up, we all felt we could have been pushed that bit more, so if you’re a regular exerciser, opt for the longer class to get the more challenging workout you’re probably looking for.
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