Have you ever taken a trampoline fitness class? If not, you may be missing out on the latest workout craze. There are several benefits to doing a no-impact routine on a trampoline.
Those who have had trampolines in their backyards probably spend hours monitoring kids using them to make sure they don’t hurt themselves. If you have ever joined your young ones atop one of these popular staples of American yards, you may have noticed that you actually get a pretty good workout.
Believe it or not, some gyms offer trampoline fitness classes at indoor locations. Instead of a floor, you will see row upon row of trampolines covering the entire workout area. If you are more adventurous, you could also bounce off the walls — literally.
These trampoline fitness classes are usually made up of total body strength and cardio workouts, which are performed entirely on top of the bouncy piece of equipment. Their popularity is due in part to how much fun people have while doing the routine.
“It’s a blast. You can’t help but smile when you’re on a trampoline,” says Michael Browning, owner of Urban Air Indoor Trampoline Parks. “You don’t realize how hard you’re working.”
As a matter of fact, a study in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation found out that jogging on a trampoline while using handheld weights will result in an average heart rate of 156 to 178 beats per minute. This is about the same as you would get from a jogging or swimming session.
Browning says that many of those who attend their trampoline fitness classes make it a competition of sorts with other members. Many wear heart rate monitor to see who burns more calories.
“We never see anything less than 800 calories,” he said. “I’ve seen it upward of 1300 in an hour.”
Owners of trampoline parks have seen the popularity of their fitness classes grow at a faster rate in the last two to three years. Browning has gone from barely one or two members per class to over 40 recently.
“It’s exciting to see how much it’s grown — it’s unbelievable,” says instructor Hannah Howard of Sky Zone Kennesaw in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Urban Air includes resistant bands, medicine balls, and battling ropes in their trampoline fitness classes to make them even more challenging. Some of their trainers also include the latest techniques, such as high intensity interval training — known as HIIT. Browning says trampoline fitness classes are no child’s play.
“A lot of people think, ‘Oh, trampoline fitness. I’m going to be jumping up and down for an hour,’ but that’s not really the case. It’s a full-body workout.”
According to Browning, trampoline fitness classes are especially popular with those who have problems with their joints, which prevent them from doing regular high impact workouts. Research indicates that jumping on a hard surface produces a force equal to three to four times your body weight, which over time leads to injury.
“Working out on a trampoline can improve your coordination and agility and, since it puts your musculoskeletal system under slight stress, promotes stronger bones and can ward off osteoporosis,” says Natalie Rado, a personal trainer in New York City and Owner of Be Well: Fitness by Natalie.
If you are interested in trampoline fitness classes but there aren’t any available in your area, no worries. Here is a link to a routine you can do on your own backyard trampoline or a mini trampoline. Have fun!
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