Screen grab from Jump Show Avançado.
Bouncing on a trampoline is undeniably fun, but how well does that translate to an exercise class? Turns out it is fun - but it's not easy to bounce nonstop. Here are the things I learned my first time:
- The trampolines are relatively safe and comfortable. The ones at my studio had padding over the springs, and six legs around the outside of the trampoline so there was no way to accidentally jump on the wrong part and get hurt. Models vary, but they're all relatively stable. Ours did not have a handle to hold on to, but many do. Without one, it takes a little time to find your balance.
- There's no easy way to stop jumping. If your calf muscles get sore, you can try smaller, softer jumps. But there's no middle ground between jumping and not jumping, so just hang in there if you can.
- Dress to bounce. The softness of the trampoline means it's not as jarring as running, but you definitely move a lot. Wear a good sports bra.
- You can only bounce for so long. The 45-minute class I attended only had us bouncing for about 30 minutes, and then the rest of the time was a stretching and core workout on the floor. Bouncing is fun but I was definitely ready for a break.
Have you tried trampoline workouts? Any tips for the rest of us? And if you've never tried it, what would you want to know?