A few months ago, the Examiner reported on a new exercise craze that included the use of trampolines. In fact it was a new sport at the 2012 Olympics. But bounce enthusiasts have been taking the exercise to new levels.
In Texas, a woman has crafted a set of classes she's dubbed "Airobics." According to a news article from the local paper, Airobics is the "brain child" of Jennifer Hopson. Her new local fitness craze fuses old-school aerobic exercises together with a trampoline/bounce-based plyometric workout.
Ms. Hopson creates each routine that is guided by her own personal years of fitness training. The variety seems to be the key to the program's popularity with local fitness buffs. Hopson stated, "As I quickly learned, even rudimentary moves, such as Burpees, pushups and sit-ups, are more difficult when working against the bounce of a trampoline."
Closer to New York, the city has JumpLife Studio. This fitness center has about 25 small trampolines that are tied into music and lighting to add inspiration for the studio's main class, "JumpDance." Founder and CEO Montserrat Markou says JumpDance is a "45-minute non-stop cardio workout, which can burn up to 600 calories."
Crunch Fitness has been utilizing trampolines as well in combination with other classes like Pilates. The good news is that according to Jessica Matthews, an exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise, "trampolining is a joint-friendly way to add the cardiovascular component to a group fitness workout."
Whether it's biking, running, or bouncing your way to fitness, the key is to get out there and do it. Look for one of these classes near your location and try it out. Fitness for life should be your goal, so why not make it fun?