Trampolines add bounce to group fitness classes

Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:57am EDT
 
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Trampolining, said to have begun when Eskimos bounced each other on walrus skins for the fun of it, is putting a feel-good cardiovascular spring into group fitness classes, from body sculpting to dance, fitness experts say.

Also known as rebounding, it delivers a low-impact, calorie-burning workout that swaps the tedium of a treadmill or step class for a feeling of child-like euphoria.

At Chelsea Piers Connecticut, an adult fitness class twins trampolining with rock climbing.

"I wanted to do something fun. Everybody likes to climb as kids, everybody loves the bounce of the trampoline," said Byron Knox, a director and instructor at the Stamford-based facility.

No stranger to odd fitness combinations, Knox, who also coaches football and gymnastics, said the hybrid class works well.

"The trampoline is predominantly leg-based, although we do core exercises on it. The rock climbing is predominantly upper body, although you do use your legs," he said.

Knox compared it to working a leg press followed by using upper body equipment, but said it is more entertaining.

"Most people wouldn't think of trampoline as a workout but it takes a lot of energy," he said. "It could be equal (in cardiovascular intensity) to jumping rope. And part of the beauty is that the exerciser is in control."   Continued...

 
Youths play on a trampoline on the beach in La Baule, July 8, 2013 at the start of the summer holidays. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe