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8 reasons why you need to take up trampolining

October 24th 2017 / Anna Hunter / 0 comment

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NASA has deemed it “the most efficient exercise yet devised by man”, but when was the last time you had a bounce? Here’s why trampolining could be the most effective low impact cardio workout you’ve ever tried

What with punishing 6am HIIT classes and blustery autumnal runs in the rain, the pursuit of peak fitness can all get a bit serious if you let it. How about if the key to healthy weight loss and maintenance, killer abs and better flexibility entailed essentially getting back onto the bouncy castle or your childhood party playdates? According to NASA, it does.

NASA know a thing or two about ideal training regimes. Astronauts in space need to exercise for a whopping two hours a day to prevent muscle wastage and bone loss, and while for obvious reasons trampolining isn’t the workout of choice when on a mission, astronauts need to build serious strength and stamina before launch, which is where an earth bound micro liftoff comes in. Here’s how and why trampolining raises fitness gains for us mere ground based mortals.

It runs rings around running

NASA defines trampolining as 68 per cent more effective than running, and while it’s a high intensity workout (read: heart pounding, sweaty, messy, endorphin fuelled), the fact that trampolines and rebounders absorb energy means that it’s low impact on your joints, unlike pounding the pavements *orders bouncy castle*.

It’s side-splitting in more ways than one

It’s scientifically proven that you’re unlikely to be able to keep a straight face as you bounce along to Beyoncé at high speed- trying to stay in time with a Single Ladies routine while airborne is laughable in a good way. It’s impossible to be po faced about this workout, and it’s a refreshing change from the furrowed brows of the weights room or being barked at by a drill sergeant. You’ll get the same fitness payoff as a bootcamp, only with an air (sorry) of silliness rather than disciplinary action. Also, lolling along as you attempt to high kick on a trampette will contribute to toning and strengthening your core- the instability combined with changeable forces of gravity when you’re bouncing challenge your abs to the max.

Springing is slimming

If you’ve got a weight loss goal in mind, trampolining could be just as, if not more, effective than more dreary gym cardio options. Five minutes of trampolining should clarify why: if you’re even vaguely keeping up, you’ll be sweating profusely and both breathing and heart rate will be elevated. As cardio goes, it’s a short, sharp effective workout, furnished with the kind of exhilaration that the cross trainer just can’t deliver. Which brings us to...

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It doesn’t feel like exercise

Okay, you won’t get a party bag at the end, but the childlike thrill and adrenaline rush of bouncing along to a beat is pure, unadulterated joy, and while you’ll definitely need to pause for water and recovery breaks, you won’t need a pep-talk to get back onto the rebounder. You’ll also feel buzzing for hours afterwards, and as stress-melting goes, the laughter potential combined with the fact that you have to be mindful to avoid getting your trainers caught in the springs means that it’s the perfect way to either wake up or unwind.

It improves coordination

You will lose control of your legs at some point. You might fall on your bum or be facing a different direction to the rest of the class, but a bit of practice will make for more agile limbs and whip smart brain-body coordination. We’re not necessarily talking synchronised swimmer levels of precision, but you’re likely to notice an improvement in your dancefloor performance at future weddings. You’ll also get a lovely tingly feeling of invincibility when you sync with the rest of the class during a high bpm dance routine.

It gets your circulation going

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Connected to the ‘sweating buckets’ side effect, if you’re not flushed after doing your best trampolining cheerleader impression, you’re a reptile. Bouncing gets the blood pumping quicker than almost any other cardio activity, which helps to oxygenise and deliver nutrients to your body’s organs, keeping them functioning optimally. Plus, as the days get colder, it’s got to be one the quickest ways to warm-up.

It’s said to help fight cellulite

I say this with a LOT of reservation- cellulite is very often genetic, and the much loathed orange peel affects 95 per cent of women, regardless of weight or fitness levels. Improving circulation is said to help when it comes to preventing the fluid retention and stubborn fat tissue formation associated with cellulite, so there could be something in regular trampolining sessions for smoothing over dimples- one rather anecdotal study reported that women who rebounded regularly saw a 26 per cent reduction in cellulite. While this may indeed be the case for some lucky women, let’s be real, we’re far from discovering a cure for cellulite, and seeing as so many of us have it to some degree, not fixating on it is probably the best course of action.

You can do it in your PJs

You can buy a relatively inexpensive rebounder online, it won’t take up too much space in your front room and you can bounce along to your cringiest playlist in peace, wearing your nightie if you so wish. I would advise a good quality sports bra as part of that package. Also, maybe give your family/ partner/ housemates a heads up that they won’t be able to see the TV for half an hour or so. Rebound UK has online routines and masterclasses you can follow at-home if you feel as if you’re springing along aimlessly.

Trampolining fitness classes: The high five

Rebounding at Frame, £12 per class

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For a taste of what to expect before leaping into this action packed 45 minute class, check out Frame’s Instagram feed, featuring videos of the routines choreographed by seriously high energy, rhythmically gifted instructors. Don’t worry if you can’t follow the moves at first- the trainers recommend bouncing along with hands on hips if you find yourself overwhelmed at any point, plus the positive vibes and banging soundtrack will keep you energised and engaged whether you’re a beginner or at Bring It On standards of gymnastic ability.

Rebounding at Virgin Active, various membership options available

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At 60 minutes and with an average calorie burn of 400 per session, Virgin Active’s brand of Rebounding is by no means a walk in the park, but it is slightly less complex in terms of routine- think jogging and jumping rather than dance video style stuff.

Oxygen Free Jumping, from £8 per class

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As well as the traditional trampette workout class, Oxygen Free Jumping (park around the UK) offer everything from Bear Grylls inspired obstacle courses to functional training and circuit classes on full sized trampolines. With almost every genre of fitness made airborne, from HIIT to combat to dodgeball is you’re feeling wacky, this is a gym floor for thrillseekers.

Trampoline Fit at Danceworks, £10 per class for members, £12 for non-members

Central London based Danceworks has previously diversified into yoga and martial arts, with the new Trampoline Fit offering bring a balletic spin to rebounding. Instructor Hugo Camacho is a dancer, choreographer and model, and will get you moving in the most artful way possible. If you’re ever going to achieve elegance on a trampoline, it’s here.

Trampoline Rebounding at Slice Studios, £15 per class

This Parson’s Green based fitness centre covers a wide fitness birth, but it’s become particularly renowned for its rebounder expertise. If you want to get loose in an 80s style Jane Fonda fashion, it’s the one.

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