If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent the better part of the last few weeks watching the summer Olympics. But did you catch the trampolining? I only saw it for a few brief moments when it was televised, and I’ll admit – I didn’t even know that was an Olympic sport!
The athletes fly high (REALLY high) up in the air from their trampolines and they perform various acrobatics, including complex combinations of somersaults and twists. If you haven’t seen it, skip to 31 seconds into this video, and watch for a minute. It’s pretty amazing!
But trampolining isn’t just for Olympic athletes. It can be a great workout for anyone, and besides the fact that it’s fun and bound to give you a case of the giggles, it’s also low impact (easy on the joints) and helps you burn extra calories than what you would without adding jumping to your workouts.
If you’re interested, there are trampoline fitness classes popping up all over the country. Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park is in many states east of the Mississippi, and you can also find classes in smaller, locally-owned fitness centers by googling “trampoline fitness class.”
And don’t worry about being expected to fly and twist and flip through the air. The object of the class is just to get a good workout and have fun at the same time. So what you can expect is jumping jacks, frog jumps, and other cardio, and then there will also be some strength conditioning like lunges and pushups – all of which are reportedly easier on a trampoline!
If you’re getting bored with your workout, I encourage you to find a trampoline class. There’s a new trampoline fitness center coming to the Kansas City area soon, so I’m going to have to check it out too. If you’re in the area, let’s go together! 🙂