Why You Should Replace Your Treadmill with a Trampoline
This fun equipment will improve your cardio workouts by leaps and bounds.
Trampolines, formerly reserved for neighborhood cool kids' backyards, have recently gained popularity as fitness equipment. While the springy device has been used in competitive sports for years, studios are now adapting trampolines for the masses in workout classes way more fun than standard floor exercises.
"The workout is effective in many ways for toning, cardio and weight loss," Christopher John Beroiz, an instructor at NYC's JumpLife, said. "Clients enjoy a high energy, high intensity workout with low impact on their bodies." Your joints get a break and you use every muscle in your body. Apparently, ten minutes on a trampoline are equivalent to 30 minutes on a treadmill.
Fitness trampolines are sized for a single person. Because of the unsteady floor, Beroiz says you utilize the stability muscle groups—your core—for the entire class. According to JumpLife, other benefits of rebounding include increasing energy with stimulation of your glandular system, improving circulation and lowering blood pressure.
There are studios scattered across the country offering classes and we bet even more will jump onboard the workout trend. Get an idea of what working out with a trampoline entails, below!
JumpLife is an NYC-based studio that offers several high intensity classes using trampolines. They vary from incorporating dance moves to using small weights for cardio sculpting workout sand a yoga and pilates-inspired resistance training class.
Trampoline Yoga is a class at New York's Shen Tao studio which uses the trampoline as a base to perform yoga on. Some standard poses, like the Boat Pose (making a V-shape with your body) are performed while bouncing for an extra challenge. It is much slower paced than a cardio class but ideal for muscle toning.
Bari Studio, located in California, New Jersey and New York, incorporates individual trampolines in each of its hybrid classes. Instructors lead attendees through a series of jumping combinations that challenge your stamina and balance with an anaerobic and aerobic mix of exercise.
At Sky Zone Park in Los Angeles, classes take place on a giant trampoline where individuals' places are squared off. You can apparently burn up to 1,000 calories an hour in this adapted aerobics class!
For those of you who don't live around a studio with trampoline classes, you can get one at home from Bellicon or Jumpsport. They're small enough to fit in a living room and stow away easily. If you don't know where to start, there are several workout videos on DVDs and online to check out (we found some here!)