Getting more exercise into your day doesn’t always have to be a regimented run plan; this weekend I signed up to a new type of fitness class – Airborne Fitness. Based in Southampton, this was a fitness class with a difference as it all takes place on trampolines!
We didn’t really know what to expect when we arrived, we had all watched a quick video before booking and it looked like a lot of fun and promised to burn lots of calories. We checked in at the main reception desk and purchased our ‘jump socks’ for £2 a pair (this wasn’t mentioned when booking on their website – if you haven’t been before, make sure to bring cash to buy these) we changed into them and made use of the free lockers they have to store your stuff.
The fitness class members were rounded up and taken over to the area where the class takes place. For the Airborne Fitness class, you get your own section that contains 12 mini trampolines with a runway in the middle. The area has vertical trampolines on three sides and then netting of the fourth side, where you come in.
Our class was made up of men and women (but mostly women) and we had a male instructor. The first 15 minutes of the class were a warm up – a chance for you to remember how to use a trampoline and get confident bouncing! These are not as bouncy as the massive trampolines you may have had at school so it means you have to work hard to get height, but it is a fitness class and that is the aim of it!
After 15 minutes of warming up, we had a chance to grab some water and take a break. I was a bit surprised to break so early as it felt like we had just got started but it wasn’t long until I was looking forward to the next break.
There is a circuits type approach to the class, where you perform a set of exercises for 30 seconds each, then another set at 15 seconds. By our second break I was sweating hard and starting to feel it in my legs. I’m glad we took towels and water – both were need by half way through.
After 40 minutes you start to really feel it, your legs get tired and pushing yourself to bounce hard feels like a lot of effort. It wasn’t all bouncing though, we also had to do push-ups, planks, leg raises and other core-activating moves. The last 5 minutes of the session was a bit of fun where we had a chance to give Dodgeball a go. Blimey, that was exhausting on a trampoline!
By the time the hour had ended I knew I had worked out. The class had a good range of moves – some very easy but others involving concentration and co-ordination.
I would certainly do this again and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to kick-start their fitness routine. For me, it was a nice way to compliment the running I am doing and it was good to be able to share the experience with friends. Long-term, I don’t know if there is a lot of variation to the classes but it is something accessible for a range of fitness levels.
Oxygen Freejumping have a few centres but the only one in the South of the country is the Southampton centre based in Burseldon. I’m sure they will expand as popularity grows but if you have one near you sign up and and give it a go!