I’ve been eyeing out the Bounce Fit classes ever since Bounce first opened up, and I finally got to try it out!

Bounce Fit is basically an exercise class on trampolines. It’s described on the poster as a low impact type of exercise that works your core and gets your heart racing.

I went to the 6pm class at the Bounce in Fourways Mall this evening to give it a bash. I must say that although I’d been eyeing it out, I was a little apprehensive. I’m not the most coordinated person in the world, so I really didn’t feel comfortable about my ability to keep up… and not fall!

The benefits of trampolining

When I told my mom that I was going, she raved about the benefits of exercising on a trampoline. Her main thing was that it clears your lymph glands. I did not know that. I found this information on the Bounce Fit classes website:

The best detox

  • Helps stimulate flow around the lymphatic system to rid the body of toxins that can make you feel sluggish

Strengthen your bones

  • Enhances your motor skills and can help to build bone density
  • Help improve muscle toning and cardiovascular fitness

Keep straight

  • Helps improve your balance and co-ordination
  • A jumper’s vertical acceleration and deceleration is absorbed by the trampoline mat, taking up 80% of the shock
  • Regular activity can help improve posture and general muscle health

Well, I could really benefit from all those points. I’ve been looking for a cross training option to strengthen my body for running, so I was hoping that this may be the answer.

Hour long classes filled with fun and a few water breaks

The instructor tonight was Marta. She started with stretches and some gentle instructions to get the legs going.

It took me a while to get the hang of it actually. I didn’t trust myself in the beginning, but I soon got into the swing of things. The longer I was in the class the more confident I got and I was able to jump higher and higher and actually do the movements we were asked to do.

We did things like star jumps and jumping with knees to your chest, and then kicking your butt to touch your ankles. Marta kept telling us to pull in our abs as we landed on the trampolines too… awesome for core!

Part of the class also involved exercises on the mats like planking and crunches and various other ab exercises. I must say it takes quite a bit of concentration to balance on the wobbly trampolines. But on the other hand, it felt much easier to do some exercises that I generally struggle with, probably because of the way the trampoline gives way.

When Marta saw that everyone was losing momentum, she’d stop for a water break. So take water with you! You’ll need it.

 

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The class ended with

The verdict

I’ll do it again for sure. It’s just a pity there isn’t a class closer to my house, but I’m prepared to drive for it.

I think it’s a fantastic cross training option for my running. The class definitely works your core and your glutes, and strengthening those areas of your body are so important as a runner.

Although the poster said it got your heart racing, I was monitoring my heart rate on my Garmin during the class and it really didn’t go too mad. That’s probably because of all the running I do, but I definitely feel like I’ve had a good workout.

Tips for Bounce Fit classes

  • Book your slot online to make sure you get a space. The schedules at the three branches are also available online so you can choose which class you want to attend.
  • Take water!
  • A small towel is an awesome idea because it’s sweaty business.
  • I’m so glad I wore 3/4 running tights and a running bra. Part of the class involves bouncing on your knees and going ab exercises on the trampolines so the long pants are necessary.

 

Disclaimer: Bounce asked me to try a class and review it on my blog.