Getting in shape — and staying that way — always requires willpower and commitment. But when exercise starts to become a chore you dread, it is usually just a matter of time before old habits return. If you want to make fitness a permanent part of your life, you need to find ways of making exercise fun… and things don’t get more exciting than trampolining.
There are several forms of high intensity interval training (HIIT), but jumping up and down on a trampoline has to be one of the most fun. I know just how exhilarating this relatively new workout can be, as I run my own trampolining class at Gravity Trampoline Park in Castleford.
I discovered the joy of trampolining almost by chance. Following a career as a professional dancer I started looking for new ways to stay in shape. I started out with grueling circuit training, but it quickly became apparent that this wasn’t going to be the only long-term answer to my fitness-related needs. I soon discovered that HIIT trampolining was a great fat-burning workout that was as much about fun as it was about fitness and conditioning.
Kinder on the joints than running and various other forms of cardiovascular exercise, trampolining is a low-impact activity that is perfect for people of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels. From the research I’ve done so far, I’ve learned that switching from running to trampolining can reduce the impact on the knees and ankles by up to 80%.
So what does HIIT trampolining involve?
My trampolining classes aren’t just rigorous workouts; they’re healthy nightclubs. My students don’t just get put through their cardiovascular paces; they also party hard. Walking into one of my classes is like stepping inside the World’s healthiest nightclub. Disco lighting sets the scene, and banging music gives everyone something to bounce to.
But this isn’t a free-for-all. I dictate the workout from the front, and I don’t go easy on my students. Shouting instructions to my gleeful students is fun for me, but it also ensures everyone gets a calorie-burning workout that also improves core and lower-body strength.
The action is in time to the music and involves a series of bounces, twists and lateral movements. I add a few kicks, flicks and stretches during key stages of the workout, which put almost every major muscle in the body through its paces. Make no mistake; this is a tough workout that gets even the fittest of participants out of breath. But a combination of high-tempo music, strobe lighting and smoke create a party atmosphere that is unique in the world of fitness.
What are the benefits of HIIT trampolining
Trampolining delivers a rigorous cardiovascular workout that improves oxygen absorption and distribution around the body. And because a high level of intensity is maintained throughout, this fun-filled activity is also a great fat burner. This shouldn’t put the beginner off, however, as participants can slow down and catch their breath when they need to. Getting back in step with the class is surprisingly easy, which means people of all fitness levels can take part in the same class.
As well as delivering a calorie burning, cardiovascular workout, HIIT trampolining is great for improving core body strength. It stretches seldom-used muscles, tones the legs and buttocks and improves balance. Participants get all of these benefits during their intensive workouts, yet they still have smiles on their faces throughout.
Why is HIIT becoming so popular right now?
Who doesn’t like to party? For most people, exercise is a means to an end. It is something that has to be done for the greater good, but for the most part, it is something that isn’t always enjoyable. Trampolining injects the element of fun into working out, which is one of the reasons why it’s catching on throughout the UK.
There is also a fantastic camaraderie between participants. Each person has their own trampolining square, but they are all connected to create one massive workout area. There is therefore a sociable element to the activity that makes it even more enjoyable. And if all that isn’t exciting enough, the trampoline squares are large enough for people to lie down in, which makes a wide range of routines possible.
In an increasingly hectic World that is giving people less and less time to pursue the important things in life, HIIT trampolining has been nothing short of a revelation. Where else can you strut your stuff, socialise with friends, get a tough cardiovascular workout and improve your core-body strength at the same time?