When it comes to exercise, I’ve got a serious love-hate relationship with fitness classes. While I like the idea of working out, when it really comes down to it I’d really rather just eat on the couch and binge-watch House of Cards. Plain and simple. Therefore, I’m the queen of finding workouts that burn the most calories with the least amount of effort or are so fun that you don’t even realize you’re working out.
Right up until last Thursday, I was pretty convinced that “fun” and “fitness” don’t really go together in a sentence. I mean, have you read my latest struggle with my yoga mat? However, all of that changed when I was invited to attend the opening of a sick new facility in Pine Brook, New Jersey that is guaranteed to be the best time of your life. I’m not joking, nor am I getting paid to tell you that trampolining (yes, like bouncing up and down repeatedly) is the hardest and most fun workout ever.
Let me explain.
So, SkyZone is this totally cool chain that has locations around the world (sort of, America and Canada for now) that is basically like a warehouse full of wall-to-wall trampolines. It’s like the best gift you never got from your parents when you were a kid. For a mere twenty bucks an hour you and your twenty-something year old friends can bounce to your hearts content. After you fill out a waiver guaranteeing that you won’t double-bounce kids half your size, you get a pair of these nifty grippy socks (included in the price of an hours jump or $2 otherwise) that help you keep yourself upright while jumping like a maniac. Here’s a pic compliments of my friend and jumping compadre, Joe:
BUT. Not only are there just plain trampolines, but there are..wait for it..
Yep, you heard me. Dodgeball. Like, smash a bunch of kids in the face with rubber balls and dive on trampolines type dodgeball. It was epic. Me and my friend Joe got our butts handed to us by a bunch of 11-year-olds and we had the time of our lives doing it. There’s also a huge foam pit that you can bounce into from a row of trampolines and a basketball court where you can use a trampoline to propel you up and dunk your basketball with ease. Cool, right? I obviously was having the time of my life…
I gotta say that Joe and I definitely got our workout in because by the time we made our way around the warehouse and played a few games of intense dodgeball we were sweating buckets. I got the opportunity to interview the fitness coordinator of the Pine Brook location, Michael Wiggins and he was full of little factoids about the new workout class that is going to be offered there come August. Here’s what I learned:
VS: So I have to say that was the most fun I’ve ever had while getting a serious workout in! What can you tell me about your new fitness class?
Our new fitness class is called Skyrobics and it will launch about mid-August. The idea is that you can burn up to 1,000 while having a blast doing it! You guys were just there, you just experienced how awesome a workout trampolining can be.
VS: I know! What can someone expect taking Skyrobics for the first time?
The classes run for 60 minutes, we do a lot of running and skipping from tramp to tramp and even have light weights (similar to a medicine ball) that we incorporate for a serious burn! We take what you learn from a traditional fitness class and translate it onto a trampoline, bringing the workout to a whole new level.
VS: And can anybody do this kind of workout? Is it best for any specific age range of people?
Anybody can do it! We are going to offer classes for both kids and adults, our facility is all about being active and we encourage everyone to give it a shot…it’s honestly the best workout you’ll ever have.
So it sounds like you can sign me up right away! According to the SkyZone website, trampolining is a fantastic way to tone your arms, legs, and core all while boosting your cardiovascular health. Bouncing improves your circulation and increases your heart rate so you really feel the burn! I gotta say that I definitely did, and man I can’t wait to go back.
What’s your favorite form of exercise?
Would you try a Skyrobics class?
Disclaimer: I attended and bounced for free at SkyZone and was given a pair of complimentary grippy socks. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I totally stand by what I write.