Trampoline parks are popping up all over the country — and business is booming. And while they offer kids and teens the chance to let loose, fitness buffs can discover a new oddball way to keep their workouts fresh and fun.
Urban Air Trampoline Park — a 25,000-sq.-ft. indoor facility that boasts wall-to-wall trampolines, tumble track, foam pit and dodgeball court — opened its doors in Southlake, Texas, in October 2011. In its first 60 days of business, more than 35,000 kids and adults experienced pure bouncing joy.
And why wouldn’t business be booming? Bouncing on a trampoline, or rebounding, is a fun and effective way to stay fit. That’s why the Urban Air Trampoline Park also hosts two fitness classes and dodgeball leagues.
“Our goal for Urban Air was to create a unique place for people of all ages and fitness levels to play, exercise and have fun,” said Michael Browning, owner and operator of Urban Air Trampoline Park. “It is amazing how when you make exercising fun and enjoyable, kids and adults cannot get enough of it. I personally hate running on a treadmill, but who doesn’t like jumping on a trampoline!”
Currently, the park offers two fitness classes: UA Boot Camp and UA CrossFIT. The classes combine plyometrics, cardio and strength-building aerobics to create a full-body workout. Browning explained that the classes are typically sold out and that there’s a high demand for Saturday morning sessions. Plans to add additional evening and weekend fitness classes, as well as summer camps and sports training programs for people of all ages in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are in the works.
“[Recently] we had a middle-age female jumper tell us that her heart rate monitor said she burned 750 calories in one class,” Browning said. “She said this was more than she burns during cycling classes at the local gym.”
Bounce your way into an Urban Rebounding class at gyms like Crunch and Equinox, or pick up the Extreme Urban Rebounding DVD by its creator JB Berns and do it at home. Jump Sport offers fitness trampolines and DVDs for you to try at home.
Check out this video of a typical fitness class at Urban Air Trampoline Park. Happy bouncing!