Put some bounce in your workout at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park.
It may seem counterintuitive, but the trick to getting the most out of a trampoline-based workout—better known in the fitness world as rebounding—is to jump as low as possible.
“You want to keep your shoulders and core stable, with the knees slightly bent, and dig your heels into the trampoline when you land,” explains Robert Anselmo, The Sporting Club at The Bellevue’s (224 S. Broad St., 215-985-9876) certified fitness instructor, who gets barely any air time as he bounces on one of the club’s squat individual trampolines to demonstrate proper form.
While rebounding has been around for years, trampoline parks have been springing up in the Philadelphia area of late. In Glen Mills, Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park (10 Conchester Road, Glen Mills, 484-418-1500), which will open two new locations, in Levittown and Chalfont, by late spring, is one of the best-known. The company began in California in 2006 and today has 48 parks, many offering Skyrobics classes, which incorporate elements of Pilates, yoga, and TRX, as well as medicine balls.
“Every 10 minutes you spend on the trampoline is equal to 30 minutes of running. In a one-hour class, you can burn 1,000 calories,” says Rich Ferns, president of Philadelphia Trampoline Parks, owner of the local Sky Zone. “The classes engage the entire body from a core perspective and are great for those who suffer from joint pain.”
Anselmo’s 30-minute class is divided into roughly five segments, alternating between cardio—jumping jacks, squats, and marching in place—and floor exercises like biceps curls, push-ups, and burpees for toning. Anselmo says rebounding is ideal for all ages and workout levels because it’s easy to modify. “Adults are a little skeptical at first,” says Phil Stoops, vice president of Philadelphia Trampoline Parks. “But you really do feel like you’re 6 years old again.”