LITTLE ROCK (KATV) If working out were more fun, maybe more people would participate. That is why some are ditching the treadmill for the trampoline. Trampoline parks are popping up across the U.S. One recently opened in Little Rock and allowed Channel Seven in to see why this exercise is gaining popularity.
The classes are designed to be way more fun than your typical workout. Even if you love hitting the gym, it is a great way to switch it up.
They are the same moves from a gym class. For 60 minutes, you have your own trampoline at the Altitude Trampoline Park and work at your fitness level. You can burn up to 1,000 calories in a session.
Kids are welcome. Kiria Flowers is 7 years old. She jumps, "I am having a lot of fun with my mom because she is here to help me." Her mom Shandra likes to run but hasn't been able to find an activity they can do together, until now. "It is more challenging than what I thought it would be. If Kiria is having fun and it is a way for us to work out together, then I am all for it."
Hasaan Rasheed and his employees with Total Body Fitness Training are the instructors. He says, "You are getting in shape, you are having fun while you are doing it and you don't even realize that you are exercising."
Channel Seven's Katherina Yancy gave it a try. She says it is fun, you feel the burn and it is a total body work out
One benefit, it is a low-impact workout because the trampoline absorbs roughly 80 percent of the shock, making it easier for your joints.
There are times you are not jumping. Some movements require elastic bands to work on arm strength and others move you to the mat to work on balance.
Hasaan explains, "A lot of people never notice how off balance their bodies are until you get on something like a trampoline. A trampoline can show you everything. It shows you what the ground can't do. Normally if you are off balance and don't have coordination, the trampoline is going to expose that weakness."
At the end of class, Shandra says, "When we were jumping, my daughter was saying I want to do this every Monday and Thursday. So we definitely will be back to do it."
The one hour class is $10. It is available Monday and Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, CLICK HERE.
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