Bouncing around is nothing new – trampolining has even been an Olympic sport since 2000. But for five junior reporters, a trip to Kowloon Bay opened up a whole new avenue of exercise possibilities.
At Bounce Inc HK, they learned more about the fun – and tiring! – sport from trampolining instructor Edwin Jr Kamantigue.
According to Nasa, just 10 minutes of trampolining is as effective as 33 minutes of running – but without all the negatives. There is less chance of getting injured or spraining yourself jumping on a trampoline, and it’s easier on your joints.
Trampolining forces you to use your muscles, as you need to work them to maintain your balance while you jump. It’s also just a great way to relax, and reduce anxiety or stress because it’s so much fun.
There are many different ways of bouncing, but the “official” jumping techniques are designed to help keep a bouncer safe as they exercise. If you’re interested in taking up this sport, it’s worth signing up for the courses provided at Bounce – the trainers will teach you the fundamentals of trampolining before building up to more advanced moves. They help you to not only enjoy jumping around, but also tell you how it can work for you as an excellent form of exercise.
We tried four basic moves – the motorbike landing, the basic jump, the toe-touch jump and the star jump.
The motorbike landing is one of the first moves you will learn, as at some point you will want to take a break. If you know what a firm kung fu stance looks like, you’ve got this one – the handle-holding pose, with your arms out in front of you. Stopping and landing means the trampoline absorbs the shock of the jump is absorbed by the trampoline and you won’t get hurt.
The basic jump is when you bounce around like normal. This is done so you can get used to the trampoline and find your balance.
The toe-touch jump is where it starts to get fun. Jump high up into the air, then try to bring your legs up in front of you and touch your toes. It’s a tricky move if you’re not flexible.
The star jump is exactly what it sounds like – jump up and spread your arms and legs out in the shape of a star. The trickiest part in all jumps is the landing – you don’t want to land flat on your face, do you?
Once you’ve mastered the basic jumps, there are more advanced, much cooler ones to try, such as wall running and waveboard training.
As this was our first time on the trampolines, we watched as Edwin demonstrated the moves. Before you try wall running, you need to master a backdrop, and then you literally run up the wall. You need a really strong core to do that, because you don’t want to sprain your ankles or break your neck trying to pull this one off.
Waveboard training is almost exactly what you’d imagine from the name: you bounce with a board. This is trickier than it sounds (and it sounds pretty tricky already), but some of us did get to try this under Edwin’s supervision.
People who go wakeboarding or snowboarding might find this useful; if you can find your balance on a board while you’re bouncing around, being back on the water or the slopes will be ridiculously easy afterwards.
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If there’s one activity that gets your heart pumping and bonds together a group of new friends, it’s trampolining. For us JRs, the experience was filled with a lot of laughter – and a lot of sweat.
If you’re a shut-in nerd with, for example, a lot of back pain then you might be shaking your head at this and saying that trampolining isn’t part of your typical work-out – if you work out at all. But Edwin told us that trampolining is good for even you, as it won’t aggravate your back pain and (as proven by us) it’s not difficult to pick up.
Trampolining is something I’ll do again – and I’m saying that three days after the session, when I still can’t feel my arms or legs. But no pain, no gain right?
Edited by Ginny Wong