Fab Giovanetti gets jumpy as she goes back to her childhood and flings herself about on the trampoline. All in the name of fitness, Jumping Fitness Britain that is.
In Italy, where I come from, trampolines were a huge attraction. As a child, you could bounce for hours from one trampoline to another, floating in the air like a feather. As a parent, you could just relax and have a peaceful rest while your children succeeded in tiring themselves out. No effort required. For a hyperactive child like yours truly, the trampoline was heaven (and my grandparents’promised land).You can imagine my excitement when a friend of mine, a fellow trampolining enthusiast, invited me to a Jumping Fitness session.
The location itself was quite unusual, as the class was held in a communal area next to a chapel in Old Street – bouncing in front of Jesus was the last thing I’d expected to do on a Tuesday evening. The crowded room was filled with trampolines, including some handles for squat-like bouncing. The teacher was extremely energetic, well-prepared to handle a couple of hiccups with the PA, and of course naturally loud in order to overcome the loud tunes. More than talking, she managed to show us the moves and just give us simple yet targeted instructions, letting us fail miserably at times (have you ever tried doing kick-backs on a trampoline, whilst spinning 360? Yeah, it’s not that easy). Rather than being demotivated, my approach was to do my best, or simply stick to a basic move.
Each song has its own choreography, going from aerobic-like moves to a five minute ab blast in the end to the tune of?‘Call me Maybe’. The tunes were quite tacky and club-like, pretty much in line with the vibe and the adrenaline level. Are you looking to sweat out the stress of the day? Five minutes of an Adele remix will definitely give you what you came for.
I can see this being a group workout for an alternative evening with the girls. The music is the same, but instead of holding a glass of vodka tonic, you’ll be holding on a handle jumping high on your knees, letting your inner child have some well deserved fun.
Highlight of the session, the sequence accompanying King Africa’s anthem ‘Saltando Sin Parar’. What else would you do, if not bouncing up and down?
Jumping Nation sessions take place every Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. You can attend a drop in session or book lump sessions.