My backyard isn’t really suitable for a trampoline. And if it was, my kids would be on it all the time and where’s the joy in that for me?! Come on, the kids can’t have all the fun. Adults also need to let off some steam and enjoy themselves. Besides, exercise doesn’t have to be so serious, and jumping on a trampoline is a fantastic workout.
I discovered this place while searching for something different to do with my kids during the school holidays, and what better way than to have them jump around for a couple of hours in the hope that they go to bed early. If you have kids, you’ll know what I’m talking about, especially when they have months of holidays throughout the year. On finding out that both my kids are too young to join in the regular Fun Jump times, I had a good look around the site to see what else was on offer. And sticking with my theory that the kids can’t have all the fun, I booked myself into a Trampo-Fitness class.
I don’t spend every Friday night exercising, and I assume not many people do, so I was surprised to find some very fit people waiting for the class to start. They were obviously long time trampoliners, and I suddenly felt a bit nervous, especially considering that it was the end of a, let’s say, over indulgent holiday. Self-doubt started knocking inside my head…Am I too old for this? Am I fit enough? Will I be expected to perform some kind of Olympic-like gymnastic moves? Will I be able to keep up? Will I fall off?!
Then the instructor waltzes in. He looks like a flexible bodybuilder. What have I got myself into? This was supposed to be fun. Why didn’t I go out for drinks with my friends instead? I find a spot and, luckily, I realize there’s no way I can fall off or smash my teeth. There’s padding and netting everywhere, so I relax a little and start jumping. There were a mix of Dutch and non-Dutch speakers, and the instructor spoke in both Dutch and English so everyone could follow along. A lot of the exercises were what you’d find in a bootcamp or maybe with a PT, just with the added bonus of a soft landing. We jumped high, stayed low, did jumping jacks, squats, burpees, push ups, high knees, butt kicks, scissors and mountain climbers. We also did things that were more on the trampolining side of things – jumping from one trampoline to the next, doing turns mid-air and bouncing off the trampolines that run along the walls. At first it felt like I might fall, and I did lose my balance a few times, but once I got into the swing of it, and stopped overthinking everything, I found it actually was a lot of fun.
Considering I was after a fun Friday night, I got that and more. It was a really hard workout. I was sore the following day, and the day after that. And maybe also the day after that. They say that 10 minutes of trampolining is the same as 30 minutes of running. After doing this class, I might just have to agree.
Jump XL is in a former church at Schubertlaan 106, Eindhoven. Trampo-Fitness classes are on Wednesdays and Fridays from 20.00 – 21.00. Further information on all of their classes, opening times and prices can be found on the Jump XL Eindhoven website (in Dutch, English, German and French!).