If you’re looking for a low-impact activity to get your blood moving, then SkyRobics at Sky Zone may be for you.
Sky Zone is a new recreation centre, near Fort Whyte Alive, that has introduced a trampoline aerobic class called SkyRobics.
That’s right — I said trampoline! In fact, the floors and walls at Sky Zone are made up entirely of trampolines — every participant has his or her own. Most of the time you’ll find the younger crowd bouncing themselves silly, tumbling, playing bounce-basketball or dodgeball.
But when I discovered these aerobics classes, I had to try it for myself.
Our class of 25 was made up of mostly first-time jumpers. I paid close attention to the more-experienced participants in an effort to minimize anticipated injuries.
I was glad to see a few ladies in my age bracket, and even some young men, braving this new aerobics venue. As opposed to a regular aerobics class, the jumping is a constant workout for your breathing and assorted muscles while you bounce, balance, tuck and stretch, and the class even includes a cardio component.
Thankfully, the instructor allows for several breaks to rest and hydrate (I admit to taking a couple of extra breaks).
The mandatory, but not fashionable, orange sticky socks, are a necessary piece of safety gear.
It wasn’t long after the jumping started that we all realized how much of a workout it was. There’s a reason why children, not adults, usually partake in activities such as this — their joints are still malleable.
But I’m proud to say that I completed most of the modules, and definitely improved over the course of the hour. Our session finished with some free bounce time before the cool-down. I limited myself to seat-drops, as I’m not certain my 50 year-old body would tolerate anything more.
At the end of the hour, I could feel the endorphins and every worn-out muscle in my body, along with that ‘rubbery-legs’ feeling that would remind me to apply icepacks to my knees afterwards.
What I heard after the class would alleviate any feelings of discomfort — we had just burned 1,000 calories in that hour; and every 10 minutes of SkyRobics is equal to 30 minutes on a treadmill.
Those are encouraging numbers.
The program began a few weeks ago with three participants, and has quickly grown to 25 (class maximum is 30).
Classes are offered on Wednesday and Sunday mornings, as well as some evenings.
Cost of the first class is only $6 ($12 per class after that).
For more information, check outwww.skyzone.com/Winnipeg
Wanda Prychitko is a community correspondent for St. James-Assiniboia. Contact email@example.com