Keen for the Trampoline
We all need to get our butts off the couch — that much is for sure.
We all need to get our butts off the couch — that much is for sure. But finding the activity that is going to motivate one to exercise regularly can be the difference between getting in shape and getting better at making excuses not to go. But the new trend in exercise and just plain fun will have grown-ups everywhere off the couch and jumping for joy.
“We built this place with everyone in mind,” says Dave Schaeffer, co-founder and “Head of the House” at House of Air in San Francisco (www.houseofairsf.com), an indoor trampoline park. “We wanted a park where we could come every day and have a blast.”
I was skeptical when a friend of mine suggested this activity one rainy afternoon. I had to be talked into getting a ticket for myself, figuring it was a kids-only kind of thing. But the next thing I knew, I was jumping with another mom, laughing for absolutely no reason other than the fact that I was flying through the air.
In addition to drop-in jumpers, House of Air holds “Air Conditioning” classes for an amazing cardio workout and runs a dodgeball league for those 18 and older. With areas named XX Bowl and Coliseum, House of Air has facilities for all kinds of jumpers, including those who want to safely learn how to flip or learn some awesome snowboard moves. Of course, with the ability to hold up to 450 people, this place can host some really unique events, or as Schaeffer puts it: “crazy parties.”
East Bayers are not left out of the fun. There’s Sky High Sports (www.jumpskyhigh.com) in Concord and Rockin’ Jump (www.rockinjump.com) in Dublin.
With three kids each, owners (and brothers) Jerry and Ron Raymond opened Sky High Sports to have a fun, safe place with their kids. The fun part is covered with trampolines as far as the eye can see (even around the perimeter) as well as a massive foam pit for those who care to nose-dive into a cloud. And with all frames and springs covered by 2-inch-thick pads, jumpers are surrounded by safety precautions.
Sky High Sports AIRobics classes are low-impact and are focused on fat burning and improving balance and coordination. According to the Sky High website, studies show that an hour of jumping on a trampoline burns more than 1,000 calories. Like House of Air, Sky High hosts group events of up to 300 people and has regular dodgeball tournaments. Look out for special events on its calendar like Date Night and Homeschool Mondays.
The newest East Bay addition, Rockin’ Jump, invites grown-ups to bounce to their heart’s content, with trampoline dodgeball, basketball and special jump arenas. Jumping will cost between $10 and $15 per hour and reservations should be booked in advance for convenience, especially on rainy days.
“Most often, people come in and they can’t believe this exists,” says Schaeffer, who admits that the trampoline is great, especially when having a bad day. “It could be a 60-year-old woman or 6-year-old boy; people just giggle for the first 10 minutes.”
If that does not get butts off the couch, nothing will.