Looking for a fun way to bounce back to fitness and banish those lockdown lovehandles? Bouncefit, which has studios across London and the UK, is a NASA-approved way to rebuild muscle and burn some calories
Words: Julie Lucas
Lead image: Chris Perry Photography
Bouncing on a trampoline conjures up care-free childhood memories for many of us. But it’s no longer just child’s play: the concept has now been reworked and is proving just as popular as an adult fitness activity.
Bouncefit body, better known as ((Bounce)), was launched in 2014 by Australian Kimberlee Perry. After having her son, Jasper, the fitness enthusiast wanted to create a business that was child friendly and unique.
‘I was in this post-baby body, I needed to find a workout that was more effective, more fun, and more efficient,’ she says.
She put the elements together to create ((Bounce)), adding in a high intensity choreographed dance workout. From eight trampolines, there are now 350 studios in the UK, averaging 47,000 bookings a month. ‘I just realised it was so much fun. It was like going to a nightclub, but getting a workout done.’
The high aerobic classes are performed on mini trampolines called rebounders. The one-hour classes focus on simple movements starting with a warm-up, a cardio section, body conditioning for toning, and a stretch exercising the whole body. And because this is all done on a trampoline, it also has the added benefit of improving balance.
‘Whatever you do on the rebounder trampoline is three times more effective than a floor-based exercise,’ explains Kimberlee.
The health benefits are backed up by science: NASA has used rebound exercises helping astronauts rebuild muscle and lost bone mass. In a 1980s study they reported ‘10 minutes jumping on a trampoline corresponds to a 30-minute run’ and called it ‘the most efficient, effective form of exercise yet devised by man’.
‘Whatever you do on the rebounder trampoline is three times more effective than a floor-based exercise’
As well as providing a cellular workout, jumping is one of the best ways to stimulate the lymphatic system, which helps fight infections and boost the immune system. Bouncing around in a one-hour class will burn on average 700 calories per hour, also helping to increase metabolism.
Because the trampoline pad absorbs the shock when you jump, it is suitable for both fitness fanatics and those with lower ability, and will often be recommended by physiotherapists post-injury. It’s also good for stress relief.
‘Exercise releases endorphins, but put that with 30 other people, and you feel like you’re a part of something really special,’ says Kimberlee.
Classes have diversified and now include Bounce Bootcamp (a circuit-based session), Bounce Balance (incorporating yoga), child-friendly sessions and online classes.
‘Trampolining is the definition of fun,’ adds Kimberlee with a smile.
Most Bouncefit studios have now reopened with limited capacity and social distancing measures in place, although online classes are also available if you have your own trampoline. There are 35 Bouncefit studios in London, with locations including Balham, Clapham, Camden, Greenwich, Putney, Islington, Isle of Dogs, Shepherd’s Bush and St John’s Wood. Sessions cost between £7-£11 depending on the studio. To book see bouncefitbody.com