One great thing about living near a major city is that there are always new opportunities for adventures. My latest one took me back about 20 years to the days of the trampoline. Flight Trampoline Park opened four weeks ago in Springfield, Virginia as the latest fitness rage. So six girlfriends and I decided to give it a whirl!
Picture a big room filled with trampolines, but in a much safer layout than the backyard trampolines we grew up with. You won’t have your mom yelling at you here to be careful because you might break your neck! There are padded walls surrounding the 50 connected trampolines and they are not far off the ground either. The site’s website states, “a recent study of trampoline parks across the US found an injury incident rate of 0.02%, with the most common injuries being trampoline burns and bruises…a better safety rating than any competitive sport; even safer than bowling!” Young 20-somethings work the floor to ensure everyone is being safe (I got yelled at for sitting for all of 5 seconds!). There are also specific trampoline areas designated for dodgeball, basketball slam dunk, and a foam pit.
We had a blast, as you can see from my facial expressions, and I’ll admit it was an awesome cardio workout. My heart rate was raised and we all laughed at ourselves and relished when one of our friends did a flip into the pit (I was afraid to try!). Trampoline cross-fit style classes are starting up in April and I am certain that it would be an amazing workout. I’m not so sure you’ll see me there on a Friday night when the laser lights come on and the music blares a little louder…I might get shown up by a teenager! But I’m sure I’ll go again and would love to hear your thoughts on this and other adventures to try.
Check out my other critiques of alternative fitness routines. I don’t claim to have any special skills in any of these arenas!