If you’re over slog­ging it on a tread­mill or strap­ping into spin, the new tram­polin­ing work­outs prom­ise to detox­ify, flush fat and make you have fun in the process

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Get in touch with your in­ner child!” roars celebrity shapeshifter Si­mone De La Rue from her West Hol­ly­wood stu­dio. While her Aus­tralian twang is mildly com­fort­ing to this Syd­neysider, her boom­ing voice is un­fath­omably in­tact for some­one who has been si­mul­ta­ne­ously jump­ing on a tram­po­line and yelling for the better part of an hour. “Have fun, don’t for­get to smile!” Maybe I could have ben­e­fit­ted from a re­minder to breathe, but I didn’t need one to smile be­cause I al­ready was – the pos­i­tive vibes in the room were pal­pa­ble.

I’m bounc­ing my way through my first Body By Si­mone Tramp Car­dio class, a chore­ographed ses­sion that sees you run­ning, jump­ing, danc­ing and pant­ing on a re­vamped ’80s-style mini tram­po­line called a re­bounder. It’s hard, fast and fun, de­spite the pre­con­ceived dag-fac­tor. “I’m try­ing to make tram­polin­ing cool again be­cause it’s a per­fect work­out for any­one with in­juries, it’s amaz­ing for weight loss, it’s a great core work­out and it really kicks the heart rate up,” says De La Rue, who has been es­pous­ing the ben­e­fits of bounc­ing since open­ing her first US stu­dio in 2011.

Aus­tralians are jump­ing away the bulge, too – Bounce Inc has kicked off fit­ness classes at its tram­po­line parks across the coun­try. Un­like with De La Rue’s re­bound­ers, any hope of be­ing cool and co­or­di­nated on a gi­ant tram­po­line is quickly dashed, and un­like some other gym classes, so is the com­pet­i­tive at­mos­phere. “Our Bounce Fit cus­tomers gen­uinely love com­ing to classes, which is hard to say for a lot of ex­er­cise op­tions,” says Liam Dempsey, head of pro­grams at Bounce Inc. There are no mir­rors, no clocks, no un­spo­ken hi­er­ar­chy and no in­tim­i­dat­ing reg­u­lars, be­cause es­sen­tially there’s no way to be “good” at run­ning across a gi­ant tram­po­line in seven sec­onds flat. “I’d chal­lenge any­one

to spend some time on a tram­po­line with­out laughing or smil­ing.”

Fun aside, tramp fans reg­u­larly tout the fit­ness ben­e­fits un­cov­ered by NASA, which found that bounc­ing on a tram­po­line is 68 per cent more ef­fec­tive for car­dio­vas­cu­lar health and fat-burn­ing than run­ning. Used by astro­nauts whose fit­ness had di­min­ished af­ter pro­longed pe­ri­ods of weight­less­ness in space, the re­search showed re­bound­ing was softer on joints, too, with im­pact pres­sure evenly dis­trib­uted across the body rather than hit­ting the an­kles like other forms of car­dio. NASA also no­ticed that re­bound­ing strength­ened the bone den­sity that astro­nauts lost af­ter months of zero-grav­ity life – and it’s just as phys­i­cally ef­fec­tive for us reg­u­lar folk back down on earth.

“When we re­bound there is an ac­cel­er­a­tion and de­cel­er­a­tion that hap­pens on each jump and this in­crease in g-force puts just enough pres­sure on bones in or­der to stim­u­late them to pro­duce new cells to re­place old ones and ab­sorb cal­cium, mak­ing bones stronger and halt­ing the im­pacts of os­teo­poro­sis,” ex­plains body align­ment spe­cial­ist Lau­ren Roxburgh. “The g-force also helps to in­crease pro­pri­o­cep­tion [body aware­ness], while in­ter­nally lift­ing and strength­en­ing the pelvic floor.”

It’s also be­lieved that the bal­ance and co­or­di­na­tion that bounc­ing calls for can de­crease mem­ory loss and boost brain func­tion­ing. “When jump­ing in the air, both sides of the brain are ac­ti­vated and work­ing, mean­ing both sides of the body must work in uni­son to main­tain co­or­di­na­tion and bal­ance. This im­proves mo­tor skills and con­trol,” says Ebony Ablett-john­stone, team leader at Bounce Inc. “Af­ter this type of work­out, which de­mands so much of the brain, the brain is more stim­u­lated and en­gaged. As well as hav­ing better re­sources of oxy­gen flow­ing through, this leads to a more pro­duc­tive and healthy life.”

If you’re more of a live-for-the-now kind of per­son, tram­polin­ing also trumps other forms of fit­ness in the detox and di­ges­tion de­part­ment. “The up and down g-force acts like a gen­tle mas­sage to the or­gans, ac­ti­vat­ing ev­ery cell in your body and boost­ing the lym­phatic sys­tem,” says Roxburgh, re­fer­ring to what she calls “the garbage dis­posal of the body”, and the key to tram­polin­ing’s fat-flush­ing prow­ess. “Re­searchers be­lieve that the cir­cu­la­tion of lym­phatic fluid in­creases dur­ing changes in [the] grav­i­ta­tional pull on your body – which helps to flush tox­ins and fat more ef­fi­ciently. So as you bounce on the re­bounder, the in­creased g-force that oc­curs each time you land is thought to cause a surge of lym­phatic drainage, boost­ing im­mu­nity, im­prov­ing cir­cu­la­tion and di­ges­tion, help­ing flush tox­ins from your body and even re­duc­ing cel­lulite.”

While bounc­ing won’t see you drop­ping mul­ti­ple dress sizes in a week, Roxburgh says her rou­tine of dry-body brush­ing, fol­lowed by foam rolling, re­bound­ing and an in­fra-red sauna or hot salt bath is a killer com­bi­na­tion to torch those last stub­born ki­los. “We all have a beau­ti­ful mus­cu­la­ture un­derneath the fat, so what we have to do is clear that fat in the most efficient way pos­si­ble,” she says, adding that a stressed­out ner­vous sys­tem will never let you lose weight, no mat­ter how much you re­strict your kilo­joule in­take. “Re­bound­ing re­duces stress and, when you re­lease stress, your ner­vous sys­tem calms down, you make better food choices, your en­ergy is flow­ing, your chi is flow­ing and your me­tab­o­lism is more en­hanced be­cause you’re breath­ing better. It’s the most mirac­u­lous car­dio work­out avail­able.”

And it’s not just the in­creased cir­cu­la­tion that will make your skin glow, that g-force from jump­ing has an anti-age­ing ef­fect, too. “Re­search has shown with re­peated ex­po­sure the cell mem­brane thick­ens, thus be­comes firmer and gains elas­tic­ity,” says Ablett-john­stone. “Your skin is a com­mu­nity of cells, there­fore con­sis­tent use of a tram­po­line will firm up your skin and give you that nat­u­rally more elas­tic feel.” Go ahead and jump.

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