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Now look, my prob­lem with ex­er­cis­ing is this: I hate it. I don’t know how else to put it. Take tread­mills, for in­stance. In­stead of jog­ging joy­ously, pony­tail fly­ing and fore­head per­spir­ing grace­fully, I start think­ing about how much I feel like a ham­ster on a wheel, and how life is very much like that, some­times, and why are we even here if we’re all just go­ing to die any­way?

Yes, these are the chal­lenges I face when ex­er­cis­ing.

But the truth is that I know that ex­er­cis­ing is ex­tremely im­por­tant. And also, I want abs of steel. Oh, the agony.

That’s why my in­ter­est was piqued when I read that a trampoline park called Bounce had opened up in the Wa­ter­fall Lifestyle Cen­tre in Midrand. Trampoline parks are noth­ing new, hav­ing been in Aus­tralia and the US for years, but Bounce SA is of­fi­cially the first on the con­ti­nent.

“Bounce is a world where the wall be­comes the floor, a slam dunk is within your grasp and the rules of grav­ity no longer ap­ply,” said the edgy-look­ing press re­lease.

Hmmm, I might not ab­so­lutely, un­equiv­o­cally hate this, I thought. And since #Trend­ing had this Sum­mer Body edi­tion com­ing up, I gave it a go.

As I en­tered the huge, rugby field­sized Bounce fa­cil­ity on a sur­pris­ingly hot Thurs­day in July, it was a mass of chil­dren and teens. I al­most walked right out again, but Ni­colle Weir, the co­founder of Bounce SA, as­sured me this was due to school hol­i­days, and Bounce was to­tally geared to­wards adults too.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing some cool slip-proof socks (which you get to keep af­ter your ses­sion, by the way), I was teamed up with a young in­struc­tor.

With a be­mused pho­tog­ra­pher tag­ging along, off we went. Now let me tell you, Bounce is more than your mom’s aer­o­bics trampoline gath­er­ing dust in your garage. The space is huge, and there are more than 100 in­ter­con­nected tram­po­lines where you can jump, shoot hoops, bounce off the wall, launch your­self into a gi­ant poof called “the big bag” or even try your hand at dodge­ball.

I am told that 10 min­utes on a trampoline is equiv­a­lent to 30 min­utes

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