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