MAIREAD How hard can jump­ing on a tram­po­line be? De­ceiv­ingly tough! Yes, this seems like a fun work­out, but don’t let that fool you – this is se­ri­ous car­dio and a full-body work­out. In­struc­tor Juli­ette is high­spir­ited and full of en­cour­age­ment, which you’ll need af­ter the first 10 min­utes to make it through the whole hour. From jump­ing with high knees and high kicks to mid-air twists and run­ning up ver­ti­cal tram­po­lines, this is a su­per work­out that burns loads of calo­ries. Core sta­bil­ity is key, but all mus­cle groups get a work­out. This is also a test of en­durance (yes, I lasted the whole hour!). As breath­less as you get, it makes you laugh as you can’t help but feel like a kid hav­ing fun.

MARK The last time I jumped like this was on my par­ents’ bed when I was about six. So how hard could this be? Quite, I soon re­alised. Fol­low­ing Juli­ette, I started with a few gen­tle jumps, adding kicks and turns whilst try­ing to re­main in the cen­tre of the tram­po­line. As I leapt up over a me­tre or so, I could re­ally feel the burn. But my stint on the tram­po­line was short-lived. When asked to land on my bot­tom, keep­ing my legs stretched out, I felt a catch and re­alised I was no longer a sprightly six-year-old. Ex­cus­ing my­self from the class, I was led off the mats for a med­i­cal check-up. I was given a bag of ice and watched the rest of the class from the side­lines. I now have a new­found re­spect for the sport. It’s no child’s play. TRY IT YOUR­SELF Where: Bounce Tram­po­line Park, Al Quoz Price: Dh80 per ses­sion To book: or call 04 3211 400.

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