Spring into ac­tion

Los Angeles Times - - MIND & BODY - By Roy M. Wal­lack health@latimes.com

The word “trampoline” will never be the same for me. One day, it evoked bliss­ful child­hood f lash­backs of 10- foot- high back f lips and twist­ing pike- po­si­tion seat drops. The next day, it evoked thoughts of my aching butt, ham­strings and abs — and an ad­dic­tive low- im­pact/ high- in­ten­sity one- hour group- ex­er­cise work­out called Jump­ing fit­ness. ¶ Its first of three U. S. gyms — a bare- bones store­front in Re­dondo Beach with 16 tram­po­lines, each about 3 feet across — is not im­pres­sive. That is, un­til the mu­sic cranks up and the bod­ies start bounc­ing. Or rather, start try­ing to con­trol their bounc­ing. ¶ The real work comes not just from bounc­ing and lift­ing your legs and knees high, which blasts the butt and ham­strings, but keep­ing your torso and head low, which rips the abs. “That forces you to use the deep mus­cles of your core to ab­sorb the shock and stay sta­ble,” says Jakub Novotny, 26, a trained dancer and lead Jump­ing chore­og­ra­pher. Jump­ing Fit­ness, Joy and Vi­tal­ity Stu­dio, 2221 Arte­sia Blvd., Re­dondo Beach, ( 310) 227- 0053, www. jump­ing- stu­dio. com Aura

Boot­strap. Start- up. The gym is sim­ple, spare and un­fin­ished, the size of a TV re­pair shop. The re­cep­tion desk is a fold­ing card ta­ble with an Ap­ple MacBook Air. The ro­tat­ing disco lights are clamped on a wall bracket. But with the f irst bounce of the hour­long work­out, the thread­bare sur­round­ings don’t mat­ter. The tram­po­lines, de­signed with in­te­grated chest- high han­dle­bars and a re­bound­ing sur­face a foot off the ground, and the work­out are as solid as the mus­cu­lar Novotny. He warmed us up with ba­sic dance-style box steps, run­ning in place and re­bound­ing, then got se­ri­ous. Ef­fort

One mo­ment, you’re try­ing to co­or­di­nate toe- tap­ping dance steps, one- foot bal­anc­ing, and side­steps with synced cheer­leader arm- cross­ings and “Satur- day Night Fever” f inger point­ing. The next, you’re a hu­man jack­ham­mer do­ing the stomp — a high- in­ten­sity, lung- bust­ing, knees- to- your- armpits con­trolled bounce and leap. Eight of them al­most made me deliri­ous. The end­less move­ment and va­ri­ety went by so fast that I couldn’t be­lieve we’d done 60 min­utes. Style

Pit­bull, Ma­roon5, Bruno Mars and other mod­ern- day mar­vels blare from the speak­ers but are remixed and Euro- funked with faster beats. “These speed you up and re­ally mo­ti­vate you to lift your knees high for the stomp­ing,” Novotny says. He’s right. You’re worked when it’s over. I felt it in my abs, butt and ham­strings the next cou­ple of days, just like my class­mates warned me. But like they also said, the low trampoline im­pact kept my joints fresh — and ea­ger to do it again a cou­ple of days later. Cost

One class: $ 19. Ten classes: $ 130. The f irst class is free, with a 10- class pack­age for $ 55 ap­ply­ing that day.

Allen J. Schaben Los An­ge­les Times

JUMP­ING f it­ness is some se­ri­ous bounc­ing around. Jakub Novotny, left, leads a class.

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