Think mini-trampolines are just for '80s workout videos? You’ll likely reconsider after experiencing the newest class on Define's fitness roster. Bounce incorporates personal-sized 40 inch by 13 inch jumpers to create a complete strength and cardio bonanza set to high-energy tunes.
“It’s a great full-body workout,” says DEFINE Body & Mind founder and CEO Henry Richardson, who designed the Bounce program. “It’s strength, it’s flexibility, and it’s challenging, but it’s actually a ton of fun.”
Truth be told, it’s tremendously fun, so enjoyable in fact that each heart-pumping 45-minute session flies by in a blur of boundless energy. Clients are led through a series of exercises targeting the upper body, abdominals, legs and glutes that embody DEFINE's core principles of strength, length, and balance. The idea for Bounce originated in an effort to combine two of the studio's existing programs, Body and Revolution, into a class that engages every part of the body with high-impact results minus the joint and muscle stress that can be associated with forceful movements.
“It’s an experience versus just going in and going as hard as you can. [With] this, we still work hard but it’s all about having a good time in the process. It’s not about how high you jump. It’s about staying low,” says Richardson, explaining that the focus isn’t on the up but more about the push. “And the reason why is that’s what activates the core, the glutes, the abdominals, and the thighs. We will do some jumping up and down but it’s all in recovery.”
Still, the constant bounce is enough to keep each set a sea of smiles and sweat—good news for those seeking an effective workout that encourages consistency. Richardson shares that though the class has only been offered for a few weeks, some of his clients have already noticed a drop in inches around their waists and hips. Other devotees find the format more accessible to their frames and physical limitations; same high-level results but packaged in a way that accommodates injuries and other restrictions that make traditional classes challenging.
“We can modify almost every single thing in order to help,” assures Richardson. “So if you have wrist issues, elbow, shoulder, it’s a non-issue with the trampoline. If you have ankle issues [or] knee issues, we’ll show you how to work with it.” That said, Richardson advised against participation for expectant mothers, though they are certainly encouraged to attend post-birth to bounce back to pre-baby weight!
Still need convincing? According to Richardson, compared to a typical treadmill routine, for example, trampolines safeguard the body with 80 percent less impact while providing a 20 percent better cardiovascular and calorie-burning workout because they force your muscles to do more activity than cardio-focused training alone. It should not be inferred that low-impact equals low-benefit.
“One of the best things you can do for your bones is jumping up and down (especially on a trampoline),” says Richardson. “We want to stress our bones just enough to stimulate them, but we don't want to break them down. The softer impact of the trampoline doesn't sacrifice the benefit of the bones in bone density. It helps to save and preserve the amount of space between the joints.”
The lymphatic system is also a beneficiary of the surprisingly remarkable trampoline, as the constant activation and release of muscles allows the system to drain, a process completed by drinking water afterwards.
Ready to jump in? Prepare for your first class by wearing comfortable clothing, hydrating (but not too much), limiting heavy foods, and wearing well-fitting flat-soled athletic shoes since you’ll need the support when using weights and doing lunges, mountain climbers, and other exercises. Keep an eye out for DEFINE bounce “lite,” which will target the less-limber, years-seasoned body for improving bone density and range of motion.
Be prepared to sign up in advance, too—classes are currently filling up over a week in advance. Bounce is currently offered at the DEFINE Montrose studio only but will expand to the remaining locations beginning in mid-April. Drop-in rates are $20 per class.