BOUNCING on a trampoline may seem like child’s play but it is fast becoming a popular fitness movement in Perth.
Mother-of-two Jessica Smith has brought the first internationally-renowned ((B)) Fitbody classes to WA.
Launched in the UK three years ago by Australian-born Kimberlee Perry, ((Bounce)) sprung into Scarborough in November.
As the founder, Mrs Perry said trampoline fitness classes helped burn about 700 calories, with recent studies showing that 10 minutes of ((B)) was equivalent to a 30-minute run.
Mrs Smith said years of running had taken a toll on her knees so she was looking for a new way to keep fit after having two children.
The accountant said the low impact nature of the workout and how much fun it looked had initially intrigued her.
“It’s pretty addictive because it is really fun; bouncing to choreographed tracks and the variety of moves means you can’t get bored, but it’s really challenging too,” she said.
“I was impressed with how much of a workout it was, and the best thing is that it really is suitable for everyone as it’s so low impact.
“When you bounce, the trampoline mat absorbs 87 per cent of the impact, meaning much less pressure on joints.
“But the added gravity and g-shock intensify the workout, burning more calories and making it more effective.”
Mrs Smith said myths about trampoline fitness were that it was “just for kids” or that it’s easy.
“The trampolines we use are high grade fitness trampolines designed specifically for our workout, and the way we bounce is different too,” she said.
“Rather than bouncing high, we focus on pushing down from the knees while on the balls of our feet, all the while squeezing our core for stability.
“This intensifies the workout and works every muscle in the lower body.”
For more information, visit bouncefitbody.com.