SkyFit – the latest exercise craze that will have sweating and laughing hard.
Sky Zone, the world’s first indoor trampoline park, has come to Australia. Just thinking about trampolines reminds me of Christmas time with my family down at Lorne on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. Every summer holidays we would take on each other at trampoline volleyball. The nights were filled with competitiveness, sweat, fun, the occasional shout out in pain (when you miss-timed the jump and landed on the black plastic protectors covering the springs) and laughs….plenty of laughs. I’ve always loved exercising, but for anyone who doesn’t, bouncing on trampolines is a great way to get the heart racing without feeling like you’re exercising. So picture hundreds of trampolines, all connected to form one massive trampoline that literally allows you to jump off the walls. That’s Sky Zone!
What’s to do at Sky Zone?
Stratosphere: Rows of trampolines mean you can jump from trampoline to trampoline with your mates. It’s a great place to learn the basics of Sky Zone.
Dodgeball zones: Yep that’s right, you get to play dodgeball on trampolines in specifically designed courts for ducking and dodging your mates.
The pit: A huge pit of foam squares will see you take a run and leap before landing softly. Then the hard part is trying to get out of the pit.
The wall: Her you get to run, walk and bounce off the walls. It’s for the serious jumper!
Sky slam: Practice your best Michael Jordan while you jump off a trampoline and try to slam dunk the ball.
SkyFit: Four specialised exercise classes designed to tone and improve flexibility.
Last Wednesday, Women’s Fitness magazine invited myself and a friend (Rach) to attend a Bounce Through Your Week Party at the Alexandria Sky Zone. This event was to launch the latest fitness craze SkyFit. Equipped with special Sky Zone socks (socks with grip on the bottom), we tackled some of the fitness classes SkyFit had to offer. There are four workouts in total: Cardio (and Cardio Lite), Tightbum, Xburn and Suspend. We had a five-minute warm-up and then spent 20 minutes trying out the different exercises that combined advanced calisthenics, core exercises and strength building aerobics all done on trampolines. The warm-up had a smiling like kids as we tried to remember how to shift our weight around the trampoline and then we dived into 20-minutes of jumps, pikes, straddle jumps, tuck jump, jump squats with sand bags, partner push-ups, TRX squat and row, medicine ball sit ups, weighted trampoline throws and jumping lunges. The vibrations from the weighted jump squats and jumping lunges left me feeling like I was jumping on a Power Plate with vibrations running through my legs after the jump, while the consecutive pikes, straddle and tuck jumps all got my core burning and the TRX squats and row got my gluts and back working. Before we knew it, the 20-minutes were over and we left feeling like we had just finished an 1-hour workout. If you’re looking for an intense, yet fun workout I would definitely recommend heading to SkyFit, and if you’re just looking for a fun way to exercise, Sky Zone is for you.
For more information on Sky Zone and SkyFit visit their website.