|This is NOT what I look like when doing Rebounding. Pic source here.|
Having hit 25, it’s becoming increasingly clear to me that my metabolism is not what it once was. Gone are the days where I could sit on my arse all day and eat cake more than frequently. I can manage the eating healthy bit, but I just hate exercise. I refuse to pay for a gym membership because I never have time to go and I have tried to go running, but I keep doing myself an injury because I have no idea what I’m doing. Who knew that to go for a run you don’t just put one foot in front of the other?! I need stimulation and potentially a gimmick to get me moving, and I have found the best exercise class ever: Rebounding.
Rebounding is essentially an aerobics class on a mini trampoline. It is an intense cardio workout that lasts for 45 minutes and requires balance, concentration and the ability to not care if you look stupid. Just like a normal aerobics class, you have a routine to learn that you do to the beat of loud cheesy music. The constant bouncing on the trampolines means your legs are worked to within an inch of their life, and that’s never more apparent then when you then have to start doing more intense moves like squats. Stopping bouncing suddenly is a lot harder than it sounds!
My second class involved the horrific addition of dumb bells, which was an unwelcome surprise. I have absolutely no upper body strength whatsoever, so I was getting ready to run out of the class when she asked us to get them from the side of the room. But, being the stubborn cow I am, I pressed on. I’ve learnt that you don’t have to be ashamed if you need to stop for a breather or to have a sip of water. You also don’t need to be embarrassed if you turn the colour of an extremely ripe tomato because that is what 45 minutes of intense exercise does to a girl. By the end of my first class I looked like this:
Despite the fact that half way through each class I have felt like I’m going to die, I love Rebounding. It keeps my attention, is fun and different, and has the novelty factor I need to continue going regularly. If you’d like to try it, you can head down to Frame Shoreditch in London, or you can buy a trampoline and follow a class on YouTube to do it at home!