The music’s rocking, the lights are flashing and my thighs are screaming… but I’m still smiling. I’m at a Rebounce class – a dance / rebounder / serious cardio workout where the exercise all revolves around a mini trampoline (aka rebounder). It’s a far cry from the sedate trampoline lessons of my childhood, when we were taken through a polite series of controlled moves in a brightly-lit gym. Here the lights are low, the music is loud and it’s a whole lot more fun.
Rebounce has a definite club vibe, from the brightly coloured lights to the banging tunes. Although our teacher, Missie, is giving us instructions through her headset, I can’t hear much of them so I just follow her moves – or try to. Having started the class with a warm-up and a vigorous 160-sit-up routine, we move on to the dance routines. Just as I think I’ve mastered one, we move on to another and I’m lost again, legs and arms flailing out of sync. But nobody minds. Freestyle is just fine and regulars soon pick up the moves.
Rebounce is fast, furious and fun. You do need a bit of coordination and a degree of fitness – although you’re encouraged to go at your own pace and stop if it gets too much, it’s aimed at people with a basic level of cardio fitness. I’m pretty fit at the moment and got a serious sweat on.
This video (not taken at my class) gives you a good idea of what it looks and sounds like:
This class is not for you if:
- you really don’t like loud music
- your coordination is genuinely hopeless
- you’re very unfit
- you’re pregnant or have recently given birth
- your pelvic floor is in a very bad state
BUT… this class is definitely for you if:
- you enjoy the challenge of learning new moves
- you love to bounce
- you like a workout to be disguised as a whole lot of fun
- you like to get a sweat on
Classes are in Clapham Junction and Putney, so I’m not able to make it a regular feature, but I’d definitely recommend it to anyone based in London. You can find out more HERE
Oh, and as I promised you in a recent post HERE that I’d keep posting pictures of how I actually look after I work out, in the interests of keeping it real, here’s me, all red, sweaty and with a total frizz on, after the class…