JumpFit is the latest craze to hit Bristol, those strange little Kangoo Jump boots have gotten everyone asking the questions – when and where? Thanks to a small crew of fitness extraordinaires (Abbey, Klara and Katie), the South West is seeing JumpFit classes springing up all over the city. Read all about the day I tried out JumpFit…
It was a cold and wintry Tuesday evening when I was madly dashing across town straight from work over to JumpFit in the middle of Arnos Vale cemetery in Bristol. The locations for JumpFit are dotted across Bristol city, taking advantage of church halls or chapels which would otherwise not get used. The chapel lights were on as I ran in (late) to see a group of super-human people following the lead of the ever so energetic Katie and Klara. Turning up late didn’t help my anxiety of putting on the Kangoo boots for the first time, however, I was clipped in and nervously standing up within minutes. As much as I’d LOVE to say I confidently took to it like a swan to water, there was some nervous wall holding as I got used to the springy feeling of wearing the boots. Klara was great with welcoming me to the class and ensuring I felt happy with the boots on.
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JumpFit is the perfect class for those who really need a kick up the backside (can’t help the puns) with weight loss or getting fit. The spring in the boots provide a resistance which makes every step a bit more challenging than just walking – the act of rebounding is a great form of plyometric exercise and without any impact on your joints. The effects of rebound exercise were even investigated by NASA who revealed an equal effect on the heart rate and oxygen consumption when an individual trained on a trampoline vs running. By using jump boots you can replicate the feeling of jumping on a trampoline – better yet, you’re not constantly pounding concrete. Kangoo Jumps have been used for injury rehabilitation and as a weight loss aid for people trying to drop down into a healthy weight without impacting the skeletal system. (Having said that, I’m not sure if I’d ever don a pair of these in the park – they look so futuristic that people will stare just when I fall over and scrape my leg.) I felt like I got a great workout to my legs and core by doing this class, I felt a bit sore after but that’s only motivated me to go back again so I can do more of the exercises better (squats on the Kangoo jumps are really difficult!).
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During the class, there was a series of varied workouts to every song – if it wasn’t side jumps and punches to the Rocky theme tune then it was Tabata. For anyone who doesn’t know Tabata – it’s 20 seconds high intensity, 10 seconds off repeated for the duration of 4 minutes. This class will definitely get you working up a sweat, wear everything you’d wear to the gym and pack a towel and water. The hour completely flew by as the feeling of wearing the boots actually became quite natural – by the end of the session, I genuinely felt sad at the thought of taking them off. I’ve signed up for another class this week which just shows how addictive it is – give it a go and let me know what you think!
This is a great opportunity for people wanting to branch out of their usual gym routine or for people wanting to get fit without wanting to go near a gym. Katie and Klara are very motivating during the class and always keep a close eye for anyone who’s struggling or any loose clips on the Kangoo jumps – so safety is always considering during the class.
Classes are £6 & more information can be found at JumpFit on Facebook