Thanks to Erik Roner for coming on by to pull of some amazing airs on our Training Ground. Check out the Double Back!
The North Face Team visits House of Air
AirFest action from Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley
Show us your House of Air pride! Send us a photo showing off your HOA gear and we will post it to our website. What could be better than that!?
Opening up the House of Air with a bang! Check us out enjoying the smell of splintering pine and decade old dust. It’s official construction has begun and we couldn’t be happier.
See first hand our latest 3D renderings of our indoor trampoline park!
Designed by award-winning architectural firm Mark Horton / Architecture.
In the United States, up to 1 in every 5 kids is either overweight or obese. Sadly, the number of overweight children is increasing rather than decreasing. Children that are overweight are in danger of staying that way into adulthood, which increases their likelihood of getting long term illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease. In addition, kids and adolescents that are heavier than average are more likely to become depressed, stressed and have low self esteem.
As parents, we want to stop childhood obesity before it happens and reverse the problem when it has already occurred. Follow these superior solutions to help prevent or reverse childhood obesity.
Increase physical activity in a fun manner
It is important to increase the amount of exercise your child is getting. When physical activity is fun, children will want to participate and be more likely to stick with it on a long-term basis. Try these fun physical activities to get your kids moving:
- Indoor trampoline parks, such as Sky Zone
- Bounce houses
- Outdoor trampolines with nets
- Indoor rock climbing
- Sports, such as basketball and baseball
Pay attention to food
- Paying attention to food is of the utmost importance when wanting to raise kids who have a healthy weight. Follow these educational eating ideas to beat childhood obesity:
- Children should be given foods that are healthy and should get 30 percent or less of their calories from fat.
- Never reward the completion of meals with sugary, fattening desserts. Instead opt for healthy desserts, such as fresh fruit, sugar-free Jell-O and frozen sorbet. Fat free whipped cream can be added on all of these foods for an added touch. Cinnamon and Splenda can be sprinkled on fruit to give it a sweeter, desert-like taste.
- Do not use food as a reward for good behavior.
- Give your child smaller portion sizes.
- Don’t force children to finish their entire meal.
- Stay away from pre-packaged foods and those high in sugar and fat.
- When kids turn 2-years-old, give them skim milk in place of whole milk. Even 1 or 2 percent milk is much healthier than whole milk for children ages 2 and up.
- Provide children with plenty fiber rich foods. Kids may enjoy getting their fill from popcorn, brown rice and whole-wheat pasta. Raspberries, pears and apples are full of fiber. When it comes to vegetables, cooked artichokes, cooked peas and boiled broccoli have the highest content. Still, the most superior source of fiber comes from cooked split peas, lentils and black beans.
There's a hidden gem in San Francisco located within a historic airplane hangar in The Presidio. Yes, it involves flying – but you're going to be just a few feet above the ground with this adventure because The House of Air is an indoor trampoline park that has been in operation since September 2010.
After discovering House of Air's website and finding out that 10 minutes of jumping on a trampoline equates to 33 minutes of running, we knew that we wanted to take one of their Air Conditioning Workout Classes to see whether this claim was correct.
House of Air provides you with special shoes for their trampolines.
The Matrix: 42 conjoined trampolines.
The two of us arrived at the House of Air early on a Saturday morning and after signing our waiver forms, we were each given a pair of "trampoline shoes" to wear. Excitedly we put on our shoes and headed over to where our workout would be taking place this morning.
This was House of Air's main trampoline structure made up of 42 conjoined trampolines and larger than a full-sized basketball court. One hell of an impressive sight!
Childhood memories started flooding back as we got straight onto The Matrix, bouncing around with huge smiles on our faces. The two of us could feel our heart rates starting to rise and we hadn't even started our warm-up yet!
The instructor called everyone in and began the warm-up, consisting of jumping on the trampoline and performing arm-circles. It was then time to pull out the dodgeballs as the 12 class participants split up into groups of 4 and started throwing the ball around the circle, all whilst still bouncing up and down.
Drop and give me ten!
And now time for some crunches!
Progressively the workout became harder as we went back into our pairs for the next few exercises. While one partner passed the dodgeball through their legs in a figure eight as they bounced in the air, the other partner had to drop onto the trampoline and perform ten push-ups.
Now push-ups can be difficult on solid ground, but try doing them on an elastic trampoline that offers considerable give and they become considerably harder! We then moved onto sit-ups, squats, jumping jacks and a variety of other exercises that resulted in us both breathing and sweating heavily.
Now that might not sound like fun to some, but we still had those smiles on our faces through the entire class. No wonder House of Air's website says your cheeks will hurt as much as your quads after this workout!
Our $16 "Air Conditioning" workout lasted just under an hour and despite its intensity, it was easily the most enjoyable cardio workout we've ever had.
If you're in San Francisco, get out of your hotel room and down to the House of Air for a whole lot of fun! You don't even need to take a class like we did – an hour's access to the trampoline park is the same price and you can bounce around to your heart's content.