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.