I Tried a Full-Body Trampoline Workout, and Here’s Why I’d Go Back Again and Again
Five minutes into our warmup, I was fully out of breath and my calves were burning like hell. And yet, I couldn't stop smiling because I felt like I was transported back to my childhood at some kid's birthday party. A couple of coworkers and I took the Air Conditioning workout class at San Francisco's House of Air, which is a massive trampoline amusement park for children and adults alike. The three of us sweat it out for 55 minutes on trampolines, alternating between sets of cardio and strength training, with little to no rest in between. Let me tell you: it was challenging, so fun, and exactly what my morning needed.
According to Carlee Williams, House of Air's marketing coordinator and Air Conditioning instructor, jumping for just 10 minutes offers the same benefits as running for 33 minutes does. And after experiencing the class first-hand, I can definitely see how. Jumping up and down alone was honestly enough of a workout, but adding jump squats and plank jacks in between really upped the difficulty. The full-body workout included high-intensity intervals of jump variations (jumping jacks, straddle jumps, tuck jumps, and pikes) and conditioning exercises like mountain climbers and donkey kicks.
Jumping around may look simple enough, but I was surprised at how much core strength was required to stabilize myself the entire time. If your core isn't engaged, it is much more difficult to control your body in the air. At first, we used the trampoline to assist our movements, but once we transitioned into the second half of the class, we learned how to work against the trampoline to add resistance and enhance the workout. Although we used our core throughout the entire class, the workout really worked every inch of our bodies. Because we were using muscles that aren't typically activated in a traditional workout, Carlee warned us that we would be more sore than usual the following morning. A full day hasn't even passed yet, and I can already tell that I'm going to be in a lot of pain tomorrow.
In addition to being a superfun workout, jumping on a trampoline also comes with some amazing benefits, according to Carlee:
- Elevates energy and mood levels: "Releases endorphins stimulating feelings of happiness, while oxygen flow increases brain function, making one feel more alert."
- Improves immune system: "Stimulates lymphatic flow, promoting up to 15 times increased body circulation, naturally removing toxins."
- Improves cardiovascular system: "Strengthens heart function and enhances respiratory efficiency by increasing blood flow and oxygen."
- Increases muscle strength: "Tones muscles, especially core and leg muscles, improving posture and decreasing body fat, assisting in coordination, body awareness, and sense of balance."
- Increases bone strength and density: "Provides just enough impact to produce bone minerals that assist in improving bone strength and density, reducing the chance of medical conditions like osteoporosis and arthritis."
By the end of the class, I was completely exhausted and energized at the same time. The workout never really felt like a workout, and the fact that I was able to tone and strengthen while having a great time was purely a bonus. I seriously cannot wait to do this again.
House of Air Trampoline Parks Expand to Texas
Communities in the south Fort Worth area will soon be able to enjoy a new family entertainment venue centered around adrenaline-based fun for the entire family. House of Air Trampoline Parks will open their newest trampoline park, located in Crowley, Texas, on Saturday, March 10, 2018.
The co-owner of House of Air Crowley, Daniel Furney, expressed his excitement about the park and explained why he thinks Crowley is the perfect location, "The housing community in south Fort Worth is really taking off and there is a need for a family entertainment center in the area. People are traveling a good distance to attend a trampoline and adventure park of this magnitude."
The trampoline park will house over 7,000 square-feet of trampolines, features two trampoline dodgeball courts, a custom soft play playground for young kids, two basketball slam dunk courts, an expansive main trampoline court with tumble tracks, a traverse climbing wall, and a multi-attraction pit with a slack line and jousting beam.
House of Air Crowley will also have a large three-lane ninja course equipped with a custom air bag that provides a consistent and soft landing for those attempting the course. The ninja course is expected to be a popular attraction at the park and promises to provide a challenge that will allow parkgoers to feel like a real American Ninja Warrior. Daniel stated, "We took special care when designing the ninja course and wanted to make it difficult for kids to get through the entire course on the first try. We want them to keep coming back with the goal of making it further through the course each time."
In addition to the above-mentioned attractions, the park will also offer guests that seek an interactive experience, two slap & score trampolines. A new trampoline attraction that combines hand-eye coordination and jumping accuracy. "We are basically disguising fitness as fun. Being one of the first in the US to have an interactive attraction like the slap & score is something we expect the kids will really love." Daniel went on to explain that the two games will be paired with a scoreboard that encourages guests to compete for the best score.
The design of the park was more than what attractions to include and where to place them within the facility. Daniel commented, "We designed House of Air Crowley as not only a place where the kids can go and have a blast, but a place where parents can enjoy themselves too."
Parents who wish to simply watch their kids play will be able to relax at the House of Air Café. The full-service café will serve a variety of food and beverage options and promises to have plenty of seating for parents to work, have a cup of coffee, or enjoy time with friends, while their kids enjoy the adventure park.
House of Air Crowley worked with Best American Trampolines to design and equip their entertainment center. Best American is a family owned and operated trampoline park manufacturer and designer located in Lewisville, Texas. They have worked with more than 200 family entertainment centers worldwide. House of Air Crowley is the third park that Best American has designed and manufactured under the House of Air brand.
House of Air Crowley Trampoline Park will be located at 320 E. Main Street in Crowley, Texas and is scheduled to open March 2018. Visit the House of Air Crowley Facebook page for updates on the park’s grand opening event.
For more information on Best American Trampolines visit their website, http://www.trampolinepark.com.
For more information on the House of Air franchise visit https://www.houseofair.com/franchise.
Adrenaline Park: Thrill seekers are flipping out over new park
SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - You only get one chance to make a first impression.
In Tuesday's Zevely Zone, Jeff gets the very first look at Carlsbad's new adrenaline park called House of Air.
The House of Air opens on Thursday. The company hopes to open two more parks in Texas and Poland by the end of the year.
Countdown To Liftoff Underway at House of Air
Revolutionary Trampoline Park Set to Open on September 15, 2010.
With exactly one week until the official opening of their ground-breaking trampoline park, owners Paul McGeehan and Dave Schaeffer are thrilled to begin counting down to the day they have long dreamed of. Beginning on Wednesday, September 15, people of all ages and ability levels will be able to take flight at House of Air, which is located at the western edge of San Francisco's Crissy Field.
McGeehan and Schaeffer are also excited to announce that, beginning on Friday, September 17 and continuing all weekend, the venue will be staging a Grand Opening Celebration. The event will feature demonstrations from experienced flyers, a live DJ, food and drinks, and other exciting details that will be announced soon. "We can't believe we're only a week away from opening," said Schaeffer. "We encourage anyone and everyone to come get a firsthand look at this amazing space."
"House of Air was designed to appeal to everyone," added McGeehan. "Flyers will be able to soar on any of House of Air's multiple trampoline structures, each of which were created to fulfill a different thrill."
The Matrix, House of Air's main trampoline structure, consists of 42 conjoined trampolines. This enormous and awe-inspiring trampoline floor - larger than a regulation sized basketball court - is surrounded on all sides by trampoline walls set at angles to the floor, allowing flyers maximum uninterrupted bounce space while providing maximum levels of safety.
The 2X Bowl, located within the north end of The Matrix, is a freestyle trampoline concept modeled after skateboard park designs. Geared toward action sport enthusiasts, it includes two three-sided bowls separated by a low wall called a spine. The 2X Bowl is a House of Air exclusive, an innovative and ground-breaking concept never before seen at any type of recreational facility.
The Colosseum, which was created by joining 22 trampolines and trampoline walls, will be used for organized sports such as trampoline dodgeball and basketball.
The Training Ground, booked by appointment or group class only, is performance-based training for Flyers to improve aerial awareness, acuity, and ability. Top gymnasts, board sport specialists, and professional athletes will offer classes to improve skills for various sports, including gymnastics, snowboarding, skiing, wakeboarding, skateboarding and kite boarding, giving athletes a safe way to practice and create new aerial maneuvers. Safety harnesses will be used on three competition-grade trampolines and Flyers will be able to reach extreme heights on the one-of-a-kind, custom-built, octagon-shaped center trampoline.
Finally, the Air Junior Bounce House is an inflatable bounce house designed for children three to six years of age. Double slides and climbing walls elevate the bounce experience. "Air Traffic Controllers," or safety managers, will supervise the area at all times.
House of Air is proud to offer this wide variety of trampoline structures and programs for walk-in guests, organized children's and adult classes, "Air Conditioning" fitness programs, birthday parties, and corporate events. With activities like open trampoline jump time, aerial trampoline training, and trampoline dodgeball and basketball, the heretofore flightless will be able to reach amazing heights.
House of Air is located at 926 Mason Street at West Crissy Field in the Presidio of San Francisco. Prices start at $14 per hour for open trampoline jump time; each additional hour is $10. House of Air will be open Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. House of Air will also be open for fitness classes at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. daily. For more information, or to make a reservation for a birthday party or corporate event, please visit https://houseofair.com. In addition, advanced online ticket purchases will be available starting today, September 8th.