Tonight I Bounced.
After hours, at a familiar soft play venue I frequent with our children, I joined a Bounce! exercise class. If you’ve never heard of Bounce! before then it can be summed up like this: aerobics that you would normally do standing on the floor, except you’re on a mini personal trampoline. Mad right?
It’s safe to say that 92 days ago I couldn’t have completed an hour-long floor-based aerobics session as successfully as I completed tonight’s class. That said, I also spent far too long fantastising about the soft play menu on the wall behind the instructor – there was something listed as “dirty chips” which I will absolutely be going back for one day soon.
Bounce! was mad. Mad as a box of frogs (how appropriate is that simile right now?!) And jumping frogs we were. It was a little bit like horse riding on a trapeze at times; both activities, aerobics and jumping on a trampoline, are by themselves actually workout enough. Whoever thought to combine the two must have had a screw loose. But not the screws on the trampoline because they were solid – I couldn’t tip that thing if I tried. And I did – well you would, wouldn’t you?
The instructor put us through our paces for the full hour – even stretching on a trampoline is challenging, trying to coordinate limbs and balance at the same time. She was a very likable lady and I have realised through this challenge how important it is to pick a class with an instructor you feel empowered by. Some people can really get on board with the militant instructors who push you hard. I like the ones who can laugh at themselves and make you feel like you’re with a group of friends having a great time.
One lady joined Bounce! six months ago. She attends four sessions a week now and has lost 3 stone since she began. She said it has changed her life and now she gets grumpy if she can’t Bounce! Another exercise convert in our midst. I did enjoy it but I’m not sure how I’d feel going weekly – I like the novelty of different classes but I wonder if I’d get bored doing the same exercise each week.
I’m glad I saved Bounce! until now. I’ve seen the posters advertising it when I’ve been in that soft play centre over the last few years and I’ve joined the Facebook group. The company is absolutely top of its game when it comes to advertising. I have regular empowering memes popping up now telling me how bouncing will revolutionise my life – I was pumped up and ready to go all week reading them. I’m glad I saved it for Day 92 because I could really see how far I’ve come since Day 1. I bounced in (excited to exercise), I bounced for an hour and then I bounced out again, happy to have enjoyed another new class.