Fitness needs to be fun for me to go more than once. I used to run – but I just got bored. Occasionally I would get that buzz that runners talked about. But generally I’d just be glad I’d done it and then get on with my day. For months I was good – I’d drop Erin at school and run but over time I stopped putting on my trainers less and less. Then the thought of starting again seemed a hard slog. I have been thinking of a fitness class as I do need to do something. I need to balance out the wine I drink with some sort of exercise and Jumptastic and Fitastic Bouncing in Gloucester meets that need!
Since January I have been wearing a fitbit and I have regular challenges with my dad and I like keeping track of my steps. I hit my 10K target frequently and do like seeing if I managed my 250 steps each hour – but that isn’t enough. Therefore when the offer landed in my inbox to try out our local trampoline park ‘Jumptastic‘ and see what it offers for all the family I rallied up my friend Holly and we pulled on your leggings and headed out to try ‘Fitastic’ which takes place on Monday and Wednesday evenings 7-8. You need to prebook as the classes are becoming popular and it only takes so many. It was all women at the session we attended and some were clearly fit, toned and healthy (this proved that I was entering a class that worked as slim fit people obviously go for a proper work out). I glanced around and wondered how many were worried about their pelvic floor like me and how many had had three children!
The session starts with some jumping to warm up. Followed by some planking, crunching etc and finishing with a good stretch. The class was hard and I did need a few wee stops and I do advise a Tena Lady! But I also loved it. I giggled with my friend as we worked up a sweat. I could feel muscles that I had long forgotten and for £6 I thought it was great. I will be going back – paying myself as it ticked my boxes, it was fun and it was fitness.
Later in the week I took Erin and her friend. They were booked into an open session and they watched a short video first explaining the rules. One to a trampoline and mind the little ones. Then they got started, they bounced, they laughed and they got hot and sweaty. I meanwhile sat upstairs with a latte and watched them over the balcony. They played for their hour coming out a couple of times for a drink. At the end they were pretty exhausted and declared that it was great fun. The session was relatively quiet and we noticed the next one was busier – it is luck really as to how busy it will be but booking is advised. The open session is £10 for an hour and is well supervised with staff. The little ones really enjoyed their hour and already have asked to go back!
Jumptastic was a great afternoon activity for us and I am sure we will be back soon. Other local bloggers have also been trying out the facilities. As always it is great to read what others with different age children or those attending sessions made of it. Here is local blogger’s Sarah thoughts from mumofthreeworld.com.
Our Vlog of the family session
Jumptastic covered the cost of our sessions in order for us to write this piece.