Beat The Bounce
Luce Smith, Features Writer
How hard can it be? It's just bouncing around on a trampoline to music, with a few friends isn't it?
I mean it sounds like fun? 2hrs, only £8pp, so that's good value for money right? And as it's a charity event, fundraising takes place so that a group donate £50. Fair enough. We all win.
I've never been on a trampoline at a centre before and have wondered what they're like for some time, as have driven past a few on my travels. When I saw this event/challenge pop up on social media, I shared it with my running friends to see what they thought. It was a yes, so I booked us all on. The charity was Heart Research, the branch in Leeds, so it was a good cause in my opinion despite not really knowing much about them until I saw the 'Beat the Bounce' challenge event. There was talk of Tena pads whilst discussing the challenge? Tena pads? For why? Ah, I see, pelvic floor and having children. Ok, rules me out, am safe to go Tena free. I hope!
It started at 7pm, to arrive at 6.30pm, and an email went out with details of where to park, what to wear, to bring etc. I shared this with the 'team' and saved it. Sadly, I didn't actually read it myself. Schoolgirl error. I went straight from work, so arranged to meet at the venue. I had a message to say they were at the front door. I drove into the car park, but couldn't see them. Where? I can't see you?
They told me what they could see, but I couldn't see anything similar. Were they at the wrong venue? Had I sent them the wrong info? I suddenly felt dreadful, until one of them piped up and said "Is it possible, erm, that, well, that you are in the wrong venue?" This one I was outside didn't exactly look good, so I hope I am wrong! I checked the paperwork and postcode. D'oh! My blonde streak had made an appearance today!
I got the correct postcode and was in the right place in 5 mins. Ooooop. Let's go!
We signed in, got our free very funky, and possibly glow in the dark jump socks and put our belongings into a safe locker. Time for a toilet stop, then into the video room, where the health and safety film was shown. What. Are. We. Doing.
We were shown the trampoline area we were using and found 4 trampolines next to each other. And, more importantly for some, next to the toilets. There must have been about 30 of us. The music started and we all started bouncing around having fun. A lady stood at the front, and into her microphone, introduced herself as the instructor for the two hour class, put her class music on, and we were off. "Quick March"......
Giggles from our side of the room. I mean, seriously? These exercises are hard enough on solid ground, never mind a bit of stretchy stuff! Giggling didn't help me either, as I couldn't stop, and I couldn't follow the exercises whilst giggling! Disaster! I daren't go to the loo, a bit like when out drinking beer, once you start..... so I held it in, but it was close!
"Star jumps"......"scissor kicks"........"heel digs"...... oh my days.
The people sitting in the viewing area must have been in hysterics! I could hear a lot of laughter! It was so hard, but so much fun!
Until the burpee was next. Yes, a burpee, on a trampoline. So very funny, my tummy hurts just thinking about it! You have to try it! It must take 10years off you at least!
We had a few moments to get water, go to the loo etc, but the workout was two hours. After 15 minutes I thought I had had enough, but somehow, my group made it through the full two hours! Walking on the ground again was a bit like stepping off a travelator, I felt so dizzy! We said goodbye to the charity team, and thanked them for putting the challenge on. They said we were great, and had so much energy! Haha! As if! The best bit was when they couldn't believe it was our first time. It took some convincing, but true enough, we were newbies!
Sweating, and exhaling, and drinking gallons of water, we collected our stuff, and headed out. What a fantastic evening! But boy are we going to ache tomorrow! Were Tena pads needed? Guess you'd better find out for yourself!
The venue was Oxygen Trampoline Park, Kirkstall Rd, Leeds.
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Beat The Bounce, 30th June 2017, 9:36 AM