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Fitness for slobs: Bounce Fit

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What do you get when a non-athletic person attends a Bounce Fit class? A total flop.

Hi! My name is Brandon and I am a 100 per cent fitness noob.

Seriously, I try to avoid all forms of physical activity. I will wait for however long it takes for the lift to arrive just to get to the next floor.

To gear up for the upcoming new year, I decided to try out several quirky workout classes in an attempt to improve my fitness. Trust me, if I can make it through these classes, anyone can too.

In this three-part series which I call Fitness for slobs, I will start with Bounce Fit, a workout class that trains your core and cardio while toning your muscles. The workout class became popular since the influx of trampoline parks islandwide since 2015.

As I walked into BOUNCE Inc at Cathay Cineleisure, I expected the workout class to be just like every other outing at a trampoline park. I thought we would be left on our own, hopping around and making (failed) attempts at somersaults.

That was definitely not the case, because we had a legitimate instructor running the entire Bounce Fit class.

The instructors aren't just babysitters! They make sure you receive a structured workout class packed with different types of exercises – something you may not get if you were to enter the park on a regular day.

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ARMED WITH $3 RUBBER GRIP SOCKS AND A QUICK WARM-UP,
AZRA AND I HEADED TO THE DODGE BALL PIT.

The minute I entered the pit, I was uber pumped! I couldn't stop myself from jumping continuously even before the class had started, which I regretted 10 minutes later.

We started off real slow with relatively easy cardio exercises. I clearly remember telling fellow Youth.SG writer, Azra Rauff, after the first three exercises: "OMG! This is such a breeze!"

Here is the kicker: the exercises gets harder from this point. Firstly, I struggled with executing pike jumps because I wasn't flexible enough to touch my toes.

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I TRIED TO TOUCH MY TOES, GUYS! I TRIED.

After the pretty painful ordeal my hamstrings had endured, we moved on to sprinting on the spot and mountain climbers.

Now, those are pretty basic exercises – if you did them on the ground. It is 10 times harder on a trampoline because you will have to battle the trampoline springs to maintain your balance and your speed.

Yeah, we fell. Hard. Multiple times.

After 30 minutes of cardio exercises, we moved on to core exercises for the remainder of the 60-minute class. Core exercises, such as sit-ups and planking, were relatively easy at the start. But the intensity increased to drop dead difficult towards the end.

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WE PRETTY MUCH LOOKED LIKE THIS MOST OF THE TIME.

Overall, the class was a super fun experience. I definitely recommend bringing a friend along or booking an entire class for your clique. The trampoline makes the idea of working out fun yet entertaining, because where else can you experience odd exercises, such as galloping like a horse and doing a fish flop?

Azra and I couldn't stop laughing most of the time because being at a trampoline park helped us to unleash our wilder, playful side. We LOL-ed so hard when I got hit by a dodgeball, just like the movies.

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I GOT SMACKED BY A DODGEBALL 12 TIMES WHILE DOING SIT-UPS.

I also loved how easy-going the instructor was. At times, she would correct my form without making me feel as if I was a total loser for not knowing basic exercise forms. Although the class got more intense, the pacing was manageable for this fitness noob.

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BUT I WAS IN LEGIT PAIN AT THE END OF THE CLASS…
PHOTO CREDITS: YOUTH.SG/ANISAH AZMI

Based on the amount of aching I suffered the day after, I can confirm that the class was a success in improving my fitness. My calves, shoulders, and muscles were cursing at me for attending the class.

All in all, Bounce Fit is definitely noob approved! If you are bored of hitting the gym or are looking to inject some fun into your workouts, Bounce Fit is going to make you jump for joy without any regrets.

We're giving away two sets of five-session multipass, thanks to BOUNCE inc! Check out our Facebook page for more details.