WEEKLY WORKOUT: Skyzone Skyrobics
It’s called Skyzone. And it’s 15,000 square feet of fun that will take you back to your childhood.
Whether it’s dodge ball, basketball or aerobics, Skyzone has something for everyone.
“I love selling the adult tickets,” says General Manager, John McLeran. “It gives them a chance to be a kid again.”
Skyzone is made up of a network of trampolines. They make for a low impact, high intensity workout.
“The main court is like a grown-up playground,” says McLeran.
It’s also were we try Skyrobics.
“You can literally do anything you can do in a normal fitness routine, on a trampoline,” says Wellness Manager, Dave Warburton. “It’s actually harder.”
Warburton is the Skyrobics instructor. Like any aerobics class, it begins with a warm-up. We start with jumping jacks and scissor kicks. This may look easy, but maintaining your balance is a little tricky and forces you to engage your core.
“Every time you’re on a trampoline, there’s give and take. So every single muscle in the body is having to work,” says Warburton.
After some stretching, the real work begins. We’re separated into two groups. While one group does jumping jacks, the other climbs the walls of the giant trampoline. It requires timing, strength and stamina.
“The more muscles you use, the more calories you burn,” says Warburton.
It also takes some coordination. Don’t be surprised if you wipe out on your first few attempts at Skyrobics. At least it’s a soft landing, which also makes this workout joint-friendly.
“That’s what’s so amazing about the fitness side of it. Its low impact,” says McLeran. “If you have problems with your knees, it’s much softer.”
That makes this workout ideal for people of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels. But it doesn’t make it any easier. At this point, we’re sweating buckets and sucking air. And after a brief water break, it’s back to work. This time, the cardio work includes hopping, skipping and running across the length of the trampoline. We are now toast and our legs feel like jam.
“So, just the muscle endurance you get out of it, cardio you get out of it, it’s tremendously harder,” says Warburton.
Yes, it’s hard. But it’s also fun. And that will keep you coming back for more.