Anyone else have House of Pain in their head now? I came to get down / So get out your seats and jump around / Jump around / Jump up, jump up and get down. No, just me? Well, I had that song stuck in my head all day this past Sunday because that’s exactly what I was doing. Jumping around….at a trampoline park!
“A what?!?!?” you ask. A trampoline park, and yes, it is as awesome as it sounds. And yes, those are trampolines on the walls too. Apparently there are a bunch of different companies operating around the U.S., but in the Metro DC area, they all appear to be under the Sky Zone brand.
Sky Zone claims to be the world’s first indoor trampoline park and the inventors of “fun fitness.” While I don’t know if any of those claims are true, I can attest to the fact that it’s fun and I definitely felt like I was working on my fitness. And this chick on their website certainly appears to be enjoying herself. Although, word to the wise: wear workout clothes, not jeans!
Does anyone else think it looks like most of the people in mid-jump were photshopped into the picture? I swear at least five of them are photoshopped in….
According to various fitness calculators, I only burned around 72 calories for the half-hour I was jumping around, but it felt like a heck of a lot more and I had a ton of sore muscles the next day. In fact, numerous articles on trampolining (yeah, I was surprised that’s a real word too) cite a NASA study that found that 10 minutes of bouncing on a trampoline is a more efficient cardio workout than over 30 minutes of running. As someone who hates running, score 1 for the trampoline!
So how’s it work? With Sky Zone you can buy trampoline time by the 1/2 hour or hour. You select your date and time and then buy the tickets online. Since the open trampoline area is divided into squares and only one person is allowed per square, buying tickets in advance for a designated day and time ensures that they don’t oversell tickets beyond their capacity. It was $11 for 1/2 hour and $14 for an hour (but there’s a $2 service fee added and when you get there you have to buy their special socks to wear, which adds another$1). Still, pretty affordable for a half-hour or hour of fun, especially in the DC area. We selected a 1/2 hour time slot just to be safe. I think Matt was easily done by the end of our time, but I could definitely have kept going.
There are different areas of the park: a dodgeball area (yes dodgeball on a trampoline), the open trampoline area, a foam pit area, and a dunking station. These posed pics are also from Sky Zone’s website.
I definitely suggest you give a trampoline park a try. Matt and I went to celebrate my birthday, followed by pizza, a big cookie, and 2 scoops of ice cream (yep, I turned 35 and had the birthday party of a 5 year old…). But this activity would be great as a workout, an escape from your usual weekend shenanigans, or a social event/gathering with friends that doesn’t revolve around food.
Have you ever been to a trampoline park? Are there other types of activity “parks” out there that you’d recommend?