Like most people who make their New Year’s Resolutions to focus on health and exercising more, I had been looking for a fun and unique cardio exercise to start the year off right. When I came across the Boogie Bounce trampoline class at Studio 8 Fitness in Ventura, I knew this was something I couldn’t pass up. As I recall, I was a kid the last time I bounced on a trampoline.

Boogie Bounce was founded in 1996 by Jenny Belcher, who resides in the Midlands in England. Classes are currently available in 13 countries. Coincidentally, Belcher was in town to teach instructor training to Studio 8 Fitness owners Lauren Boross and Sarah Houseman, and I knew I couldn’t miss the opportunity to have a class taught from the master herself.

“Sarah and I saw it [at Fix Expo in Los Angeles] last January and we knew we had to do this, we are completely obsessed,” Boross said.

Boogie Bounce is suitable for all ages, shapes and sizes, is held five times a week for 45 minutes and is performed on a mini trampoline with T-bar handles. The program consists of a high intensity interval training (HIIT) cardio section to burn fat, followed by a toning section that works the butt, stomach and thighs. Believe me, I felt it.

Belcher said that every muscle in the body is worked, including facial muscles. Oh, and there is new choreography every eight weeks, so it’s not always the same routine.

“We’re spreading the bouncing love,” Belcher said. “It’s really a gym on legs and a one-stop gym. It’s the ultimate in getting fit.”

Out of all the fitness instructors I’ve ever had, Belcher had the most energy, encouragement and positivity. Her cheers and the class cheers encouraged me to do even better as we did moves such as stomping, frogging and even the spread eagle into the air. I never felt rushed or worn out and could keep up with the routine easily.

“Leave the bounce out and concentrate on the moves,” Belcher advised me before class. “Don’t put bounce in until you get the steps down.” 

Even the people at NASA say that bouncing is “the most efficient and effective exercise yet devised by man.” Studies by NASA scientists show that bouncing around on a mini trampoline is 68 percent more effective than jogging and requires less effort. Belcher told me that depending on how hard a person works out, a person can burn anywhere from 300 to 800 calories. Woah!

There are health benefits to trampolining as well, including increased metabolism, calorie burn and weight loss, cellulite reduction, relieving stress and improving the lymphatic system.

“You feel like a kid again,” Belcher said. “You were born to bounce and we are trying to teach the world to bounce in perfect harmony.”

As the saying goes, I got a bounce in my step.

Studio 8 Fitness is located at 1744 E. Main St. in Ventura. For information about hours, classes and pricing, call 805-667-9035 or visit www.studio8ventura.com.