SkyRobics uses a trampoline for a heart-pumping workout
If you can’t remember the last time you sprang onto a trampoline, a great way to refamiliarize yourself with one is through SkyRobics.
Held at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Fishers, SkyRobics is a low-impact workout that combines calisthenics, core exercises and strength-building moves performed inside a wall-to-wall trampoline “arena.”
“It appeals to a wide variety,” says Sky Zone co-owner and SkyRobics instructor Jaime Martino. “It appeals to fitness nuts because it’s a good supplement to their normal workout. It’s also good for people who haven’t done anything in a while. It’s a fun exercise.”
True to her claim, it’s not uncommon to see smiles and hear lots of laughs coming from participants who may altogether forget they’re exercising.
Shape magazine recently featured SkyRobics as one of America’s best workouts. Sky Zone LLC, which operates locations across the country, claims you can burn up to 1,000 calories per hour.
The arena is divided into 24 squares with one participant per square. The hour-long class starts with stretching and basic jumps. Then class members might pair up and throw a medicine ball back and forth while jumping.
The bulk of the class centers on minute-long circuits set up in stations around the perimeter. These can include side planks, jumping jacks, rear leg kicks while on all fours, and wall sits, among many other moves that vary from class to class.
“We try to mix it up each class so it stays fresh and people don’t get bored,” Martino says. “Most of the workout is about getting your heart rate up and keeping that intensity.”
After the circuits, each person bounces from square to square and sprints from one end to the other. Crunches and stretching round out the sessions.
Though some may be intimidated by the unstable surface, Martino points out that there are modifications available to suit all levels.
“That’s definitely the biggest challenge as an instructor,” she says. She wants to keep the moves difficult enough so that people get a real workout, but not make them so hard that participants don’t return.
Lisa Deno of Indianapolis calls SkyRobics a “blast.”
“It’s focusing on the calisthenics that I do anyway,” she says. “I keep my knees and abs bent and work on my core more that way.”
Noblesville resident Karen Crowe says SkyRobics helps break the monotony of her regular workout routine.
“It’s not some sweaty health club,” she says. “I have to have cardio, and this is good cardio.”
It took some getting used to the instability of the trampoline, Deno and Crowe say.
“There’s always that little fear; then you get it under control,” Crowe says.
Though SkyRobics only debuted earlier this year, the demand has already been so high that more classes have been added to the schedule. More may still be added, Martino expects.
To keep attendance at a manageable number, each class is capped at 16 participants. Tickets must be purchased at the facility; at this point, they are not available online. Each class is $12, and a 10-class punch ticket also is offered.
“It’s one of those things where you don’t realize you’re getting a great workout,” Martino says, “and you’re smiling the entire time. It gives people the confidence to say, ‘I’m more athletic than I thought I was.’”
Sky Zone is located at 10080 E. 121st St., Suite 182, in Fishers.
For more information and a class schedule, log on indianapolis.skyzonesports.com.