Give your workout a jump with Skyrobics


Instructor Brandon Myles warms up a SkyRobics class at the Sky Zone in Torrance. Cardio, core and bodywork will soon follow.

"They integrate pushups, planks, all kinds of things," said Palos Verdes Estates resident Katrina Goldberg.

Goldberg takes Pilates and teaches yoga, but loves this workout's variety.

"Something different that keeps my interest, that surprises my muscles," said Goldberg.

"It's the most fun, dynamic and efficient workout in the world today," said Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park creator Rick Platt.

Platt says you don't have to be an expert. Extreme athletes exercise right alongside novices, burning up to 1,000 calories per hour. One person to a trampoline to start, then they use the entire playing field, literally bouncing off the walls.

"It doesn't take much to get a workout on the trampoline," said instructor Brandon Myles.

Bounding down the court is surprisingly difficult. A few times up and back torches loads of calories. But since the workout's low-impact, it reaches those who really need it.

"Most of the obese or sedentary people have joint pains, bad knees, bad back," said Myles.

Studies indicate that rebounding also increases circulation, along with being a pretty fun way to exercise.

For those who need a little bit more challenge to their workouts, how about a game of 3-D dodge ball, where you can dip, dive, dunk, slam, let the fat fly and the fun flow?

"Instead of playing it on the ground, you're playing it on the ground and five, 10, 15 feet in the air and off the walls," said Platt.

Anyone can come to one of three Southern California Sky Zone locations and get into a pickup game. Due to growing popularity, the 3-D dodge ball playoffs were held recently. And on November 10-11, 21 teams will head to Torrance for televised championships, competing for part of $100,000 in prize money.

But if competition and classes aren't your style, $14 will get you in for a bit of freestyle, or a chance to try the "sky basket," or practice your favorite moves into the foam pit.

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