Greg Roe is doing push-ups on a trampoline. (Photo courtesy of 'Jumped Trampoline Fit Club')

Have Fun While Getting in Shape at Jumped Trampoline Fit Club


JANUARY 15, 2017

Jakarta. "No pain, no gain." You must have heard this saying a lot from physical education teachers and gym instructors. The saying basically means that you cannot possibly win anything, get fit or lose weight, if you do not go all out.

But let's be honest. We all want to avoid pain if we can, don't we?

The newly opened Jumped Trampoline Fit Club in Tangerang, Banten, offers exercise that is both enjoyable and healthy.

The club, which occupies 650 square meters in Scientia Square Park in Gading Serpong, Tangerang, opened its doors on Friday (13/01).

"We're proud to proclaim that it is the first outdoor trampoline club in Asia," said Faiby Jauw Kartadinata, a representative of Manna Sukses Bersama, which owns and operates the club.

The club offers 45 international-standard trampolines, each measuring 2.35 meters by 2.35 meters.

All activities on the trampolines are closely monitored by coaches, who are all trained and directly supervised by Canadian trampolinist and acrobatic performance specialist Greg Roe.

"I've been jumping on a trampoline since I was 5 years old," Roe said. "I liked the idea of jumping in the air and being free. And then, I learned to make a career out of it."

Roe, who studied kinesiology at the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto, was a Canadian national athlete. He later coached the national team before starting his own consulting business in trampolining.

"Trampolining enhances your body's strength, balance and flexibility," Roe said. "And you'll enjoy every single moment of it."

But of course, you cannot get all the benefits overnight.

The coach emphasizes the need to start trampolining step by step under the guidance of an experienced coach.

"You can have fun from day one and that's the beauty of it," he said. "But the real benefits are a little bit further down the road. So, start from the bottom and work your way up slowly."

For beginners, coaches will teach you how to jump and land safely on both feet on the trampoline.

"It may seem like nothing, but it is a lot harder than it seems," Roe said.

Unlike other sports, which mainly use the body's larger muscles, trampolining trains your smaller muscles, which are rarely exercised.

"It'll greatly improve your balance, coordination and stability in the long run," he said.

In latter stages, coaches will encourage you to do simple aerobic and cardio exercises on the trampoline. At advanced stages, students can even do somersaults and other complicated acrobatics while jumping on the trampoline.

Trampolining can also help you lose weight.

"If you do it regularly, twice a week, and maintain a healthy diet, you can easily lose one pound [about half a kilogram] every week," Roe said.

To prevent injuries, all participants must wear a special pair of rubber-sole socks while on the trampoline. They must also abstain from eating for at least two hours prior to trampolining.

"I think it's a great new option of exercise [in Jakarta]," said Dr. Grace Tumbelaka, an orthopedist, who attended the club's opening. "Trampolining is serious exercise, but it's so much fun at the same time. And we can do it with the whole family and have great quality time together."

The club is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.