Trampoline your way to a better bod

August 31, 2009 3:24:32 PM PDT
The ideal exercise gets you in shape, but is so much fun that you forget you're working out. And that might just be the case with trampolines. Maybe you have or had one in your backyard. And yes, it's fun to jump up and down. But it's also a terrific cardio workout, and it's a mental one, especially if you're a little afraid of flying.

Peter Kormann is used to the up and down of a trampoline. He started jumping on one when he was 10. The, he went onto become the first American to win a medal for gymnastics in the Olympics. Now, he teaches at Chelsea Piers.

And while most students are kids, there are some adults. Instructor Hector Salazar is a trampoline champion.

"The most important thing is to teach them how to stop," he said.

Stopping is all about bending the knees, but it's not quite as easy as it might look. There are a number of different moves to master, and a harness prevents you from falling on your head.

It's so much fun, you can get hooked.

No prior experience is needed. And while you might not come away with a gold medal, you will get a great workout.

There is a beginners only class on Wednesday, September 2 at noon. The beginner/intermediate class is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at noon and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.

Intermediate classes are held Monday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. Advanced/Elite classes are Monday and Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

Apparatus classes (for all levels) are Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

All classes are 90 minutes long and cost $28 per class. You can also purchase a 10-class pack for $190 or a 20-class pack for $360.

For more information, call the Chelsea Field House at 212-336-6500.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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