I have no introduction to this video. No words that will do it justice.
Put away whatever you’re doing, pause your life, and watch watch watch:
Okay, how are you feeling? Confused? Intrigued? Instantly obsessed? All of the above?
I felt all of the above. I needed that bouncy, trampoline-y contraption and I needed it in my life.
But I had no idea what it was. And this concerned me. I am the fitness editor! I am supposed to be aware of all fitnessy trends. Especially fitness trends that are on CRACK, like this one.
I started clicking on related videos. Related videos called things like “BIG JUMPING PARTY”, with random people yelling random European things and going absolutely crazy on trampolines and wearing glow sticks and devil horns:
So. What is this jumpy magic? And how can we get involved?
It’s called, mysteriously enough, Jumping Fitness. And it’s a trampoline revolution that was launched in the Czech Republic in the year 2001. 17-year-old Jana and 21-year-old Tomas were bored of the same old fitness and aerobics classes and decided to invent something EPIC instead.
As Jana says on the website:
“I remember it quite well. Once, our friend came to me and Tom. She wanted an advice; how to lose weight; and she mentioned that she has a small trampoline at home. And in that moment, we knew we found what we need. We spent days and nights thinking about it, we fixed handlebars and other possible and impossible things on the trampoline. Finally, we developed the first model of our trampoline. That time it was 100 cm in diameter with covered metal springs, and was quite heavy.”
At first, they only held lessons for their family and friends. But soon, news of the trampolining madness spread throughout their little Czech town – and before long, everyone in town was taking part and also getting ridiculously fit and developing incredibly strong pelvic floors (trampolines are hard work, kids).
Alas, the Europeans like to keep the best things to themselves. And so it’s only now that jumping fitness videos are starting to go viral and we’re finally being made aware of the amazingness of the sport. Slowly, slowly, it’s filtering out of the Czech Republic and into other countries – Canada, Kuwait, Israel and the USA.