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New Fitness Craze Comes to Local Gym

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — You’ve probably experienced the workout rut. You know when you just keep doing the same routine over and over again and just get bored with it.

We found a very unique workout routine happening right here in Lane County, and we just had to take the class ourselves to find out what this new craze is all about.

The workout world is filled with new and unique ways to stay in shape and burn off those calories. Now there’s a new craze hop skotching it’s way across Europe, onto the East Coast, and it’s finally landed reached the Pacific Northwest.

“I am the only one in Oregon,” said Trevor VanIderstine, Bounce Fitness Instructor.

Van Iderstine is the only one teaching Bounce Fitness at Courtsports in Springfield.

“You look down and you are drenched with sweat and you’re like, ‘Hey, I’m burning calories but having fun the whole time,'” VanIderstine said.

“I have always been a little adventurous and I like to try new things, and I feel like this is another thing to try,” said Kerri Bramstedt.

“It’s fun, but I am scared I might fall over,” said Heather Young.

For some it’s scary, and for others it’s a lesson in comedy.

“You have to be able to laugh at yourself all the time,” Bramstedt said.

The boots are called Kangaoo Jumps, and they kind of look like roller blades. You just put your foot in, snap yourself in, and let the bouncing begin. It’s a mix between Zumba, step and strength training. It’s the world’s lowest impact shoe, and they absorb with 80 percent of your impact. When you bounce, the bottom flattens out, which makes it safe and protects against injuries.

“I wore a heart monitor one time and burned between 800 and 1,000 calories in an hour, and by the time I was done I felt fine and went for a run when I was done,” VanIderstine said.

And 15 minutes in we were all feeling the burn.

“I can’t believe it’s only 7:15. I have a sideache,” said Heather Young.

VanIderstine bought all of the boots and teaches the class three days a week, so how did our class fare?

“I am dying. That’s all I have to say this is a workout,” Young said.

The class pushed some to our limits, but it seems well worth the cardio pain, and when we’re called up for our moon walks we might just be ready to defy gravity.

The class is taught Monday and Thursdays. You can join the gym or pay $10 per class if you just want to check it out.

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