Now there’s a new way to work out, it’s called the bungee workout, and it is a fast-growing fitness craze. There have been viral videos all over Facebook and YouTube of this new form of fitness. It’s easy to see why, too – why just work out when you can

Many people work out, every day, in one form or another. Whether it is lifting kids up and down stairs, going to the gym, or running. Now they can have a blast while doing so.

In these viral videos, we see people having fun, working out, and flying. They make it look fun and easy. But is it?

You get to defy gravity, experience weightlessness and have fun doing it. Also, you work up a sweat during the bungee workout. Bungee workouts are great for those who are overweight, have joint issues, or back problems but still want to work out. The bungee allows them movement without hurting themselves. Not only that, the bungee workout is good for athletes and military members looking for physical rehabilitation. There are moves that can be done to stimulate certain muscles or areas of the body without the added joint pressure.

Bungee isn’t just for circus or dance acts anymore. This new form of working out will make you laugh and work your body at the same time. How cool would it be to hang from the ceiling while getting in a cardio workout and create flowing movements in the air? What’s stopping you?

What is the Bungee Workout

Bungee jumping has been a fascination to risk takers and thrill seekers around the globe. Now the fitness world is taking it one step further. What is a bungee workout anyway? Basically, it is a gravity-defying exercise program that uses a resistant bungee cord. These ropes are suspended from the ceiling, allowing users easy movement. It is a mix of aerial training, dance, and fitness with some acrobatic fun thrown in.

It looks easy, but don’t let them fool you. This type of workout is going to make you feel clumsy.

But where did the bungee workout originate? The use of the bungee came from Bangkok, Thailand. One of the theater programs would hold bungee workout classes to help tone the core and other muscles in the body. The group Stories to Tales would post their workout videos online. In them, you can see people literally bouncing off the walls. Here’s a beautiful performance showing just how much core strength you need for a bungee workout.

Bungee Fitness, Learn to Fly!

Whoever said you can’t learn to fly like Peter Pan obviously never took a bungee workout class. According to Christine Longe Founder, CEO and Owner of The Aviary, “Aerial fitness is the adult answer to your childhood dreams of flying. It’s an incredible way to tone your body, getting you to use muscle groups you never work in a traditional gym workout.”

Who wouldn’t want to do that? Bungee fitness brings back memories of being on the playground and hanging upside down on the jungle gym. The bungee workout programs are not just for already fit people. Their are classes for all levels of fitness.

Participants can be seen in a hip harness that goes through both legs. It then goes around the waist and clips into the bungee cord suspended from the ceiling.

Exercise with strings attached

The cool thing about the bungee workout is the aerial moves. It feels like dancing and flying with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell. But don’t let it deceive you. The lunges, planks, and sit-ups in between each aerial will have you screaming for a break.

Yes, it takes some upper strength to be able to pull off some of the moves. However, after a couple of classes, you will find your strength returning. Each class is easy to follow. The instructors give clear verbal cues, as well as hands-on assistance. Also, who could pass up the benefits of a bungee workout;

  • Increased strength
  • Keeps you mentally engaged
  • Makes you aware of your body
  • Decompression
  • Let’s you feel like a kid

Exercising with strings attached is definitely out of anyone’s comfort zone. Don’t let that intimidate you, because Bungee Fitness helps everyone become adequate with aerial moves. Their classes are even good for kids over the age of 12. Each bungee cord is sized to the person. They go by height, weight, and strength level.

Finding a Bungee Workout Class

After seeing how much fun everyone is having, your first question is most likely: where can I find a bungee workout class near me? Just go to Google or Bing and type in “bungee fitness classes near me” to see what comes up. Try your city directory websites, too. For myself, there are several in my area. Davidson Fitness Center in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, as well as Anytime Fitness in Waynesville and Rolla.  Whichever city, state, or country you live in, there is sure to be something for you!

Bungee workout class prices

Each bungee workout class may vary in price. Some gyms may offer packages. Some classes are $20-$30 each, where a package could range from $75-$125. It really depends on which gym you go to. Make sure to check out the websites for each bungee fitness program nearby. They will usually have the prices of their classes offered.

Crunch Fitness, Bungee Flight

Looking for a great group class? Look no further than Crunch Fitness! Their motto is “no judgments.” It doesn’t matter what shape you’re in, what size you are, nor your fitness level, Crunch Fitness is for everyone. Their manifesto reads as follows;

There are no judgments here — No too much or not enough. No glares of disapproval. Here we keep open minds. We are nurturers. We seek only to encourage, empower, and entertain.

What we are is a diverse community. what we have is a culture of fun; what there is, is room for everyone: all kinds of people with all kinds of goals who’ve chosen to come reach them with us.

Crunch. No Judgments.

Who could say no to that? Also, they have bungee workout classes. It is fun, challenging, and definitely gives you a workout. According to a video from ABC7 News, they say: “it’s cardio, it’s strength, it’s abs, and you get to fly!” Crunch Fitness is the first gym to offer bungee workout programs in the U.S.

Let’s Fly High with Bungee Workouts

Bungee workouts are a great way to get in a total body workout, as well as cardio. Don’t be scared if you’re new to bungee or haven’t worked out in quite a while; bungee is for everyone. With the help of resistance bungee cords, you’re able to fly high and work out. You’ll learn core moves and aerial flight through the help of your instructor or gym leader.

Bungee workouts make working out fun again. Sure, they make you apprehensive at first. But once you get used to it, the daredevil in you comes out. Not sure where to go for a bungee class? Check out Google to find a bungee workout class near you. Don’t forget; these classes are better in groups. Bring your friends or family members and work out together. Whether you’re working on your form or strengthening your core, a bungee workout is for you! Still don’t believe me, check out this video below for more proof.

 

Featured Image: Screen capture, by WCCO-CBS Minnesota, via YouTube