Flight Deck Trampoline Park, in west Fort Worth near Ridgmar Mall, is not only giving local kids a new take on backyard trampolines, but it is giving adults a jump on their fitness routine.The park, a massive warehouse-style space, houses more than 90 trampolines, a foam pit, dodge ball courts, a child care area and a workout area for vertical aerobics classes.“Our vertical aerobics classes take metabolic training, functional movements and core strengthening exercises and put them all together for one total body workout,” said Crystal Apodaca, fitness director at Flight Deck. “The trampolines allow you to get a more intense cardio and strength workout, and even go deeper in your stretches. It’s harder intensity but easier on your joints.”Not totally sure what to expect, I showed up a bit early for the class. I was greeted with upbeat, fun music and an inviting scene that made me want to leave my age at the door and just run around like a kid again.“Everyone has memories of jumping on trampolines as kids,” Apodaca said. “A lot of people associate trampolines with injury, though, because they remember getting a foot caught in the springs on backyard trampolines, but here we’ve taken that concern out of the equation with our foam mats that line each trampoline.”Having taken another trampoline aerobics class in the past, I have to admit I was a little intimidated before taking the class at Flight Deck. Despite the fact that I’m a CrossFit junkie, runner and dancer, the trampoline class I had participated in before — although very fun and adaptable to any level — still made me feel a little out of shape. “We practice multi-plane training,” Apodaca said. “Including functional movements in your workout decreases your chances of injury and prepares you for everyday life.”I took off my shoes, stole one more sip of water and began the warm up. We started at the wall with various calf stretches, calf raises and other simple exercises to warm up our muscles. After that we moved to the trampolines. Everyone claimed his or her own trampoline, and we followed along in a series of jumps and bounces that gave us a good cardiovascular warm up.We started with simple bounces in place, warming up our ankles and leg muscles. Soon we took to doing side-to-side jumps, forward-to-back and running in place on the trampolines. Jumping jacks, jump-and-tucks and more were included just to get our blood flowing and to get us ready for the more intense strength and cardio movements to come.After 15 minutes or so, we moved over to one of the walls with trampolines that extended from the floor, diagonally up the wall. Still standing on our own trampolines, we performed a series of squat and throws with the medicine balls, using the trampoline wall to bounce the ball back into our hands before doing another squat.Next we took the medicine ball, extended overhead in both hands, squatted and threw it down at our feet for it to bounce back up into our hands and over our head again.We finished the series with a plank on the trampolines that we held for one minute. We repeated this series twice before moving onto partner work that focused on core strengthening and stability.By this time I was sweating. I was already sore from a previous workout that weekend, and I could tell that I was using every muscle group. This is definitely not just a cardio or legs workout. This class is total-body, head-to-toe fitness.Wrapping up our second round of the exercises at our first station, we took a quick water break before heading to one of the dodge ball courts where a few long heavy ropes were on the ground. At our second station, we worked in small groups using the heavy ropes and medicine balls for exercises that tripled in cardio, strength and core stabilization. Two or three rounds of exercises here had us all breathing hard and congratulating each other. We walked back over to the main jumping area where we cooled down and stretched. There was one thing during this class that I wasn’t expecting, and it’s the team atmosphere. The support and encouragement from the instructor and other class members is almost tangible.There was laughter during the class as we bounced around. Smiles were almost constant throughout the class. The workout is challenging but customizable to any fitness level, and the reward of completing the intense 50-minute routine is worth it. I can see why people want to come back again and again. It’s truly fun.
Flight Deck Trampoline Park
• 7751 Scott St., Fort Worth
• 817-246-2710; flightdecktrampolinepark.com
Vertical aerobics classes take place 9-9:50 a.m. and 8-8:50 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, and 8:30-9:20 a.m. Saturdays.
Single class: $14.99; packages: $68.99-$419.99 Minimum age is 14. Class size limit is 25. Drop-ins are allowed, but to reserve a spot, visit the website and click on “vertical aerobics.”
Note: Supervised child care for children ages 3-10 is provided for $3 during the adult classes.
Flight Deck open house
9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday
Free smoothies, demonstrations, goodie bags, nutritional advice and free passes. Get information about new hours, classes and pricing.