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Jumpin' Jumpin'

Jumping is the latest fitness craze to sweep the world, and now it's here in Egypt. Using a trampoline and your own body's weight, the workout combines high effectiveness with a great time…

What would you say if I told you that you can get an awesome work out from just jumping on a trampoline? You’d probably call me a liar, but Jumping is a new and rapidly spreading exercise regime that is taking gyms worldwide by storm. Jumping is all about using the trampoline and your body’s own weight to get a cardiovascular workout that works.

“Jumping was founded by fitness instructor Tomáš Buriánek in 2001 in the Czech Republic,” says Hatem Sorour, founder of Jumping Egypt. Following in the same vein as high-intensity cardio workouts such as Crossfit and spinning, Buriánek and his partner Jana Svobodová were looking to create an exercise system that combined an intense workout with an activity that was fun and accessible. Sorour describes it as a way to “cut the boredom out” of traditional workouts.

Jumping claims to be three times more effective than jogging, and is supposed to involve more than 400 muscles, a claim which is, according to Sorour, backed by studies undertaken by the Ministry of Health in the Czech Republic.

Each Jumping session takes 60 minutes, and involves a variety of different jumps and poses that seek to get as much work out of every muscle possible. Sorour claims that “Egyptian people are now much more aware of their fitness,” and he believes that Jumping fits right into what the average Egyptian wants in a workout.

Jumping workouts take place on specially designed PRODI trampolines that provide plenty of spring, and are weighted so that they will not shift position on every bounce. All ten instructors have been specially trained by Jumping’s master instructor to provide training to customers as well as possible. Before instructor’s can be certified, they must complete an intensive 2 day course as well as a theoretical and practical exam. According to Sorour, this means that the instructors will be able to help anyone of any skill level to take their workout as far as possible.

Sorour and his team provide three levels of workout; Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced, and there are plans to expand this with classes for children and seniors. Sorour believes that Jumping can be a safe way for seniors to get some exercise due to its low-impact nature.

Workouts come and workouts go, and it can be easy to dismiss things of this nature as a passing fad, but it’s not so easy to call Jumping just a flash in the pan. It appears to be taking the world by storm, and you can’t argue with that.

If you want to find out more, check out Jumping Egypt’s Facebook page, and their website.


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