If you read my goals for 2017 ( which you can read here) one of them was to get fit. Me and my friend usually go out for dessert but as that is off the cards we decided to try out Bounce Peterborough which has been open for a few months. We booked a slot online and then they sent us a form to fill out and advised us to print out our booking. The last time I was on a trampoline was back when I was at school, so I was excited to be reminded of my childhood. My plan was to treat this as an hour work out and burn as many calories as possible while having fun.
On arrival at Bounce Peterborough we were given our mandatory socks which you had to purchase a long with a blue wristband (which we found out was to show what time we had arrived and how long we had booked for). We were then directed to a white room with benches and a tv, where we had to watch a short safety video. The door was then open to the trampoline park, which was a lot bigger than I had expected. We then worked out where the lockers were as no one directed us to them, they required a pound which was retained, it stated if you wanted to go back in your locker to go the cafe and get a token to put in it. I think it would have been nice if this had been explained as part of the safety video rather than having to work it out ourselves and reading the fine print on the inside of the lockers. Also you could ensure you had a pound ready before getting to the lockers.
We chose to go at 6pm which was a mistake as there was a lot of kids at this time, bouncing from trampoline to trampoline. The minimum age for Bounce Peterborough is 3 years old, however I feel that this is too young. There was certain activities that you had to que up for and certain kids did not understand this and jumped in front of you. However some parents were great and explained to their kids that they had to wait their turn. I think next time I go I will choose a later time to avoid the kids. Bounce Peterborough also were running an adult only session that night but as this was our first visit we didn’t realise this was on.
As well as the trampolines there was also other activities including dropping into a foam pit, basketball, dodge ball and longer trampolines which you could run along. I did try a couple of these but my favourite was a very bouncy trampoline and a fake wall which lit up, the aim was to hit the targets with one being quite high up and required a good bounce to reach. I really enjoyed this as it felt like a mini work out and I enjoyed trying to hit all the targets however my shoulders now hurt due to over stretching to reach the top target. I was impressed to see that there was other things to do a apart from just bounce on the trampolines, it meant that children didn’t get bored and you also didn’t have to just stand around and wait for a trampoline to become free. Once your hour was up, a member of the Bounce staff used a megaphone and announced based on your colour band that it was time to leave.
One of my goals for 2017 was to get fitter, so I thought trampolining would help me with this. I didn’t realise how physically demanding bouncing up and down was, within a few minutes I had to take a break. As I write this two days after visiting ( I went on the last Saturday in January 2017), my body is still aching in places that have never ached before. I only went for an hour which was enough time for my first visit. Bounce Peterborough also does a fitness class a few times a week which I plan to attend once I have improved my fitness as I am pretty sure I won’t be able to sit down every five minutes like I did on Saturday night.
I really enjoyed my experience of Bounce in Peterborough, it was a lot bigger than I thought it was and there was plenty to do. I went with a friend and we both had a right laugh at how unfit we were compared to all the kids happily running around. I think it’s a great way to spend some time with friends and burn of calories at the same time. Like I said earlier next time I will try to book a later slot to avoid there being so many kids as I think it’s also unfair on them if there are lots of adults around. Let me know if you have been to Bounce and what you thought of it. I would love to hear from you if you have already tried the fitness class.