Faced with a dreary Thursday afternoon during so-called British springtime, the SoGlos team was looking forward to bouncing those rainy-day blues away at Airborne Trampoline Park.
As it turns out, an hour’s bouncing, battle beaming, ball shooting and battling a Ninja Run is the perfect remedy, putting a spring in our step – quite literally – and a big smile on our faces.
Whilst our group encompassed toddlers to adults, we were all as clueless about the world of trampolining as each other, and a quick safety briefing and introduction was definitely needed to avoid any injuries!
Needless to say, our young jumpers were particularly excited and impatient to get jumping – and thanks to Airborne’s efficient team and witty video, the safety briefing was quick, painless and child-friendly.
Before we knew it, we had our special Airborne socks on, and were let loose to go wild in the sea of trampolines…
Pushing fears of black eyes to the back of our minds, the SoGlos team jumped right into the thick of it, with Airborne’s upbeat soundtrack getting everyone into the mood and unleashing our inner child, as we bounced to the sounds of ‘Jump Around’, ‘MMMBop’, and ‘Uptown Funk’.
Maybe we exerted ourselves a bit too much in our excitement, but we were working up a sweat within minutes and were definitely tiring after a while – showing our ages, as the little ones were jumping away with endless energy and no signs of slowing down!
The open space was perfect for jumping to your heart’s content, racing from one trampoline to another, doing tricks (congratulations to Sophie B who mastered some moves!), or just having a gentle bounce.
There was much more than just jumping on offer at Airborne, with the team getting stuck into the more competitive activities – keeping things friendly, of course!
Equally addictive were the reaction wall and basketball hoops; the former testing your speed and jumping abilities to see how many lights you can hit, and the latter offering the chance to shoot some hoops with a difference.
Meanwhile, it’s lucky that the SoGlos team get on well, as the battle beam involved balancing on a plank and trying to knock your opponent into a pit of foam – which could definitely have got heated otherwise!
While it looked a little daunting, we couldn’t resist the chance to race over obstacles, balance on beams and test our nerve by taking on Airborne’s famous Ninja Run – how hard could it really be?
Ominous squidgy domes were the first obstacle, each one wobblier than the one before, but we found that the trick was take these on at speed, whilst there were swinging steps up next, and be warned – these look deceivingly easy!
The area proved perfect for little daredevils, with cushioned flooring in case of a gentle tumble – although, the little ones in our group had no trouble at all, swinging from the army net bags, scaling the heights of the climbing ridge and making the course look like a breeze! We couldn’t say the same for us grown-ups.
With a timer at the start so you can race against your team mates, the Ninja Run encourages plenty of competitive fun, although in our case, we’ll need a bit more practice before we set any records.
After an hour of air time, we had certainly burned off some steam and were ready for a cup of tea and a sit down – although the kids would definitely have loved a second hour.
Whether you want to have fun with friends or workmates, take your fitness in an exciting new direction, or tire out the kids, Airborne’s fun facilities are perfect, getting a firm thumbs up from all of us.
We left feeling happy, harbouring resolutions to go back and tackle the Airburn fitness class – watch this space … and wish us luck!
Monday 22 May 2017
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