Exercise enthusiasts are flying high for bungee fitness, a low impact cardio-focused workout that engages core strength, balance and mobility while attached to an overhead elastic suspension harness. As the method continues to grow in popularity, more and more studios are opening throughout the country, including Flyte Bungee, which recently opened in Rockland County and offers all level classes for women only.
According to trainers at Flyte Bungee, the fitness routine requires the same level of exertion as high intensity workouts but is considerably easier on the joints. Bungees pull against gravity and require stability and strength for the user to stay on the ground, while the jumping and bouncing stimulates cardio bursts that elevate heart rates. Add the balancing component and the result is a full body workout that burns anywhere from 350 to 800 calories in a 50-minute class.
Bungee fitness incorporates many of the moves found in other types of workouts including squats, lunges, push-ups and planks. Fans of the method claim that the aerial experience creates a weightless sensation that makes exercisers forget how hard they are really working. By manipulating the cords, bungee users soar through the air in a dance-like fashion that seems almost graceful. Don’t be mistaken, however. Those familiar with the routine say it’s a challenging workout that rivals most other strength, endurance and cardio challenges.
Bungee fitness might seem out of reach for some, but experts say it’s a form of exercise accessible to almost anyone. Clients must be between 90 and 300 pounds and comfortable with mild cardio exertion. Feedback has been outstanding, said Mimi, a trainer at Flyte Bungee, who added that clients describe the classes as a great workout that’s also lots of fun. Instructors work with all ages and fitness levels and promise that by the end of the hour clients will be flying high. Mimi added that students are sure to break a sweat, so she recommends people wear comfortable workout clothing and sneakers with laces.
For those looking to add some variety to their exercise routine or just try something new, bungee fitness is ideal.. Flyte Bungee offers group classes as well as private sessions, and first timers who buy one class get one for free. For more information or to book a class, visit www.flytebungee.com or call (845) 445-8666.