Trampoline Dodgeball?

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Trampoline Dodgeball?
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Sat, 09-21-2013 - 2:00pm

I got a groupon-type of offer today for a place that has dodgeball on a giant trampoline---think a trampoline the size of a warehouse, divided into large squares by foam catwalks. It looks like you can also go there just to jump, and they have trampoline aerobics classes, and they also have a foam pit. This place is a national chain with most of the locations in CA but in a few other states as well. It looks like it would be a fun birthday party for kids.

Have any of you ever done this? The jumping and "air-obics" looks kind of fun, forget the dogeball...I didn't like getting hit by a ball when I was a kid, I'd like it even less now!

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Sun, 09-22-2013 - 12:12pm

I've had my eye on doing something that this and it seems like a lot of fun.

http://rebounderzsterling.com/

This is going to sound funny from me who does parkour, ski huge moguls, aerial silks, etc. but it seems too dangerour to me. There is too much chance of uncontrolled knee torqueing, spinal compression, whiplash.  The difference between that and the other activities is that, as a beginner, it's hard to control your movements easily and people don't want to just jump up and down. I can imagine how out of control it could get w/ a lot of beginners all over trying to play dodge ball.  Watch out for bodies and heads!  I tried the trampline track at parkour a few weeks ago, did a butt bounce harder than I expected and my head snapped back. It wasn't bad but the next few days, I couldn't turn it.  I've talked to a few people who have turned their ankles and knees at rebounding type places. That said, I know thousands of people do it safely so I don't want to say it's a bad thing. Safety is just something to think about if you try it.






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Registered: 04-08-2008
Sun, 09-22-2013 - 2:07pm

I don't care for the trampolines anymore as I feel like I am out of control and flying everywhere. I hear about kids breaking bones on trampolines and since I am not a kid anymore I am scared of these things.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sun, 09-22-2013 - 2:58pm

Jean, at the place in my area, each person has their own "square" separated from the others by a rigid foam covered walkway, so at least each player's/bouncer's area is defined. That said, I imagine that you could fall into someone else's space; and since the entire floor is a trampoline there is probably some movement from other people at all times.

I doubt that I will be trying this place, mainly because of the location. Its kind of far from me; and also its $14/hr. which somehow sounds a little expensive for jumping around (and probably get tired of it in less than an hour).

Its interesting to hear about the different kinds of "fitness" places opening up these days, a far cry from just the usual gym.

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 09-23-2013 - 3:12pm

When I first heard about it, I couldn't wait to try (but it's far from my house). If someone invited me, I'd probably give it a try but I think there's too much potential for injury.  My niece said her friends went as a big group and a few of them got hurt.  I'll bet it doesn't help that there's a bar in the place!

I love these outside the box gyms.I go to a parkour gym where I also do aerial silks. They also have breakdancing, ninjitsu, judo, adult gymnastics but those classes are packed w/ too many young people. Well, the silks is, too, but it's slow and controlled movement and I can keep up!