A few months back, I was in a spin class when my instructor, Sandra Basset, casually brought up Kangoo Jumps. As quickly as they were referenced, they were dropped. The name alone sparked my interest. I’m always looking for new ways to exercise so I don’t get bored and my body doesn’t plateau.
When the class was over, I approached my instructor to get a little more information about these Kangoo/Kangaroo Jumps, “that tighten your booty and hammys”, as she put it. She informed me that she teaches a class on Sunday mornings at the beach with Kangoo jumps. I was sold! I knew then and there that this must be a special workout in order for it to take place at the beach. Besides, when your spin instructor recommends something to you… you do it!
We met on the pier by the ocean. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shinning it’s brightest and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The smell of the salt water inspired me, this is what health is all about- being one with your body and nature.
There was a group of about eight of us. I was glad to see other people liked the class enough to come back, yet also glad it wasn’t packed with people. The instructor handed us these boots with half moon shaped springs at the bottom of them. “What the heck are these?” I asked. These are your boots she slyly responded. The look on her face told me I was in for a treat.
We put on the boots and the entire time I was grinning from ear to ear. Part of me was so excited, the other part of me was thinking what in the world have I gotten myself into? As we stood up, we were about five inches taller. The boots had a bounce to them as we tried to walk. It only took a second to get used to, surprisingly they were easy to adjust to.
Everyone in the class came together to stretch. We were all cracking up at how much fun these boots were. The instructor looked back to us as said the fun hasn’t even started. Once we got a good stretch in, we took off on a light jog. My instincts were having a hard time trusting these Kangoo boots, but my body was completely comfortable.
Getting Used to Bouncing, Not Running
After getting used to the bounce in the boots, we sped up to a normal jog. It was shocking how great these Kangoo shoes felt on my knees and hips. Anyone with bad knees would love doing Kangoo jumps as cardio! It’s also known to help people with arthritis to work out too. Our jog turned into interval training with a heavy jog for one minute, to a very light jog for one minute. We continued the cardio portion for almost an hour.
Though it certainly didn’t feel like an hour. It was so much fun, I think I had a smile on my face the whole time. Once we were finished with cardio, we started doing squats and lunges with the boots still on. We went up against a fence and did standing push-ups, then finished with abs by using the boots as weights on our feet to add difficulty to our core muscles- It was a total body workout. And oh my goodness did it burn! Holy cow, I was getting sore after only minutes.
We finished the class with a short cool down back to the other end of the boardwalk. As we took off our boots, I couldn’t believe I just worked out for an hour. I mean, I workout for over an hour all the time, but this time was different. It didn’t even feel like working out! I had fun and laughed with the other people in the class all while getting a killer cardio and leg workout. My body could definitely tell I just kicked it’s butt, but my mentality was on play mode.
Next Day Recovering
The next day I could barely walk. My tush and thighs were so sore that it hurt to sit down. But they were sore in a good way, in a great way as a matter of fact! I know when I get sore like that, I had an amazing workout (ust be sure you know your limits so you don’t get injured).
I continue to take Kangoo classes from time to time when I want a good workout (and a good laugh). But don’t let the fun fool you, these rebounding exercises will still whip your butt in shape, literally. Check out Kangoo classes in your neighborhood to get in on the fun of working out and let me know how it goes.