I Tried It: An At-Home Trampoline Workout (Without a Trampoline)



My relationship with at-home workouts is fraught, at best. While I certainly can't deny the appeal of breaking a sweat from the comfort of my living room, in the end, a lack of motivation always eclipses the flexibility and thriftiness of doing so. It may be the absence of an IRL instructor to keep me in gear or simply one of the hazards of living in a studio apartment: Collapsing onto my bed is just too easy when the going gets tough. (Who am I kidding? Even gentle yoga flows typically end with a too-early, 10-minute Savasana on top of the pile of clean laundry I'm too lazy to put away.)

This reality came to a head last year, when in an unknowable fit of enthusiasm, I volunteered to work out only using streaming fitness channels for a month. The experience proved to be highly educational in more ways than one. I learned that the market for at-home workouts is expansive and packed with innovation, and I also learned that it isn't for me. So I stopped trying. Because my motivation seems to thrive in group settings, I invested in a membership at my local yoga studio and never looked back.

Then, earlier this fall, I tried LEKFita high-energy, dance-inspired workout that founder Lauren Kleban hosts in her converted-garage studio in L.A. It was yet another example of trying something way beyond my comfort zone, but this time, it paid off. In spite of my lifelong aversion to choreography and organized dance, I had a blast and left hungry for more. The caveat, of course, is that my bank account could not handle additional fitness classes on top of my existing yoga membership, which I was unwilling to give up anyway. The only alternative? Try LEKFit's streaming classes at home.

It's worth mentioning at this point that LEKFit's signature Bounce class utilizes rebounder trampolines, the benefits of which abound: In addition to boosting circulation and lymph flow, bouncing works your muscles in a highly efficient yet low-impact way. But while using a rebounder obviously allows for the most effective and authentic at-home experience, it's also not a requirement for Kleban's workouts—just a sturdy pair of sneakers, dumbbells, ankle weights, and forgiving neighbors. (As luck would have it, I live above my building's laundry room.)