Calling It: This Will Be the Most Talked-About Workout in 2018


Courtesy of Kara Griffin

I was still airborne in my first trampoline class last fall when the thought first crossed my mind: This workout is about to be everywhere. I was drenched in sweat, my muscles ached, and I struggled to catch my breath—usually a lethal combination for a hopeless cardio-phobe like me. And yet I was having the time of my life. Within minutes of arriving home, I was already perusing Amazon for a mini trampoline of my own.

For those of us who still associate trampolines with the covetable backyard variety of our childhoods, the concept of rebounding as an organized workout might be a little foreign. In reality, most rebounding workouts are an amalgamation of that care-free nostalgia and dance cardio or HIIT workouts—think high knees and butt kicks with a much more forgiving sense of gravity.

"We gravitate toward things that are fun and rebounding definitely falls into that category," says Kara Griffin, an L.A.-based trainer and holistic nutritionist. "Jumping can bring us back to an activity that we most likely did as a child, but besides being fun, it also touts a lot of benefits."

That's why rebounding studios are beginning to crop up across the country: Bari's Bounce classes are wildly popular, while Lauren Kleban's LEKfit has also swept headlines as a celeb-loved fitness destination. The other option is to bring the workout into your own home, and I can't help but wonder if the trampoline will be the new treadmill in this regard: Bellicon's rebounders are an industry fave, and Amazon offers a variety of mini trampolines to fit many different budgets.

But it's definitely worth versing yourself on the amazing benefits of rebounding before hitting a class or investing in a trampoline of your own.