AMPED - A really fun afternoon trampolining
I think people who know me well would tell you I'm not big on exercise (other than going walking) and I am probably not the most adventurous of people either when it comes to more active/sporting pursuits. When I was in secondary school though I used to belong to and compete a little for the school trampolining club and whilst I wasn't amazing at it I used to really enjoy it. Friends at work had recently found an indoor trampolining park actually not to far from my home (though I think this one may now be closed), had been along and enjoyed it and I figured it might be fun to try it once again so I agreed to go with them to the AMPED trampolining park the next time they went.
Thanks to the irregular hours we work we were lucky to be able to go during the daytime in the week when it is, in theory, a little quieter than it would be in the evening or at the weekends. So we all met up one Friday afternoon, this time opting for the park near River Valley Road (there is also a park in Jurong) as this was close to work so convenient for those we were meeting who'd just finished for the day. Despite it being a weekday, however, it was still pretty busy (to be sure of a spot you should book in advance) so I can't imagine how manic it must get during weekends and school holidays!
|The view post bounce|
As I mentioned it is recommended you book online in advance and the first time you go you are required to sign a waiver form just in case you get injured. You also need to buy a pair of special socks with grips on to wear on the trampoline beds. They reminded me a bit of the slipper socks that were very popular a few years ago. I can't recall how much they cost but they weren't very much and you can then keep these to use every time you go. After all that (make sure you wear suitable clothing too) you are good to go.
The centre has numerous larger and smaller trampoline beds all joined together so you can bounce from one part to another very easily. There are also a few crash mats dotted around and a foam cube pit thing for younger children. You get an hour's slot to bounce as much as you want. Believe me even if you take breaks and are just there to have some light-hearted fun an hour is more than enough! There is air con at the River Valley Road branch but you will still be super hot by the end so go dressed appropriately and prepared to get sweaty.
It was a brilliant afternoon, I certainly felt a few muscles I've not used for a while afterwards. I was also impressed by how many moves I could still remember and still kind of do! It was fun to have the chance to do something again that I used to enjoy doing and also to do something just a little different with good friends. It's a great activity for children and with the current haze problems something good for them to do to burn off energy but also do indoors, but to be honest it's good fun whatever your age.
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