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Looking for a new way to IÖII your body and mind? We’ve} found five classes designed take your fitness to new heights better fitness and a great physique doesn’t have to mean long, boring workouts. There is a way to take your body leaps ahead and have fun at the same time - you just have to pick up your heels! Jumping workouts are big news in the fitness world because, fun times aside, all that bouncing around is extremely effective at torching fat, clearing toxins and building power. In fact, the results are so good that jumping-based workouts are now popping up (pardon the pun!) at gyms all around the country. There are loads of ways to jump-start your fitness routine, whether you’re a Pilates queen, a cardio kid or an iron pumper. Here are five of our favorite ways to get a lift.

Les mills grit plyo

Try it if... you want to get a serious sweat on.

What is it? If you’re after a dynamic way to build an athletic body, the experts behind Body Pump and Body Balance have come up trumps with another effective workout. This sharp 30-minute class is based around plyometric movements - explosive exercises where you create as much force as possible as quickly as possible, such as Burpees, jumping squats and jumping lunges. This style of training will power you to a sculpted physique and build athieticism and strength.

 Where? Selected gyms and health clubs nationwide (getlesmillsgrit.com)

If you’re after a dynamic way to build an athletic body, the experts behind BodyPump and BodyBalance have come up trumps with another effective workout.

If you’re after a dynamic way to build an athletic body, the experts behind Body Pump and Body Balance have come up trumps with another effective workout.

The rave

Try it if... you don’t take life too seriously.

What is it? If your idea of a perfect Friday night involves letting loose at the hottest clubs, Gymbox’s Rave class will help you get the party started early. This trippy class teams fast-paced, high-energy dance moves with upbeat tunes in a nightclub-style environment to get your body sweating and your mood soaring before the weekend kicks in. Picture strobe lighting, glow sticks, dance music and a dance floor made of mini trampolines! Expect to jump up and down while flailing your limbs about, a lot. There are no rules here - just bounce!

Where? Gymbox, London (gymbox.com)

Picture strobe lighting, glow sticks, dance music and a dance floor made of mini trampolines!

Picture strobe lighting, glow sticks, dance music and a dance floor made of mini trampolines!

Reformer and rebounding pilates

Try it if... you want a multitasking workout.

What is it? At this clever mash-up class you’ll get a cardio fix with exercises on a mini trampoline - ‘You’ll burn more calories, challenge your core and have a ball as you bounce’ great for lymphatic drainage, circulation and detoxifying the body - plus a strengthening, lengthening and sculpting session of reformer Pilates. Just the right amount of each activity adds up to a challenging class that will get you hitting your goals - and enjoying the ride.

Where? Pilates K, London (theklinik.co.uk)

Just the right amount of each activity adds up to a challenging class that will get you hitting your goals - and enjoying the ride.

Just the right amount of each activity adds up to a challenging class that will get you hitting your goals - and enjoying the ride.

Kangoo

Try it if… you have joint problems or injuries.

What is it? Kangoo looks as funny as it sounds, but it’s guaranteed to get your heart and lungs working hard. ‘Kangoo jumps’ are special low-impact shoes designed by physiotherapists, so this class is an absolute godsend if you’ve suffered an injury or if high-impact cardio workouts like running are proving too much for your joints. Plus, you’ll burn twice as many calories as you would in a regular 45-minute class, challenge your core and have a ball bouncing around to upbeat music.

Where? Gymbox, London (gymbox.com)

You’ll burn twice as many calories as you would in a regular 45-minute class, challenge your core and have a ball bouncing around to upbeat music.

You’ll burn twice as many calories as you would in a regular 45-minute class, challenge your core and have a ball bouncing around to upbeat music.

Adult trampolining

Try it if... you want to rediscover your inner child.

What is it? Remember spending hours on the trampoline as a kid? Trampolining is back - and it’ll help you craft a seriously hot body. At an adult trampolining class you’ll be coached towards British Gymnastics’ proficiency awards as you boost your core strength, muscular endurance and cardio power. Oh, and you’ll burn a load of calories along the way! It might sound technical, but these super-fun classes are suited to both newbies and veteran bouncers, so it’s the perfect opportunity to brush up your old trampolining tricks.

Where? Everyone Active centers nationwide (everyoneactive.com)

Try it if... you want to rediscover your inner child.

Try it if... you want to rediscover your inner child.

Get your kick

Can’t make it to a class? Use these jumping moves to give your workouts some bounce

Burpee

Technique

·         Crouch down with your hands on the floor, shoulder width apart, then jump your feet into plank position.

·         Jump your feet back to a crouched position then jump up as high as you can.

·         Land back in the crouched position and repeat.

Jumping squat

Technique

·         With your feet hip-width apart, bend at your hips and knees, pushing your bottom out. Squat as low as is comfortable.

·         Jump as high as you can and land softly back in the squat position.

Jumping lunge

Technique

·         Start with one leg in front of the other, with both knees at right angles.

·         Jump up as high as you can as you swap leg positions to land with the opposite leg in front.

·         Repeat in a fluid motion.

Tuck jump

Technique

·         Jump up as high as you can, tucking your knees into your chest.

·         Land softly and repeat.

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