Review: Rebounce London @ Fitness First, Clapham Junction

You know things are serious when you receive an email advising all women to wear a robust sports bra to the class.

As the author of said email quips, the session is ‘bouncy by name, bouncy by nature’. Crikey.

I was due to head down to a Rebounce London class which promises a low-impact workout that improves circulation, reduces stress and tension and boosts the lymphatic system.

For the uninitiated rebounce blends together all the health benefits of rebounding (bouncing on a mini trampoline) with fun R&B dance elements and a heathy dose of twerking thrown in for good measure.

Former dancer Missie Franks led the class with boundless energy, managing to constantly shout encouragement during the dance routines and a class ‘twerk off’ while demonstrating flawless moves of her own.

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FIERCE: Missie leads the high-octane Rebounce London classes

Twerking aside we performed a number of fast choreographed routines on our tiny individual trampolines to the strains of Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Kanye West and Jay Z.

There were moments when I felt like booty-shaking goddess Beyoncé, but equally there were a hapless few minutes where I flailed about wildly in the vain hope of not rebounding straight off the trampoline.

But as Missie pointed out throughout the 45-minute session it doesn’t matter as long as you’re moving.

Despite feeling a bit embarrassed at not being able to dance it perfectly I couldn’t help but laugh as I frantically bounced along to the beat in a bid to pick up the routine again.

I see what they mean about it being a great stress reliever. There’s nothing like the sheer joy of bouncing on a trampoline – something that no doubts harps back to fun-filled days as a child.

Aside from the mood-boosting positives that rebounce brings with it this low-impact exercise also works to boost sluggish lymphatic systems.

The Cinderella of the body, hard-working and underappreciated, the lymphatic system acts as the body’s waste disposal system which helps to ward off illness.

Whereas the blood has the heart pumping it throughout the body, the lymphatic system doesn’t have a dedicated muscle helping it along and instead relies solely on the body’s movement.

Rebounding changes the force of gravity in the body and helps this system flush through lymph fluid.

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JUMP TO IT! The classes combine rebounding with dance moves

Fun aside this workout isn’t simply child’s play – it gets your heart racing, your body sweating and don’t be surprised if you have a case of DOMS the next day.

And the writer of that email was right. You did need a high impact bra!

Classes are held every Wednesday in Clapham and every Sunday in Putney. All classes are booked in advance to accommodate numbers.

South West Londoner readers have the chance to claim a free trial class using the code FIRSTFREE.

To book a class, click here.

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