What do you get if you combine hardcore pilates with a trampoline JUMPILATES! The best new fat-busting cardio workout around
21:29 GMT, 31 October 2012
Want to know how the A-list are keeping their figures trim, toned and red carpet ready Check out Jumpilates – a high-powered new workout just launched in London.
A combination of intensive pilates performed on reformer beds and dynamic exercises on mini trampolines, Jumpilates is already bringing amazing results to its fans.
A warning though: it’s not for the faint of heart. Jumpilates creator Caron Bosler, a Pilates teacher of more than 20 years, developed the programme in her quest to find new ways to get results for her ever-growing list of high profile clients.
Lady and the tramp: Jumpilates founder Caron Bosler helps a client work through pilates moves on the reformer beds before jumping onto the mini-trampoline
'Women want maximum results fast which is why bootcamp pilates [a form of intense pilates training] works’ says Caron, a willowy blonde who trained as a professional dancer.
'The toning we were doing was great, but many clients were looking for fat loss as well. I started experimenting with ways to incorporate cardio and initially considered running or dance aerobics, but nothing beats the tramp.'
There is one way to test the theory – which is how I found myself walking into Caron's sun-drenched boutique studio near Gloucester Road,, where I was met with state-of-the-art machines that seemed hugely intimidating, until Caron helpfully and patiently demonstrated each move.
I had done basic Pilates before, but this was nothing like I expected, and five minutes in I was covered in sweat and slightly dizzy.
State-of-the-art: The equipment in Caron's studio looked 'hugely intimidating' to Ashley at first – but she soon got used to using it thanks to Caron's patient instruction
The intensive work focuses directly on your core muscles. While upbeat music played (Caron allowed me to play my own iPod, which helped to keep me motivated) I struggled to hold poses and positions on a pulley machine. After 10 minutes of this she set me on the mini-tramp.
The music swelled and we bounced through a routine of kicking, spinning and dancing: I felt like I was flying. I was totally soaked, but I no longer cared: I felt great.
After the trampolining it was back on the mat for some leg lifts at bizarre right angles which were designed to narrow my hips and lean out my stomach.
All the while Caron was unrelentingly upbeat and pushed me more than I thought possible. When we finish I am exhausted but exhilarated.
Caron says: 'Jumpilates is basically a hardcore circuit of bootcamp method pilates combined with mini-trampoline moves which tone and lean out your body at a record pace.'
In addition to bootcamp pilates methods, mini-tramps have been hot for a while. They are easily portable and the combination of bouncing dance moves, kicking and waist-twisting movements burns calories fast.
Fast results: Caron says she devised the exercise programme to help her clients tone up quickly and lose fat at the same time
Additionally the workout is low impact on the joints and good for building bone density. Celebrity fans of both pilates and tramping include Madonna, who often hops on a mini trampoline during tours and Gwyneth Paltrow, who tramped it up to tone before the Oscars.
Jennifer Aniston is known for carrying a mini-tramp with her to hotel rooms as is Cameron Diaz. And it gets the job done: on the rebounder, you can easily expect to burn 200 calories in 30 minutes.
As for results, Caron has seen amazing improvement in just a few weeks with clients.
'Celebrity trainers like Tracy Anderson get results because they constantly shake up workouts, insist on commitment and advise on diets.
'With this in mind, I recently worked with a new mother, Peri, and teamed up with a fantastic food delivery company called My Food to see how fast we could achieve results. The photos speak for themselves: Peri lost four kilos in two weeks! The intensive core work combined with the jumping on the tramp can really help a new mum bounce to back to the body she deserves.’
After just three sessions I too saw a difference – I was down three pounds and some suspicious abdominal muscle lines had begun forming down my sides. I can’t wait to go back.
New mother Peri lost four kilos in two weeks and toned up thanks to sessions of Jumpilates and a careful diet
For more information, see pilatessquared.co.uk and myfood.co.uk