What is JumpLife?
JumpLife, an exciting fitness movement performed on individual trampolines, unveiled its studio in TriBeCa (New York) on November, 2013. The world's only fitness studio dedicated solely to rebounding classes for all ages. The JumpLife workouts, offers a total body immersion that elevates the mind, body and spirit. Safe for everyone from fitness beginners to professional athletes, classes at JumpLife are the fun way to boost energy, lose weight, strengthen and tone.
Our trained instructors guide participants through different, low-impact workouts that are easy on the joints. These workouts are designed to significantly increase stamina, and work muscles, while the change in gravity stimulates the cells of the body and improves circulation. See our "Health Benefits" section for more!
The history of rebounding as a form of exercise extends back to WWII pilots, later becoming an integral part of the astronaut trainings programs. Today it is regarded as a superior form of exercise, and, unlike spinning and running, it won't hurt your knees or back!
What Classes Are Available?
An interview with Montserrat Markou, founder and CEO of JumpLife
Where are you originally from?
I was born in Spain, and I moved with my family to the West Village when I was four. I grew up in New York City, but I moved back to Spain in my early 20s to become the director of language schools. One month after 9/11, I moved back to New York City again.
Moving back was one of the greatest decisions I ever made because I quickly fell in love with New York all over again. The people, the culture, the pace of life--these were all things I'd never knew I'd missed until I made my return. All those years I spent away from New York gave me some real perspective and eventually enabled me to realize that New York is the place where I belong.
So how and when did you get started with trampolines?
I loved jumping on the bed as a child, and that soon gave way to gymnastics. By the time I was in my 20s in Spain, I was working out seven days a week, and eventually, I got a trampoline and started casually playing around with it. However, I didn't really know how to maximize the trampoline for optimal results, so I wasn't quite hooked...yet.
When I was running the language schools, I was spending so much time typing on a computer that I began to suffer from neck and shoulder pain. I started receiving acupuncture and massage therapy, and these treatments worked so well for me that I decided to learn about them and open my own clinic in Spain.
After coming back to New York, I undertook more acupuncture and massage therapy studies in order to become licensed here before opening a practice in Long Island. My client's would ask my advice regarding excersises that would help them loose weight or stay fit without aggravating their existing injuries. I had been trying to create a low impact cardio workout for them, and when I came across a trampoline that I saw at a store, I had a flashback to my childhood. I purchased one and started bouncing and jumping around on it and realized that this would be the solution to their problems, so I began researching the science behind rebounding, and I started experimenting on my own.
Once I fully understood how to optimize the trampoline for fitness and well-being, I began by renting the basement of a very small private gym to hold workouts for my clients.
How did that experience morph into what JumpLife is today?
Well, it was a humble beginning. The space that I was renting was not great, so I felt as though I had to do something to make it more comfortable for my clients. I've always loved dance and working out to great music, so I decided to try to create a club-like atmosphere inside the room because the active lights in a club are specifically designed to make you move.
Initially, all I had was two small disco balls on the floor with a worklight, but when you combined this lighting with club music, my clients were experiencing something new.
What effect did the lighting and music have on participants?
Think about what the vibe is like inside a club. People want a club where they can be relaxed and escape the troubles of the outside world. The same is true for a workout space. You don't want to be carrying tension or outside stress into your workout because you need to have a clear head to focus on the task at hand. Clubs prefer darker lighting because it makes people less self-conscious. That's exactly what we want in a workout; we don't want to feel pressure or think that people are watching us. Of course, a good club features great music and synchronized lights that make you want to move, so that was obvious for me because we need people to really move when they workout.
How did your clients respond?
They loved it! While our initial lighting wasn't particularly impressive, my clients felt at ease in the room and the trampolines were really exactly what they needed to get in a serious cardio workout with aggravating their existing injuries. It wasn't long before I realized that working out on a trampoline is not only therapeutic but also ideal for the fitness world.
A few clients kept asking me when I would open up a studio in Manhattan, and I knew that this had to happen because this workout and atmosphere is very geared toward the average New Yorker. I found a studio space in TriBeCa, made my investment, purchased trampolines and spent a lot of time fine-tuning the program, training and hiring talented instructors who could guide our patrons through this exciting and very unique workout.
Did you have to change anything once you got to Manhattan?
After I vastly-improved the lights and sound, the JumpDance workout was born. It was a big hit, but I also found that there were some people who were interested in a traditional, weight-based, toning and sculpting workout with the benefits of cardio. There was no reason why this couldn't happen on a trampoline, but these people didn't want the moving lights. So I decided a weight-based workout on the trampoline without the lights, and now JumpGym has proven to also be popular.
What about the trampolines?
I'm thrilled to say that I am in the works of having our trampolines made in America, and I'm looking into getting even more local by having the trampolines built in New York with as much American-made materials as possible. It takes a little more effort and funds to make this happen, but it's worth it to have a superior and safe piece of equipment that's made in the USA. The sourcing is very important to me because trampolines were originally an American invention, the brainchild of two gymnasts in the 1930s. Over the years, Europe took the lead in trampoline assembly, but now we've been able to bring it all back to where it all began in America.
There are trampoline workouts available in many gyms. Why do people choose JumpLife?
We now live in a world of specialization, and you can't be all things to all people. With the advent of the Internet, it's pretty easy to find people who are experts in their specific craft, so if you wanted to workout on a trampoline, why would you go to a gym that offers a trampoline workout as an afterthought when you could go to a studio whose expertise is in trampoline workouts? JumpLife is the only studio in the world to focus solely on the trampoline. We've spent countless hours of research in not only creating the most optimal workout but also the ideal environment to make your workout more productive and fun.
What does the future hold for JumpLife?
I have begun a fun and special program for kids, as well as a program for seniors, and we now have people hosting parties in our studio because the JumpDance workout is a great way for friends to have fun while staying fit. We're also moving into the corporate space because studies have shown that physical activities can be excellent bonding experiences for co-workers.
I would love to bring JumpLife around the country because I really do believe this concept will change the face of American fitness. However, for now, I'm 100% invested in continuing to create the best possible workout for New Yorkers. Who knows? Maybe JumpLife will become a destination for tourists who want to experience a one-of-a-kind workout!