Bounce and smack Unconventional sports like trampolining and Bossaball are adding some bounce to Singaporeans' otherwise mundane exercise rountines. Chen Shusi finds out more about these activities that are gaining popularity.
Amped Trampoline Park 369 Tanjong Katong Road Level 2 S437126 www.ampedsingapore.com Prior booking required Tel: 8669 4894
ith more than 50 trampolines, walls lined with blue padded mats, parkour walls, and a foam pit, Amped Trampoline Park allows anyone to reach new heights, literally — all you have to do is jump. Trampolining has its appeal as a beginner-friendly activity that does not require prior experience or rigorous training. Founded by Canadian Shad Johns, 41, and Singaporean Jason Ong, 37, the trampoline park, opened in August, is the first of its
BOSSABALL www.bossaball.com.sg Tel: 6100 6292 COMBINE volleyball, gymnastics and sepak takraw on an inflatable court — and you get Bossaball. Derived from bossa nova, a Brazilian style of music, Bossaball encapsulates the Brazilian beach culture, where volleyball, soccer and capoeira (a Brazilian martial art that combines dance, acrobatics, and music) are commonly played to streams of music at the beach. Bossaball, invented in 2004, is played on an inflatable court resembling a volleyball court. The court is fitted with trampolines which help players spike the ball fast by gaining height. The ball used is lighter and slightly bigger than a volleyball. Invented in Spain by Filip Eyckmans, the five-a-side sport was brought to Singapore in 2007 by sports manager Mohamad
kind in Singapore. Priced from $9 to $15 per hour, depending on age and time slots, trampolining at Amped gets you sweating. According to a study conducted by NASA, a 10-minute session on the trampoline has health benefits equivalent to that of 30-minute runs. “Trampolining is a cardiovascular exercise that effectively strengthens the back, leg and core muscles,” said Mr Ong. Trampolining, unlike sports such as jogging or badminton, reduces strain on the knees while still working the muscles. Moreover, it can improve motor and balancing skills. But be careful — landing in an awkward position may result in a sprained arm or ankle. “It may be instinctive to stretch out your arms to break a fall, but that is the cause for most injuries. Keeping your hands to yourself and curling up your body when falling will minimise injuries,” said Mr Alan Zhang, 27, a gymnastics
Saifudin, 47. Thanks to Bossaball clinics by Mr Saifudin, the sport has gained popularity among Singaporeans. “The unstable platform makes the sport more challenging and
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NO child's play: The chance to bounce high and perform flips has made trampolining a fun way to burn calories.
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instructor and frequent user of the trampoline park. Mr Ong said many customers wake up with shoulder and back aches the day after their workout. “It can be an intense workout, depending on the individual,” he said. A first-timer at Amped, Ian Kwa, 17, felt trampolining was “a fun way of burning calories”. The Ngee Ann Polytechnic student said: “Jumping for an hour on the trampoline can be as intense as other sports like basketball.” Others, like 16-year-old Jeremy Er, found trampolining to be suit-
able for those who exercise alone. “Unlike most sports, trampolining doesn’t require a partner, so I can come here on my own,” said the Greendale Secondary School student. Apart from amateurs, Amped also sees its fair share of sports enthusiasts — gymnasts, cheerleaders and wakeboarders — practising their stunts. “It allows them to practise the control of their bodies in the air under a safe learning environment, rather than landing on the hard floor,” said Mr Ong. Mr Zhang, who owns gym-
nastics school Airstraordinary, is working on a trampoline exercise programme at the Amped. He frequently visits the park to teach his customers simple jumping moves, such as the “seat drop”, in which one transits from jumping on the feet to landing in a seating position on the trampoline. “It takes a lot of practice to gain muscle memory to do flips on the trampoline,” he said. But regardless of whether you are an amateur or a professional, Amped Trampoline Park welcomes all those looking to have a bouncing good time.
entails a greater control of body movements,” said Mr Saifudin. “Playing Bossaball is essentially a full-body exercise, as it requires the use of multiple body parts to hit the ball.”
In this sport, the player is only allowed to come into contact with the ball once with their hands or twice with the other parts of their body.
use when playing Bossaball,” said Muhammad Sholehin, 18, a student at ITE College Central. Despite contributing to the challenging gameplay, the bouncy platform allows players to fall without sustaining serious injuries they otherwise would on a regular hardcourt. While there are no permanent Bossaball courts in Singapore, public sessions are often held at schools such as Yuying Secondary School. In addition, Mr Saifudin holds yearly Bossaball clinics in schools to expose secondary and tertiary students to the sport. Ms Cheryl Koh, 26, a market data analyser and a first-timer at the sport, said: “Although we may not be able to play it well yet, Bossaball is a perfect excuse for one to hop on an inflatable court without getting judged.” The next public Bossaball session will be held on 28 Sep at Yuying Secondary School. An appointment is required. A one-hour session costs $18 for one person and $75 for a team of five.
"Playing Bossaball is essentially a full body exercise, as it requires the use of multiple body parts to hit the ball." Mohamad Saifudin Sports manager Bossaball enthusiast
GAIning elevation: A Bossaball player leaping higher with the aid of a trampoline to return the ball to his opponent. PHOTO: LIM MUYAO
Therefore, having prior experience in volleyball, football or sepak takraw would give players an advantage at the sport as they are better able to control the ball. “I used to play sepak takraw, but I‘ve recently switched to Bossaball as I find it more intense and exciting. Moreover, I can put the skills learnt in sepak takraw to