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YMCA jumps into 2019 with trampoline class

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

A Jump Sport trampoline class is the newest workout option at the YMCA of Chilton County.

Instructor Rosanna DeVaughn said the class was a good option for anyone 14 years old or older regardless of fitness level.

Inspiration for the class came from a video on Facebook of someone working out on a trampoline.

DeVaughn said someone tagged her in a post about the video and suggested that such a workout be offered at the Y. Having personally enjoyed trampoline parks with her six children, DeVaughn thought it was a good idea.

“I have so much fun, and I thought it would be fun for everybody else as well,” DeVaughn said.

Once the idea was approved by YMCA of Chilton County CEO Lori Patterson, some trial runs of the class have been held. DeVaughn said everyone that has attended had “so much fun.”

She said the exercises are low impact because jumping on a trampoline is easier on joints than jumping on the floor.

Class size is limited to 10 participants per class.

During a class, each participant has their own small trampoline. Class starts out with high cardio, then transitions to strength exercises before returning to high cardio exercises.

“We do a cardio interval, like a high knee jog” and jumps, DeVaughn said.

The strengthening portion uses the trampoline as a base for exercises, such as planks.

“I’ve enjoyed seeing how much fun people has had,” DeVaughn said.

She has also enjoyed creating the cardio intervals for the class.

DeVaughn has been a Y instructor for several years.

“I have taught everything from Pilates … to water aerobics at the city pool,” DeVaughn said. “I’ve taught just about everything they have.”

After these years of classes, DeVaughn was excited to start something new.

“I really just wanted something new and fun,” DeVaughn said.

The Jump Sport class is offered on Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. While registration is not required, DeVaughn encouraged participants to get there early to ensure a spot.

The class is $5 for nonmembers and free for members.