12 March 2015, by Tan Li Lin

The Great Leap Upwards

I googled “songs about jumping” to try to find something smart as a POINT TO THIS BLOG ENTRY, only to find that list quite surprisingly long, including –

Protect Ya Neck (The Great Jumpoff) – WuTang Clan

Which Way Should I Jump? – Milltown Brothers

Jump In The River – Sinead O’Connor

Jump In My Car – David Hasselhoff (??!)

Jump Up In The Air And Stay There – Erykah Badu feat. Lil Wayne

Jump Then Fall – Taylor Swift

We certainly jumped and fell (but no cars, rivers, necks or hovering involved unfortunately).

Jumping right to it, the point of this entry is one about TRAMPOLINING. Now, there isn’t much else to write about trampolining because seriously all we did for an hour is jump around (and strain some old-adult muscles in the process). Glad to report no one broke anything and we left only with little bruises to our thighs and our egos. 60 minutes on the trampoline starts off with “Why would I wanna jump for an hour?” to “How difficult can it be?” to “How come I’m so tired?!” to “What! 40 minutes more??” to “How did I jump for 60 minutes?” to “DID I JUST PULL SOMETHING??!”

You’ll leave feeling younger while realizing how aged you’ve become.

Of course, adults complicate things a lot more than kids.

In Coco and Claire’s world, they got to jump to their little heart’s content and that’s all they really cared about. They were giggling and grinning so hard. At 45 minutes into the hour, their little bodies were so tired and their hearts were beating SO FAST but by sheer will they refused to give up. Claire even musters up enough energy to go around commanding everyone to “go drink water“.

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We went to AMPED at Katong, but there are several other such parks around Singapore. Here you literally jump from wall to wall – it is an old school hall filled out with nothing but trampolines. Wonder what took anyone this long to figure school halls would attract a lot more interest with this than it did with assemblies. Wouldn’t your school days have been a lot better? I wouldn’t mind listening to school day speeches whilst jumping up and down – I’m pretty sure the boys would sit still happy to watch girls in skirts on trampolines.

The number of people on the trampolines are controlled, as they only let in a maximum number of jumpers per hour. Because my sister’s pregnant with #3, I was tasked baby-jumping duties and dutifully followed my nieces all over worried that someone would land on them or they’d take the chance to break each other’s legs under the pretense it was an accident. Turns out (i) they were too distracted bouncing to fight with each other (ii) they were too tired to fight with each other (iii) the park is big enough for everyone to have their own trampoline and more (if you somehow needed more)…

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If you’d wonder what you’ll do with a whole hour of jumping, fret not. Somehow, the inner kid in you takes over completely and you’ll entertain yourself by doing stupid things – like face-planting yourself while trying front flips.. or synchronized air-running… or kung-fu poses…or levitating on top of other unsuspecting jumpers…

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The music playing helps to get you moving, not like you’d need much to get bouncing. It truly is quite infectious. And fun. And you get to burn up to 1000 calories an hour. And you can let your kids go wild, exhausting their little monkey natures to earn you your next 3 months of peace (husbands included).

In oh so many words and photos, go do it if you haven’t! It’ll make your day, firm your buttocks and work up a hearty lunch – all while spending fun quality time with family. Remember to bring lots of water for the kiddies, and a change of clothes for the husband.

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Lin Tan is an Entrepreneur and an Executive Coach who dedicates more time to making society a better place over making babies (for now). Follow her blog on www.maybebaby.sg/blog and journey with her as she embarks on all things ‘life after 30′.

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