Not only children have fun in trampoline parks, adults also come to exercise. A trend sport has long developed around trapezoids and jumping sheets – which is why new halls are always opening up.
Take a run. Get on the trampoline. Repel. Spread your arms. Sail through the air. Land in the sea from foam pillows. “Again!” Calls Isabel and climbs out of the foam mountain. While walking back to the starting point, her sister Olivia runs to do the same maneuver as Isabel.
Her father Martin Heindlmeier, meanwhile, shuffles a few meters further through a pole course. Putting one hand in front of the other, he grabs the bars and moves forward without touching the ground. The muscles stretch under his red sports shirt, his face contorted by the exertion. He is sweating. Nevertheless, when he is through the course, he also runs straight back to the starting point, grabs the poles and pulls himself up on them. Unlike his daughters, he didn’t just come to the newly opened trampoline park of the Superfly Airsports company on Martin-Kollar-Straße am Moosfeld for fun. He is also here for training.
Trampoline parks have been enjoying increasing popularity over the past few years. There are several of these halls in and around Munich, which are up to 5500 square meters in size. In addition to numerous trampolines, basketball baskets, which even inexperienced players can use to dunk, can be found in them, as well as meter-high slides, balancing units and cable cars as they are known from playgrounds. Children’s birthdays are celebrated there as well as company events, cheerleaders and course athletes come for training. A trend sport has long developed around the trampoline parks.
In the trampoline park at Moosfeld, which opened at the end of last year, there is a ninja course in which athletes like Martin Heindlmeier and his colleague Stefan Settele can prepare for competitions like “Ninja Warrior”. Around 13,000 athletes are applying for the show broadcast on RTL, and around 300 will make it to the finals. Settele would like to try this year. There are good training opportunities in the hall here, he thinks. Even if he and Martin Heindlmeier agree that it could be a bit more demanding. “Sure, of course you have to find a mix,” says Heindlmeier. After all, the trampoline park should offer something for everyone.
The audience on this Friday afternoon is correspondingly mixed: children whiz around between Heindlmeier and Settele, at the cable car ten-year-olds alternate with their forties. The park is very well received, says site manager Alissa Teixeira Parente. When planning for the park began, Teixeira Parente was worried that the hype about trampoline jumping might be over by the time it opened. “But that’s not the case at all,” she observes, “it’s more that new target groups have been added.” FC Bayern’s basketball players were there recently. Almost nowhere can bounce be trained as effectively and playfully as on trampolines. This brings condition, and the muscles are strengthened. Teixeira Parente says jumping ten minutes is like jogging half an hour.
Jumping, dodging, balancing – if you like to move even in winter and don’t like gyms, the trampoline parks in and around Munich are a good alternative.
In the company’s park Superfly Airsports at Moosfeld (Martin-Kollar-Straße 4), adults pay 14, 17.50 or 21 euros for 60, 90 or 120 minutes during the week, on weekends the prices for the respective jumping time are 14, 21 or 28 euros , Children up to six years pay significantly less; in addition, as in almost all trampoline halls, there are also special group offers. Depending on the hall, there may be a surcharge of up to three euros for the prescribed jump socks at the prices listed here.
in the Airhop Trampoline Park at Ingolstädter Straße 172 there is a discount for groups of ten or more; On top of that, there is something like a Bahncard for the hall with the Airhop Card: once bought, depending on the tariff, the card gives you either a 25, 50 or 100 percent discount on admission. It ranges between twelve euros (60 minutes during the week) and 28 euros (120 minutes between Friday and Sunday). For the so-called mini-hoppers, i.e. children up to and including four years, you pay five euros for 60 minutes; there is a separate area for them.
You can jump a little cheaper in the Maxx Arena in Kirchheim near Munich (Hürdenstraße 4). Here you pay 25 euros for a 120-minute jump time on weekends, during the week the same period costs 19.50 euros. frey
But of course the children remain a large target group. Mathias Hierl has come to the park with a whole horde, his daughter is celebrating his birthday, and because she is constantly running from one trampoline to the next, she is just not available. Hierl has booked one of the birthday packages for the afternoon, which cost between 17.90 euros and 32.90 euros and in which, in addition to the 90-minute jump time, a meal and, depending on the price category, other extras are included. Hierl does not find this really cheap – but it is still fun, even for him, the father. “I jumped around earlier,” he says. Now he needs a break and watches the birthday guests plunge down one of the giant slides.
Overcoming is needed for some of the stations. For example, Isabel and Olivia, the daughters of Martin Heindlmeier, only dared to take the cable car when their dad showed them how it works. At other stations you can always see children hesitating before plunging into the depths. Once they have dared, the joy is great and smiling children’s faces emerge from the foam pillows.
But things don’t always go well: the operators of the trampoline halls do a lot to minimize the risk of injury; there are safety instructions and numerous employees who monitor the jump operation. But there are always collisions or ligament injuries. Rescue services or sports orthopedic surgeons do not provide statistics on which of their patients are currently from a trampoline park, but the subjective assessment of several doctors and paramedics is that jumping on trampolines is not entirely harmless. However, most of the injuries do not occur because the safety precautions are not sufficient, but because the visitors do not comply with the regulations or simply land and bend incorrectly.
Slowly, very slowly, Olivia puts one foot in front of the other. The arms are spread out, the upper body sways back and forth, just like the narrow beam under their feet. Concentrated she moves forward, stumbles, finds her balance again. Then she did it. When she runs back, Isabel is already on the beam.