adidas rugby Kangoo Jumps instructor keeps her fitness hopping
suits me perfectly because I hyper and I love to jump. self confessed jumping junkie a fit 120 pounds at 5 foot 7 discovered KJs three years ago while vacationing in her Romanian birthplace. Takacs stumbled across a fitness instructor who was leading rebound classes featuring the unique footwear, so she signed up.
fell in love with the sport, she recalls.
After returning home, Takacs got her feet into a pair of KJs as soon as she could, and she been hopping to it ever since.
The Swiss manufacturers of Kangoo Jumps tout a kangaroo pouch full of fitness benefits.
Among the claims, the bouncing boots are said to reduce the impact of exercise on the knees and other joints by as much as 80%, bolster the lymphatic system by helping to flush toxins, and aid in weight loss by burning more calories than other activities.
They also fun,
something to which Takacs can attest.
just puts a smile on your face. It makes you happy. It gives you a (feeling of) euphoria, notes the 35 year old mom.
Takacs, an avid jogger, wears her KJs while going on frequent 5 to 10 kilometre runs, usually along a bike path in Calgary Glenmore Park.
jogging, it really good because it gives you a big push forward, she says, noting that the low impact shoes are ideal for joggers looking to dramatically reduce the wear and tear on their joints.
can go faster you just make bigger steps. also teaches six KJ exercise classes a week two at her local Gold Gym and four in her basement.
have a big basement so I can fit around 15 people,
While KJs have been known to add nearly a metre to a wearer leap, Takacs is pleased to report that there are no head sized holes in her basement ceiling. Yet.
Her whimsical workouts, she notes, offer much more than high intensity cardio.
get really fit everywhere, she says. works every inch of your body. the legs and abs.
legs are working for the whole class, she adds. you get a really nice abdomen. When you lifting both legs, the abdomen contracts all the time. wraps up her classes with some floor work, which includes conditioning with light weights for the upper body.
which cost about $300, aren recommended for use on gravel or ice.
But Takacs wears them in fresh snow during the winter when the weather permits.
Whether it indoors or outdoors, don just take her word for it, Takacs says.
Springed boots were developed as early as the 1920s in Eastern Europe to help athletes rehab injured ankles, knees, hips and backs.
In the 1980s, Swiss entrepreneur Denis Naville redeveloped the innovative product with an emphasis on comfort, design and performance. And Kangoo Jumps were born.