If you told Khairul Marzuqi, 24, he would one day be an aerobics instructor, he would’ve laughed in your face. As a music student majoring in violin, his ambition was to play in an orchestra.
But four years on, he is a jump referee and jump aerobics instructor at Jump Street Asia Trampoline Park, Petaling Jaya.
It’s a big change, he agreed, something his younger self would not have imagined.
His friend, a fellow parkour enthusiast, invited him to work at Jump Street Asia when it first opened over a year ago. Marzuqi was also involved in the parkour scene at the time and he could do impressive stunts – a useful skill when working at a trampoline park.
Marzuqi accepted the post, thinking it was only going to be something he would do while waiting for a music-related job. Today, he is still actively involved at Jump Street Asia, working five days a week and conducting jump aerobic classes twice a week, including weekends.
While you would normally associate trampolines with children jumping in the backyard, but Jump Street Asia has interconnected trampolines over 39,000 square feet.
It is the largest indoor trampoline park in Asia and third largest in the world.
Being able to bounce around all that space is certainly fun, but as with all sports, it can be dangerous.
“Trampolining is not an extreme sport, but there are dangers,” said Marzuqi.
The company recognises this, which is why they have at least 25 jump referees watching the entire facility.
There are also strict rules and regulations on safety, which includes a no handphone policy on the court. So yes, #trampolineselfies are not allowed.
Marzuqi is a lean ball of energy, constantly encouraging his jump aerobics class, which includes young kids, college students, adults coming in after their nine-to-fives and even elderly folk.
And then there were us R.AGE journalists, who almost passed out from exhaustion after about 30 minutes. We were told 10 minutes on the trampoline is equivalent to 30 minutes on the treadmill – but it felt like more.
At the end of an hour-long session, you would’ve burnt 550 calories, equivalent to a Big Mac. The intermediate or advance classes help you burn 700-1,000 calories.
Trampolining also strengthens the core, improves your sense of balance and builds back and leg muscles. It’s a full body cardio workout that helps to burn fat, and Marzuqi finds great satisfaction when it helps his clients meet their fitness goals.
“I feel happy seeing them get fitter,” said Marzuqi. “You’ll see results in two to three months if you attend weekly sessions.”
If you want to give jump aerobics a try or simply spend a fun hour trampolining, check out jumpstreetasia.com.
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