Running is a very
beneficial form of cardio-vascular exercise and is very effective in
weight control for the athlete and the general population.
Unfortunately there are various limitations with running in respect to
its appeal to the majority of the population. Due to the high impact
forces that are placed on the body in the act of running, the body
experiences in undesirable stressful "thumping" sensation which
diminishes the enjoyment of the activity. The accumulation of these
stresses over time in many cases leads to joint injury either in lower
back, knee or ankle thus making running virtually impossible. This in
turn eliminates one of the most effective activities for increasing
fitness and fat loss.
The above problems are
the major limitations that I, as a personal trainer have to combat with
many of my clients. The vast majority of my clientele are physically
not capable of running due to joint pain or do not enjoy running due to
the traumatic impact forces experienced by the body during running. I
have had to consistently look for alternative activities that are not
only effective at increasing fitness and decreasing percentage bodyfat
but are also not stressful on the body and are enjoyable. Kangoo Jumps
provided me as a professional trainer with such an alternative. Kangoo
Jumps are an effective form of exercise for increasing cardio-vascular
fitness and decreasing bodyfat levels whilst eliminating the "thumping"
sensation experience by the body during running. Not only are the
Kangoo Jumps effective at achieving the desired physiological changes,
but they are also very enjoyable to train in, which increases the
chances of the client maintaining their exercise regime over long
period of time, which is important in achieving longer term training
I have trailed the
Kangoo Jumps on various subjects ranging from elite athletes to the
general public and found them to be a very effective training method, a
good form of cross training and an essential training tool during the
rehabilitation of an injured athlete or person. Clients or athletes
that have found it hard to maintain their fitness and bodyfat levels
during times of injury can now run during their rehabilitation without
the risk of further injury. Running in the Kangoo Jumps has actually
aided in the recovery from injury for many clients and has gained the
support of a number of leading physiotherapists on the Gold Coast.
One such example is
client of mine who is an ex marathon runner. She has been unable to run
for two and a half years due to a knee injury that required surgery.
This problem was compounded by another injury to her ankle which even
stopped her from power walking. The first time she trained in the
Kangoo Jumps she ran for forty minutes experiencing no pain or joint
discomfort. She was amazed that she could actually run pain free again
and said that she felt no impact at all but still achieved a good
workout. Many have explained it as running on air or on a moving
trampoline except that it provides a much better workout, especially in
the legs due to the weight of the boots. Kangoo Jumps provide an
excellent alternative to running that can be utilised by everyone who
are either incapable of running due to injury or do not enjoy running
due to the "thumping" sensation that the body experiences. I have use
the Kangoo Jumps with much success in respect to fitness gains, weight
loss and rehabilitation with many of my clientele and will continue to
use them as an safe enjoyable training alternative.
Kerry McEvoy MHMS,
Director "Sports Elite" & "Gold Coast Personal Trainers"