As the Bear Grylls fitness class at Oxygen Freejumping Croydon approached, my excitement mutated into anxiety. My boldness in registering for the arduous obstacle course and exercise session suddenly seemed very foolish… After all, who was I to think that I could aspire to the athleticism, determination and coordination of extreme nature survivalist and ex-Special Forces member Bear Grylls??
But I dragged myself to the Bear Grylls fitness class at Oxygen Freejumping Croydon, anyways. Spotting a McDonald’s nearby, I promised myself a consolation ice cream if the whole experience went bottom’s up. I trudged upstairs, like a condemned woman heading for the gallows and signed in.
As I anxiously awaited my fate, kids swarmed around me, ready to let loose on the immense Oxygen Freejumping trampoline park. They scrambled up rock walls, catapulted into foam pits and played dodge ball on a trampoline court.
I was really jealous. Why hadn’t I signed up for a fun freejumping session instead?
Our class, led by Max, thankfully began on exercise mats. His yoga-based stretching helped to ground me and calm my nerves. Discovering that my 2 classmates were also newbies helped, too. We would all probably look silly, wobbling our way around the Bear Grylls fitness course…
We stepped up to the Bear Grylls obstacles. First we clamoured up and down cargo nets before making our way across many other playground-style obstacles… My inner child delighted, remembering my climbs up the ceiling high rope at my elementary school and playing the wobbly rope bridge above the woodchips. The best part of class was charging up the half-pipe “Ninja Warrior”-style “warped wall!”
But despite a happy heart, my muscles quickly fatigued – especially my upper body strength and grip strength. I certainly don’t use those enough in everyday life, so if you are looking to build up strength and endurance in those areas, the Bear Grylls fitness class will be great for you.
The fitness class wasn’t all about completing obstacles, though. Max led us through a series of conditioning exercises, incorporating the obstacles as props to make the exercises more interesting. We did triceps dips, pull-ups, one-legged squats and more. The Bear Grylls fitness class was a unique way to exercise, without succumbing to a boring routine.
For more, check out my fitness class review with The Croydon Citizen.
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Disclosure: Up&AtEm Travel was provided with complimentary admission for an honest review with local newspaper The Croydon Citizen. For reviews and blog features – contact me for collaborations.