burns more calories than running, strengthens the bodyís core and
posture and has been hailed by some as the perfect workout.
Cardiolates combines jumping, or "rebounding" on a
mini-trampoline with a Pilates routine.
a veteran personal trainer who studied exercise physiology at San
Diego State and Arizona State, has owned Lift Pilates in Fox Point
since 2005. She introduced Cardiolates at her club after seeing the
workout in New York.
by standing on the floor for a warm-up," McNichols says.
"Then you go up on the rebounder (trampoline) and slowly jump and
stretch, eventually jumping up and down for six to eight
get down on the mat for the first interval of Pilates."
The cycle is
repeated two or three times during the 50-minute workout, which
McNichols says can burn up to 600 calories and leaves a lot of people
with smiles on their faces.
laughs. With all of that jumping, you feel like a kid again. And we
jump pretty high sometimes."
former triathlete, says Cardiolates is a terrific alternative to
running for people looking for major cardio work without the major
impact on feet, knees and hips."Rebounding
absorbs seven-eighths of the shock to the skeletal system compared to
running on the pavement."
anyone of any age (there are several 60-somethings in her class) can
practice Cardiolates and she offers a pay-per-class set up for those
aspiring rebounders who want to give it a try.
everyone should be rebounding. Itís that good for you and itís
fun. We need to get out of our chairs; if itís fun this will
seen plenty of exercise programs come and go throughout her career but
feels Cardiolates is here to stay. "I donít think this will be
a fad. Itís easy on the joints. There are a lot of great health
benefits. Itís a great thing, especially if youíre getting