INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Tuesday’s Gr8 Health might have you jumping for joy — or at least jumping for fitness. With a strange name and even stranger gear, “Kangoo” aims to be Central Indiana’s next workout craze.
The twist on typical workouts is in the footwear; everyone in Kangoo wears “Jumps” — black plastic boots with huge, football-shaped springs on the sole.
Kangoo has a big following elsewhere, but it’s only just now jumping in popularity here.
Recently, several members of a Kangoo club offered to show 24-Hour News 8 how it works. The group decided to ignore the rain and press on. In fact, the discipline’s odd-looking boots turned out to be a benefit, as they let everyone bounce high above the puddles.
Michelle Davis and Laura Seidensticker are the teachers of the odd-looking but oddly-addictive workout. Davis specializes in cardio, while Seidensticker does strength.
“Its almost like mini-trampolines on the feet, so it makes it fun for kids and adults,” says Davis.
The Cass family Kangoos together. Wendy and Richard Cass and their son Cadence all say they love it.
“I saw the boots and I just fell in love with them,” explains Wendy Cass, who then prodded her husband and son to give it a try.
“It is kind of weird when you first start, but then you start bouncing around you get the hang of it and I just like bouncing around!” Cadence Cass said.
Richard Cass, who says he’s tried several different kinds of workouts, says this one is his favorite so far.
“I love it. I get to spend time with my family [and] lose weight,” he said.
When watching a Kangoo class, you see many of the same movements familiar to more traditional aerobic workouts. Davis says the boots make all of those movements extremely low-impact.
Davis also claims the boots make the movements more efficient, increasing the effectiveness of the workout.
Seidensticker says the constant bouncing engages a critical element of overall fitness.
“You’re working your core,” she says. “Core strength is extremely important. Helps us with everything. Sports performance. Walking up and down the stairs, balance.”
If there is a hurdle to Kangoo becoming a huge hit, it may be the initial investment. The boots cost more than $200. But Davis says her clients see it as a worthwhile long-term investment, and she has plenty of loaners for anyone who wants to try a session for no charge.
Davis teaches Monday and Thursday evenings at Heritage Gardens in Fishers and Wenedsays and Saturdays at Cesar Group Fitness in Indianapolis. To find out more information click here.