SPRINGBOK FITNESS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I AM COMPLETELY UNFIT, CAN I ATTEND?
Yes! Whether you attend 5 classes a week, run marathons or haven’t exercised for 20 years, Springbok Fitness is suitable for all abilities. Our qualified instructors will be sure to offer you alternatives if you are struggling with certain positions and you are welcome to take the class at your own pace. Always be sure to check in with your instructor if you have any concerns on the day.
I HAVE TERRIBLE COORDINATION, WILL I FALL OFF?
This is possibly the biggest worry for first timers. Due do the choreographed nature of our classes, it is normal to worry that you are not going to be able to follow or even fall off of your trampoline! Don’t worry! For your first couple of classes, take it slowly. You will find that by the second half of the class you have already picked it up!
You will not fall off. We spring low and stay close to our trampolines. Confidence is a huge part of this whole experience and if you have been brave enough to get to the class, you will soon feel confident that you can do this! If jumps and turns make you feel unsteady and unbalanced, slow everything down and take things at your own pace. Please be reminded that our classes are full of non-judgement instructors and attendees. We were all brand new once and there are no bad vibes at Springbok Fitness, so relax and feel proud for trying something new.
WILL I WET MYSELF?!
Ladies, this is a big concern for most people and one of our most frequently asked questions. ‘Stress Incontinence’ or peeing yourself during exercise is very common. There is going to be pressure applied to your abdomen during Springbok with jumps, sprints, lifting weights etc. Our pelvic floor may be weakened after child birth or you may just have a weak pelvic floor even if you haven’t birthed a child.
Our best advice straight up is, Be Prepared! We often joke that we keep Tena Lady in business. Just wear a pad for your classes, you will soon discover if you need it. Attendees and Instructors need them, you are not alone.
Going forward, you may find that in time, you no longer wet yourself. It boils down to strengthening the pelvic floor, by your breathing technique, clenching your abs, bracing your core and really importantly, staying hydrated. If you drink less, your urine becomes concentrated which actually irritates the bladder, making it feel like it needs to be emptied more. Drink your water people.
I HAVE AN INJURY, CAN I STILL ATTEND?
If you have a current injury, chances are that you will need to take some time to rest and recover. Depending on which body part is affected, whether you have a past or a current injury, your instructor will discuss alternative exercises with you.
We would recommend that you are given the thumbs up from your doctors or health care practitioner before you attend a class with an old or current injury.
If you were not active before pregnancy, it is not recommended that you suddenly take up strenuous exercise like Springbok Fitness.
If you attended Springbok regularly before pregnancy and you feel comfortable to continue, we would recommend that you seek your doctors’ approval firstly. We also suggest the following:
• Always inform your instructor that you are pregnant
• Listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. If you need to rest, rest. Take regular breaks.
• Take the intensity down. Remember that you are exercising to maintain your health and fitness throughout your pregnancy, there is no need to over-do it and exhaust yourself. If you are using hand weights, reduce your weights.
• Stay hydrated. Always drink plenty of water.
POST PREGNANCY & C-SECTION
The recommended guidelines for post pregnancy exercise is 6 weeks after a straightforward vaginal delivery. If you regularly attended Springbok before your pregnancy, you may be fine to attend sooner. But especially with your first baby, it is best to wait until after your 6 week postnatal check.
A more complicated delivery or a C-section does require a longer recovery time. Your core abdominal muscles will be weaker than before pregnancy and delivery, so it is very important to allow at least 12 weeks for internal recovery.
It is most important to listen to your body and if something doesn’t feel right or you are experiencing pain, you should stop.
CAN I STILL ATTEND IF I AM BREASTFEEDING?
Absolutely! With Springbok Fitness offering child friendly classes, you are welcome to stop to breastfeed in a safe and non-judgemental environment.
WHAT DOES CHILD FRIENDLY MEAN?
Our Child Friendly Classes are a major hit with parents and children. Give your little ones the opportunity to witness their mums and dads exercising and living a healthy lifestyle at Springbok.
Springbok Fitness welcomes children of all ages. You are welcome to bring drinks, snacks and any toys that your child likes to play with, while you train. We do remind parents that you are responsible for your children’s whereabouts during class.
HOW LONG BEFORE CLASS SHOULD I EAT?
To avoid any stomach discomfort during exercise, we would recommend that you leave 2-3 hours between consuming a full meal and attending class.
If you are not able to get in a full meal 2-3 hours before class and you are hungry, we would suggest that you can snack up until 45 minutes before class – try to eat an easily digestible snack that is mainly containing carbs and/or protein. (Examples: a piece of fruit or a nutrition bar/protein ball)
HOW DO I BOOK? CAN I PAY CASH?
All class bookings must be prepaid via our website: www.springbokfitness.com
We do not accept cash.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
We understand that attending a new exercise class can be daunting. We are confident that our instructors and friendly vibe will make you feel at ease when you get to class but what you are wearing, is definitely going to have an impact on how you feel during your workout.
• TRAINERS! Wearing appropriate footwear at Springbok Fitness is most important.
Everyone has different feet, therefore, we recommend that you get properly fitted trainers in a sports shop to bring out the best in your performance. We always wear socks and trainers at Springbok, going bare foot is not suitable for our equipment.
• A sports bra. Ladies, as you are going to be springing around for up to an hour, make sure you are equipped with a good quality sports bra. Feeling comfortable in this area is going to make your experience much more enjoyable.
• Breathable leggings and Top. We recommend that you wear leggings so you have the freedom to manoeuvre. You are going to be squatting, twisting, sprinting etc. You are welcome to wear shorts if you are comfortable.
Choose a top that you are comfortable in, whether it’s a baggy vest or t-shirt, or a tight vest or t-shirt.
• Bring a hoodie or sweatshirt. After a sweaty session and when your heart rate has dropped, you may want to add a layer of clothing to leave the class in.
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WHAT ELSE SHOULD I BRING?
WATER! Good hydration has been shown to sustain and even enhance performance. Not all studios have an accessible water tap, so don’t forget to bring a big bottle of water. We do not recommend carbonated or sugary drinks for during your class.
HAIR TIES. If you have long or short hair, try to remember hair ties and/or hair clips. Having your hair hanging in your face whilst you are springing around is going to be annoying for you and potentially dangerous.
A TOWEL. A small hand towel is another optional accessory to bring along with you to class.
SHOULD I ARRIVE EARLY FOR MY FIRST CLASS?
Particularly for your first class at Springbok Fitness, we would ask if you could arrive 5-10 minutes early. Rushing in late for your first time is going to be stressful for you. It is important that your instructor knows that you are new, to discuss any injuries you may have, to guide you through the structure of the class, where the toilets and fire exits are and to answer any questions you may have.
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