If you are looking for something exciting and different that will make your heart pound loudly in your ears then look no further than Infinity Trampoline Park, Cardiff.
This centre is a new addition to Catherine Park and is right next to Boulders Rock Climbing Centre. I hadn’t been on a trampoline since school and the thought was a bit daunting but I had the best afternoon, it was so much fun and there were giggles all round.
When you arrive, the place looks a bit like an industrial estate with grey buildings and massive shops but when you enter, you are greeted by something completely different. The center is covered in trampolines and the bright yellow and red padding and foam pits bring lots of colour and this emphases the pleasure that simmers in the air.
The centre advises you to arrive 20 minuets before your session begins so you can put your shoes and socks into the boxes, sign the waiver and listen to a safety talk by one of their trained supervisors. It costs £7 for an hour off peak and slightly more (£9) during peak times. The centre is open from 10am most days and closes between 9pm-10pm during the week and is open until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Although there were children at our session, I was surprised by how many groups of adults there were. There is no age limit but you have to make sure you can still participate on health grounds. They run a three strikes system which works really well to prevent people acting dangerously in the center but apart form that, its really relaxed and you have freedom to do what you want.
There is the main court in which ‘open jump’ is encouraged. It has tumble tracks, boxes, walled trampolines and vaults, which mean that the possibilities of what to do are endless. But, if you are like me, you can just have competitions with your friends to see who can jump the highest!
There is a basketball area where you can do your best impression of Michael Jordan; a dodge ball area where you can have a game (or just fall over trying to pick up the balls) or just make up your own game.
If you fancy yourself the next best free-runner there is a vertical trampoline wall, which allows everyone to experience the thrill of parkour. The center also has fitness classes (it is the best workout I have has in a long time), which run on a weekly basis.
The foam pit is a great area to dive into whilst practicing your flips. I honestly thought there is no way I can do a flip (due to my highly inept acrobatic and general co-ordination skills) but by the end of the session, with some help from the on hand instructors, a bit of sweat and a lot of hard work, I was doing backflips! Not bad for an hours work!
I had such a great time at the centre, it was really fun, felt like a real workout and it was just great to do something different. Best of all, it is only a short ride from the city center and it is a great opportunity to make some great slow motion videos to show off your new skills to all your friends!
One important thing to note is that the park is changing locations as of the 31st January 2016. Please ask Staff for updated details. All details are correct as of 6th December 2015.
By Elouise Hobbs