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VOL. 127 | NO. 28 | Friday, February 10, 2012

Bouncing Off the Walls

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park opens in Memphis

By Andy Meek

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Mixed martial arts hall-of-famer Randy Couture can be seen in a YouTube video running in place, passing a medicine ball and bouncing on a giant trampoline. He’s sweating and appears to be winded.

Participants try out the 3-D Dodgeball area at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, an all-trampoline walled playing court at 5535 Distriplex Farms Drive. 
(Photo: Lance Murphey)

He also says that trampoline-based workout – which he can be seen doing at a Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park – requires more energy than a workout done with a treadmill, and that after only 20 minutes, “you’re just toast.”

Memphians can get a taste of what he’s talking about, now that one of Sky Zone’s trampoline parks has opened in the city.

The new Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Memphis, at 5355 Distriplex Farms Drive, includes three trampoline courts. The main court holds up to 49 people.

The courts provide a unique bounce to recreation for people of all ages, shapes and sizes – and they’re used by Sky Zone for several organized experiences, too.

The trampolines lend themselves to organized games of dodgeball. The “open jump” experience is for anyone who wants to bound across the court, see how high they can get with a vertical leap or – literally – bounce off the walls.

SkyRobics fitness classes combine a cardio and strength training program with elements of fun bouncing and leaping that aren’t a part of traditional workouts.

Trey Whidden, 9, flips into the foam zone at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, an all-trampoline walled playing court facility. The facility features an Open Jump experience, 3-D Dodgeball, Sky Slam Basketball and SkyRobics fitness classes.
(Photo: Lance Murphey)

“One thing I want to stress,” said Chris Avery, president and CEO of Sky Zone Memphis, “is that somebody might say, ‘Oh, my kids will enjoy this.’ But what I’d say to that is this is a great place for families too.

“I’m 42 years old, and when I get out on the trampolines, I have a blast, and I feel like a kid again.”

Sky Zone LLC created and built the first all-trampoline, walled playing court, and a patent was issued for the concept. The company has franchise locations open across the U.S. and Canada.

Various awards the concept has racked up include “Best Gym Alternative” by Vegas Seven Magazine, “Best Birthday Party For Boys” by St. Louis Magazine and “2010 Best Family Attraction” by Las Vegas Review Journal.

“I’ve been in sales and sales management here in Memphis for the past almost 20 years,” Avery said. “I saw this on TV and that there was a franchise opportunity. I did some research, one thing led to another, and after I previewed everything and looked at the finances, it just made sense to bring it here.

“When I went to two other locations and looked at it and visited with those franchisees – the moment you walk in the door, you’re just blown away.”

Sky Zone will be open Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Avery said children between ages 7 and 14 will likely make up the largest audience but that the park is geared toward all ages.

In addition to the structured events, the facility also will be available for group events and for use by churches, schools and other organizations.

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