Lonely Planet Writer

As the craze takes off across the globe, the world's biggest trampoline arena opens in Scotland

Big kids and little kids take note; the world’s biggest trampoline arena has opened in Scotland. It’s one of many dedicated parks popping up all over the world as trampolining takes off as the latest global fitness trend.

Children playing trampoline soccer
The trampoline arena is wall-to-wall trampolines. Image by Flip Out

Glasgow’s Flip Out is kitted out with a whopping 63,000-square-feet full of 200 trampolines to bounce around on. There are Olympic-sized trampolines, as well as foam pits, wall runners and a dodgeball court to play in. For children, there’s a specially built soft play area, kids arena and smaller trampolines.

Adults can test themselves in the Ninja Warrior Course, stunt arenas, dodgeball courts or bungee runs and there’s also a cafe and a sports bar on site. Groups will also be able to book private rooms for parties and there will also be regular classes for those who want to become a trampoline expert.

2017’s biggest fitness craze

Trampolining is no longer a niche sport and has become a calorie-busting fitness trend around the world. Flip Out began in Sydney more than two years ago and has since expanded to 12 other countries, including Egypt, Mexico and Spain. In the UK alone there are 120 parks dedicated to trampolining and an estimated 20% of regulars are adults.

Child in a mid-air jump on a trampoline
Kids love playing in the arenas full of trampolines. Image by Flip Out

While it is a fun adrenaline rush, there’s more to it than swapping your adult responsibilities for an hour or two of bouncing. It’s fantastic for cardiovascular fitness and the science backs it up; a recent study by NASA showed that ten minutes on a trampoline is equivalent to 30 on a treadmill.

The bounce of the trampoline also has enormous benefits to the lymphatic system, as well as improving your balance, coordination and bone density. Best of all, it’s low impact as the trampoline absorbs approximately 80% of the strain that would normally be felt on your important weight-bearing joints.

While every sport brings risk, but statistics in the UK say you’re most at risk from sprains and the odd fracture. Trampolining at home is also considered more risky than visiting a dedicated trampoline arena.