Bungee Workout Review : Bellyrina Tries BungFly!
I never thought I’d ever I’d ever find myself tied to a bungee cord. I have a paralysing fear of heights, so bungee jumping is nowhere on my bucket list. But when Aastha Gulati of Dhurii invited me to try a session of BungFly, their all-new bungee workout, I was intrigued!
Dhurii is only the 6th place in the world to offer the bungee workout, and the very first in India! The workshop happened at Ben’s Body Studio in Indiranagar. I arrived to find the instructors tying long elastic cords to the beams in the roof, and immediately questioned my decision — I’m chicken like that.
The instructors (Supriya and Amrudesh) then helped me get into my harness, which is quite an interesting workout in itself! There’s a lot of straps and buckles and thingamabobs that need to be adjusted and fastened, before you’re ready to get started with the bungee workout. The thigh straps are also fitted with cushioning, to prevent the straps from cutting and chafing.
My harness was then tied to one of the bungee cords suspended from the rafters. The fastening is adjusted based on each student’s height, so as to ensure optimal resistance. I had to climb onto a ladder at one point so that my fastening could be adjusted! And no, I’m not particularly tall, in case you were wondering. It’s just easier to take the participant to the bungee than the other way around.
We were then led through a quick series of moves to familiarise ourselves with our bungees, and warm up the cords (and our muscles!).
The above move was actually harder than it looks. While it’s essentially just ‘sitting’ down, it does take some getting used to. The combination of the bungee’s resistance and the feeling of floating really messes with your sense of balance in the beginning. This, of course, is the very essence of the bungee workout — it makes you activate your core and improve your balance.
Once we managed to get used to our harnesses and bungees — which admittedly, takes a lot of shifting and adjusting — we got started on the actual workout. Supriya led us through a series of squats, push-ups, lunges and yoga moves, all while suspended from our bungees.
Can you tell I’m dying?
Oh, and look what more she made us do!
That’s right. Pushups… with a clap… on a bungee.
Oh, but that’s not all! We also lunged…
… and twisted!
Oh, and to wrap it all up, Supriya taught us to “fly”!
And then I crawled out, pink in the face and drenched in sweat.
So what’s my verdict? DO IT!
I workout a fair deal (as you know), and this workout was genuinely challenging for me. It’s a great mix of cardio, resistance, and strength, and your core will be on fire!
Things you need to remember:
- Keep your water bottle close. The instructors can’t keep unfastening you every time you need a drink, so make sure your water bottle is within bungee radius.
- The workout is barefoot, so don’t bother with the sneakers.
- Make sure you adjust the thigh padding on the harness so that your inner thighs are protected. Else the straps can really cut and/or bruise you. For good measure, you could also wear bottom wear of slightly thicker fabric. I wore regular workout leggings, and I did get bruised a bit.
- Ladies, tie your hair up. A braid or bun is advised, else your hair can get tangled up in your bungee cord, and that will hurt like all hell!
- Trust. Your bungee, your instructor, and your body. Trust them, and you’re going to be fine!
Until the next new workout, my lovelies! <3