WHETHER crossing the North Atlantic Ocean in a rubber dinghy, paramotoring over the Himalayas, climbing remote mountain peaks in Antarctica or eating the flesh of a decaying, Lion-ravaged Zebra, adventurer Bear Grylls has demonstrated a remarkable talent for pushing his body to the limit.
It’s a tough obstacle course and we make no apologies for that - this is the way Bear builds fitness for his adventures
Launching in early 2017, Britain’s most fearless explorer and ultimate Boy Scout will be uniting with Oxygen Freejumping Trampoline Park in Manchester to create a unique indoor fitness programme based on his tried and tested survival techniques (without any of the death-defying stunts, thankfully).
While there’ll be no need to pack a rucksack, the programme will require some adventurer athleticism to complete the ‘multi-storey assault course’ and practice the moves and techniques Bear uses in the wild.
The adventure course, which is currently being built in the Trafford Park trampoline studios, will have up to four lanes per course, which will vary in difficulty allowing people to challenge themselves and work up to progressively harder obstacles.
The assault course will take place at Oxygen Freejumping Trampoline Park in Manchester
It will be a high-intensity workout programme, too. An hour’s session at Bear Grylls Fitness, including a 30-minute high-intensity workout and run time on the obstacle course, could potentially burn between 600-1000 calories. As with any HIIT workout, it’s the afterburn effects that keep chasing calories for longer.
Bear Grylls explains that the course will provide a 'totally unique way of training, both functional and very dynamic'.
"This is the way that I build fitness for all my adventures," he says, "and Oxygen Freejumping provides the perfect venue and culture to train hard in this style.”
Bear Grylls Fitness is said to be primarily about competing with yourself but will occasionally run time trials where users can compete against each other. And while the new workout is designed for people from ages twelve upwards, it's not a walk in the park (more like a climb up a mountain, if anything).
"It’s a tough obstacle course and we make no apologies for that - this is the way Bear builds fitness for his adventures," says Oxygen Freejumping who will be launching the new course in their Manchester venue first.
CGI of the Bear Grylls course
CEO, David Stalker, added: "We are delighted with this partnership as we both share a simple mission to empower people of all ages to get moving in a different way that anyone can try.
"Our sites are more than just trampolining as they are centres for Freerunning, fitness programmes, aspiring gymnasts and of course huge numbers of people just looking to have fun at events, dodgeball leagues and Freejumping sessions. This obstacle course concept is the logical next step and I can’t wait for all of our Freejumpers to get fit and try to overcome the same type of obstacles that Bear encounters in the wild.
We will now set about building something that will truly surprise everyone, first at our Trafford site and then across our growing estate."
To sign up for the upcoming classes at Oxygen Freejumping Trampoline Park, Trafford Way, Stretford, Manchester M17 8DD, see here.