Roxanne Linton was 8 years old when she learned that hardening of the arteries ran in her family. It was a bitter lesson learned after a physically fit, middle-aged uncle died during a martial arts competition.
Linton weathered a chronic illness in her late 20s that dogged her for several years, until she eliminated processed foods from her diet and took up regular exercise. She took more steps forward in recent years, after becoming a certified as a fitness instructor, and by the National Institute of Whole Health as a wellness prfessional.
She took a leap when she created a program that pairs trampoline fitness called “rebounding” with Sprint 8, a high-intensity interval fitness routine she named “Primal.” Rebounding has become popular in other countries and large cities in the U.S. but is new to Western New York.
“It's a whole-body workout,” Linton explained, “because the whole time, even though you have weights in your hands, your knees, your feet, every cell in your body is getting that weight training.”
Linton, 48, opened Primal Rebound wellness and fitness studio several weeks ago in a small plaza in Elma. The studio, at 5660 Clinton St., offers straight-up trampoline, Primal Rebound Meets Bike & Tramp, Les Mills sprint, strength training, and yoga classes. It will host an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. May 11 and is offering discounted rates and a seven-day Healthy Habits Challenge throughout May. For more info, visit primalrebound.com.
Linton, who grew up in North Collins and was one of 50 students in her high school graduating class, worked as an accountant through much of the past two decades before leaving the field to pursue a career in health and fitness. The busy mother of two teenage sons started Primal Rebounding eight years ago in her Hamburg home to keep physically fit.
“I showed someone what I was doing last summer, and she said, ‘Why aren’t you teaching this?’ I started to bring my trampolines over to my girlfriend's house and three of us would do these workouts.”
Those who take the standard Primal Rebound class can expect 35 minutes or so of high-intensity interval training atop a small trampoline. Most participants hold 3- to 5-pound weights and use a support bar to keep their balance and continue their momentum.
Fit Happenz, a Depew fitness studio focused largely on Zumba, also hosts some rebounding classes.
Linton starts her classes with a warmup, followed by sprints that run 20 to 30 seconds, active recovery with weights and a few minutes of cardio. The cycle then repeats, taking turns working slow-, fast- and superfast-twitch muscle fibers.
“Rebounding is like a detox,” Linton said. “It's like putting a vacuum cleaner into your body and pulling out all the toxins from your lymphatic system. And you’re getting three times the exercise because you’re dealing with three forces: acceleration, deceleration and gravity.”
Other classes aside from yoga take the same high-intensity interval approach.
“There won't be any hour-long classes of people doing cardio here,” Linton said, “because my philosophy is I work out to live, not live to work out.”