Trampoline FAQs Frequently Asked Questions for Trampolining

1. Isn’t Trampoline just bouncing up & down? What are trampoline classes?

Maybe you have what it takes to become the next Olympic champion!? We teach the Olympic sport of Trampoline gymnastics. And anyone can learn it, young or old. It is a great way to exercise and stay in shape too. Compared to other acrobatic disciplines that you might have seen, it is much more forgiving on the body so it can be learnt at any age. In the beginning, you will learn simple and easy moves like a how to Stop, or a Seated-drop. Eventually, you may learn advanced skills with somersaults and twists. Everyone learns at their own pace in our friendly atmosphere. Watch a video of one of our Coaches competing in NYC below:

2. Is Trampoline gymnastics safe?

Safety is our number one priority. Fearless Flyers Academy is considered a Gymnastics training school. And as such, we pride ourselves in our stellar safety record and professionalism. We have numerous safety-harnesses, end-decks, crash mats, floating mats, etc. When we teach flips or somersaults, it is all done while wearing a safety-harness device. We only use qualified coaches and instructors for our classes.

3. How qualified are your coaches?

We have 3 USA Gymnastics judges on staff. 2 of our coaches are Superior Level judges for Trampoline & Tumbling. Coach Don was the former Technical Chairman for USA Gymnastics in New England states. Coach Penelope was the former Athlete Representative for USA Gymnastics in New England states. Coach Penelope was also a Jr. Elite competitor herself, who competed all over the US, before she retired from competition in 2016 to focus on teaching and performing at Fearless Flyers. But most importantly, we’re all super friendly!!! 🙂

4. Is it okay that I am a complete beginner?

Yes, we specialize in teaching people from scratch! Although it is great if you have former gymnastics-related experience, the fact is that most of our students have never done anything similar to this. Each one of our coaches are very friendly and knowledgeable. We will work with you individually, and we encourage everyone to progress at their own comfortable rate.

5. What should I bring?

Socks!  Socks are required on our trampolines.  Once in awhile, it’s okay if you forget to wear socks.  But try to be courteous and wear socks whenever possible for sanitation reasons, as well as for your own comfort.  If you have long hair, please tie it back.  And please remove as much jewelry as possible before your lesson.  For prescription eye-glasses, we recommend wearing a head-strap or glasses-strap.  You will also want to bring a bottle of water, please no juice or soda in the gym!  And also, a camera in case you want to take some videos!

6. How many students are in a trampoline class?

There is no maximum capacity for our trampoline classes. Our training facility is very large! 🙂

7. Can I just walk-in/drop-in? Do I need to register online?

Please register and pay for classes through our website and calendar.  If you have a monthly membership, just use your free code to register.

8. How old does my child need to be for trampoline? How old do the adults need to be?

ALL Ages Trampoline Class: 6 – 100 yrs old

Open Gym: 6 – 100 yrs old

Trampoline Birthday Parties: 4 – 100 yrs old

9. What makes this different than a Trampoline Park?

Fearless Flyers Academy is the only Olympic trampoline training center in New England. We are very different than a typical trampoline park. Trampoline Parks can be dangerous, wild, and chaotic. Fearless Flyers Academy is a place for you and your family to have fun and a controlled and relaxing environment. Our friendly coaches will teach you drills and progressions that enable you to learn the sport of Trampoline gymnastics. No experience is required; we specialize in teaching students from scratch, regardless of their age or ability. We are also one of the ONLY acrobatic schools that teach ADULTS!

10. Do I have to take a class? I just want to come to Open Jump.

If you would like to attend Open Gym, you are required to take at least 1 trampoline class at Fearless Flyers Academy first, regardless of your skill-level. After that, you are allowed to come to Open Gym, as long as you follow our safety rules, which will be explained to everyone at the beginning of the session. Taking a class is easy, just pick a lesson from our calendar and register online.

11. What’s the difference between Trampoline Class vs. Open Gym?

In Classes, you will work closely with a coach to learn moves and progressions. Our coaches track your progress and develop a curriculum for you. It is very fun and rewarding.  Open Gym is a time to practice the trampoline moves that you have learned in our classes.  Students are only allowed to practice the moves that they have been approved to perform.  It is a great time to get in some extra practice. Open Gym is supervised, but instruction is limited.  If you are serious about learning Trampoline gymnastics, you are encouraged to take weekly classes and supplement them with some Open Gym time.

12. Am I allowed to do somersaults or flips here?

Only students who have been approved and authorized by an FFA Coach may do somersaults/flip. Failure to follow this rule will result in your immediate expulsion from our academy, indefinitely.  YOU MUST ASK PERMISSION before doing any inverted skill.  So how can you get approval? By attending classes and learning from a qualified coach! Give it a try, classes are very fun and educational!

13. So you could teach me a back flip?

Yes, but it may take a while. There are dozens and dozens of skills that students must learn before we let them invert/flip. But eventually, you’ll get there. Eventually you may even learn a Double or a Triple, plus add in some twists, but it takes lots of time to learn more advanced moves. Everyone learns at their own rate, some people are slower at this, and some people are faster.  If you stick with it long enough, you will become good, period.

14. I want to get really good at trampoline. How often should I come?

Once or Twice a week is recommended for beginners, the more the better. We have a great membership program for our students if you are interested. If not, you can continue to pay-per-class. The choice is up to you.

15. How can I compete for Team Fearless?  Can my child compete for your team?  Can adults?  When is Competition Season?

Yes, the first step is to begin taking weekly classes at our facility. Once you (or your child) have reached a certain level of proficiency, they will be invited to compete (but it’s 100% optional). USA GYMNASTICS outlines the routines and skills that competitors need to perform for each Level. Competing is 100% optional, and not required at all. But a lot of our athletes do enjoy the competition aspect of the sport. It’s up to you. And yes, adults may compete, although the starting level tends to be much more difficult.  Just like in Gymnastics, there are 10 levels in trampoline, plus a couple of Elite levels beyond that.  Competition season is in the Winter time, so summer training is important if you intend on competing eventually.

16. I’m a former gymnast/cheerleader. I already know how to do flips, walk-overs, handsprings, aerials, etc. Do I really need to start from scratch?

Yes. EVERYONE at FFA learns from the bottom up, regardless of your past experience. But your former experience will indeed come in handy when you get to the intermediate levels. And each student learns at their own comfortable rate, so if you have some previous experience, you might learn some of the beginning skills more quickly.

17. I’m a current gymnast, diver, tumbler, trapeze artist, martial artist, dancer, etc. Should I take trampoline classes?

YES! 100% Absolutely. Trampoline is the best way to cross-train for these other disciplines. You’ll be amazed at how much trampoline can help you in these other sports. Trampolining can give you a competitive edge.

18. Are there weight limits for Trampoline Class?  Are there any other restrictions?

NO, there are no weight limits for trampoline! All of our other classes have weight limits of 180 lbs.  However, trampoline is the only activity without any weight restriction.  Just like any sport, if you have any pre-existing medical concerns, please obtain a doctor’s approval prior to participating in our activities.  If you have a previous history of knee, ankle, foot, or spine related injury or pain, you must contact your physician before attempting trampoline.  You may not participate if you are pregnant or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  For safety reasons, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.

19. I have a few more trampoline related questions:

We’d love to answer all of your questions! Please send us an email at info@FearlessTrapeze.com .  We typically respond within 48 hours.