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The Ness is an international fitness method focused on trampoline cardio and muscle sculpting started by Alison Giampolo and Colette Dong. The Ness Digital is the name of their online digital workout library with hundreds of bounce and sculpting routines for home exercisers. After chatting with the co-founders for episode 101 on the Crunches and Cosmos podcast, I wanted to share my review of the digital library option for home exercisers as well as some insider information about this fun, effective workout and its founders.
You can listen to my interview with the cofounders of The Ness below:
The Ness Digital library is a members-only workout library, with 100’s of sculpting and bounce/rebounder workouts lead by instructors in the Ness method that you can do at home anytime you want.
Bounce workouts have been on my list for a long time. I had a LOT of questions about them. Was I going to fall off the trampoline? Get my foot stuck in the springs? Hit the ceiling in my home gym? Double bounce myself into a a wall or a twisted ankle?
I’m happy to report that none of that happened. In fact, I’m now convinced these routines are ideal for (almost) anyone.
And the very cool thing about the Ness Digital workout library is that it’s MORE than bounce workouts. There are also 100’s of sculpting workouts that don’t use a trampoline. (Just in case you don’t want to ‘bounce’ every day.)
The library has all the best filters in place for users including one for time, program, and level of exerciser.
You can find classes for beginners to advanced that are 10 minutes to 45 minutes long.
All the bounce and sculpting routines have varying difficulties of choreography but they all follow the same format--each class is like a puzzle that you keep adding pieces to until you have the whole picture at the end. (It reminds me of the electronic game Simon I played growing up where the colors would light up in order and after each turn another color was added to the pattern.)
Be patient. I’m a novice at bounce workouts (but an advanced home exerciser) and I was able to get most of the pattern of an intermediate workout down by the 4th time I tried it. I still haven’t been able to do an entire advanced combination. I think learning this bounce method is probably a lot like doing a step workout for the first time. Stick with it and it’ll be the most fun you’ve had doing exercise in a long time.
The bounce workouts are low impact!
I learned this during my interview with the co-founders and by watching the ‘bounce basics’ videos in the library before I tried my first class. (Start there if you’re new to bounce.)
The sculpt routines have a barre/Pilates style (what you might get if you blended something from Obé Fitness and The Class) and are always more challenging than I think they’ll be before I start.
I’m a big fan of the angle they film the classes.
Many of the bounce routines are filmed with a reflection of the instructor in a mirror. So you see her face talking to you in the mirror and you can follow the lead leg from behind. It’s similar to the angle used in the Tracy Anderson digital studio but off to the side (not straight behind the instructor). I love this angle.
And The Ness studio is gorgeous, too. That just adds to the experience.
You’ll also love that these workouts require firing of the neurons! You’ll have to stay focused and will NOT be bored–The Ness method includes a mental challenge in addition to a physical one.
One of my favorite things Aly and Colette said during the interview was, ‘Don’t take yourself too seriously. And have fun.–Those are the people who will get the most out of the class.’ Great advice.
There are a variety of instructors teaching classes in the digital library that are all trained in The Ness method. (I love all the instructors but Aly and Colette are my favorites.)
Every workout in the digital studio is between you and the instructor. It’s not a group class.
Each instructor has her own flavor but the routines all follow the Ness method/technique.
You can sign in to your membership using the app or web browser. The app is easy to navigate and you can download routines to do later (if your internet connection doesn’t stream video well).
There are 2 livestream classes a month included in your Ness Digital membership.
You have to email The Ness team at email@example.com to book your class.
*Your membership also includes a complimentary 20 minute consultation with a member of The Ness. There’s a link to schedule your appointment on the website.
There are 100’s of routines inside the digital library with new ones added regularly.
A trampoline (if you want to do the bounce workouts you’ll have to have a mini trampline…you don’t have to use a Ness trampoline, though), light weights (1-5 lb dumbbells), and sliders (called skimmer on the website) are used in the sculpt classes (but many of the sculpt workouts don’t use any equipment).
I wont lie. When I saw the cost of the Ness trampoline I think I gasped.
Then the trampoline I ordered off Amazon (for roughly half the price of the Ness version) arrived.
The Ness trampline is GORGEOUS…mine is not.
Now that I’ve used my version I think I understand why someone would invest in a luxury trampoline.
Nothing wrong with mine, mind you, I’ve done a BUNCH of routines with it now (and it’s been fine), BUT I’d love to try all the Ness workouts on one of their springless trampolines with those adjustable tension settings. I just feel like it would make a difference.
I can see myself asking for a Ness trampoline for Christmas.
Once you fall in love with these workouts then support The Ness team of women and invest in one of their beautiful trampolines.
There’s no nutrition plan with your membership to The Ness Digital.
I was worried about needing a higher ceiling to do bounce workouts but in reality you stay low in a controlled bounce (if you’re doing it right) for the majority of the workout, so I never felt like I was going to hit my head.
My hands have grazed my ceiling fan a few times when I swing my arms but nothing dangerous.
The bounce workouts are a good cardio routine. Expect to burn what you would in any steady state cardio workout.
Bounce! SO fun!
But a short upper body sculpt routine paired with a bounce workout is a perfect comination.
The exercise level assigned to each routine has a lot to do with how complex the combinations are in the workout. So, the advanced workouts have advanced choreography.
If you’re a beginner and bounce sounds fun then sign up for The Ness Digital and start with the basics and build up from there.*
*Keep in mind that even if you consider yourself an advanced exerciser you should start with the beginner category if you’ve never done bounce so that you don’t get hurt.
These routines are ideal for women but I’m sure there are plenty of men who love them.
There’s a 7-day free trial period followed by a monthly cost of $39.99.
But you get a LOT for your money.
I like to include at least one way every platform can improve when I write a review.
Overall, there’s very little that The Ness Digital could do to improve on the experience. They’ve got a fun, unique workout method with great instructors and an easy-to-use library to bring the experience to your home.
However, I’d love to see a Roku app in the future.
And there are a few workouts where the audio for the instructor is really low for me. This isn’t a gamechanger by any means but since I’m still learning I really want to hear the cueing by the instructor every time I hit play.
Yes! And if you love the workouts then invest in their trampoline.
This workout subscription is a slightly higher investment than many of the other companies on the market, BUT they’re one-of-a-kind so you’re paying for a very unique experience you can’t get with another service.
Listen to my podcast episode so you can learn as much as possible about The Ness from the co-founders, Aly Giampolo and Colette Dong.
Try the routines!
Have fun bouncing!
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