Okay, let’s talk about some real-ness: the power of music. Do I sound looney? Maybe a little, but Eminem said it best when he rapped “you better lose yourself in the music, the moment…” and as cliché as these words might sound, let’s just leave the judgement at the door, and step onto our trampolines or mats with an open-mind. In all ness classes, both bounce and sculpt, and despite the level or format, whether you were aware of it or not, the music plays a crucial role.
In the next ness class you take, think of the beat as your duet partner, even as a second trainer. Just as your actual trainers are there to motivate, cue, correct, and support you, the music also acts as your guide. It fulfills a much deeper role than just “sounding good,” and it’s so much more than just “background noise.” Because the ness method emphasizes a mental presence as well as physical fitness, you’ll find that your reps ultimately become your building blocks for longer sequences. This “choreography” is inherently beat-based, and the moment you’re able to align your internal rhythm with the external beats is the moment you’ll finally find a freedom and fullness in each movement.
The playlists for each class are curated for that specific class and if you pay attention to them, you can treat them as your roadmap in terms of how to pace and gauge your energy throughout class. When the tempo gets slower, reel your energy in a bit and focus more on fuller, juicier movements and clarity in your form. On the contrary, when you feel the speed pick up, challenge yourself to increase your energy and match the intensity of the beat. The rise and fall of the music acts as your constant reminder to push yourself while simultaneously pacing yourself.
So the next time your trainer holds you in squat pulse or a sprint and you feel like you’ve reached maximum spice level, close your eyes, breathe, and focus on the beat. Let the music push you, guide you, and carry you to the finish line.