Indoor trampoline parks started as a failed idea for a sport but have turned into a fast-growing outlet for fun and fitness.
Anyone who says that you can’t have a good time while exercising has clearly never been to a Sky Zone trampoline park. Started in 2004 as one man’s attempt to revolutionize the sport of basketball, the Sky Zone business model has morphed dramatically to become the latest craze in family entertainment. Beyond just being used for fun, however, many franchises have begun offering trampoline-based fitness classes where participants can burn up to 1,000 calories per hour.
When he first had the idea for Sky Zone almost a decade ago, founder Rick Platt didn’t have trampoline parks in mind. Instead, he envisioned a new sport that he hoped would sweep the nation. A version of basketball played on trampolines, in which players would try to jump through a spinning hoop to score points, Sky Zone was an ambitious creation (to say the least). Unfortunately for Platt, his $2 million investment in the sport of Sky Zone was not destined to pan out. His 17,000-square-