A new fitness studio in Union uses rubber bands to help people bounce back on the path to fitness. At the Ryse Up Bungee Studio, 49 Silo Drive, fitness buffs will put on a harness and strap on rubber bands so they can jump forward and do moves like ‘swimming’, ‘around the world’ and ‘flying’ while they are in flight.
Mandy Corum, former recreation coordinator with the Union Parks and Recreation department, opens the studio in July with her husband, Brad Corum. Mandy and the Corums’ son Isaac will be instructors and Brad will oversee the finances.
The workouts help the core of the body and provide a cardio workout, said Mandy Corum, adding: “It’s a big thing for me after having four kids.”
She said she first learned bungee workouts from a TikTok video. âI saw the video and said, ‘I could do that.’ âShe started researching bungee training and learned that exercise classes started in Thailand and arrived in the United States in 2017. She said there was only one only one facility open in the State of Saint-Louis.
Mandy and Isaac Corum went to Alabama in May to learn from Kristin Bernard, who created Gravity Defying Bungee Training. They got their certification to teach bungee fitness after two days, learning six to seven hours a day.
Ryse Up, which will have an open house on July 10 and begin offering classes on July 19, will feature 10 bungee jumping stations, one for the instructor and nine for participants. The studio will offer an introductory course for all members, who can then upgrade to one of three skill levels or join a course for people 55 and over.
Mandy Corum said the money to turn a 1,400 square foot space in the Silo Plaza shopping center, just across Highway 50 from East Central College, into a bungee studio came from their savings and a loan on United Bank of Union home equity.
âWe’re probably going to be looking for $ 50,000 to put it all together,â said Brad Corum.
Equipment maintenance doesn’t come cheap either. Each bungee, priced at $ 150, must be replaced after 100 âclimbsâ on it.
Mandy Corum said low impact workouts are a lot of fun. âFirst of all, you won’t be able to control your laughter and your smile,â she said. âWhen you’re in the bungee, you don’t realize you’ve practiced at all. But she said you could feel it in your muscles after you got home.
Bungee classes cost $ 12 to $ 16 per person. For more information, visit ryseupbungee.com.
Visitors to the studio will also notice a 6-by-22-foot puzzle, consisting of 40,320 pieces, on the wall. It’s actually 10 different Disney scenes put together.
âOur family loves Disney – like obsessed,â said Mandy Corum.