Last week I joined a friend on what I thought would be a silly post-work pow-wow, and ended up to be quite the workout! After seeing people in Central Park running (with their dogs, no less!) with what can only be described as a hybrid between a ski boot and a moon shoe, we decided to hunt the shoes down and see what the buzz was all about.
The shoes, called Kangoo Jumps, are for Kangoo running and have actually been around since the ’90s. Over the past few years, they’ve started popping up more and more thanks to trainers and exercise experts incorporating them into their workouts. I met with a Kangoo guru, trainer Mario Godiva Green, who runs boot camps, group runs, and even dance classes to try my very first Kangoo run. After buckling in and throwing out some very nervous glances over at Mario, he assured me to just get up and start walking. So I did. And then I fell (joking!). Mario told me in his many years of teaching he’s only seen three falls — two being himself when trying out some crazy jumps while in the shoes. Since my odds sounded pretty good, I decided to shake my nerves and give it a go. After walking around for about two minutes my body adjusted to the shoes seamlessly, and we were off on our group trot.
Read on to find out the fitness perks of Kangoo Jumps.