More excitement on the way for bouncing business
EXPANSION plans are already underway at Rockhampton trampoline facility, Flip Out.
It comes after owner manager, Blake Peters took his own leap of faith and moved from Bundaberg to Rockhampton last year to set up the facility.
Since opening last December, Blake 20, has been run off his feet with people of all ages flipping out for the fun and healthy entertainment alternative.
Forward thinking Blake saw greater potential for growth within the trampolining industry than he did doing an apprenticeship in cabinet making, so he packed it in and hasn't looked back in the 11 months since.
"It was sort of a hunch,” Blake said.
"I saw more success with Flip Out and the industry of trampolining.
"With this, I saw more freedom in my life later down the track not working that 9 to 5 life that everyone is complaining about.”
The gamble paid off for Blake.
Community response has been excellent and business is growing quickly, forcing him to advertise for a new full time staff member to meet demand.
"We're looking at hiring someone full time so I can have a helping hand around most of the day, cleaning and helping supervise on the weekends, at the busier times of the day.
"Things are going great. We just started stage two of expanding the building, which is the kid's arena for all the kids under the age of 10 and less than 130cm.”
Blake said the kid's arena, due to be completed next month, has 21 trampolines and a big foam pit for kids to jump into.
This is in addition to the all ages main arena featuring 27 trampolines - 18 on the ground and 9 on the walls.
"(On weekends) everyone's off school, parents are trying to get rid of the kids that are in their hair bugging them and this is their sanctuary.”
Afternoons at Flip Out are busy with young kids taught to do flips in the little ninja classes and teens over the age of 16 participating in fitness classes.
Going for a bounce is great exercise with 10 minutes on a trampoline burning through the same number of calories as 30 minutes of jogging.
Local students are pouring in to take advantage of the novelty of having trampolining as part of their school's physical education programs.
The future is looking bright for Flip Out with more arcade games on the way as well as plans to incorporate an Olympic sized trampoline with a 2m deep foam pit for safely practising trickier flips.
"We will also be having a wall running section, which is an Olympic tramp with three walls around it and then they can bounce on their back, run up the wall, come back down, they can go side to side, endless amounts of fun,” Blake said.
If you'd like to work for Flip Out, email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org