Get Your Adrenaline Going at Quantum Leap Extreme Air Sports
Story by Jordan Venema
Photos by Kelli Avila
On December 12, 2009, American sports changed forever. American Ninja Warrior debuted, arguably popularizing the already-growing trend of parkour, an athletic discipline that involves running, jumping, climbing, rolling, Spiderman-esque stunts and acrobatic feats that defy the laws of gravity.
Within two years, Circus Trix, a company based out of Provo, Utah, opened its flagship gym SkyWalk in Fresno. Inspired by some of the fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping obstacles found in American Ninja Warrior, Circus Trix went on to build more trampoline courses across the country, even internationally, appealing to a new generation of extreme sports enthusiasts. They’ve perfected a kind of gymnasium where, unlike a china shop, a bull would feel perfectly at home. Whether you’re clumsy or accident prone, its trampolines and foam pits create an environment that encourages soaring and falling.
“I think our CEO had a connection in Fresno,” says CJ Neser, the manager of Circus Trix’ latest park, Quantum Leap, which was set to open in Visalia in May. “He realized how successful these parks could be, leading the charge of extreme aerial sports, so he just started searching out markets and growing and growing.”
Neser continues, “Each park throughout the United States has a different name. In Fresno it’s SkyWalk, and there’s one opening up in Sacramento that’s going to be called MojoDojo.”
According to Neser, Visalia’s Quantum Leap is an upgrade of the Fresno park and includes the latest obstacles, many of which are influenced by those seen on American Ninja Warrior. “We sponsor Kevin Bull, one of the rising stars of the Ninja Warrior TV show. He helped come up with some good ideas in our new courses.”
Of the 27,000-square-foot building, more than 10,000 square feet will include trampolines and attractions, says Neser, “and Quantum Leap is coming in with attractions that SkyWalk doesn’t have, like a full Ninja Warrior course built in, and we’re going to have two full warped walls which is the wall at the end of the course, with a foam pit on the other end.”
One of the newest attractions for all Circus Trix parks is the Eurotramp Trampoline, which “has extra bounce to it. It’s used in gymnastics, and is an extreme trampoline,” says Neser. “These trampolines are state of the art. They’re made to help jumpers to get the most air that they can, have the most fun that they can. And we’ve built them into our attractions.”
Quantum Leap also has a full rock-climbing wall with foam, which most other parks in the United States do not yet have.
Between the trampolines and the foam pits, Quantum Leap has designed its park with safety in mind, where no harness is required to participate. Essentially, the park is a paradise for both athletes and klutzes.
“Everything is perfectly built to have our customers come in and enjoy the course but at the same time keeping them safe,” stresses Neser.
That means the park isn’t just for people of different skills, but also almost any age. Different heights or lengths make the course easier and more difficult, which can be navigated as each individual chooses.
Other amusement and waterparks usually require long lines, but the course at Quantum Leap is designed to flow freely.
“That’s one of the biggest things we try to incorporate into our parks, this open area, a free-flowing environment where people can go at their own speed and do what they want,” says Neser. “I’ve never seen people really wait in a line.”
At the end of the day, Quantum Leap is about fun, but it can also be a workout. Obstacle courses and Spartan races have grown in popularity, and people are looking for excitement and an adrenaline rush to complement their workouts.
Neser agrees: “This extreme adrenaline rush, where you have to work out and do a different task, that’s kind of a new thing, and Circus Trix is embracing that. This isn’t just jumping on a trampoline. It’s also a good workout, using the whole body.”
Come for a couple hours or rent the space for a conference or party, and though costs vary with age, it’s generally $13 an hour or $20 for two. Still, Neser encourages people to “come get off your cell phone, get off your computer, use your body, enjoy yourself, get a good workout, and have a blast.”
Quantum Leap • 4335 West Noble Ave., Visalia • (559) 425-0775
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