Mini trampolines are a great way to get exercise, increase your overall health, and have fun! There are so many benefits to using a mini trampoline, or “rebounding” as it is officially known, it’s no wonder the industry is really booming. As the audience continues to grow for this type of all ages activity, Pure Fun has produced a great selection of mini trampolines, in addition to its current collection of full-sized trampolines.
This week we have a very comprehensive workout brought to you by Steve from Fitness With Steve Online. It’s a long one, so beginners may want to do the first few exercises and then add on new moves as they progress in their fitness level.
The great thing about a mini trampoline is that it can be used both inside and outside. This begs the question then: what kind of footwear is most appropriate? Will certain shoes damage the trampoline pad? Is it safe to bounce in your bare feet? What about socks?
We’re here to answer these questions once and for all so that you can maximize your comfort while also being safe.
What You SHOULD Wear on Your Feet
Lets start by going over the footwear we recommend you DO use on your mini trampoline. Of course, you should first consult any documentation that came with your rebounder for specific instructions from the manufacturer.
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[easyazon-image-link asin=”B0029LI8U2″ alt=”ASICS Men’s GEL-Strike 2 Running Shoe,White/Navy/Gold,8 D US” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51BqwrLXv0L._SL160_.jpg” align=”left” width=”160″ height=”160″]A pair of [easyazon-link asin=”B001FWY35A”]tennis[/easyazon-link], [easyazon-link asin=”B002EQA3PU”]running[/easyazon-link], or [easyazon-link asin=”B0031Y6ZV0″]cross training[/easyazon-link] shoes are ideal for working out on a mini trampoline. They have enough traction on the soles to ensure you don’t slip, yet they are still soft enough to not cause damage to the trampoline surface over time. On top of that, these shoes offer good support for those that have weak arches or if you find your feet hurt after a round on the mini trampoline. These shoes are made for jumping, which will allow you to stay stable when bouncing your way to you fitness goals.
Even better than tennis shoes are no shoes. Your bare feet come equipped with a natural non-slip sole. You will also be able to feel the subtle changes in the surface of the mini trampoline which will allow you to adapt to changes in your bouncing pattern. Also, jumping on your naked feet will help strengthen your foot muscles that would otherwise not be used while wearing shoes. It really comes down to comfort and preference whether you choose to wear tennis shoes or leave your feet bare.
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[easyazon-image-link asin=”B004RA2FV6″ alt=”KomodoSport Shoe – Men’s Black/Gold 42 by Vibram FiveFingers” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21V-Rexzc7L._SL160_.jpg” align=”left” width=”130″ height=”130″]An ideal compromise between bare feet and shoes come in the form of [easyazon-link asin=”B004RA2FV6″]Vibram FiveFinger shoes[/easyazon-link]. They may look funny, but they really do provide the non-slip grip of a shoe with the flexibility and subtle movements that come with barefoot rebounding!
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People in the rebounding community will tell you that there are numerous benefits to this method of fun, low impact exercise. The improvements to both cardiovascular and lymphatic systems, for instance, make rebounding with a mini trampoline the perfect choice for a high yield workout that remains gentle on the joints. In fact, the positive results achieved with consistent use of a mini trampoline as part of a healthy lifestyle are pretty outstanding.
One aspect you may not be aware of is the impact a mini trampoline can have in the lives of special needs children. With the plethora of physical, social and emotional issues facing the parents and families of these kids, finding a device that not only improves overall health, but also makes things easier and more fun for everyone involved, can be truly life-altering.
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Mini trampolines are a perfect peice of play equipment for youngsters. Bouncing on a small trampoline encourages strengthening of the child’s jumping muscles while lessening impact to their joins. There are a wide variety of mini trampolines on the market specifically made for children. Some have handle bars to hold onto, come in strange shapes, and even make noises! The following are some of the best available.
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[easyazon-image-link asin=”B0026HUP7I” alt=”Alex Little Jumpers Trampoline” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Sh8vDz2JL._SL160_.jpg” align=”left” width=”125″ height=”160″]The [easyazon-link asin=”B0026HUP7I”]Alex Little Jumpers Trampoline[/easyazon-link] by Alex Toys is a great starter trampoline for children 3-5 years of age. Made specifically for indoor use, this trampoline features colorful padded cover and foam handles for safe secure bouncing. The handles are important for youngsters as they normally do not have the balance skills necessary to safely jump on a trampoline without help. The handles provide a safe brace for children to hold while they bounce.
Tired of the same old routine on your rebounder? There may be ways you can use a mini trampoline for things other than keeping fit or simply bouncing up and down. You can get even more out of your tramp with a little creativity. We’ve put together some examples of games you can play on your mini trampoline so you can continue to have fun with it for years to come.
Mini Trampoline Games For Children
Trampoline games are especially effective for little ones. These can be played both indoors and outside so your little ones can enjoy active play in any weather. Before trying these games, make sure you have chosen the best mini trampoline for your child.
Counting – For young ones just learning how to count, a great game to reinforce numbers is the counting game. Simply have your child count (one, two, three, four…) each time they bounce. Once they have counted as high as possible, they have to stop bouncing. They can then start again from the beginning. This may sound like a simple exercise, but it will accomplish a few things. Number one, it encourages your child to learn how to count higher in order to get more bounces in per round. Secondly, it helps reinforce the numbers they already know by tying them into a physical activity. Finally, it gives your child an excuse to exercise!
Before using your mini trampoline, it is important to understand proper safety procedures before, during, and after use in order to ensure you safely enjoy your equipment.
Before we get to the finer points of trampoline safety, here are a few basic ground rules to get us started.
- One person only – Mini trampolines are built for one person at a time, no exceptions.
- No animals – The equipment is made for humans only, animals can get injured themselves, or injure other people on a trampoline.
- Use for intended purpose only – Certain types of mini trampolines are made for certain activities. Make sure to limit your activities only to the intended purpose.
- Read the manual – Before you do anything, make sure you’ve read the manual that came with your trampoline. It will give you specific instructions for assembling, using, and storing that particular piece of equipment. It should also contain pertinent safety warnings that are not covered in this article.
- Adult supervision – Make sure there is always an adult around to supervise trampoline use.
Fitness Level: Intermediate
Before you get started, if you’re new to working out on a mini trampoline, check out our mini trampoline moves for beginners to get acquainted with your rebounder.
Our video today is a great example of a DIY mini trampoline routine created at home. The rebounder is a young woman from Germany named Miriam Herms.
In this video, Miriam goes through a series of great cardio moves in a routine that lasts less than 10 minutes. Pull this video up on your laptop and put it by your mini trampoline and see if you can keep up with Miriam.
You can read more about Miriam on her blog: http://chic-und-schlau.ch.
While the mini trampoline is often thought of as a child’s toy, the Urban Rebounder not only challenges that idea, it claims a full out victory. This trampoline is truly designed for everyone, from the very young to those more advanced in years. The exerciser itself is made with jumbo tapered heavy duty springs, military grade quality steel pins, a high yield steel frame, and a sturdy Permatron mat, all working together to create a soft, supple bounce. These components join forces to create a low impact fitness device that is gentle on joints while providing a strong, stable platform for even the most energetic cardio routine. Supporting up to 300 lbs, this is not your average rebounder!
Fitness Level: Advanced
Hi fellow bouncers and welcome to our first video of our workout series here at Mini Trampoline Headquarters! We will regularly post one new exercise routine for you to try on your min trampoline.
This week we have a workout by Billy Beck III, demonstrated by Brian Fracis, from Billy Beck III training center. In the video they lead us through three advanced exercise moves you can do at home on your mini trampoline.
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