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Trampoline Safety

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.

The Basics

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.

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Answers to Common Questions About a Mini Trampoline

Here at Mini Trampoline Headquarters we pride ourselves on providing in-depth information on all aspects of rebounding.  That includes answering questions from you, our readers.  We receive a lot of email and we started noticing a trend in the questions being asked.  So we decided to dedicate a post to answering your most commonly asked questions.  If you have a question of your own, don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know.  We’re here to help!
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Top 7 Reasons to Use a Mini Trampoline

Here at Mini Trampoline Headquarters, we understand the benefits of using this versatile piece of equipment. We also understand that many other folks out there may not be as enthusiastic about these miniature pads of elastic as we are. That’s why we decided to put together this list of the reasons why we think YOU should have a mini trampoline in your home.

7. It can replace your other, larger exercise equipment

Toss the treadmill. Stash that stationary bike. Empty the trash with the elliptical! You can get all the cardio workout you need from a mini trampoline. Don’t believe us? Check out all the videos on You Tube of people sweating and bouncing to burn calories.

6. Your kids can exercise while they play

There are many models of mini trampoline made especially for kids.  These are perfect for youngsters because they promote active play.  Furthermore, your child can still get exercise while playing even in bad weather or at night because mini trampolines are suitable for indoor use.

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The Different Types of Mini Trampoline

A mini trampoline is basically a trampoline for personal use. They are the ideal size for one person and have a surprisingly wide range of uses. Here are some examples of how they can be utilized in a variety of activities.

Mini Trampolines in Gymnastics

There are three events in gymnastics that use a trampoline: Individual Trampoline, Synchronized Trampoline, and Double Mini Trampoline.  The two former events utilize a large trampoline in which the gymnast performs various aerial maneuvers.  The latter, Double Mini Trampoline, utilizes two mini trampolines, one sloped and one flat.

In the double mini trampoline event, the gymnast runs up to the sloped end and uses that to catapult themselves onto the flat surface off of which they perform a series of acrobatic twists and turns in the air before landing on their feet.

Here is an example of the event in action:

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What Kind of Shoes Should I Wear on a Mini Trampoline?

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.

Tennis Shoes

[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 tennis, running, or cross training 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.

Bare Feet!

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.

Vibram FiveFingers

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Best Mini Trampolines for Children

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.

Alex Little Jumpers Trampoline

[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 Alex Little Jumpers Trampoline 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.

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Mini Trampoline Workout Video #1

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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Mini Trampoline Workout Video #3

Fitness Level: Intermediate

Hi fellow bouncers and welcome to the next 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.

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.

The Health Benefits of Rebounding on a Mini Trampoline

Rebounding, or bouncing on a mini trampoline, is a fun physical activity that often feels more like play than exercise. Yet, it is an integrated, whole-body exercise that is gentle on the muscles, joints, and bones. More than a fun activity, rebounding offers numerous health benefits: improved heart health, stronger muscles, more flexibility and balance, and better health at the cellular level.

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The Different Sizes of a Mini Trampoline

Mini trampolines come in all shapes and sizes.  By definition, a trampoline is considered “mini” if the jumping pad is less than about 40 inches in diameter.  However, most commercially available mini trampolines are measured from the very edge of the frame, which makes the measurements come in anywhere between 36 and up to 55 inches.

The most common sizes of small trampolines are 40 inches.  If you plan on using the trampoline for fitness purposes, then a smaller surface is more ideal.  This allows your bounce to be tighter and more controlled in order to facilitate better aerobic activity.  A larger surface is more ideal for children’s trampolines, allowing for more give and softer landings for young ones.   A good rule of thumb is that 40 inches and under is a good size for exercising.  40 inches and above is better suited for playing. The following are the best mini trampoline in each of the most common sizes.

Best 36 Inch Mini Trampoline

[easyazon-image-link asin="B000JC2ZHA" alt="Stamina 36 inch Folding Trampoline" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41c9TfSM1NL._SL160_.jpg" align="left" width="160" height="85"]  The smallest size of trampoline widely available are 36 inches.  This size is ideal for people with smaller frames, or those who have a very small space to work out at home.  This variety is also ideal for travelling because they are so small and easy to carry.

The Stamina 36 inch Folding Trampoline is one of the best, and smallest, mini trampolines available.  It is very affordable and sturdy, but is a bit more difficult to assemble than other rebounders.

Best 38 Inch Mini Trampoline

[easyazon-image-link asin="B002N5DVGK" alt="Pure Fun 38-Inch Mini Trampoline" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/414oW-We9mL._SL160_.jpg" align="left" width="160" height="107"] A 38 inch trampoline is a comfortable size for exercising.  It’s perfect for aerobic routines in which you will mostly stay in the middle of the pad, like running, bounsing, and twisting.

The best product in this size is the Pure Fun 38-Inch Mini Trampoline.  Pure Fun rebounders are famous for being easy to assemble and this model is no different.  It’s also relatively inexpensive and will last for quite a while if you take care of it properly.
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