The holiday season is a great time to relax and enjoy being with your family. The downside to all of these festivities is that pretty much everyone with a normal metabolism gains weight, sometimes as much as 10 pounds in a 2-week break. Naturally, this leads to thousand of New Year’s resolutions that probably mention either losing weight or exercising more. As an owner of a mini trampoline you already know all the health benefits it can offer. You no doubt will want to incorporate it into your workout routine for the new year. We’ve got some tips on how to keep that resolution to loose weight by using a rebounder.
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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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.
[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.
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.
[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 Vibram FiveFinger shoes. 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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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.
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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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:
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.
[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.
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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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.
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.