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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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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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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 Games

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

Mini Trampoline GamesTrampoline 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!

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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.

Mini Trampoline Exercises for Skiers

Using a mini trampoline to tone up and prepare for skiing the slopes is probably the best possible workout routine that could be adopted. The benefits of a trampoline workout go way beyond just that of skiing, given the whole body effect. The advantages are unique and many. It is convenient indoor/outdoor equipment that takes up little space, which also makes it easy to stow away. Anyone can do this form of low-impact exercise, making it a good option for any age. Following are some rebounding routines that can be utilized to optimize readiness for skiing.
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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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This Mini Trampoline Review Is Pure Fun!

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.

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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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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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