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I have really been trying hard to keep myself fit and active and trying to up my fitness levels for the past couple of years. I have done yoga regularly for ages but my cardio has been lacking because I find it hard to find something that I enjoy enough to want to stick with. I do a bit of running and gym work but I always find it so dull.
I bought a mini trampoline because I thought it might be a little bit more fun to work out on. And it was fun to begin with but at the end of the day the novelty wears off and I found myself using it less and less though I still get it out occasionally and have a good jump.
Luckily I didn't pay a lot of money for the trampoline as I got it second hand at a car boot sale where I only had to pay £7 for it. The lady I bought it from had barely used it and it looked almost like new. The trampoline is made by Reebok so I knew that it would be a good one.
Assembling the trampoline was easy as it just had six legs to screw in and it only took me 5 minutes before it was ready to use.
It has a bullseye in the middle of the trampoline so that you know where to aim to stay on it but it isn't really going to make you jump high enough that you have to worry too much though I would be careful still as you could have a nasty fall and twist an ankle if you aren't at least a little bit careful.
As I said the trampoline was fun for the first few times I used it but it soon just started to turn into a chore to use. What I wasn't expecting was just how intensive the workout would be. I expected to spend half an hour just jumping around and having fun like I see the kids next door do on their trampoline. I was out of breathe after only a few minutes and I consider myself to be fairly fit. When I finished my legs were like jelly and I could really feel the burn in them which is a good thing.
I had a look on the internet and found that there were loads of different exercises that you could do and it doesn't just have to involve jumping up and down on the spot. When I was using this I found that my heart rate really got going and that my muscles would feel the burn and I am sure that if I had bothered to use it enough that I would have noticed an improvement in my fitness levels but I gave up too soon because I just found it to be a bit monotonous after using it a few times and I missed having some variation so I put it away planning on going back to it while varying my workouts with some other equipment. I don't use this nearly as often as I should because I really do think it is an effective workout item but it just isn't for me as I don't enjoy using it enough to want to do it more often.
Rebounders are basically just miniature trampolines that you use indoors. Sports stores and multi-department internet based shops like Amazon sell a huge variety, and in all honesty I can't see any reason why I would go for one of the £80 versions over the cheap little one I currently own. I purchased our Hudora from Amazon last year for around £15, and that included free delivery. Currently I see the price is just over £20 and I still think that's an absolute bargain. The reason I chose this particular brand was because it was both the cheapest and the smallest available that I could find at the time.
What's particularly great about buying the make that I did, was that it came fully assembled. I had a nightmare of a time, and a lot of help, to build our large 'toy' trampoline in the back garden and wasn't relishing the prospect of repeating that experience, even on a smaller scale. Fortunately all I had to do when this arrived was pull it out of the box and screw the legs on. It was ready to use in five minutes.
For exercise purposes this does exactly what you'd expect it to do. It's firm with a good bounce action that gives you the boost you need to do this kind of exercise, without launching you off up to the ceiling! It holds a reasonable adult weight for exercise purposes and shows no signs of any of the springs coming lose or wearing out even after a year of use.
I also use this as an indoor trampoline for my son, as he's not the kind of child to sit around watching TV. I lay this up against the sofa a lot of the time, and my son will come along and lay it down behind the sofa, and bounce away on it while holding the back of the sofa. So far this has been an entirely safe way for him to let off steam indoors and I love that it's light enough for him to lift up and put back himself - saves me the job. It's a good idea to consider storage before buying any rebounder as they are quite bulky and awkward to store. I'm happy with ours leant up against the back of the sofa but I could also slide it under my double bed easily if I kept it upstairs.
If you're interested in using one of these for weight loss purposes, a quick internet search will give you a variety of links to free guides on how to do this - from printable documents to youtube videos. I myself use this along with a workout DVD and there are several available exclusively for use with a rebounder. They're not the fastest way to burn fat but they've got to be one of the most fun.
I researched long and hard before buying a rebounder as I really wasn't sure they would work, then a friend called with his wife who hadn't mentioned she was losing weight and I was absolutely bowled over! She had decided to eat healthier and do some rebounding for exercise as she was a little embarrassed to go to the gym and boy did she look amazing. That did it really and I decided there and then I would be buying one and so the comparisons started.
This particular model cost me £85 and was a little more expensive than a few I had previously seen, I wanted sturdy and solid and the firmer the 'trampoline' part, the better.
This rebounder came flat packed and was well supported in the box, there was a bouncer frame and the legs, all 6 of them. I had chosen this particular model as it had 6 legs instead of 4 as this would be far safer with no chance of tipping once I started to leap on it. The legs themselves screwed into the pre drilled ports on the frame and once tightened, were ready to stand. The bouncer is a fabric, close weave elastic area that is remarkably smaller than a trampoline and a lot firmer, held onto the lightweight brushed steel frame by very strong springs all round and an elastic, string type arrangement that gave me confidence it would hold my portly frame. There is a slightly padded area that then surrounds the base of the springs and would ultimately prevent any unwanted accidents should you bounce in the wrong direction and have your foot land on that area, this is in a bright blue colour and will keep you aware of where you are bouncing. In the middle of the trampette is a circle area that you will aim to bounce on as this provides the perfect place to get the ultimate effect from the rebounder.
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The rebounder has many benefits and the main few being that it increases stamina, it protects the knees and hip joints from impact, helps lymphatic circulation and will help with weight loss with regular and continued use (with a healthy diet).
This rebounder comes with some instructions for use and a few ideas on how to use it effectively, I generally use it as if i was running (jogging) and this works extremely well. The trampette is firm and gives good resistence, it feels safe and strong and can take up to 125kg, which is more than a lot of the cheaper models. My old rebounder squeaked like a rusty old bicycle but this was as quiet as you could want, I watch TV whilst I'm 'jogging' without having to turn up the volume. The springs are supporting all the body weight but this is distributed evenly between them and with a 21 coil rather than the normal 16 coil of the cheaper models, this made it extremely sturdy.
The feet on the rebounder have rubber feet and are extra wide for support, I use this on my wooden floor and it doesnt move anywhere! I could use it on the carpet but when i put it on the rug it left feet marks that took an age to disappear.
It sits 10'' off the floor so it easily climbed onto, making it a great device for those who find exercising a little difficult and with a 40'' diameter you wont topple off that easy. I have seen handles on the internet for use with such rebounders for those that need extra stability but with this particular rebounder you probably wouldn't need it. You wont be able to do acrobatics on this equipment as its too firm to give much bounce but thats where the exercise come in, the resistance will give you all the benefits of a good workout whilst providing an easier way of doing it.
I would highly recommend the rebounder and especially this model, its solid frame and sturdy springs provide a confidence that you dont get from the cheaper rebounders. There noise level is excellent as this must be the quietest rebounder around at the moment and with a 1 year warranty for parts its great.
My weight is gradually reducing and I dont suffer with any aches and pains using this rebounder, I cannot jog normally and find this is a fantastic way of exercising.
If you decide to buy a rebounder, make sure you buy a good one as a little extra in the price will provide you with a quality product and this is it!
This mini trampoline is so much fun. It is describe as "The mini trampoline for an aerobic work out" but it has so many more uses.
I have a deep paddling pool and a great summer game we play is running and jumping in the paddling pool. Then one of my friends had a moment of inspiration of using the mini trampoline to fly majestically through the air into the pool. This created a phenomenon for us and we spend many summer days doing just that.
Also I take this cricket training. We prop the mini trampoline up at an angle and through a cricket ball at it. It rebounds off, zipping through the air, and we practice our catching off it.
Its built purpose is for aerobic work outs. With it size of around 40 inches it is perfect for one person to build up a heart beat and sweat ready for a decent work out. Bouncing up and down is a lot more tiring than one would think. It comes with a blue safety trim to protect you from the springs and a black sheet that you bounce on. Over the year I have owned it the bounce i generate is still relatively the same.
Great little trampette!
I am not a lover of exercise but one piece of exercise equipment that I absolutely love is my Kettler Rebounder, which Mark bought me for my birthday last year. A rebounder, for those of you who don't know/can't work it out from the piccie, is basically a mini trampoline used as part of an exercise regime.
This one has a 38" diameter, which is average for this type of product, and will hold a person who weighs up to sixteen stones. It's very attractively styled with a black trampoline, ummm, 'bouncy bit' and silver padding around the edge, the legs and frame are also silver to give the rebounder a more bling look than most of them have.
The rebounder was so easily put together that I managed it myself (usually I just pile up all the things that need putting together and shout Mark), you simply screw the legs into the round frame and pull the padding outwards so that it's a snug fit around the edge. The legs went in smoothly and there's just enough screwing involved to ensure they won't work themselves loose after a few bounces. Easy.
Once assembled the rebounder is very secure and stable, each leg has a rubber foot which stops it slipping and sliding around even if you're exercising on laminate flooring as I usually am. The legs fit into the frame perfectly and there's not a hint of a wobble even during the most vigorous bouncing (or is it bounding) session, I've never once had to tighten the legs up so this shows they are unlikely to work themselves loose while you're exercising.
The trampoline itself is very bouncy, there's more resistance than if you were on a full sized trampoline and this is basically to help you burn more fat as you are working harder. The fabric of the bouncy bit is stretched taut and hasn't sagged or needed tightening despite the fact that it's used extremely regularly by me and the kids - hell, three year old Hollie sees it as a warmer and less wind-swept alternative to her own mini outdoor trampoline!
When I first had this particular rebounder it came with a booklet of exercises which could be done, these were graded from easy (for people starting out on their exercise regime) to som trickier ones which needed extra equipment. I didn't really follow these instructions as it doesn't take a brain surgeon to work out that bouncing is the order of the day when using a trampoline. Personally I tend to just jog or bounce on the rebounder, sometimes using a small set of hand and/or ankle weights to help my body work harder and get the most out of my workout. A friend of mine is very much into the body beautiful and he actually SKIPS (with a skipping rope!) on his rebounder - ouch, I can hear my bones crunching at the thought of trying it myself! I won't go into huge detail about what I do on the rebounder (to be honest there isn't a massive variation of exercises in my repertoire anyway) as if you decide to buy one you'll get into your own routine and find out what does and doesn't work for you.
Cleaning the rebounder is a piece of proverbial; a spritz of whatever cleaning spray I'm using at the time (providing it's bleach-free) and a wipe down with a damp cloth is really all it needs. Storage is a wee bit annoying, despite the fact that it only stands around 10" high it takes up a huge amount of room due to the legs sticking out so rigidly. I was hoping to get round this by unscrewing the legs so that the rebounder itself could sit flush against the wall, this hasn't been possible though as I think the screw thread would quickly be damaged by doing this so I've had to put up with either leaving the rebounder in its normal exercising position or leaning it as flat as I can against the wall. You do have to be careful though as if you leave the legs poking out this is obviously a hazard (and a scarily eye-level hazard if you have small children), I'm currently sporting a large bruise on my leg after stupidly walking into one of the rebounder legs over the weekend. I suppose I'm lucky to have quite a big house which let's me store bulky items like this, but to be honest if you're pushed for space you might find this takes up too much room when nit in use.
One other thing to mention is the fact that Kettler advise using the rebounder in bare feet, presumably so your trainers don't damage the surface of it. I personally dislike the feel of it on naked feet so wear a cheap pair of soft pumps as this gives me a good solid grip on the fabric, while still providing my feet with some support while exercising.
£48 from Amazon.
I have owned mini rebounders in the past, but my latest model is by Reebok. Costing £39.99 from JJB Sports online it was reduced from £49.99. I did look around prior to the purchase and were not surprised to see this is one of the most inexpensive rebounder's available online. With Reebok being such a well known brand I trusted their product would be of a high quality and last me a long time.
As with most other rebounder's the Reebok rebounder mini trampoline is simple to store. The six short legs have rubber stoppers on the ends to protect the surface they are on and to prevent the rebounder from sliding about. I find the rebounder very easy to set up from taking it out of the cupboard and I am almost immediately bouncing around on it doing my exercises. The sturdy construction is ideal for both kids and adults and is fun for all. The large 36inch diameter is more than adequate for exercising on, and there is a silver finished border of a generous size also. The coiled spring system feels very solid and I have never had any problems with the springs or any other part of the rebounder for that matter.
The rebounder is designed more for exercise than bouncing around on in the garden in all honesty, and it suits my needs perfectly due to this. I use it in a number of rooms around my house and it works well on both carpets and wooden flooring. If you want you can use it on a patio area and use it for skipping on. There are a number of exercise videos available online specifically for use with a rebounder but I make it up as I go along and have a bit of a routine now!
I think using the rebounder makes exercising more fun, but it does allow you to have a harder workout if you wish. This is an ideal product if you are bored of your exercise regime now or just wanting to try something new.
I've had a Rebounder for YEARS when they was just called mini trampolines, it's one of them things that's nice to have but they break pretty quick so I don't think it's worth spending mega bucks on one. The one I've got at the minute was from an outlet store, it's Reebok and available in the Argos for £18.99. I paid £15.00 for mine about 4 months ago and I think it's well worth the money.... plus that's not too much cash for something you might not use all the time.
It looks dead nice, the rubber spring cover is gold and the legs have got a nice streamlined black look. The diameter of the trampoline is 91cm and it will hold people up to 18 stone.
The trampoline is very easy to put together so within an hour of getting it home I was bouncing on it. It's harder work than it looks and this has got a resistance that makes it even harder! You can get on some rebounders that are so bouncy that it's easy, like playing instead of exercise but with this Reebok one you can feel the muscles in your legs working. There's room on it to kind of do a squat jump but 91cm isn't all that big really so you're a bit restricted to straight up and down jumping, saying that though there's definately more room on this that the last rebounder I had.
The trampoline feels stables when I'm jumping on it, it's like all rebounders and you've got to try not to jump too close to the edge but with this one even if you do it will only wobble and NEVER feels like it's going to fall over. I feel comfortable on it and am never worried that I'm going to fall off it or anything like that, I feel a bit mean about it actually because I won't let my 3 year old sister on it! I'm not being nasty but it's too bouncy and there's nothing to shop her bouncing herself into a sharp corner or something! She's got a big trampoline in the garden but I still feel like the biggest sh*t in the world not letting her go on mine! LOL
I definately recommend this Reebok Rebounder...... Argos call it a mini trampoline like I do! It's a good workout but fun at the same time, you can tell it's working because your legs and even stomach kills after a few minutes and you'll deffo sweat if you're working hard enough.
When I decided to try and lose some weight I went out and bought a load of home gym equipment and some snazzy work out gear. I knew I wanted a trampoline as I had read in a magazine that they were fantastic for burning fat and let's be honest it looks like loads of fun. I found a reebok rebounder at argos for £18.99 which I thought was a really good price.
When I got the box I was a bit shocked to realise how heavy it was as I imagined it was going to be really light weight but then thinking about it, it would need to be quite reinforced to be able to hold my weight at the time.
I was excited to get it home and start using it. Setting it up was really easy, there was the legs to screw in to the trampoline and that was it. Within 5 minutes I was ready to go. The trampoline came with a few exercise suggestions but I thought it was probably wise for me to just start with basic jumping up and down.
It wasn't quite as easy as I imagined it was going to be and I was out of breath within 5 minutes and had to stop. It made me realise just how unfit i was and my legs were like jelly. I persevered though and within a couple of weeks i was managing half an hour no problem.
I dread to think what I must have looked like in those first few weeks of using the trampoline flailing about as I don't imagine it was an attractive sight.
After a few weeks of using the trampoline religiously every day I really began to notice a change in my body. My thighs had definitely shrunk and my bum was looking better than it had in years. I managed to lose quite a lot of weight within a few weeks and while I was doing other exercise this was my main form of cardio and it is the thing I credit the most with helping me achieve my goals. I tried to do jogging on the trampoline but I found out I wasn't very co-ordinated and kept falling off so now I just stick with the jumping up and down for 30 minutes as I find this works best for me.
There are only a couple of minor gripes I have with the trampoline and that is for one it is quite a large object that is difficult to store in a cupboard. I got around this by just leaving it out on my bedroom floor, I find this also encourages me to use it more than I would if I didn't have to see it goading me every day.
The second thing is the squeaking noise it makes while I am jumping. It might not seem like much but It really does sound like a bed squeaking and I am mortified now every time I see the neighbours.
Out of all the things I bought when I decided to lose weight and get fit the trampoline is the one I definitely still use the most and for the money I have definitely had the use out of it. I would thoroughly recommend this to everyone out there looking for an easy to do exercise at home.
When my friend was refurbishing his small gym he decided that he had no use for a rebounder (Reebok) and asked me if I wanted it. I decided to take it as I thought it would be a useful alternative CV workout. Plus the added bonus of, depending on the brand, saving anything from £25-£65 if I had decided to buy my own
Having had to dismantle it to take it home and then having to rebuild it again I can comment that it was very easy to do both, even though it wasn't brand new. All you have to do is (un)screw the legs - mine has six. The rest, which consists of the stretchy bouncy material you jump on, the springs that fold it to the frame and the padded covering which runs around the edge of the rebounder giving it a nice finish and also covering any potentially dangerous parts, is already pieced together.
The springs can occasionally get a bit noisy, but I have resolved this by using a dab of WD40. Apart from that it is a very low maintenance piece of kit. I keep mine outside in a sheltered bit of the garden, and occasionally wiping it down is the only other TLC I show it. It still looks in pretty decent condition after about 9 months out there.
The kit is only big enough for one person to use at a time, and it is for exercise rather than fun (in the way a full size trampoline is fun) - I would let any youngsters get on it unsupervised. But it is effective exercise - provided you are prepared to bounce for 20-30 minutes you will see the weight start to fall off and your legs and bum will tone up. You will probably need about 2 weeks to build up for a 20 minute session if you are not in the habit of exercising.
Overall this is a reliable, effective, enjoyable piece of kit, which will help you reach your goals will a little dedication.
As part of my new Yoga-doing, herbal tea-drinking, exercise regime rebounding is my newest thing.....
I bought my rebounder, or mini trampoline, about a week and a half ago from Argos...it's a Reebok one and it's in their current catalogue advertised at £29.99 since I'm a bit strapped for cash at the moment and after reading a couple of reviews I thought it seemed like a good buy, again it has various health benefits besides fitness and looked like fun...and for me to do exercise it has to be FUN!
My Reebok Rebounder is 92cm in it's diameter and although you can unscrew it's six legs for easy storage it is a bit of a hassle so I have resorted to it being a permanent fixture in my bedroom...it does take up a bit of space though but nothing too terrible and besides I like to run a leap on it from time to time! : ) The rebounder has a frame made from a shiny steel material and as I mentioned has six-legs...which is apparently a rebounder must for stability and things....I've read and heard a few horror stories about four-leggers going awry and leading to a few rather painful 'you-ve been framed moments'!!!
The bouny bit of the trampoline is attached to the frame by metal springs and hooks which are covered from view by an elasticated spring cover, mines a Champagne colour, which matches my room but I think Silver is a choice too. The legs are detachable as I said earlier and have rubber grips on the ends, but unscrewing them after every worki-out and screwing them on before is a bit of a hassle so if you do start this habit at first it probably won't last long...plus all the preparation loses all the spontaneity of your exercise bouncing...which I like : ) One final note regarding weight...in the Argos catalogue it says the rebounder can take up to 18-20st in weight....think this may be a bit scary though so maybe a trampoline isn't the best idea if you plan to put this much weight on it as I think the springs might break or sprain a little???
I love bouncing on my little rebounder...it makes me feel like I'm a six-year old again and I love absent mindedly flinging myself up into the air....a little advice though...make sure no one can see you else you'll both end up in laughing fits over how silly and childish you look when you're bouncing!!!
The one problem with this trampoline...is the noisy springs!!! Ahhhh, don't rebound in the silence it'll drive you bonkers squeaak squeaaking everytime you jump, or run on the spot or whatever else you're doing on your trampoline. Also the bouncing noise you will make is pretty loud too....so make sure you do your bouncing downstairs or outside.....there is the risk your neighbours might be interested in what has kick-started your love-life!!!
A part from the noisiness...which isn't too bad as I usually bounce watching TV or listening to music, so I don't hear it too much...my only disappointment with this trampoline is the lack of any instruction book. Not a necessity I know and I could buy one, but I won't, but it would be nice to have seen a few different things that could be done on the rebounder that I may not have thought about. But ah well, I have the Internet and if you do want to search for some different bouncing techniques there are plenty to be easily found on the world-wide-web.
Once you get the hand of standing on the trampoline...which isn't hard, but a little worrying at first in case it breaks (it's surprisingly scary getting on a trampoline as an adult and bouncing's even scarier) you can start to improvise and some good techniques I've found online besides just bouncing are:
Running on the spot - hard work...but very good for fitness and weight loss
One legged hopping/jumping - tones your bum, legs and improves balance
Toe Jumping - really tones your legs...wow they'll hurt at first!!
Skipping/Foot to Foot Jumping - which tones your bum and abs
Once you've done some seriously fun exercising and bouncing you will ache and you will feel fitter...bouncing isn't the biggest calorie burner but it's a good start and let's face it it's fun and better than just lazing around on your sofa...my advice if you want to be allowed to act a little bit childishly again or want a low-impact fun workout...have a go!
Mini trampoline, trampette or rebounder, whatever you want to call these they are in fact just a mini trampoline used for exercise. Recently the price on these seems to have reduced, when I purchased mine it was about £25 but now I see them all over for £10. Either price, they are not expensive.
To use them you basically screw the legs on and jump on! Easy so far. You can jog, bounce, do jumping jacks, jump and twist and any other combination of jumpng you can think of. I bought mine more for jogging type movements. I figured it would be easier on the knees and feet than pounding the pavements so thought this would be a brilliant addition to my home equipment.
The first time I tried it for jogging I realised the whole trampoline effect made it more difficult, as you lift one leg of course the shape of the surface you're on changes and it can lead to a loss of control of the stationary foot position. Not great as many runners already have a problem with this anyway.
So I decided to use it for bouncing. Yes, it's a trampoline so it does bounce but no it isn't a full size trampoline so it isn't wise to bounce too high and bounce right off! I used to tell everyone at work I was doing back-flips etc just for a laugh and one or two actually believed this was possible on such a small trampoline!! It isn't unless you're a fully paid up member of an acrobatics team!
So bouncing, small bounces and trying to remain on the trampoline and well, that's it really! I got bored of mine very fast and it now resides behind a bed upstairs minus it's legs. So another good point, easy storage if you don't like it!
One of my friends had one of these too and she also tucked hers away somewhere after a brief time never to see the light again.
They do provide a cardio workout but there's not that much you can do with them so they can get boring rather quickly.
a great way to have fun and keep fit. i use mine on a regular basis, either indoor or outdoors. they are very easy to sett up and a designed also for easy, compact storage. the rebounder can even be left outside in the rain and not be damaged easily. they are suprisingly fun! many people look at the rebounders small size and assume it will be 'boring'. however after purchasing mine i found this assumption to be wrong! they are also suprisingly good for your body shape as well! the will strebgthen leg muscles whilst helping you loose weight in just a small amount of use. i think the rebounders are great value for money at around 50 pounds and are ideal for birthday or christmas presents, thats when i got mine! and i still use it regularly after owning it for around 1 year now. overall, a fun piece of equipment and good for the body.
So what is it??? It is a trampet / rebounder with gym quality specifications but with a home friendly pricetag! No sorry kids it is not a toy for playing on but a serious piece of exercise equipment
This is not the type of home exercise kit that will get put away in the spare room with the abs exerciser and so on It is fun and that is coming from someone who hates exercise!
I love swimming, but of course you can't really do that at home, so I was looking for another low impact exercise that I could do. It needed to be fun, easy and to fit in with the rest of my life I am not a gym junkie and never will be! All I can say is I am very glad that I was recommended a rebounder I never knew exercise could be so much fun and so easy! Simply screw the legs on, read the 2 page leaflet, with exercises and get bouncing!
What is it?
The Reebok rebounder is a gym quality rebounder in a stylish black and silver design (and as we all know appearances do matter!!) It will take a person's weight up to 18 stone (114kg) and comes complete with a short but comprehensive workout manual. The best bit it only costs about £50 - roughly one month's membership at your local gym, or 10-12 exercise classes.
Opening the box.
When you open up the rather large box you will find 3 items.
The items are:
1 - The rebounder bed
2 - 6 screw in legs
3 - A workout manual
Simply take the rebounder out of the rather large box and place it on the floor with the writing facing downwards. Screw the 6 legs into the 6 holes and that's it! Turn it the other way round and Voila! Exercise time has arrived!
I would recommend reading the manual (all 2 pages) before your first bounce then take off your socks and get going!
You can do all sorts of exercises on this rebounder and as it is cushioning the return to earth your joints aren't being as stressed as they could otherwise be. It is really a zero-impact exercise like swimming.
This model is a very sturdy design, 6 legs, numerous high quality springs that are covered with a silver cushion and a black trampet bed. The bed surround and legs are made of tubular steel, so it is lightweight to move but very durable and tough. As the bottom of the legs on this model are cased in rubber it doesn't mark the floor, yes there is a little depression formed but as mine is regularly moved round the room you can hardly notice it!
These include the following:
Crunches (while on your back)
And even skiing to help flexibility of ankles etc.
For those with mobility problems you can place a chair at each side of the rebounder and hold onto the backs, or there are special bars that can be fitted at additional cost.
The benefits I have found:
Increased heart and lung capacity
Improved co-ordination and balance
Reduces stress and tension
Improved muscle tone (particularly legs, thighs, hips, abdomen and arms)
Increased bone density (helping to prevent osteoporosis)
Increases energy and vitality
Fits in with your lifestyle yes you too can exercise and watch TV!
Other benefits claimed???
Lowers cholesterol levels
Boosts the lymphatic and immune system
Cleaning the unit:
If for any reason your rebounder gets dirty left outside the surface is very tough and waterproof so simply wipe with a damp cloth!
If you are limited for storage space it is possible to unscrew the legs on this model and store it under a bed for example. Very easy and takes a few seconds if that.
There are a lot of expensive rebounding exercise videos out there, they aren't necessary as this is an exercise that you can do unguided. Jump, walk, run, skip use weights for additional resistance you can even practice skiing!
YES! At last exercise is fun!!! And I can do it watching TV!!!
A stable 6 leg design - cheaper 4 leg models can topple over
Unscrewable legs - for those with limited storage space
Dimensions For Storage: 104cm x 104cm x 5cm
A solid spring system - ensures sufficient support for your joints
A non-slip mat - for those harder more advanced manoeuvres!
Washable mat - just in case!
Manufacturers Guarantee Period: 1 Year Manufacturers Warranty
Workout manual: Included
One of the things I did before I recently moved from Scotland to Spain was to give away all of my exercise equipment. Don't know why I did that but it seemed like a good idea at the time.
However, I have now decided to build it all up again and started with the rebounder trampoline which I ordered from a UK department store and which was brought over by my parents on their recent visit. It cost £24.99 which I thought was a reasonable price. (I think it cost a bit more on excess luggage too)
The first thing that struck me, when I met my red-faced father off the plane, was the size of the trampoline..ok, 95cms diameter might not seem big but I had no idea at this point where I was going to store it. My second thought, as my father practically hurled it across the arrivals area of the airport into my waiting arms, was that it was pretty heavy. (Ok, he is 6 2 and looked a bit silly carrying a little trampoline)
The rebounder frame is made from heavy duty steel (hence the weight) and has six legs (important for stability). The interior bouncing circle is 70cms and made from a fairly flexible plastic/eurythane material. The bouny bit is attached to the frame by a series of metal spring hooks and the hooks are all covered by an elasticated spring cover. The legs are detachable for storage but you could have walked to the gym and back by the time you screw and unscrew six legs onto the rebounder (legs also have rubber feet which stop it slipping on wooden floors and walking across carpets). Is best to store sitting up against a wall. It can take up to around 13st in weight, although that might strain the springs a little.
Of course when you first see the rebounder built up and ready to use, your thoughts immediately turn to memories of childhood trampolines. However, this is nothing like that and was my biggest disappointment. The bounce in the rebounder is not terribly springy and felt similar to the kind of bounce that you would get when you bounce a tennis ball off the strings of a racquet.
Racket is one thing you are certain to make. I would recommend using the rebounder on the ground floor of the house, or outdoors, as the sound of someone running on the spot on a rebounder in an upstairs bedroom can be quite erm... embarrassing. I did notice little smiles from our Spanish neighbours (which is hardly surprising since all four of us used the rebounder a couple of times a day for the first week).
The trampoline comes with a small exercise instruction book, and is very easy to use. There are several benefits from adopting this type of exercise and there are several ways in which it can be used.
Type of Exercise
The first thing you have to learn is how to balance. The earth literally feels like it is moving (and not in a good way;) I would recommend a handy shoulder to hang onto first time around.
Running on the spot - literally as it sounds and amazing how quickly this tires you out. This is a very good cardiovascular workout as it increases the heart-rate and gets your body working. It also gives you a very good low-impact workout as it cushions the blows to the hips, knees and ankles.
Toe Jumping - you can bounce from foot to foot, landing on your toes. This exercise is very good for you calves and thighs and wow, can you feel it working!!!!
Foot to Foot Jumping - as above but landing on your foot instead of your toes. This is very good for your hips, again the low impact really does make this easier. (Advances users can even learn to bend their knee and lift their leg up between bounces;)
Pencil Jumps and Star Jumps can be achieved with practice, although I would practice outside with these ones. I used my cd player and headphones while I bounced. It is easier to do this to music than by counting the number of steps you are taking.
All in all it is a great, inexpensive piece of exercise equipment and fun for all the family.
However, much to my embarrassment, I do have a few words of warning and an explanation as to why my rebounder was only in use for one week. (I know this is all down to me as I am well known as being an accident waiting for somewhere to happen).
1) Be very careful where you place your rebounder...directly under the lightbulb means that you will be picking glass out of your hair for 3 days (been there, done that:)
2) Always, always, always use the rebounder with bare feet...wearing socks means that on your first bounce, you skid forward, off the rebounder and end up lying with your hair caught in the springs while you wait for help to arrive. This results in a headache for a day or two.
3) Always keep an eye on where you are bouncing (bouncy bit is just around 70cms)....looking away while bouncing means that you could bounce and catch your toes between two springs, because even with the spring-cover well in place, suddenly landing on it from a small height renders the cover useless. This results in bleeding toes for a few days.
4) Never bounce from the rebounder onto the floor...this results in your body feeling like it has been hit by a truck and you bite your tongue. Sore tongue for a couple of days (but if you can manage to combine it with one of the above then the pain is distributed around your bodyJ
5) Do not clean your rebounder with a damp cloth just before you use it as it becomes an ice-rink and your body will bounce freely onto the floor after just one bounce.
6) Do no try to roll the rebounder into it's storage place against the wall. It rolls back round to meet you and one of the six feet is guaranteed to land on your toe. Results in small toe bandage for a couple of days.
So after one week and with glass in my hair, a bruised hip, cut toes and a very sore tongue, I am afraid that my rebounder was assigned to leaning against the wall. My family had simply had enough lol
However, on a more positive note, it does make a very good clothes hanger .but then my gym equipment usually ends up that way;)
I would certainly recommend the rebounder as a good piece of gym equipment and an ideal way to involve the whole family ..as long as you can trust the users to use it sensiblyJ
Thanks very much for reading.
You often see rebounders - little trampolines - lurking in the back of gyms, spurned by the 'real' fitness-freaks. I don't know why, they are wonderful inventions that deserve much more prominence in the fitness market. I bought my Body Sculpture Rebounder years ago from a UK catalogue shop. It was £19.99 and they are still around that price. It is well made and has certainly lasted well. Rebounding experts try to sell much more expensive models, claiming that support bars are necessary (only if you have a serious balance problem or have been hitting the wine), or that the quality of theirs is better. Rubbish. Body Sculpture are a reputable company who have been in the fitness game for a long time. They know what they are doing. What they have done with the Aerobic Rebounder is produce a quality product at a reasonable price. The exercise you get on a rebounder is tremendously good for your body. Bouncing exercises every single cell in your body, quickly, cheaply and painlessly. Even people who can't normally exercise can use rebounders. All they have to do is stand on it and flex their knees a little - there is no need to do Olympic-sized jumps. I have M.E. and, when I was at my worst - i.e. practically bed-ridden - I was able to do a little rebounding. My husband would hold me on it and help me bounce a little. I have even heard of wheelchair-bound people sitting with just their feet on a rebounder while someone else bounces - the effects of the bounce transmit into the wheelchair-bound person. I can't recommend rebounding highly (no pun intended!) enough. It really is easy, fun exercise. I particularly like it because my children enjoy watching me and then trying it out themselves. It gives them a good habit for life. There is only one disadvantage : if you have a decent-sized chest (male or female!) you may find the bouncing a little painful. I make sure I wear a good sports