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      06.08.2001 03:47
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      When I was about 5, every Thursday I went Trampolining, I was quite a sporty ickle kid, as well as bouncing up and down every Thursday for fun, I also did gymnastics about 4 times a week and played a lot of football with my dad. Then came a problem, if I wanted to carry on training as a gymnast (Which I was pretty good at if I may say so myself!) then I needed to give up trampolining altogether so I could do extra gym training, so at around the age of 7 I gave up trampolining. I carried on with my gymnastics until I joined secondary school, with loads of homework and hardly any spare time I made the BIG decision of giving up gymnastics. All I was left with was football. I play football very regularly now and am in an all female football team in a proffesional league, this helps me to keep in shape and to remain fit, but now the holidays are here, I don't walk to school and have PE regularly so I looked at the courses that my local sports centre run during the holidays. I found a trampolining course that looked great, it was on every week on a Tuesday all through the holidays. It was only £3 a session which lasted from 2pm till 4. I grabbed my mate Laura (loz100) and we went together. So far we've been on the first two courses and have found them great, the best thing is though that my coach from when I was younger was the person teaching these sessions. Each session we do a warm-up and then the normal routine bounces to get us ready which are: straight jumps straddle jumps pike jumps tuck jumps seat drops front drops back drops After many of these we go on to different things like sumi's. (sumasaults) and link play which is where you link many different moves together to create a routine. These are all really good fun. We sometimes play games too, there are many to choose from and all are fun. Fancy a bounce, pop down to your local sports centre, trampolining
      is very healthy and wicked fun, you never get tired of it. Don't worry if you've never done it before, it's really easy. I've enjoyed these courses so much, I think I might start up trampolining again when school starts. I've even tried to convince my mum to buy us a trampoline since my mum shares my interests in bouncing up and down, she seemed very interested but I doubt I'll ever get one! Thanks for reading. ~M~

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        15.05.2001 01:44
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        I used to be a serious trampolining fan, I used to go to lessons once a week - Id started competing locally aswell. However for some reason or other I stopped going, I assume I just got bored of it really. However dont let that put anyone off, its still a great sport to get into, great fun more than anything. Now I can understand from the point of view of someone who has never been trampolining, that simply jumping up and down looks pretty darn boring...believe me on this one! Id say, and I did notice this, that the most likely time for you to get bored is in the second or third lesson you go to. This is because, unlike many other sports, you'll be doing the same old "jumping up and down" regime for a few weeks at least really. Unlike say, for example, horse riding (one of my other favourites...except im no-were near bored of that yet and have been doing that for years and years!), where you normally progress up a pace from walk to trot within at least 1 week. So my first piece of advice would be to stick with it for at least a month (assuming weekly lessons), then at least you will have done other stuff too. Apart from the fact that trampolining is great fun, id say that it's probably the best aerobic and general strengthening exercise you can do indoors. Again I suppose to the never-been-trampolining people among you, you'd think its really easy, just stand and bounce, allowing our faithful friend gravity do all the work, accelerating you towards the earth at 9.81 m/s/s (you can tell im studying A-level physics huh!) :P Well you'd be wrong, its suprising just how much you're muscles have to work, particularly when you progress further. When you start to progress further there are so many different things you get taught, I dont think I can rememeber any of the names im afraid, but I can explain what they look like! There is one, where you are to
        ld to, instead of landing on your feet, to land on your bottom, keeping your legs straight out, then on the next bounce, bounce back up landing on your feet again. This isnt at all difficult, infact after 1 lesson you'll probably be doing that! Other things include the above move, but instead of bouncing back up to your feet you swivel your legs around, then bounce back up (hence you're now looking at the other wall!) Talking of walls, one of the first things you're taught is what exactly to do with your hands/arms. You dont simply let them hand by your sides - oooh no! I got told to pretend that there was a wall right behind me, so basically you bring your arms up (forwards now) then over your head, but instead of keeping the "circular" motion going, you pretend theres a wall there and therefore bring your arms directly down back towards your sides again, just to repeat the process, as you bounce that is! After a while you'll progress onto things much more tricky, like forward and backward flips. (You have 2 helpers holding onto your shorts waist band at first, becuase its suprising how dis-orientated you get, hence quite often you'll either end up on the floor (ouch, but I never quite did that - thank goodness!), or atleast right on the edge of the trampoline! Generally trampolining gets a big thumbs up from me, well worth a go for anyone at all, young or old, its great fun! (And helps with the leg muscles too!)

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          29.06.2000 21:04
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          Easy exercise, for the entire body. Most people think of trampolining for kids or gymnasts. But using a mini trampoline is for us unfit grown ups too as it can really make a difference....and it`s easy. It is probably the best Aerobic & strengthening exercise you can do indoors. I had cancer a few years ago and all the treatment & the time it took left me tired, weak and unfit. With a mini trampoline, if you are too sick to do it or are bedridden all you have to do is sit & place your feet on it while someone else does the bouncing! My kids were great for that. It`s all to do with gravity & the forces of it. It stimulates the Lymph system, helps circulate oxygen to the tissues, helps your metabolism, digestion, posture, strengthens joints and so on. There are all different execises that can be done on it, even with hand held weights. But just bouncing up and down for 5 minutes once or twice a day is really beneficial. It can be fun to, I put on some lively music that I love, and jump around on it in time to the music(when everyones out that is!) When the kids play on it, I sit with my feet on it too. Although they are small, it always seems to be in the way. Unlike other exercise, this is easy & not a chore, and doesn`t wear you out. I do find my legs feel a bit like jelly after though. Try it, you will feel better for it. For the various exercises to do on it you`ll need to buy a book or get one from the library as there are no instructions in when you buy it. You can get them in Index & Argos and they are not expensive.

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