Mini trampolines are cool again, friends. That’s right, our exercise routines are on the up (and down again). Kate Beckinsale has been known to love a bit of a bounce and Cindy Crawford’s apparently been doing it for decades – even Gwynnie’s Goop is in on the fitness trampoline action. Don’t worry though – we’re not veering into jade egg or psychic vampire repellent territory here.
Instead, we’ve rounded up the expert opinion on why you should consider adding a fitness trampoline to your home gym, and which option may be best for you.
Is jumping on a mini trampoline good exercise?
Mini trampoline workouts (‘rebounding‘ to those in the know) can offer an excellent full-body fitness session. They’ll target your lower back, quads, hamstrings, glutes, calves and core, while also getting your heart-rate climbing and blood pumping for a cardiovascular exercise challenge.
‘[Rebounding] uses significant amounts of oxygen at the muscular level, engages large muscle groups, and can be sustained continuously,’ Steve Farrell, PhD, a senior investigator at the Cooper Institute and a fellow with the American College of Sports Medicine told WH.
Calorie burn isn’t the be-all and end-all in workouts (far from it), but here’s an interesting comparison: trampoline workouts can burn as many calories per minute as running at a pace of 10 minutes per mile, according to a study by the American Council of Exercise.
What are the fitness benefits of a mini trampoline workout?
The real drawcard here, especially for those with injuries (or downstairs neighbours), is that the mini trampoline absorbs the impact of your body’s movement against the surface.
‘On a harder surface, that impact would travel up your legs,’ says Dr Farrell. Which means all of the cardio endorphins, with none of the shin splints or knee pain.
According to ((BOUNCE)) founder and trainer Kimberlee Perry, the trampoline mat absorbs over 80% of the impact on landing. ‘It’s also really beneficial internally, helping to build bone density and improve lymph flow which flushes the body of viruses, toxins, bacteria, waste and dead cells,’ she says.
On top of that trampolining can help to:
- Improve cardiovascular fitness
- Improve coordination and balance
- Improve body composition
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve lower body strength
- Build better bone health
Can mini trampoline workouts help you lose weight?
If that’s your goal, yes – provided you’re maintaining a healthy diet and monitoring your daily energy expenditure.
A 2018 study put a group of overweight Italian women on a 12-week rebounding programme that saw ‘significant improvements’ in body composition – decreased waist circumferences, decreased fat mass, and increased lean and muscular mass.
Have we convinced you? If not, check out this full rebounding review. Otherwise, add one of the excellent mini trampoline options below to cart, and get bouncing.
10 mini trampolines to buy now
1. HIIT Bounce Pro Folding Rebounder
This trampoline is a package deal. The HIIT Bounce Pro comes with its own workout DVD to help you get into the swing of things, plus a nifty pair of weighted gloves for an extra challenge. Another USP is the special foldable design for an incline challenge (we suggest sticking to the DVD to see how to do this safely, though).
2. Gielmiy Silent Mini fitness Trampoline 48″ With Adjustable Handle Bar
Prefer more stability? Stay steady as you bounce with the adjustable T-shape foam handlebar. It’s perfect for beginners or those who like to really focus on form.
3. Maximus Pro Folding Rebounder
Slightly more expensive but this mini trampoline comes with resistance bands, handlebar and sand weights to help you get your most efficient sweat on yet.
4. Round Sport Fitness Mini Trampoline
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, this rebounder by PhysioRoom is a solid choice. It features a vinyl border that covers the springs for safety, and can hold up to 220lbs.
5. Ultrasport Fitness Trampoline With Stable Handle Bar
Boasting self-balancing elastic ropes for better tension and curved feet for higher stability this is one exercise rebounder you go back to again and again (and again). The handle bar makes it easier to switch up your workouts and strengthen those leg muscles.
6. SereneLife Portable & Foldable Trampoline
Whilst we’re not going anywhere at the moment, there’s still something to be said for not having your home gym equipment on display all the time. Space-saving and easy to store, this mini trampoline is the perfect small space saviour.
7. Gielmiy 40″ Indoor Trampoline
Get bouncy for less, this great value forty inch mini trampoline is the perfect combination of hard-wearing yet springy. With a quarter fold design for easy storage, you can tuck it safely out of sight when you start your stretches.
8. Decathlon Cardio Fitness Trampoline 100
With its steel frame and 36 springs, this 100 trampoline is durable and reliable. Just the right size for training indoors – this makes a great entry-level rebounder to Keep your cardio on target.
9. Decathlon Cardio Fitness Trampoline 500
Wanna take your cardio up a notch? Slightly more pricey than Decathlon’s entry mini trampoline models but not by much, and the stability handle keeps your workout on track when your mind wanders and you’re at risk of bouncing off elsewhere.
10. Viavito Mini Fitness Trampoline
A smaller rebounder for fun low-impact workouts and helps to improve balance and coordination. Detachable legs means it fits smaller spaces – use it for a WTH screen break to get that blood pumping again.
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