Mini trampolines are fun and effective tools that you can use to improve your health and fitness. In this article we’ll go over two groups of exercises you can perform on mini trampolines, and how to pick the right trampoline for your fitness routine.
Mini Trampoline Exercises
There are two types of exercises you can perform on a trampoline: rebounding and dynamic jumping motions.
Rebounding is performed by jumping repeatedly in a fixed location at a quick tempo. This type of exercise can help stimulate the drainage of lymphatic fluid in your body, which aids in your body’s detoxification process. Improved lymphatic fluid drainage can also give a boost to your immune system and reduce inflammation throughout your body. Researchers have also found that exercise reduces pain and stress, and can promote a general feeling of well-being.
Dynamic jumping motions are intense and low-impact cardiovascular exercises that you can perform on mini trampolines. Exercisers who perform dynamic jumping exercises can burn more calories, increase cardiovascular strength, and improve balance and joint stability. These workouts include movements such as squat jumps, running in place, hopping side to side, hops with twists, and hops with kicks. These exercises can be performed at different heights and tempos, depending on the desired intensity. Higher jumping heights and tempos will offer a more intense workout.
How to Choose a Mini Trampoline
There are a few factors to consider when choosing a mini trampoline. While most trampolines offer a “rebounding” effect, they may not be equipped with the support needed to perform dynamic jumping movements. If you are looking for a trampoline that will offer the best workout experience to increase your fitness levels, look for a trampoline that comes with an attached adjustable handlebar. The handlebar will provide you with support during high intensity movements, so you can feel more stable while jumping. It can also be used as a safety bar when you do lose your balance during workouts. But if you’re looking for a mini trampoline to perform general rebounding routines, a trampoline with a handle bar might not be necessary if you are confident in your balance.
You should also consider mat area and shape when picking a mini trampoline. Typically, a larger mat area has more space to perform dynamic movements, but a more traditional circular shape mini trampoline might be better for rebounding activities. Circular mats also tend to keep the users more centered on the trampoline to prevent interruptions in rebounding and provide a consistent jumping experience.
*Our information is verified by Fitness Expert Matt Davidson, B.S. Kinesiology, NSCA-CPT, CSCS, CES, FNS.