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Jumping your way to a more fit body could be just the workout for you. Rosanna and Greg of MY FOX 5 New York hopped onto a trampoline for an unconventional exercise lead by Trainer Montserrat Markou, owner of Jumplife in Tribeca. Rosanna cannot seem to stop eating her chocolate cake. Check out the funny Video.
It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s safe for almost anybody of any age… It’s quoted by NASA as “the most efficient and effective exercise yet devised by man”, and you can do it at home whilst watching TV! What is it? Rebounding!
What Is Rebounding?
Put simply – bouncing on a mini trampoline. Unlike regular trampolining, the aim isn’t to bounce high or perform gymnastic tricks, but to perform a series of small, controlled movements.
"Just bought myself a mini trampoline... and what a hoot! It's surprisingly good exercise, and I can have a bounce whilst watching the telly. I'm planning to use it most evenings when I come home from work - I usually just collapse in front of the box” – Sarah X
Benefits of Rebounding
A zero-impact exercise, rebounding provides many benefits for you and your body:
“I've got a rebounder, I find it's very good for me as I have a knee injury which means I can't run on the ground for any distance. I put on a good CD and bounce along. I find it's good exercise” – Alison G
Who Can Rebound?
Moms, dads, children, grandparents… Rebounding is suitable for all ages and abilities! Stabilizing bars can be fitted which may help if you feel unsteady or are elderly, disabled or handicapped.
“Having had lots of problems that has prevent me doing any exercise for years due to wheelchair etc, I have discovered the wonders of rebounding! I started in the wheelchair with my feet on it and my husband bouncing. After a week of that I was able to sit on it myself and bounce. I have now progressed to standing whilst holding on to bar and bouncing myself. It has made me feel so much better and I get better at it daily.” - Maria
Buying A Rebounder
It's the old adage - you get what you pay for... inexpensive models can be stiff and don’t offer adequate cushioning and support.
Invest in a quality rebounder, which boasts:
"To all those wondering whether or not to go ahead and get one... all I can say is DO. Have just bought one and it is fantastic - mainly cos you feel so weightless when exercising rather than pounding along on the treadmill!!! It's really great - get one and try it!" – Jackie
If you feel you need a more regimented exercise routine – invest in a rebounding video.
“I have just bought a video called Cardio Bounce … it is really good! It is a complete workout lasting 45 mins but is split into sections: warmup, aerobics, stretching, etc. It has a section called gentle bounce for if you are not very fit as well. I can definitely recommend it! The music is a bit naff but if you complete all the sections you will really feel you have worked hard!” – Kazzie
Source: Weight Loss Resources
Sales of trampolines have grown by more than three times in a craze sparked by celebrities such as Madonna, Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian
Madonna and actress Gwyneth Paltrow have reportedly included aerobics on trampettes as part of their exercise regimes, and Posh Spice is also apparently a fan of the practice
Trampoline coach for British Gymnastics, Anne-Sonia King who also runs a trampolining academy, said: "I would definitely recommend trampolining as it increases strength and fitness of the muscles, reduces cholesterol and helps to keep you fit and healthy. Classes at my academy are getting more and more popular - it's definitely a rising trend."
An hour of bouncing on a trampoline can burn more than 200 calories. Heather Newing, Health and Fitness Buying Manager at Tesco (UK retailer) said: "Trampettes seem to be taking off in a big way; they're a great way to exercise and lots of fun too." Both the full-size and smaller versions, trampettes, have seen an increase of 70% year-on-year, according to Tesco Direct. This summer its sales of 10ft and 12ft trampolines rose by 355% compared to the same period last year.
A trampette is a small square trampoline used in gymnastics. Trampette is one of three disciplines in the sport TeamGym.
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