James Winfield, co-founder of Rebound-UK and MaXimus Life Ltd, wants everyone to understand the benefits of low impact, weight bearing exercise and ensure that optimal health and fitness is achievable by anybody in the comfort of your own home or in group situations. *Disclaimer: Please remember results can vary from person*
What is Rebounding? Rebounding is a full body cellular and de-toxifying exercise and, for some, it is a life-saver. Our body’s natural inclination is to heal itself, internally. Because rebounding strengthens all cells of the body It helps to unlock the body’s power to heal itself.
Rebounding is done on a good quality small circular trampoline (pro-rebounders are best and very low impact) that is designed to give extra spring and absorb impact. Sessions typically last 20 – 45 minutes and can be tailored to focus on cardio, strength and core, and sports specific routines. James explains “The idea is to concentrate on the downward push into the mat, with your knees bent and hips pulled back, then a small jump off the mat, not more than 6 inches. This creates gravitational pull which is at the heart of what makes Rebounding work. At the bottom of the bounce (“push”) your exercise body weight can be up to 3.24 times heavier than normal whilst at the top (“jump”) you are weightless. This constant change in gravitational pressure works every single cell in the body, including internal organs, muscles and skin; making Rebounding one of the most effective all-over body workouts ever designed.”
What will it do for me? There is lots of scientific research that proves the benefit of exercising on a Rebounder; it will burn 100’s of calories each workout, detoxify the body, improve posture, strengthen the core, tones the body including internal organs, muscles and skin.
James explains 6 of his favourite Rebounding facts:
Detoxifies: Toxins are stored in the fat cells and the body is reluctant to burn fat whilst there are toxins present. Rebounding helps rid the cells of toxins by effectively stimulating the lymphatic system by creating a pump effect. The “push” motion forces the lymphatic valves to close, the “jump” motion opens these valves at the top of the jump. This creates a “pump” effect which effectively pumps, moves and recycles the lymph and the entire blood supply through the circulatory system many times during the course of the rebounding session, providing a free-flowing system that drains away the toxins very efficiently.
Lose Weight quickly: By rebounding for just 30 minutes a day you could lose a stone in 3 – 4 weeks. Consider when you are running on a treadmill and it asks for your weight to determine how many calories you have burnt. If you put in that you are heavier than you actually are, it will show a significantly higher calorie burn. Rebounding achieves this higher calorie burn due to the effect of gravitational pull. Your exercising body weight is 3.24 times higher than during normal exercise which causes your body to burn calories more quickly whilst rebounding and so aids weight loss.
Strengthen Core: Working on an unstable surface provides a constant balance challenge leading to the involuntary contractions of the ‘deep core muscles’. These are responsible for giving you a flatter belly and improving your posture as well as minimizing injury’s including painful back conditions.
Change Body Shape: Rebounding will change your body shape as it tones and tightens muscles and skin. Due to the effect of gravitational pull every single cell is worked including internal organs, muscles and skin, leading to benefits such as increase in muscular strength and tone, strengthening pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles, and toning and tightening of skin. Since the cells are the body’s living building blocks any positive change to the cells cascades up to the tissues, organs and systemic functions giving increased overall health and well-being.
Low Impact exercise: The beauty of using a good quality rebounder such as the Rebound-UK Pro Gym rebounder or the Maximus Pro rebounder is that the workout is low impact which means it feels easier to exercise and is very kind on joints and soft tissues. Many people say ‘running’ is best for losing weight but if you are overweight this can be very uncomfortable and also damage your joints. Rebounding is weight bearing which is important for building bone density but at the same time low impact. Most good models of rebounder also come with a stability bar to hold on to for extra support if needed. Using a good rebounder can take away up to 70% shock of impact versus working out/jumping on a wooden/hard floor.
Exercise for All: It’s fun and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. You are in control of how hard you “push” which controls the intensity of your workout and allows you to increase your fitness levels gradually. Moves such as squats, lunges, rotational movements, presses and sprints are performed between bursts of jogging and bouncing, all on a low impact surface. If you really want to feel the burn you can do explosive plyometric exercises which are performed for athletic and sports conditioning such as squat jumps or add extra resistance by using sand weights and resistance bands.