There are a lot of cheaper ‘mini trampolines’ on the market that are not designed for exercise programmes such as ours. This makes it very confusing for the consumer to choose and buy the correct piece of equipment.
To ensure you get all the health and fitness benefits that rebounding offers, that you have a good, safe experience, and, that your workout is effective, you will need to invest in a specialized rebound unit that is designed to a high specification for low impact exercise and safety.
There are many differences between a Rebound-UK recommended rebounder and other manufacturer’s cheaper rebounders and mini trampolines products. We have tried to explain these differences so you the consumer can make an informed choice and purchase.
The Rebound-UK and Urban Rebounding workouts are designed specifically for use on rebounders built to a high quality specification and we would not recommend that it is safe to undertake this workout on any other equipment that is not designed to the same specification.
The important design considerations we take into account when recommending a rebounder for use with our workouts are:
Stability: the weight and dimensions of the rebounder is important. You should be able to stand on the rim of the rebounder without it tipping. Rebound-UK recommended rebounders are 40 inches in diameter, stand 9 inches off the floor and weigh 14kg; substantially heavier than other cheaper models which weigh around 7 – 9kg. When you are bouncing on the rebounder, the weight of the rebounder ensures that you can do so safely without the rebounder tipping, or travelling across the floor as you bounce.
Bounce: having a correct spring system between the mat and the rebounder rim is essential. The rebounding technique is to “push” into the mat surface. Our unique muscle-shaped springs are at the right shape, length and tension to allow the correct amount of push to achieve a low impact workout and to deliver all of the health benefits. On high quality rebound units, the springs will be linked to rivets that are then attached to the rebounder rim. On cheaper units, often the springs are attached directly to the rim causing the rim to buckle and/or the spring to snap. Also these springs are often too tightly sprung, and straight, which means that you will not achieve the correct “push” into the mat and you are more likely to “jump” as on a trampoline which is not safe on a small unstable unit; this makes rebounding impossible.
Weight Bearing: the rebounders recommended by Rebound-UK are all capable of taking the weight of a 22 stone (300lbs) person.
Health Benefit Claims: There is a lot of scientific research about the health and fitness benefits of exercising on a rebounder or mini-trampoline. The products recommended by Rebound-UK are built to reflect the specification used in this research so that the user will achieve maximum benefits from rebounding, like lymphatic drainage to detoxify the body, a low impact work out, increasing joint stability and increasing bone density and also obtaining huge calorie burning workouts to ensure you get results. Cheaper rebounder or mini-trampoline products may often refer or imply that this research exists – which is correct – however, the research was not done on this cheaper specification product.
Strong Legs: the legs on the Rebound-UK recommended products are spring loaded so that they easily fold away flat for easy storage. Other products have legs that screw into the frame – not only is this time consuming to set up, the threads in the screw on legs break quickly meaning that the whole unit has to be thrown away.
Spare Parts: the Rebound-UK recommended products all come with full warranty and with spare parts. The individual components on these rebounders can be replaced unlike many other cheaper products. For example, over time the mat surface may wear, or the skirt cover may get scruffy – these can all be replaced on our units.
Storage: the rebounders have spring loaded legs and the home products fold into quarters making it perfect to store in a cupboard or under a bed. Many other rebounders do not fold.
The old analogy ‘You get what you pay for’ couldn’t be more true and accurate when selecting a rebounder.