When my neighbor was giving away their mini trampoline, my mother’s first inclination was to take it. Why? I don’t know, good intentions I suppose. It sat downstairs for a good year or two, having no real purpose than being something fun to jump on for a minute. That is, until I discovered rebounding.
What is rebounding?
In simple terms, it’s jumping on a mini trampoline (a rebounder) for exercising purposes. One of the better benefits of rebounding, as opposed to floor workouts, is that it is low impact, meaning, less strain and pain. Don’t be fooled, though, you still get a good burn during the workout.
For the month of August, I decided to try out this “new” exercise (to me), and see if I liked it more, and/or saw a difference from your typical floor workout. Now, mind you, the only working out I’ve done lately is night shift at work. But since switching to day shift, the lack of physical work has left me craving some way of getting my muscles back in shape.
Let’s go over a few minor details.
So, the most common trampoline is called the Bellicon. The Bellicon uses bungee cords instead of springs, which gives you a softer, smoother, higher bounce.
The trampoline I used has springs, so my bounce was smaller (not a lot of leeway in how far the springs could expand) and harder (more impact on my legs). It still worked, it just wasn’t as easy.
There’s also little to no noise, in case you were curious.
- Low impact
- Helps stimulate your lymphatic system (a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials, thank you Google)
- Helps improve balance, coordination, and endurance
- Definitely helps you detox
- May help improve your metabolism
- Great for stress relief
I chose to do this type of workout because it was different, and I had never tried it before. It looked like a challenge, but it also looked fun. Plus, I had the equipment.
My main goal was not to lose weight, but to get toned. Or at least, sweat a little.
I looked up videos on YouTube to figure out exactly what I wanted to do. I chose two videos, a 15 minute and a 20 minute (links at the end of the post). How did I decide on these? They were the first two I watched that looked both challenging and fun (note I didn’t say easy). I also chose these because they’re “short.” I could definitely spare 15 minutes for a good workout.
I didn’t change my diet, since I don’t really have a diet. I just eat what my body craves anyway.
I tried to exercise 3-4 times a week, though that didn’t work out as well as I had hoped. We were still in the busy season at work, so by the end of the day, I was very tired.
I chose which workout to do based on three factors:
- What workout did I do the day before?
- How much time do I have?
- How much energy do I have?
The beginning was tough. I couldn’t keep up and had to keep stopping, or I had to go slower than the instructors (as I expected). But, I made it through every time, so I count it all as a success. By day four, I noticed that I was keeping up a little bit more. Day five, I was keeping up even more, sweating less, and I had an easier time sprinting (faster, and getting more height). The squats were the hardest.
One of the main things the instructors kept saying was, “Keep your core tight.” All I could think was, Lady, I’m still trying to get through this thing without passing out! Anyway, I was able to start focusing on my core a little more by day eight, but it was still pretty tough.
On day nine, I did the 15 minute video, and I didn’t stop at the same time I usually did. I also didn’t sweat as much.
Day ten, I did the 20 minute video. It was easier, and again, I didn’t sweat as much as I usually did.
I ended up only doing this for fifteen days, but I think it was a great start.
Overall, I didn’t notice too much of a change (other than less sweat and the workouts getting easier). I did have a lot of fun, though, so I guess you could say my enjoyment of exercising increased.
I’m not sure if I liked the lack of pain. I usually measure my workouts by how much I hurt the next day (glutton for punishment?). But I will definitely do this again, I’ll just find a longer video to try next time.
I have linked both videos that I used, below. Take a minute to watch one (or both) to see what rebounding is all about.
Thank you so much for reading! Talk to you soon!