Mini trampolines, also known as rebounders, provide you with a number of low-impact exercise options when working out. Because of the simplicity of some mini trampoline exercises, some users may wonder whether trampoline workouts are actually able to tone muscle. These small trampolines actually work a number of muscles during your workout, toning them and burning up to 200 calories or more per hour as well.
Mini trampolines are available in a range of sizes, heights and materials, with the size and materials of the trampoline both having an effect on how much bounce a specific model offers. Larger versions of the mini trampoline typically offer more bounce than smaller ones, though typically at the expense of portability and ease of storage. Depending on the model of mini trampoline and the height, trampolines may feature static sculpted legs, legs that screw on to the body of the trampoline or folding legs intended to make the mini trampoline easier to store and transport.
Improving Muscle Tone
When you exercise with a mini trampoline, a number of muscle groups are worked at the same time. The abdominals and obliques tighten to prevent overextension of the spine; the muscles of the shoulders, arms and upper back adjust your posture to keep you from losing your balance; and your legs and feet work together to make you jump. Even if you aren't jumping on the trampoline, staying balanced while performing mini trampoline exercises requires muscle groups from all over the body. This activity burns calories and strengthens muscle fibers, increasing the amount of lean muscle you have and providing better overall muscle tone.
Using a Mini Trampoline
Mini trampolines can be used in several ways. Depending on your exercise routine and the height and size of the trampoline itself, you can use one for bouncing, seated exercises, jogging or running exercises, Pilates routines and even as a low-impact step for step aerobics and similar exercise programs. A mini trampoline can be used for specific exercises that are part of a larger fitness routine, or you can create full trampoline-specific routines that combine a number of trampoline exercises.
Studies have found that adding handheld weights to a mini trampoline exercise routine substantially increases both heart rate and the body's oxygen uptake rate during exercise. Increases were detected regardless of the amount of weight and arm activity performed during the mini trampoline exercises when compared to the same exercises performed without weights, though larger increases were found when using heavier weights or more repetitions.
As with any new exercise routine, you should consult your doctor before you begin working out on a mini trampoline as a way to improve muscle tone. You should also take the time to warm up properly before you begin exercising and work up to more intense rebounding exercises slowly. Always wear tennis shoes or other footwear with grip when using a mini trampoline to avoid slipping on the smooth surface of the trampoline face. You should also make sure that you use proper trampoline techniques since landing on the trampoline improperly or bouncing off at an unintended angle can result in sprained or broken ankles, foot injuries, falls and other accidents.