If you’ve ever considered purchasing a trampoline, especially if you want to use a trampoline for fitness, you’ve probably heard of a rebounder. But what exactly is a rebounder and how is it any different from a trampoline?
This article will outline the basics of what a rebounder is, how it is different from a trampoline, the advantages and disadvantages of a rebounder, and the different types of rebounders and trampolines. Hopefully when you are done reading this you will be able to determine which option will suit you and your goals best. So, let’s get started by first defining what a rebounder is and what it is used for.
Rebounding is a type of exercise that is performed on a trampoline and usually includes a mixture of running, bouncing, jumping, hopping, leg lifts, kicks and even steps.
A rebounder is essentially a mini trampoline; however, rebounders are made specifically to use as exercise equipment. Rebounders are typically smaller than mini trampolines and have a firmer pad that allows for better bounce. Depending on your exercise goals a rebounder may suit your needs better than a standard trampoline. The main difference between a rebounder and a standard trampoline is the size, however the materials may differ slightly as well.
Rebounders also may come with different accessories to assist in exercise such as a handlebar or side bars, resistance bands, and enclosures.
The biggest difference between a rebounder and a trampoline is the size. Trampolines are large and can come a large variety of different sizes. A rebounder on the other hand is meant for personal use and is meant to be used specifically for exercise, so it is small and built for one person. Typically, all rebounders are going to be roughly the same size with the differences in diameter being a matter of inches in most cases. Trampolines however come in many different sizes and can range from a smaller 8-foot trampoline, to a large trampoline that can be 16 feet or more.
A rebounder is also going to have a firmer pad than a trampoline because it is meant for lower bouncing used in work outs. The firmer pad on a rebounder is meant to keep you from jumping too high and also helps to protect your ankle and knees while doing specific jumping exercises. A trampoline pad on the other hand has a lot of give and can give you a higher more extreme jump.
Because a rebounder is smaller and lower to the ground it is also generally safer than a trampoline. A trampoline sits several feet off the ground while a rebounder only sits a few inches high. Therefore, a trampoline is definitely more dangerous in terms of falling off. The most common injuries on trampolines also occur due to several people jumping at the same time. A rebounder pretty much eliminates this risk because only one person is able to use it at a time.
The biggest advantages to using a rebounder over a trampoline is that they are generally of a high-quality athletic material, they tend to be safer because they are low to the ground and used by only one person at a time, they are also portable and a lot easier to store than a standard trampoline. The pad on a rebounder is also firmer that a standard trampoline which helps to keep your ankles, knees, hips and back safer while working out. Because a rebounder pad is softer than concrete, it can also cause less stress to your ankles and knees than running or jumping rope does.
Rebounding exercise is a low intensity exercise that can help with detoxification, weight loss, improved balance and posture, better bone and muscle mass, and can improve your fitness level in other aspects of exercise by improving your overall cardio. There are also different types of rebounding exercises to target specific areas that you’d like to work on.
Rebounding sounds great, but are there any disadvantages? Well, rebounding is a form of exercise, and as with any other form of exercise there can be risks involved. If you are generally in good health and practice safe form and a good exercise routine your risk of injury is extremely low, however if you suffer from certain physical health problems your risk of injury may be increased.
Overall rebounding is a very low intensity work out and suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels, however, if you’ve been diagnosed with pinched nerves, osteoporosis, sciatica or scoliosis rebounding can cause further problems with your back and should probably be avoided. There are modified exercises that can be done if you still choose to use rebounding as a form of exercise, but you should consider your physical health situation and make alterations accordingly. As with any other exercise routine or equipment, you should always listen to your body, and if you ever feel pain or discomfort you should stop.
Most rebounders are built with the same mechanics and same types of parts, however there are some different variations and accessories you can get to make your exercise routine more tailored to you.
Like trampolines most rebounders are round, but they can come in different shapes like octagons and squares. Typically, a round or octagon rebounder is going to be better for jumping and exercise because the round shape gives a better quality of jump. The equal placement of the springs around the frame helps distribute the force evenly throughout the surface making the jumps soft and consistent. The round shape also helps to keep you centered while jumping. Square trampolines are generally used by intermediate jumpers who need a larger, more firm area, for doing tricks and stunts. Generally square trampolines and rebounders are used in gymnastics gyms and indoor trampoline parks.
You can also choose between rebounders with springs or rebounders with bungees depending on what your exercise goals are. The bungee rebounder is going to offer you a higher quieter bounce because of the elastic “springs”, while steel springs will give you a much deeper and more gentle bounce.
There are also foldable rebounders for those who are short on space and need to store their rebounder when it is not in use. Plus, you can get multiple accessories with your rebounder including stability bars and resistance bands depending on what type of exercises you plan to participate in.
You can use both a rebounder and trampoline for exercise or recreation. Whether you should get a rebounder, or a trampoline is going to depend on whether you are looking for a dedicated piece of personal exercise equipment or something that can be used for multiple purposes. It will also depend on your space, the type of home you live in, and the weather in your area.
If you’re looking for something that the entire family can use together, or something with a larger surface area so that you can do more tumbling type activities, then a standard trampoline is probably what you’d want. However, a typical trampoline is large, 12-16 feet in diameter is typical, and must be set up outdoors. You would have to have a yard or dedicated area to set up the trampoline, and you would be limited to using it only in good weather.
A rebounder would be better if you’re looking for a small personal sized piece of exercise equipment. Because of the small size and portability, a rebounder is perfect for those with smaller living spaces, or those that live in apartments, it is also better for those with younger children or no children. Because of its small size it can be used indoors year-round, and because of the portability it can also be moved and taken outside whenever you’d want to be outdoors.
Regardless of which you choose rebounding exercises are a great way to stay fit and active with fun, low intensity work outs!
Hopefully you now have a better understanding of what a rebounder is and the difference between a rebounder and a trampoline, and can make a decision about which of the two would be the best for you and your personal situation.