I am often asked about
using hand weights for mini trampoline rebounder exercise workouts. My answer is
not to use them during the actual rebounding exercise on the mini trampoline,
There is not any scientific study or research that suggests how appropriate this
may be. I suggest using free weights or my the ankle and wrist Leadshot strap
weights below, during the conditioning and sculpting phase of Starbound mini
trampoline rebounder DVD and book workouts. Save the weights for the floor when
your feet are firmly rooted into the ground, or use light weights with a step
workout - but not with the rebounder.
TOP TIPS FOR USING
weights IN MINI TRAMPOLINE
REBOUNDING EXERCISE WORKOUTS
Rather than use hand weights
during the rebounder workout on the mini trampoline I suggest you use the
resistance weights in the floor section of the workout or lying on and
round the rebounder.
Simply strap the vinyl ankle
weights onto your ankles as you are conditioning, during the sculpting
phase of your rebound aerobics sessions.
The weights can also be used to
add upper body resistance, simply by holding them in a rolled up position.
Attach the weight to the leg
you are working, and go just past your point of comfortable overload
before taking a break.
I suggest you begin your
conditioning sequences, starting with no weights, then moving on to the
lighter weights perhaps after about four weeks. Gradually increase the
load of the weight as you become stronger.
The ankle and wrist weights provide
excellent resistance in mini trampoline workouts with conditioning, both lying
on the rebounder mat
mat and for using the mini trampoline as a ballet barre, with the rebounder
turned on the rim. Techniques are outlined in my
Starbound book during rebounder exercise
sculpting to provide ideas for using the rebounder as a barre.
I don't recommend using hand
weights of any kind while rebounding on a mini trampoline - unless you are in exceptional
form and shape, and you are really confident, with total postural control.
The rebounder exercise
sculpting sequences, as presented in Starbound my
book and The Starbound Workout DVD, are all suitably adapted to the use of
ankle AND wrist weights.
If you are going to use hand weights
during a mini trampoline rebounder exercise workout then save then for the
sculpting phase of your workout. Here they are most efficiently used to
encourage maximum effect, and for heightening your metabolism, helping to get
you in great shape with your mini trampoline rebounding workouts.
It worried me to see people
using hand weights while rebounding. Very often the use of the weight
compromises perfect posture. This could be bad for the back and joints.
Research has shown your body performs up to 68 percent more work for the same
amount of oxygen/ effort with rebounding exercise - you should therefore always
perform rebounding exercise at the lower end of your target training zones,
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