A handful of manufacturers around the
world, listed in my Starbound shop in the Starbound mini trampoline packages
with Starbound rebounding videos and books, understanding the health benefits of rebounding on quality mini trampolines,
have designed wonderful mini trampoline rebounders, which continue to become
more sophisticated in finesse and popular in the marketplace.
The rebounders in my online shop
are the best quality mini trampolines I know of in the world.
contact me, having purchased cheap rebounders, only to find that the springs
have broken, the mats have torn and the quality of the rebounding was not
comfortable. Cheap rebounders do not work.
I receive letter from people regularly such as this...
The rebounder is a 'life fitness' one and the springs (excluding hooks) are 5cm
in length, approx 2cm outer diameter.
I've been using it for about four weeks for probably 20mins per day 3-4 times a
week. I've noticed that it has become, for want of a better word, baggy in the
middle with dents where i've been jogging - and then the spring break... I've no
idea how much a new spring will cost or the rate of replacements that i'll be
needing. So far i love the exercise but i'm not impressed that the rebounder
hasn't lasted long. As i've been searching around the internet there seems to be
a great many different makes and costs. The Life Fitness one was a gift and i
know it wouldn't have been a particularly expensive one. Is it worth investing
in a better one?
Any advice appreciated."
Beware. Customers come to me
because their rebounders have packed up within 6 weeks, and because they were
cheap Asian duplicates, they can not get the rebounder parts. Nor is the quality
of bounce stable over a long life span. mats bottom out, springs lose
elasticity, and people lose interest in rebounding as a great form of exercise.
For smooth and non-jarring
rebounding exercise the springs and mat fabric on
mini trampoline rebounders need to be of the highest specification.
You can expect to pay between UK £120-£350.00 sterling for rebounders - rebounding exercise mini trampoline equipment of really good quality.
you compare this price to other domestic home exercise equipment, designed for
example to provide an aerobic cycling, treadmill, or pilates workout, quality
rebounders are comparatively inexpensive
Coupled with the fact that you do not need to wear training shoes
on rebounders, or pay expensive gym fees with mini trampolines in the house -
you recoup your outlay on quality rebounders very quickly.
The springs and mat on mini
trampolines need to yield completely with your body weight at the bottom of the
bounce, yet maintain a stable surface tension to ensure you can bounce safely
Mini trampoline choice points
with screw on & folding legs
can be purchased with folding legs or with legs that screw on to the mini
trampoline frame. Personally I find
folding leg rebounders a definite God-send!
can be quickly packed up at the end of a session, and kept out of the way - yet remain instantly accessible.
For daily rebounding exercise workouts, and to be able
to use mini trampolines spontaneously as well as in planned programmes, you
do not want to spend more than 30 seconds setting up the mini trampoline for
If it takes any longer it becomes a hassle - and a
hassle generally means you will leave it out of your daily routine! More than
likely - you'll stop rebounding altogether!
It is a
matter of personal preference as to which mini trampoline rebounder legs will best suit you. Both
are stable and safe - always check the mini trampoline legs at the beginning of each
In a small
room, spring-loaded folding legs on a rebounder do make your mini trampoline more accessible.
If your rebounder is close at hand and
immediately accessible you will definitely feel encouraged to rebound more frequently.
You can also purchase mini trampolines
in the market place that fold in half or quarter; they can be an advantage if
you are travelling often, and a godsend if you need to store the rebounder away.
USA Starbound Workout packages of
Needak rebounders have the top folding rebounders in the world on their
range, with a great soft bounce spring. They are manufactured completely in the
USA and are delivered direct from the manufacturer with my Starbound book and
rebounding video, at fantastic discount prices.
There are many cheap imitations.
Companies even copy the name of my UK rebounders, and place silver covers over
the springs so they look the same.
Many engineering principles -
static, dynamic, kinetic, and mechanical - are employed in the design phase.
mini trampoline ReboundER equipment
parts' and Rebounder Design
priced or imported units
have no bearings for the springs, coupled with weak, short- life springs.
of these cheaper mini trampolines do not have a high quality polypropylene
woven mat. (Permatron)
Inferior built units can have one or a combination of the following:
plated SMALL steel springs with less temper and elasticity
constructed screw off legs and cheap fittings which loosen and wear
seat belt webbing to link mat and springs
that are linked directly into the frame resulting in wear & uneven mat
guarantees if any, often not offering spare parts
grade materials right through from the mat to low quality metal frame
Rebounder springs need to move with you, so
the mini trampoline mat can yield, yet still maintain an even surface tension
for your rebounding exercises. Having been a fitness professional,
author and presenter in the field of rebounding exercise for over fifteen years
I am careful as to which mini trampoline products I am prepared to advise my
clients to use.
The design and manufacture of safe, effective and beneficial
mini trampoline rebounders is a highly technical enterprise. I hope the tips on this page help you in considering your choice
of rebounder mini trampolines for rebounding exercises.
Rebounder Equipment Design
shopping pages for mini trampolines
you'll find five recommended top quality ranges of
mini trampoline rebounders.
5 STAR QUALITY MINI TRAMPOLINES
These feature mats and springs that yield completely
with your body weight, dramatically
eliminating stress impact at the bottom of
Replacing REBounder springs and mats
On some mini trampolines, springs may last for
as little as six weeks - on others for years. If the manufacturer cannot replace springs you may find
yourself having to purchase further rebounder equipment.
There is no
rule of thumb as to how long mini trampoline springs will last - even on top quality rebounders,
springs occasionally need to be replaced within a few months of use.
consideration is that if a spring does break, you must replace it immediately -
never bounce on mini trampolines if springs are broken.
Mini trampoline springs need
to be strong and yielding, ideally coiled with 'tapered' ends to provide a
yielding bounce, extensive durability and longevity.
The size and
number of the rebounders springs will influence the tension of the bounce when
performing rebounding exercises, but this
provides no indication of the springs yielding quality.
Raw materials, tensile and torsional stresses, spring
coil specifications & tension, fabric durability, and rebound coefficients
are among the elements that need to be carefully addressed in the design and
manufacture of quality mini trampoline rebounders for home exercise.
quality of the mini trampoline you use lies in the quality and design elements
of the component rebounder parts.
Quality mini trampoline rebounders requires top
grade mat fabric that allows no stretch during the downward bounce, as you are
rebounding, yet at the same time provide a resilient lift.
Mini trampoline rebounder mat fabric comes in many different
grades. A high-grade mat fabric does not lose elasticity over years of
use when rebounding. Highest grade mini trampoline mat fabric fulfils this requirement.
It is important with regard to the longevity of rebounders and for
safety purposes, that the mini trampoline mat features strong double layers of webbing
stitched around the circumference, ideally both above and under the mini
trampoline mat, where
the springs are attached.
High Grade rebounder Mats witH Thread stitched to Precise specifications
Also important when considering quality rebounders is the quality of thread used when stitching the
mini trampoline mat - and also the webbing tape, which reinforces the strength of the mini
The thread that is used to sew the rebounders mat (with a precise number of
stitches) needs to be a high quality nylon thread.
The Mini trampolines in Starbounds recommended rebounder
equipment Range feature the highest quality component parts.
Folding legs are ideal, but clearly in themselves do
not influence the quality of the bounce itself.
Think about the quality of the bounce before the
quality raw materials
Precise mat construction
stitching, in grade of material and measurement.
Top grade mat fabric ensures high elasticity for
Special thread and webbing on mini trampoline mats, sewn
to specification, prevents fraying seams
Cleats' are welded to the inside of the main frame, into
which springs are loaded, to enhance mat resilience, ensure longevity of the
frame, and provide a smooth refined quality of bounce
A unique spring and cleat design distribute even mat
Strong, coiled, spring steel enhances durability,
elasticity & longevity of the springs
Quality Mini trampoline springs
Springs for a rebounder are important when it comes to manufacturing a quality mini
Many mini trampoline springs used on mass-produced rebounders, contain
hooks that bend back on themselves, and are most prone to distortion and
Quality mini trampoline rebounders usually feature springs that load into
'cleats', which are welded by hand to the inside of a heavy grade steel frame.
These internal rebounder frame cleats provide far smoother rebounding exercise, and
ensure longevity of the frame itself.
Most tight mini trampolines feature rebounder springs that are loaded into
holes punched under the rebounder cover, around the top of the steel frame.
This is less than ideal. Because your body weight will be heavier than the
component frame steel and mini trampoline springs, you can expect the springs to
cut grooves into the frame, eventually cutting through altogether.
Over 99% of the time, an unfavourable rebounding
experience can be put down to the quality and design of the mini trampoline
coupled with a lack of understanding as to how to structure your
mini trampoline rebounding aerobic sessions, with a suitable skill base and
approach to rebounding workout.
conditioning and essential stretch are crucial elements of a safe and effective