Here’s why everyone’s jumping on the trampoline fitness craze, according to an expert

Kristine Solomon
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Trampolines make for a great, low-resistance cardio and strength-training workout. (Photo: Amazon)
Trampolines make for a great, low-resistance cardio and strength-training workout. (Photo: Amazon)

If you spent the better part of 2020 socially distanced and woefully sedentary, you might have packed on the so-called “Covid 19” by now. Don’t be too hard on yourself if your pants don’t fit like they used to: it was a weird year.

But if you’re ready to hit the reset button and shed the pounds with a cardio workout that’s great for all ages and fitness levels, then behold the craze that’ll make you kick up your heels (quite literally): mini trampoline workouts.

Think you’re too old for such shenanigans? Believe it or not, the first trampolines were actually used to train NASA astronauts and pilots, thanks to their gravity-defying characteristics.

Trampoline workouts are easy on your joints and can prevent injuries, according to experts

This is precisely what makes trampolines such a great workout tool for anyone with chronic pain or inflammation of the joints, as we learned from Louis Coraggio, founder of TrampoLEAN, a trampoline-based fitness studio. Coraggio told Yahoo Life that trampolines provide a low-resistance at-home workout that can keep you motivated to stay in shape — especially when going to the gym is out of the question.

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“The media has marketed trampolines as a kid’s activity, but it was actually made for adults,” says Coraggio. “It’s one of the only exercises that provides vertical acceleration and deceleration plus reduced impact on each land. This can prevent injuries by putting less stress on the joints.”

Coraggio tells Yahoo Life that trampoline workouts also boost brain function, since all that bouncing requires a whole lot of balance and coordination. That’s also why he recommends that newbies learn proper technique through online instruction (TrampoLEAN is broadcasting world class live stream and video on demand content).

“Go into it with caution, honor your body and don’t go beyond your limits,” says Coraggio. “Take it slow and be mindful of your posture, then gradually increase your intensity levels.”

Another tip? Kick off your shoes! “We all like to feel the air blowing beneath our feet,” notes Coraggio. “But going barefoot on the trampoline also strengthens the muscles in the arches in feet. Those muscles actually go dormant when you wear sneakers too much.”

Ready to bounce? Check out these top-rated, affordable mini trampolines — they’re all available on Amazon, and some are on sale!

Stamina 36-Inch Folding Trampoline

Stamina 36-Inch Folding Trampoline (Photo: Amazon)
Stamina 36-Inch Folding Trampoline (Photo: Amazon)

This 36-inch mini trampoline uses 30 tension bands to provide a safe, supportive and whisper-quiet foundation for your workout. Burn calories, boost your heart health and build muscle tone — this baby can support up to 250 pounds. It even includes three online instructional videos — and it’s 31 percent off.

“I am a 68 year old woman. Overweight and bad knees. This was a lifesaver for me,” wrote one fan. “I started with 2 minute sets. It was hard. But I stuck with it. I am now doing 10 minute sets 4 times. That's 40 minutes...I am losing weight and my doctor has taken me off my blood pressure medication.”

SereneLife Indoor Fitness Trampoline

SereneLife Indoor Fitness Trampoline (Photo: Amazon)
SereneLife Indoor Fitness Trampoline (Photo: Amazon)

Coraggio recommends bungee trampolines for safety, and this one is perfect for beginners. At 48 inches, it befores a bit more surface area than other mini models, plus it has an adjustable, padded handrail for balance. It’s made of heavy-duty material that supports up to 264 pounds — and this one folds up and stores away easily, too.

“Absolutely love this mini trampoline! Just 10-15 mins gives me a good sweat,” wrote a happy shopper. “I've done a lot of exercises (running, videos, etc), but none of those has me hooked to the point of I look forward to doing the exercise because it is actually fun. So good for your joints, bones, [and] muscles.”

Darchen Mini Trampoline

Darchen Mini Trampoline (Photo: Amazon)
Darchen Mini Trampoline (Photo: Amazon)

If you want to level up to something that can bear the weight of 450 pounds, this is your mini trampoline. It’s a relatively standard-sized 40-inch model that’s quiet and built for a safe, cushioned bounce. Heavy-duty bungees provide the perfect tension, and six steel legs keep you stable enough for high-intensity exercise.

“This thing is amazing...I’m a bigger guy pushing 350 it holds me and supports me better than my mattress,” wrote one five-star reviewer. “Im 300 lbs and feel very secure it will not break :) i jumped for less then 5 minutes and could feel it in my legs. Gonna graduate up in time then add some weights for my arms!,” wrote another.

BCAN Foldable Mini Trampoline

BCAN Foldable Mini Trampoline (Photo: Amazon)
BCAN Foldable Mini Trampoline (Photo: Amazon)

This 38-inch mini trampoline has more than 2,000 positive ratings and is 41 percent off on Amazon (including a 5 percent on-page coupon). It supports up to 300 pounds and uses safe bungees to turn the surface into a springboard. It also uses high-quality commercial steel and an extended 360-degree safety pad.

“I bought this for exercise while Covid 19 shelter in place. I have scoliosis, and have been having horrible low back pain,” wrote a customer. “I did a very light, 30 minutes of bouncing for my 1st try, and noticed later that night that my back/right hip was no longer burning and talking-to-me.”

Vivohome Foldable Fitness Trampoline

Vivohome Foldable Fitness Trampoline (Photo: Amazon)
Vivohome Foldable Fitness Trampoline (Photo: Amazon)

The adjustable handle on this 40-inch mini trampoline makes it great for new jumpers who want something substantial to hold onto. It’s a stable, durable bungee model (it has springs, too) that holds up to 330 pounds. Right now, it’s 23 percent off.

“I didn’t think this would give me much of a work out,” wrote one fan. “I was wrong.”

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