8 Ways Trampoline Jumping Improves Your Health

The beauty of trampoline jumping is that it’s not only fun, but phenomenally good for you too.

Physical health is important, but so is making time for recreational activities, and trampolines allow us to take care of both at the same time! It’s a simple activity that appeals to all ages and leaves you feeling energised.

Here are eight reasons taking a jump on the trampoline regularly improves your health.

Staying Healthy Becomes Fun

One of the biggest obstacles in the way of good physical health is motivation. Trampoline jumping makes staying healthy fun, which means you’re more likely to do it on a regular basis. It doesn’t feel like a traditional workout when you’re having a great time!

Jumping Promotes Lymphatic Flow

The lymphatic system assists with the removal of waste and toxins within the human body, making it essential to good health and proper organ function. In order to work, the lymphatic system relies entirely on body movement to pump all the bad out. Jumping regularly gives this process a healthy boost.

Increases Oxygen Circulation

As a relatively high-intensity, high-cardio workout, jumping on a trampoline increases oxygen intake, which is not only essential to lung health, but also the cardiovascular system. Oxygen flow helps to purify the blood, and may improve skin tone, too.

It’s Three Times More Effective than Running

Running is often hailed as the greatest of all cardio, but did you know that trampolining is much more effective? In fact, just ten minutes of jumping is equivalent to 33 minutes of running, making it a more efficient exercise choice when it comes to burning calories.

Trampolining Promotes Better Balance & Posture

Over time, jumping regularly on a trampoline can help to improve balance and posture. With each jump you take, your body uses a combination of muscle groups, strengthening your core and assisting in maintaining an upright posture.

Fortifies Joints from Impact Injuries

Joints can be a problem area when it comes to injury. As opposed to running or jogging, trampoline jumping applies light pressure to the joints, which allows bones to become stronger and better at coping with pressure. This builds up your joint strength and reduces the chances of suffering an injury.

Ideal for Stress Relief

If you suffer from stress or depression, trampolines are a natural, cost-efficient solution. All that jumping causes the brain to release endorphins, and the high-intensity movement removes tension from the body, resulting in relaxation and improved well-being.

Jumping Encourages Muscle Tone

Jumping on a trampoline uses a variety of small and large muscles throughout the body, including the quads, calf muscles and abs. Trying different types of jumps and tricks will allow you to work on different muscle groups while improving your strength and agility.

Ready to get fit on a trampoline?

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7 Must-Know Tips for Choosing the Right Trampoline

Having a trampoline at home provides hours of fun and recreation, not to mention the numerous health benefits of a high-intensity cardio workout. As a considerable investment, it’s important to choose the right trampoline for your needs, but where do you begin?

Here’s seven things you should know before buying your new trampoline.

How to choose a trampoline

1 – Buy from a Reliable Retailer

A reliable retailer will offer the best product and service. Look for a trampoline seller that has years of experience and offers service options in case there is a problem with your purchase. Buy from sellers who truly know and love their trampolines!

2 – Look for Aussie-Made Trampolines

Look for trampolines that are made in Australia. Supporting local makers ensures that you’re buying an authentic, well-made product. At Topline Trampolines, we manufacture our own large rectangle models right here on the Gold Coast.

3 – Buy with a Warranty

Hopefully, you’ll never need to use it, but having a warranty will give you peace of mind, knowing you’ve bought a product that’s confidently backed by its manufacturer.

The length of time covered may vary for different parts of your trampoline. For example, Topline offers 2 to 5 years on the frames with 6 months on netting, PVC pads, and two-string mats.

4 – Review the Weight Limits

Make sure you know the weight limit on your new trampoline. Some are made specifically for children while others can support adults. Buy a model that can accommodate every user, and plan ahead for weight allowance if you know your kids will still be jumping in their teens.

5 – Measure Your Space

Trampolines are available in all kinds of sizes, so it’s important you measure your available space and choose a model to suit.

6 – Is it Safe?

Look at safety features before you buy a trampoline. The list should include proper padding over springs and a strong frame. If you have children who will be using the trampoline, you may also want to look for a one that includes an enclosure, or buy an enclosure separately.

7 – What About Replacement Parts?

You may have everything you need to assemble your trampoline in the initial purchase, but what happens when parts start to wear out? Look for a seller who carries the parts you may need later on to ensure an easy replacement process. At Topline, you can find all the necessary replacement parts you need to keep your trampoline healthy.

Ready to Buy?

You’ll be pleased to find that Topline ticks all the above boxes. Take a look at our range of Australian-made trampolines and replacement parts online, or visit our warehouse in Molendinar. We’d love to assist you in choosing the perfect trampoline.

Upcycle Your Old Trampoline into a Luxe Daybed

Just upgraded to a professional Topline Trampoline, and don’t know what to do with your old kids’ Kmart bouncer? Think twice before you take it to the tip – it’s the perfect base for a luxe DIY daybed. Here are just some of the inspiring creations we found around the internet:

How to Build Your Own DIY Daybed

Ready to make your own? Let’s get started


What you’ll need

Your old trampoline frame
Soft foam or padding to use as a mattress
A heavy-duty chain
High working load braided rope
A screwdriver
Cushions, blankets and throws for the finishing touches

Step 1: Remove the Trampoline Legs

As this is a hanging day bed, you won’t need the trampoline legs. Using a screwdriver, unbolt and remove them from the frame. This may require a little effort if there is rust and dirt present. If you have trouble, use a wire brush to remove and buildup on the screws. Apply oil if needed.

Step 2: Protect Fingers & Toes from the Springs

The springs are a necessary part of the trampoline, but they’re also a hazard for fingers and toes. Wrap the springs in rope or strips of cloth so no skin or body parts can get caught in them. They should be wrapped several times until they form a cushioned layer. You can also add foam under the cloth or rope to enhance softness.

Step 3: Make the Mat Comfortable

To make this daybed extra cosy, add a layer of foam, cut to size. Or for an easier option, layer with blankets following installation.

Step 4: Install Suspension Ropes

Now it’s time to suspend the DIY daybed. It’s important to consider the tension in the trampoline mat. Over time, the mat will sag. To prevent this, make sure you run the ropes under the mat to provide added support. When you’re done, bring all rope ends together and tie off using a strong knot.

Step 5: Hang Your DIY Daybed

You’re almost done building your DIY daybed! All you need to do now is hang it up. This should be done from a strong support, like a sturdy tree branch or the solid beams from a verandah or pergola. You can also build a steel tee-pee shaped frame. Whatever you use must be capable of holding the daybed as well as the weight of people laying on it.

Step 6: Dress up Your Daybed

What’s a bed without a few fluffy cushions to keep you comfy? Dress up your new suspended haven with blankets and cushions, and if you’re feeling creative, try draping fabric around the support ropes to form a cosy, tipi-style enclosure.

You’ve now upcycled that old, unwanted trampoline, into your family’s new favourite hangout. But remember, on this tramp there’s no jumping allowed!

7 best trampoline exercises for getting in shape [with video]

Trampoline exercises are a fun way to get fit and stay healthy. What could be better than flying towards the sky with the wind in your hair while your body gets a good workout? Put away the stale fitness videos and start bouncing the blubber away with these trampoline exercises.

High Knees

This simple exercise will give your legs an effective workout. Start in the centre of the trampoline. As you jump, bring one leg up, so your knee moves towards your chest. This move can be combined with the Butt Kicker (see below).

Butt Kicker

The butt kicker exercise is similar to the High Knees, but moves in the opposite direction. As you jump, bend one leg back so your heel moves towards your glutes. You can perform this move alongside the High Knees to get a full leg workout.

Max Jump

When you want to turn things up, add the Max Jump to your trampoline exercise routine. Start by jumping straight up. As you come down on your feet, allow yourself to sink with the trampoline mat. Lower your body into a quarter squat then push off again as the mat rebounds and begins upward momentum. Repeat in sets of 10 with 15 to 30 seconds of small jumps between each set.

Trampoline Star Jumps

Trampoline Star Jumps involve using more of the upper body, which is great for rounding out your routine. Jump up with your arms down and feet together. As you rise, swing your arms and legs out in a traditional Star Jump position. Bring your arms up over your head, then bring your limbs back together as you land and repeat.

Jump and Twist

Jump and Twist is another great trampoline exercise that uses the upper body. To perform this move, start in a similar position as you did with the Star Jumps. This time, raise your arms out, so they are parallel with the ground. As you jump, twist your hips to one side then the other.

Seat Drops

To perform a Seat Drop, start with a jump then land in a sitting position with both legs in front of you and your back straight. Return to a standing position as your body comes up then repeat.

Seat Drops & Twist

If you want to increase your workout’s difficulty, try adding a twist to your Seat Drops. As you rise, twist your hips so your legs point in the opposite direction with your arms swinging up over your head. You’ll end up coming down in another Seat Drop, but this time facing the opposite way.

Here’s a demonstration of some of the moves mentioned in this article, all of which are possible on any size trampoline.

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The Best Trampoline Moments of 2016 Rio Olympics

The trampoline event at last year’s Rio Olympics attracted tight competition from all parts of the globe, with flawless and nail-biting performances by the world’s best.

With standout moments like these, there’s no denying the thrill of watching on as talented athletes show us what can be done on a trampoline.

Rosie MacLennan brings home another gold for Canada

Rosie MacLennan arrived as her country’s flag bearer and left as a two-time gold medal winner. After winning her first gold four years ago, she took a second in last year’s Olympic trampoline event with a breathtaking series of twists, flips and graceful jumps. That’s quite an impressive feat for anyone. No one else has taken more than one gold in the trampoline event since it was introduced back in 2000.

 

Belarus’ Young Uladzislau Hancharou wins over seasoned athletes

20-year-old Uladzislau Hancharou performed perfectly, maintaining balance and staying in the sweet spot at the centre of the trampoline. He finished with a Double In Double Out, earning a gold for Belarus. Hancharou beat seasoned competitors and ranks as one of the youngest athletes to win an Olympic gold medal in men’s trampoline.

 

Dong Dong earns a silver for China

Dong Dong started his routine with some serious air, performing twists and flips while maintaining height. His control on each bounce was admirable and something on which many trampolinists work hard for years to achieve. Dong won a bronze in 2008 and a gold in the 2012 London Olympics. This year he took home a silver, completing the set.

 

Bryony Page is the first Brit to win a trampoline medal

25-year-old Bryony Page may not have taken a gold, but she still returned home proud as the first British athlete to win an Olympic trampoline medal. Her routine included a Double Straight Back with three Full Twists In, a move that few perform in the Olympics. Page herself described the move as one the audience should watch for when viewing her performance this year.

 

Logan Dooley takes 11th in Men’s Trampoline

Logan Dooley earned the first synchronized trampoline gold for the U.S. with his partner Steven Gluckstein in 2010. He continued to compete, participating in the Nissen Cup in Switzerland and two World Cups, one in Switzerland and one in Portugal. His 2016 Olympic routine included Kick Outs with a Full In Full Out finish. He lost a little height but concluded his performance with a smile.

 

Are you Australia’s next Olympic Trampolinist?

Watching athletes compete in the trampoline event is inspiring. Have you ever thought about testing your skills on the trampoline? Hard work and dedication can lead to amazing things. The best way to get started is to find a trampoline of your own. View our range of professional-grade trampolines online, or give us a call to chat about your competitive trampolining aspirations.

Bounce Training: It’s not just for trampoline athletes

When people think of a trampoline at home, they usually envision kids jumping haphazardly for fun. There’s no denying how entertaining a trampoline can be, but it’s actually an excellent form of exercise. Athletes, and not just those who compete in trampolining, have turned to bounce training to enhance their skills in their chosen field.

Whether you’re an athlete or a hobbyist, you can use bounce training as part of your own exercise routine, too.

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Red Bull Air Race athletes use bounce training

Athletes who specialise in all kinds of sports rely on bounce training as part of their regular workout routine. Coaches for the Red Bull Air Race have turned to bounce training as a way to push their athletes physically and mentally.

2011 ASP World Surf Champion Carissa Moore once said “trampoline training has really made me more aware of my body positioning when I’m up in the air.”

Whether an athlete is snowboarding, wakeboarding, surfing or doing any other physical activity, bounce training can have profound benefits.

 

A low-impact cardio workout

Cardiovascular exercise, such as running, is great for the body, increasing the heart rate and improving circulation while burning calories. Bounce training offers the same benefits without the hard impact of other workouts. The impact felt from making contact with pavement while jogging can increase the risk of joint, ankle and knee injury. A trampoline mat on the other hand, is flexible and pads each landing, so less stress and impact is caused on the body.

 

Improve your coordination and balance

Each time you jump on a trampoline, the height and direction of the bounce is affected by the way you hit the mat and push off again. In order to stay in control, the body must learn to re-balance itself. Compensating for the flexible surface and constant motion helps the body improve balance and coordination. The better you get, the more unique moves you’ll be able to do.

This effect has been noted in trampolinists of all ages, from children to the elderly. A 2013 Research in Developmental Disabilities study found that children who participated in bounce training for 12 weeks had noticeable improvement in motor skills. A 2011 Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology study found that elderly people who participated in 14 weeks of training were less likely to accidentally fall forward.

 

Bounce training is for everyone

It’s clear to see that bounce training is a great way to round out any exercise or training routine. Whether you’re a professional athlete or hobbyist, trampolining builds physical strength, stamina and coordination, all while adding a little fun to the day.

That’s what makes us so passionate about manufacturing high quality, Australian made trampolines. Families and professional sportspeople alike know that when their trampoline comes from Topline, they’ll be bounce training on the best of the business.

7 Pro Trampoline Tips to use at Home

If you’re serious about the trampoline, then it may be time to start challenging yourself with new moves and tricks. This fun pastime isn’t just for kids. It offers amazing physical and mental health benefits and could present an opportunity to prove your prowess in professional competitions. Whether you just want to get fit or plan on going pro, there are a few things you should know as you practice on the trampoline.

 trampoline tips from professionals

Pro trampoline tip 1: make sure your equipment is working before you begin

Trampolining is a high-intensity exercise. The better you get, the higher you will jump. Before you begin, make sure your trampoline is up to the task. Check all parts to ensure that there is no damage or wear. Make replacements as necessary to prevent a malfunction.

 

Pro trampoline tip 2: Don’t rush a new trampoline move

You may be anxious to get up there and do some impressive routines. As you start out, remember to go slow until you have perfected each move. Take your time and advance once you have mastered the current move. Trying to push forward too quickly can lead to disappointment and even injury. Remember to only take on big jumps with a professional trainer present.

 

Pro trampoline tip 3: enlist the help of a trampoline trainer

If you really want to go all the way, you’ll need the eyes and advice of a good trainer. Find a gym that offers trampoline training or search for someone locally who has experience and can mentor you. The advice of an athlete will go a long way in your trampoline training.

 

Pro trampoline tip 4: prepare your body before you bounce

Just like any other high-intensity exercise, you should prepare your body with stretching and a warm-up before you jump on a trampoline. Doing so can reduce the risk of sprains, tears, and other injuries. You should also plan a cool down after the workout that includes stretching to prevent stiffness and soreness later.

 

Pro trampoline tip 5: a good diet is a must

Your diet determines your physical ability on the trampoline. Make sure you give your body the energy it needs to keep up. Pro athletes must be aware of what they eat as well as what exercises they do.

 

Pro trampoline tip 6: make sure you have proper clearance

As a safety precaution, make sure you have proper clearance before you start jumping on your trampoline. A general rule of thumb for backyard bouncing is at least 3 feet away from objects and structures with 20 feet of overhead space.

 

Pro trampoline tip 7: Have a spotter while you train

Always have a spotter available while you train on a trampoline. This should be someone who is within line of sight and can see and hear you at all times.

The first step in trampoline training is finding the right equipment. Topline offers a variety of trampoline sizes, shapes, and designs suitable for the pros. Have a browse of our high-quality trampolines, replacement parts and accessories so you can reach your bouncing goals!

 

5 signs your trampoline needs some TLC

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Trampolines are built to last. While they are strong and durable, they still need some maintenance and care every now and again. The more you keep up with part replacements and repairs, the longer your trampoline will last. Proper maintenance will also reduce the amount of money you spend in the long term, so it’s worth it’s while knowing how to identify the signs that your trampoline needs some TLC.

Rust on the frame & other metal parts

Rust is going to happen to anything you leave outdoors. A galvanized frame is a good way to prevent this problem. Models that are galvanized inside and outside are even better, as water can occasionally find its way inside the frame. If you notice rust on the frame, you can usually clean it away. If you find it on a spring, you may be better off replacing the part.

 

Sagging, fraying or holes in trampoline mats

The mat is obviously an essential part of your trampoline, so its failure could lead to disaster. Signs of an issue may not be immediately apparent until you take a closer look. If the mat seems to sag, has tears, or if you see fraying along the edges, you may need to buy a replacement trampoline mat. Some models, like the two-string mat, require regular repainting to stay functional.

 

Stretched trampoline springs

The springs are what connects the mat to the frame. They are designed to provide some flexibility while ensuring that the jumper doesn’t hit the ground. Springs that appear stretched out or are starting to lose their shape are another issue to watch out for. All damaged springs should be replaced right away. If this problem remains, it can create an uneven bouncing surface that could damage your mat.

 

Leaning or uneven trampolines

A trampoline that is set up properly should rest evenly to allow for safe jumping. If you notice that your trampoline is not sitting level, it could mean parts of the frame have bent or started to give. This kind of damage could be the result of an impact or rust. A leaning trampoline should not be used until the necessary repairs are completed to make it stable and level again.

If you’ve identified any of these problems on your trampoline, come to us. We supply the replacement parts that keep your trampoline healthy, and your body bouncing!

Trampolines are more than toys

Four reasons to bounce on the tramp this summer

You may be looking at buying a trampoline this Christmas for the kids to have some backyard fun over the holidays, but did you know there are many other benefits that come with owning and using one?

When most people think of trampolines, they view them as a backyard recreational accessory primarily used by kids. The reality is that there are numerous reasons that everyone – adults included – should consider adding regular bouncing to their day. Trampolines really are more than just toys, and they can help you make positive changes in your life.

Trampolines and family bonding

The trampoline presents a unique opportunity for families to bond. Adults can teach children how to perform basic moves, reinforcing relationships while encouraging physical fitness. These memories are the ones that will stick with young children for their entire lives.

A high-intensity workout that’s fun

The thought of a high-intensity workout makes most people groan. That is unless the workout involves bouncing. A trampoline is a great way to exercise without the repetition and boredom. There’s nothing better than that feeling of weightlessness as you sail into the air. Studies have reported that both athletic and sedentary individuals who began regular 30 minute trampoline workouts showed significant improvement to cardiovascular fitness. Trampoline exercise can also:

  • Improve posture by strengthening muscles in the stomach and back
  • Improve bone density by applying low amounts of stress to build up bone strength
  • Improve coordination and balance by forcing the brain and muscles to work together
  • Improve leg strength through repeated use and movement
  • Improve circulation in the lymphatic system by experiencing weightlessness

The mental health benefits of trampolines

Trampolines can also improve the mind and emotional state. Blood flow is increased to the brain which can increase enzyme activity and lead to improved mental alertness and reaction times. It is also an excellent stress reliever that can have a positive impact on those who suffer from anxiety and depression.

Jumping is fun and exciting. When you jump on a trampoline, the experience causes the body to release endorphins which are a positive mood enhancer. You have fun, feel good and are getting an amazing workout that’s far more engaging and satisfying. As you hone your skills and learn new moves, you may also find that you have more confidence in yourself and your physical capabilities.

Live better with a trampoline

Experiencing all these benefits begins with the right trampoline. Whether it’s for fun with your family, training for competitions, or for your general well-being, we can help you find the perfect trampoline for your lifestyle.

 

Trampolines: a brief history

The activity of trampolining has come a long way since its first prototype. Although it was initially invented for training purposes, trampolining has evolved into a popular sport and recreational activity that families enjoy all over the world.

Although structures somewhat similar to a trampoline had already been tried and tested, the first trampoline as we know it today was invented in 1934. It was created by George Nissen and Larry Griswold, two athletes at the University of Iowa, who had competed in gymnastics, tumbling, and diving, and developed the trampoline as a training tool to practice new movements for competition.

Larry Griswold, Paul Luxon and George Nissen at the 1972 Griswold-Nissen Cup

Larry Griswold, Paul Luxon and George Nissen at the 1972 Griswold-Nissen Cup

 

Soon afterwards, the US government discovered the invention, and began to use trampolines to train pilots and astronauts for a zero gravity environment.

After just a few years, many athletes started using trampolines as part of their training routine. They were particularly useful for gymnasts, divers, and freestyle skiers, all of whom needed a way to practice their skills safely before trying them in a competitive environment. Nissen and Griswold saw an opportunity, and started their own company, selling trampolines commercially.

From there, trampolines exploded in popularity as a recreational activity. In the 1960’s, many outdoor parks across the United States had trampoline features, although this faded out of fashion as many people were injured at these parks due to improper use.

1960s trampoline parks

Nonetheless, families continued to purchase trampolines for their homes, and they quickly became a popular backyard activity.

True to its original purpose, athletes used the trampoline to train, and over time, trampolining became a sport in its own right. In 2000, trampolining was introduced at the Olympics for the first time in Sydney.

Competitive trampolining

Now, trampolining is a popular competitive sport, workout, and recreational activity. Kids enjoy jumping on trampolines in their yards, while indoor trampoline parks keep people of all ages jumping for hours on end, not only for exercise, but for fun too.