How to Take Care of Your Trampoline

Topline Trampolines are built to last with their durable and strong design; however, like with everything, you will need to take care of your trampoline over the years. Here are our best tips to ensure your trampoline stays in the best shape for you:

Water Retention

If you have your trampoline outside it will retain some condensation and seepage over time. To ensure this does not lead to rust or otherwise, tip your trampoline on its side (if rectangle). This way, the water in the leg bases will drain out the sleeve joints.

Rust

No one wants rust on their trampoline. Checking for rust regularly can save you from further damage and will keep your trampoline in tip-top condition. Remove the legs or spreader bars and check for rust. If there is no sign of rust, apply rust inhibitor and replace the legs. If you do find nasty rust, it is best to remove and replace the leg of your trampoline.

Mats

If you have a polypropylene mesh type mat, only clean with cold water. Never clean with detergents, soaps or solvents as it will affect the mat’s durability. If you start to see black marks on your body from the trampoline it means your mat is approaching its use by date.

If you have a two string mat, you will need to repaint it. Repaint a water-based painted mat every 12 months, and a rubber-based painted mat every 3 months.

Springs

Springs can be over-stretched for various reasons: the strings may be in an active spot of the trampoline, they are used a lot, you may be exceeding the weight limit. If the springs are slightly over-stretched in an overly-active spot of your trampoline, swap the springs for a less active spot of the trampoline. If your springs are more than over-stretched or you are exceeding your weight limit, you should replace them with new springs.

 

If you have any other queries or concerns about how to care for you trampoline, come talk to us at Topline Trampolines. We can answer all your questions and we have all the replacements parts to keep your trampoline at the top of its game for years to come.

 

Olympic Trampoline Athletes That Will Go Down in History

To get to the Olympics in any sport is an achievement; to get to the Olympics for trampolining is incredible. It takes hard-work, determination, focus and skill to represent your country on the world’s stage. We have the top Olympic trampoline athletes that will go down in history as the greats:

Rosie MacLennan

Hailing from Canada, Rosannagh “Rosie” MacLennan is not only a world champion but an Olympic Gold Medallist too. MacLennan has
– 2 Olympic Gold Medals
– 2 Gold, 8 Silvers and 4 Bronze at the World Championships
– 2 Gold and 1 Silver at the Pan American Games
– 6 Gold and 1 Bronze at the Pan American Championships

He Wenna

This Chinese athlete is an extremely talented trampoline gymnast with many medals under her belt. Wenna has:
– 1 Olympic Gold and Bronze
– 5 Gold and 1 Silver at the World Championships
– 1 Silver at the Asian Games

Alexander Moskalenko

Moskalenko is a former Russian trampolinist who has had major success at the Olympics, World Championships and World Games. Moskalenko has:
– 1 Olympic Gold and Silver
– 14 Gold and 3 Silver at the World Championships
– 1 Gold at the World Games

Anna Dogonadze

From Germany, Anna Dogonadze has an impressive number of medals to her name. Dogonadze has:
– 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze at the World Cup Finals
– 1 Gold and 1 Bronze at the World Games
– 1 Olympic Gold
– 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 6 Bronze at the World Championships

Huang Shanshan

Hailing from China, Huang Shanshan is an Olympic trampolinist who has won many medals over the years. Shanshan has
– 1 Olympic Silver and Bronze
– 5 Gold and 3 Silver at the World Championships
– 2 Gold at the Asian Games

All of these extremely talented athletes have put in years of training to be the best of the best. If you want to be the best you must train on the best. Topline Trampolines are manufacturers of Australian-made trampolines, suitable for aspiring professionals. View our range online, or visit our warehouse in Molendinar.

Why Jumping is Essential for Kids

Jumping is essential for kids

In a generation that is increasingly dependent on screens, exercise has become alarmingly uncommon amongst children, and according to studies, well below the daily recommended exercise for those aged 5-15.

Why is it important for kids to exercise daily?

Kids who exercise have stronger muscles and bones, are less likely to become overweight and develop obesity-caused diseases, and are less likely to experience depression or anxiety. Exercise also helps children to sleep better, and as a result, increase their concentration during school.

How to get the kids exercising

Encouraging your kids to pull themselves away from what may seem more appealing entertainment options, like TV shows and video games, can be a challenge if the option to exercise isn’t enjoyable.

That’s where a trampoline comes in. Although simple, trampolines offer phenomenal health benefits, which makes them so irresistible that even adults are jumping on the bouncy bandwagon.

What’s more, it’s common for children to run straight to the trampoline after school, and spend hours jumping without even knowing it. So putting one in your backyard could not only solve the issue of a lack of exercise, but provide the kids with a new favourite hobby too.

Topline Trampolines are manufacturers of Australian-made trampolines, suitable for both professional athletes and hobbyists. View our range online, or visit our warehouse in Molendinar.

5 Essential Tips for Trampoline Safety

Although one of the healthiest and most entertaining products you could have in your backyard, there’s no question owning a trampoline does come with its risks. After all, it is an apparatus designed to catapult humans into the sky.

But that doesn’t mean all the fun (and just as well, the myriad of health benefits) should end.

With the right care and precautions taken, you can reduce the risk of accidents and injury. Here’s what you should know about trampoline safety.

 

1 – Assemble the Trampoline Properly

We hate to point out the obvious, but unfortunately, it’s all too common that a trampoline is assembled in haste, or with little knowledge. Make sure all springs are in their correct position, and the bolts are carefully fastened. Having trouble putting yours together? Stu from No Worries Assembly is our go-to guy.

 

2 – Install Spring Pads

These humble little accessories are worth more credit than what they get. Placing them atop your springs protects arms and legs from the steely pinch of caught skin in a spring. Purchase yours here.

 

3 – Don’t Try Complex Tricks without Professional Supervision

As much as you want to impress your friends (or your mum), hold off on the fancy flips until you’ve acquired professional training and supervision.

 

4 – Make Sure the Trampoline Mat is Dry

Falling backwards won’t hurt on the forgiving mat of a trampoline, but it will hurt if you slip right off onto the ground – a very real possibility if you’re jumping on a wet or icy surface.

 

5 – Wait Your Turn

Trampolines are designed to be used by one person at a time, so wait your turn to jump on. Patience is a virtue, folks.

Are You Performing this Important Stretch after Trampoline Training?

A common downfall for most amateur athletes and those beginning to incorporate more exercise into their life, is neglecting the importance of stretching after a workout.

In professional trampolining, stretching is more than just cooling down and comforting the muscles. It’s a crucial step in training the body to position and take off correctly, and to maintain good form and posture.

Why Stretch After Trampoline Training?

You just put in all that effort and time into trampoline training, so why do you have to spend more time stretching after you’re done? When you work out, lactic acid accumulates in your muscles, which causes the fatigue and soreness commonly experienced afterward. A proper stretch will warm your muscles and increase blood circulation to reduce soreness. It also helps increase flexibility and improve your range of motion.

Post-Training Shoulder Stretches

The shoulders are a problem area for many athletes. Gymnasts often find that focusing on interior core movements causes rounded shoulders, neglecting the posterior. This can limit the range of motion in the shoulder area which can lead to injury and general physical limitations. By stretching after trampoline training, you can open up the posterior movement to get the full range of motion you need from your shoulders.

This simple stretch used by professional trampoline coach Greg Roe can help to maintain or improve shoulder motion after trampoline training.

Step 1
Lay on the ground with a padded cylinder. The cylinder should be placed under the body right at the shoulder joint. The back should be straight, and the arms should be raised over the head. The cylinder must be properly placed for this stretch to work.

Step 2
Place an object on top of the hands with a spotter applying light pressure to brace the arms while stretching. The arms should be completely straight with no bends in the elbows. The upper arm should ideally be positioned right by the ears, so the body forms a plank.

Step 3
Using the core, suck the stomach in and lift the rear up to straighten the plank. The stretching should occur right in the shoulders and not in the lower torso. Hold the position for approximately 30 to 60 seconds. Roe describes doing 4 sets to start really building flexibility.

Always Stretch after Jumping

You should have a warm-up routine in place before you jump, but that routine should not include this stretch. This stretch is intended for after the workout only because it may leave your arms feeling too loose and weak for effective trampoline training.

It is recommended this stretch is performed under the supervision of a professional trainer.

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?

Topline Trampolines is a home-grown, Australian manufacturer of durable, professional-grade trampolines. But that doesn’t mean they’re reserved for the Olympians – families love the thrill of jumping on a Toplin, too. Browse our range of products online, or visit our warehouse on the Gold Coast to talk to an expert.

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!

This Epic Trampoline Park takes Jumping to a New Level

What’s on your travel bucket list? Perhaps the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or the Pyramids in Egypt? Or something closer to home, like the Great Barrier Reef?

For us, as Trampoline lovers, one place that has recently topped our bucket list is Bounce Below, an epic underground trampoline park in North Wales that takes jumping to a new level.

Bounce in a Cavern the size of a Cathedral

Set in a former slate mine in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Bounce Below recently underwent a refurbishment that saw the addition of four industrial slides spanning the height of two double-decker buses, as well as six new levels of bouncing nets and another 400 square metres of space to bounce in. This underground theme park gives children and adults alike the opportunity to explore their inner adventurer, in a ‘cavern the size of a cathedral,’ taking guests through net tunnels that lead onto a large, fully-enclosed trampoline. With safety gear and helmets provided to all guests, this is not your average trampoline park.

In the Meantime…

As a family business obsessed with all things trampoline, we’re adding Bounce Below to our list of must-dos. And if you’re a trampolinist who’s stumbled across this blog during your search for a locally-made, athletic trampoline, we bet you’re the type who’d like to pay it a visit too.

In the meantime, we’ll keep up our bounce practice on a Topline Trampoline.

 

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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