Mini trampolines are cool again, friends. That's right, our exercise routines are on the up (and down again). Eva Longoria often shares clips of herself enjoying a bounce, while Kate Beckinsale has been known to love it and Cindy Crawford's apparently been doing it for decades – even Gwynnie's Goop is in on the fitness trampoline action. Don't worry though – we're not veering into jade egg or psychic vampire repellent territory here.
Instead, we've rounded up the expert opinion on why you should consider adding an exercise trampoline to your home gym equipment, and which fitness trampoline option may be best for you.
Is jumping on a mini trampoline good exercise?
Mini trampoline workouts ('rebounding' to those in the know) can offer an excellent full-body fitness session. They'll target your lower back, quads, hamstrings, glutes, calves and core, while also getting your heart rate climbing and blood pumping for a cardiovascular exercise challenge.
‘[Rebounding] uses significant amounts of oxygen at the muscular level, engages large muscle groups, and can be sustained continuously,' Steve Farrell, PhD, a senior investigator at the Cooper Institute and a fellow with the American College of Sports Medicine told WH.
Calorie burn isn't the be-all and end-all in workouts (far from it), but here's an interesting comparison: trampoline workouts can burn as many calories per minute as running at a pace of 10 minutes per mile, according to a study by the American Council of Exercise.
What are the fitness benefits of a mini trampoline workout?
The real drawcard here, especially for those with injuries (or downstairs neighbours), is that a mini trampoline for adults absorbs the impact of your body’s movement against the surface.
‘On a harder surface, that impact would travel up your legs,’ says Dr Farrell. This means all of the cardio endorphins, with none of the shin splints or knee pain.
According to ((BOUNCE)) founder and trainer Kimberlee Perry, the trampoline mat absorbs over 80% of the impact on landing. ‘It’s also really beneficial internally, helping to build bone density and improve lymph flow which flushes the body of viruses, toxins, bacteria, waste and dead cells,' she says.
On top of that trampolining can help to:
Improve cardiovascular fitness
Improve coordination and balance
Improve body composition
Lower blood pressure
Improve lower body strength
Build better bone health
Can mini trampoline workouts help you lose weight?
If that's your goal, yes – provided you're maintaining a healthy diet and monitoring your daily energy expenditure.
A 2018 study put a group of overweight Italian women on a 12-week rebounding programme that saw ‘significant improvements' in body composition – decreased waist circumferences, decreased fat mass, and increased lean and muscular mass.
Have we convinced you? If not, check out this full rebounding review. Otherwise, keep reading.
14 mini trampolines to buy now
Here are our top 10 picks for buying a mini trampoline in the UK. From budget-friendly to boujie, there really is something for everyone – including our picks of the best Amazon trampolines and folding trampolines. Scroll on and have the exercise trampoline of your dreams whistling its way to you ASAP.
1. HOMCOM Mini Trampoline Fitness Trampoline
This is a best-selling mini trampoline, and comes in two colour ways: black and orange, and black and blue. It's also super high quality, with 30 thickened bungee ropes, anti-slip rubber pads (that make it quieter than the standard trampoline), and a steel frame. An all-rounder.
2. Opti Trampoline
Improve your stability (particularly through your core) using this cute £50 mini trampoline, rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by customers. Easy to assemble, you'll be bouncing in no time. Cheers, Argos.
3. Gielmiy Silent Mini Fitness Trampoline 48" With Adjustable Handle Bar
Prefer more stability? Stay steady as you bounce with the adjustable T-shape foam handlebar. It's perfect for beginners or those who like to really focus on form.
4. Maximus Pro Folding Rebounder
Slightly more expensive but this mini trampoline comes with resistance bands, handlebar and sand weights to help you get your most efficient sweat on yet.
5. Round Sport Fitness Mini Trampoline
If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, this rebounder by PhysioRoom is a solid choice. It features a vinyl border that covers the springs for safety and can hold up to 220lbs.
6. Ultrasport Fitness Trampoline With Stable Handle Bar
Boasting self-balancing elastic ropes for better tension and curved feet for higher stability this is one exercise rebounder you go back to again and again (and again). The handlebar makes it easier to switch up your workouts and strengthen those leg muscles.
7. SereneLife Portable & Foldable Trampoline
Whilst we're not going anywhere at the moment, there's still something to be said for not having your home gym equipment on display all the time. Space-saving and easy to store, this mini trampoline is the perfect small space saviour.
8. Gielmiy 40" Indoor Trampoline
Get bouncy for less, this great value forty-inch mini-trampoline is the perfect combination of hard-wearing yet springy. With a quarter-fold design for easy storage, you can tuck it safely out of sight when you start your stretches.
9. Decathlon Trampoline Cardio Fitness 100
With its steel frame and 36 springs, this 100 trampoline is durable and reliable. Just the right size for training indoors - this makes a great entry-level rebounder to Keep your cardio on target.
10. Decathlon Trampoline Cardio Fitness 500
Wanna take your cardio up a notch? Slightly more pricey than Decathlon’s entry mini trampoline models but not by much, and the stability handle keeps your workout on track when your mind wanders and you’re at risk of bouncing off elsewhere.
11. Viavito Mini Fitness Trampoline
A smaller rebounder for fun low-impact workouts and helps to improve balance and coordination. Detachable legs mean it can fit smaller spaces - use it for a WTH screen break to get that blood pumping again.
12. Fitness Mad Studio Pro 40" Rebounder
Knock off an extra 10% from this mini trampoline using the code SAVE10 at the checkout. Strong and durable, with a smooth bounce surface and quiet springs, for under £100 we highly recommend.
13. Charles Bentley 40" 3ft Fitness Trampoline
Forget about Robert Dyas being only for your bathroom scales and new Tupperware, they also sell mini trampolines, too. This model is available to be paid in installments if you want to spread the cost over three payments, instead.
14. HIIT Bounce Pro Folding Rebounder
This trampoline is a package deal. The HIIT Bounce Pro comes with its own workout DVD to help you get into the swing of things, plus a nifty pair of weighted gloves for an extra challenge. Another USP is the special foldable design for an incline challenge (we suggest sticking to the DVD to see how to do this safely, though).
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