Mini-trampolines: catching cardio on the rebound

Mon May 10, 2010 6:03am EDT
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - It's all in the bounce when it comes to rebounding, the group fitness class that uses mini-trampolines to pump up the cardio without slamming the knees and joints.

And if the equipment will always resemble a low, round coffee table, the workout can be as versatile as the instructor's imagination.

"In my class we do sprints, running, jump rope style, lateral ski, and boxing moves, like jabs and hooks," said Terrell Pruitt, a rebounding instructor for Crunch, the national fitness chain.

"What I love is that it's less shock for your knees and joints," Pruitt said. "Your workout is actually pushing down, not going up. You bounce, you don't jump. You're pushing down, fighting gravity, abs engaged, knees bent in a power stance."

And it's fun.

"Once you get used to it it's hard to let it go," Pruitt said. "When you can get 80- year-old women and 20-year-old girls in the same class, you know people get addicted to it."

The name trampoline comes from the Spanish "trampolin," or diving board. But while the mini may share a name with its full-sized progenitor, when it comes to trampolines, size matters.

The mini-trampoline is used for physical fitness, whereas the full-sized trampoline was designed by gymnasts for gymnastics and acrobatics.   Continued...