Exercises To Do With Indoor Mini Trampolines

Three Exercises To Do With Your Indoor Mini Trampoline

Indoor trampolines can be a lot of fun, but also an excellent low-impact exercise. Combined with other types of exercise, it’s easy to see how adding a trampoline to your workout routine can not only make working out more interesting and entertaining, but also enhance the effectiveness of what you’re doing. Here are three exercises that can be done with an indoor mini trampoline.

Basic Bounce Workout

The basic bounce workout is as simple as it gets, but it combines a number of different techniques in order to get the best possible effect. The most impressive aspect of it is that it burns calories fast while also toning muscles including your quads, glutes, and calves.

The thing to keep in mind when doing this exercise is that it may seem easy at first, but it will quickly become apparent how difficult it is to do long term. Be careful that you don’t overwork yourself.

Start by standing on the trampoline with your feet about six inches apart. Bend your arms, but keep your elbows at your sides, then with a slight knee bend, just start bouncing up and down. Generally, the best bounces are about six inches off the mat. Repeat this jump 30 times then take a break, get some water, and let your body rest a little bit.

The trick with this exercise is to maintain your form. It’s a lot easier to do if you flail your arms around because the extra movement helps to propel your body. It will, however, rob you of some of the effectiveness of this particular workout.

Trampoline Leg Lifts

These are a little bit more difficult because they require both timing and balance. It’s easy to get lost in these and end up falling backward by throwing yourself too much into the workout.

If you have a stabilization bar, it’s recommended that you make sure that it’s to your side and don’t be afraid to use it. Balance is an important aspect of this exercise and it’s ok to lose it every once in a while. But since you will be lifting your knees pretty high, don’t have it in front of you. That’s a recipe for bruised knees and shins.

Again, start with your feet about six inches apart. Either place both hands on your hips or use one on the stabilizer bar and the other on the corresponding hip. Again, don’t be afraid to start without using the bar and just grab it if you feel like you’re falling.

Begin bouncing and alternately lift your left and right knee to hip height. Try not to over extend here since control is just as important as lift in this case and you’ll get more out of the exercise if you’re able to stop when your thigh is flat than if you let your momentum bring your knees all the way to your chest.

Repeat 30 times per leg for a total of 60 reps, then take a break.

Trampoline Squats

The best thing about this exercise is that it’s a great core workout on top of being good cardiovascular and fantastic for your lower body.

Start by standing on the mini trampoline with your feet comfortably together and your arms at your sides. Jump about six inches into the air and, while you’re still mid-air, spread your legs to just outside of shoulder width. As you land, continue to fall into a squat position with your legs bent as if you were sitting down and your arms straight out in front of your for balance.

Hold this position for a second before bouncing back up and returning to your starting position. Repeat the whole process 20 times, then take a break.

General Tips

When doing mini trampoline exercises, remember that they are a genuine workout and to pay attention to your body. You might not feel the same fatigue that you would while running or swimming, but your body is getting exercise and if you’re not careful, you can hurt yourself. Make sure to sit down when you’re tired and don’t try to push yourself too hard.

Similarly, make sure that you drink plenty of water. Working out indoors can reduce the amount that you sweat, so you might forget how important it is to stay hydrated. A good way to know that you need more water is if you feel the impulse to chug what you have.

Indoor mini trampoline exercises are a wonderful way to get the kind of exercise which will improve your general health as well as increase muscle tone. Be careful, have fun, and be consistent with it and you’ll start seeing results in no time.

Rick Mason