Trampolines serve the triple purposes of fun, thrill, and exercise. With their growing popularity, many varieties and types of trampolines are available in the market today. If you own one, you will not need to venture out to trampoline parks.
Contrary to the common belief, the bounce of trampolines does not occur due to the jumping mesh. It comes from Newton's third law, which says that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Trampolines have heavy-duty springs fixed to their circular frame. These springs are connected with the jumping mesh at their other ends. When you tramp your feet on this mesh for the first time, the springs get stretched and you are propelled in the air with twice the force. Then, you land on the trampoline bed with twice the force that you flew and are again thrown back in the air with twice that force… this is how you become a jumping Jack!
However, the question may perturb you, which trampoline is right for you? This article will address all your concerns and queries. Read on and get yourself the right trampoline for your type of fun.
What types of trampolines are there?
Opt for the round shape if you are buying the trampoline for amateur use. In this design, all the springs work in unison, at the same time. This produces a softer, gentler, and evenly regulated bounce. Hence, the jumper lands on the mesh without a "thud," preventing orthopedic or other injuries such as bruises and cuts.
Round trampolines are popular because they suit all types and age-groups of jumpers. Choose one if you are looking for family fun or party game.
On the other hand, this shape gives a more power-packed, rapid jump and fall. This is because the springs being placed on a rectangular plane, work at varying rates of coil and recoil. Hence, rectangular trampolines will be your choice if you are buying one for more professional and intense uses in gyms and sports.
Rectangular trampolines can be used only by one jumper at a time. Being made for professional use, they are more expensive than round ones.
They are much like the rectangular trampolines in function. However, a square shape offers the benefit of even jumping area, so the jumper often lands at the center rather than off-center. This is a more balanced fall and adds to the confidence of the jumper.
Choose square shape if you are a beginner or enthusiast who wants to take up trampoline jumping for serious workouts and fitness regimes.
This design innovation is aimed at reducing the injury rate among inexperienced jumpers and children using framed structures. Since such injuries are mostly caused by the exposed springs, this design does away with springs altogether. Instead, they use long composite rods placed below the landing mesh, with adequate padding and cover.
Spring-less trampolines will appeal to you if you are buying it for children and safety is your foremost concern.
As the name suggests, these are the miniature versions meant more for standing jumps rather than high-fly jumps. As such, they can be visualized as trampolines that facilitate bouncy skipping! Their landing pad is restricted to a small area. They offer several utilities such as kids jumping, indoor workouts, and training for runners.
Research has shown that static jogging or jumping on mini trampolines gives better results than a treadmill or jogging/running on hard surfaces. This is because the effect of the padded workout offers benefits to the whole body. Also, the soft-landing pad absorbs the impact which would otherwise be borne by the knee and ankle joints. This may cause major internal injuries over time.
Mini trampolines are ideal for children and fitness enthusiasts who for varying reasons can't make it to the gym.
These are the polyester or laminated PVC trampolinesmeant for water activities. While not in use, you can collapse them in a lay-flat position and store them safely. And when venturing out for picnics or lake-side outings, you can carry them with you, inflate them and have fun on the water.
Some designs of inflatable trampolines are also meant for toddlers. They are small, portable versions that you can use for infants either indoor or outdoor. Some popular uses are mini pools, bathtubs, and ponds. Main benefit? Your toddler can have the extra thrill of tramping and jumping combined with splashing and playing with water. Be mindful though, to always use inflated trampolines for toddlers under your supervision.
What should you know about trampolines before buying one?
When checking out trampolines, be fussy about these points:
The jumping mesh or trampoline bed
It should be Grade-A Polymesh. Go into the details and ask the manufacturer if the threading is UV-treated since trampolines are often installed in the outdoors. Also, make sure that quality V-rings are used as attachments with the springs on the frame.
The trampoline frames
This is the most critical element of the trampoline body. The circular frame should be made from high-quality steel pipe of the correct gauge and the welding should be thorough. Take the below specifications as benchmarks:
Frame pipe thickness: 1.8mm to 2.5mm or 12-13-gauge thickness
Frame pipe surfaces: Both-side galvanized, to protect against corrosion and other climatic effects
Frame pipe assembly: Easy and simple, in case you want to dismantle the trampoline and move it somewhere else.
The trampoline springs
Ideal are the helical springs of high-quality steel. Helical springs are known for their tight and very close coiling; so close that you can't see through them unless placed against a light source. These springs give high bounce and are very long-lasting. They can take intense wear-and-tear and do not deform easily. In particular, check if these springs are fully galvanized to protect them against rusting and corrosion.
The trampoline pads
This is the padding placed over the frame and springs to protect you against accidental injury due to impact or other kinetic forces. Look for these padding specifications in the trampoline you are checking out:
- ½" to 1" thickness
- 30mm impact resistant PVC foam material
- Closed-cell structure of the foam, which makes it rigid and stable
Additionally, the trampoline pad should be covered with UV resistant reinforced PVC for added safety of jumpers.
The safety nets
Open trampolines sometimes cause accidents, as the jumper may fall off the trampoline area. For added safety, make sure that a safety net surrounding the trampoline is provided by the manufactures either as part of the set or as an add-on.
Trampolines are tramping fun. Choose your type based on the information provided in this article and add some bounce in life.