By Nina Leung, March 23, 2014
I started rebounding on $40 trampoline I ordered online - I didn't want to spend a lot in case it was a bad idea. I loved it. It was fun and effective, and I trained on it casually for about two years. It wasn't until I started jumping on it every day that I realized that there was a problem. My lower back started to feel tight, and when I really tried to stretch it I realized that my lower back wasn't merely tight, it was a little numb. Immediately I stopped jumping. Feeling stupid, I started reading up on low and high quality rebounders. I was already a believer and I knew that I wanted to keep rebounding. I tried out a bellicon. It was light, bouncy and definitely not jarring. Yet I really didn't think that I could justify the high price tag for the bellicon, so for a while I was leaning toward the JumpSport. I couldn't find a place to try out the JumpSport, so the only thing I could do was watch a few YouTubers jump on theirs. I could see that the bounce was not as smooth. Thanks to Saskia's great customer service, I went ahead and bought the bellicon because I knew that I would be using it every day for years to come - if I didn't get it now, I would eventually get it anyway.
I bought the 44" regular bellicon in the weight class bungees above mine, screw-on legs. When I tried the 39" with my weight class, it felt way too elastic for me, and a little scary. Coming from my old rebounder, it took a while to get used to the bellicon bounce. It bounced deeper down, and at first that was less fun for me. I realized that if I don't want to go as deep I just have to widen my stance. Maybe I should have went with an even higher weight class bungee. Still, I got used to it, and I am sure that the bellicon has provided a much safer experience for my body. It's easy to consistently jump on it every day because it just feels good. I turn on some music and jump until my legs don't want to anymore, which ranges from 10 - 25 minutes. Once in a while, I'll do a few sprint intervals running in place on it if my body feels bored. The legs are sturdy and I don't have to tighten them every time I jump, which I had to do with my old one. The bungees are strong and will be easy to replace when it's time.
The results? Toned up waist, thighs, arms, calves, and upper back. Mental clarity and energy. Bouncing everyday also makes sure my tummy fat stays at bay. I've noticed though that my hips and thighs have become harder to satisfactorily stretch. I have to use a foam roller if I want to release my muscles and relax because the bellicon really does work them all. Highly recommended.
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