When NASA published their first study on the benefits of rebounding, one of their most remarkable findings was that rebounding was better exercise than jogging in every category: reaching target heart rates, maximizing oxygen consumption, and greater use of musculature. They even noted that their test subjects preferred jumping to running and, although jumping burned more energy, the subjects felt it was less fatiguing than running and would extend their workouts when bouncing.
Later studies have shown similar results, confirming that exercise on a mini-trampoline burns more calories than running while avoiding the stress on the knees, joints, and cartilage that runners experience.
"Aerobic exercise (also known as cardio) is physical exercise of relatively low intensity that depends primarily on the aerobic energy-generating process. Aerobic literally means "living in air", and refers to the use of oxygen to adequately meet energy demands during exercise via aerobic metabolism. Generally, light-to-moderate intensity activities that are sufficiently supported by aerobic metabolism can be performed for extended periods of time. The intensity should be between 60 and 85% of maximum heart rate."
Everything in moderation
Though the bellicon is used by professional athletes, its most important job is helping to keep anyone who uses it healthy and fit. For that, regular, moderate exercise is best.
A recent Duke University study demonstrated that a modest amount of moderate exercise (rather than a large amount of intense activity) is the best way to get in shape and to fight high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, excess body fat, and unhealthy cholesterol levels. In other words, pushing yourself to the limit doesn’t help you to achieve long-term success.
Duke’s findings fall right in line with the American Heart Association’s recommendation of, “150 minutes of moderate intensity (italics courtesy of bellicon) aerobic physical activity each week…performed in episodes of at least 10 minutes and, preferably, it should be spread throughout the week.”
A handy hint: Aside from taking your pulse, a good way to determine the intensity of your workout is by talking: If you are able to carry on a conversation while rebounding, you probably aren’t overdoing it.
The Choice of Champions
Boxing has always been considered one of the most challenging sports in the world, pushing the limits of an athlete’s strength, agility, speed and endurance. So, if you have any doubts about the bellicon’s ability to get you into world-champion shape, consider the British boxer Darren Barker, the International Boxing Federation middleweight world-champion, who trained for his successful title fight on a bellicon. After his victory, Darren’s coach, Wayne Leal, was interviewed by the BBC regarding his revolutionary training methods on our rebounder. .