Burn Calories While Sleeping! While Eating! While texting!
No, this isn’t a shameless late-night infomercial…it’s the actual result of using our mini-trampoline.
An average bellicon workout ranges from about ten to forty minutes, but the increased metabolic rate can continue for up to 24 hours: burning sugars and fats, processing oxygen, and rebuilding muscle even while you sleep. This is why we encourage people to use their bellicon daily, even if it means reducing the duration of their workouts, so that they can get the extended benefits throughout their day. (Even sneaking a few bounces between meetings or commercial breaks can really add up!)
When it comes to raising metabolism, measured by calories burned, the bellicon is even more efficient than running. While exercising at the same intensity, A 150 pound person will burn about 175 calories jogging for 30 minutes, but would burn about 205 calories bouncing on a bellicon (and a bellicon is more fun!) A bellicon stirs up your metabolism by getting your whole body gets into the act, strengthening your heart, lungs, burning fat reserves and building muscle all at the same time.
Plyometrics (also referred to as “jump training”) is a technique designed to increase muscular power and explosiveness.
Developed for Olympic athletes, plyometric training is now a popular exercise routine for people of all ages. Plyometrics is also used to help people who are recovering from injuries, particularly if they are returning to physically demanding occupations. The American Council on Fitness recommends plyometric exercise as does the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
The most common type of plyometric exercise is jumping onto and off of a platform or box, forcing the muscles to react quickly, moving rapidly from a shortened position to a stretched position. The results include greater muscle strength, better coordination, and faster reaction times.
Interestingly, one of the biggest concerns about plyometrics is that short, intense bursts of energy, characterized by jumping, can put too much strain on the body. Fortunately, the bellicon has been designed to take the stress and strain out of jumping while maintaining, and increasing, the beneficial effect on the muscles, which is why the bellicon is the ideal platform for plyometric exercise.
Eccentric movement is the term used to describe the act of stretching or elongating a muscle, which in workout terms is the portion of an exercise when a weight is lowered, such as when a barbell is lowered during a bicep curl.
Eccentric muscle movements use less energy than concentric (lifting) movements, which is why people are around 40% stronger when they are lowering weights rather than lifting them. The increased tension breaks down muscles and builds them up more efficiently. Eccentric exercise also leaves people feeling less tired than after eccentric exercise, and can raise a person’s metabolic rate up to 9%, an energizing effect that can continue for hours after exercise is over.
Because jumping on the bellicon involves both eccentric exercise (when moving downward) and concentric exercise (when jumping upward), you get the benefits of both. And because the bellicon has been designed with stress-reduction in mind, it not only prevents overuse injuries but can also help to heal them.