Failure to follow these instructions can result in serious bodily injury.
- These safety instructions are intended to promote a safe and enjoyable use of the Rebounder.
- Misuse and abuse of this Rebounder is dangerous and can cause serious injuries. Use the Rebounder only as described in these Safety Instructions.
- Carefully read through the Assembly Instructions before mounting your Rebounder.
- The owner and supervisors of the Rebounder are responsible to make all users aware of these Safety Instructions.
- Secure the Rebounder against unauthorized and unsupervised use.
- Make sure the floor or ground around the Rebounder is clear of all objects that may cause injury if you step on them when dismounting.
- The room in which rebounding is practiced, should have enough fresh air (i.e. open a window).
- Adequate overhead clearance is essential. Provide adequate clearance for ceilings, ceiling lights, ceiling fans, wires and tree limbs. Failure to provide adequate head clearance can result in head or neck injury.
- Lateral clearance is essential. Place the Rebounder away from structures, fences, play areas, furniture and other exercise equipment. Maintain a clear space on all sides or the Rebounder. Remove all obstructions from beneath the Rebounder.
- Do not place the Rebounder on an elevated surface. The Rebounder should be at floor level or ground level. Place the Rebounder on a level surface before use. It should not glide or totter. For the Bellicon band Rebounders, use the six anti-slip rubber tips to cover the feet of the instrument.
- Inspect the Rebounder before each use. Replace all worn, defective, or missing parts. For Rebounders with screw-on legs, make sure that the legs are screwed on firmly.
- Pay attention to socks or shoes during your training. Assure yourself prior to using the Rebounder that your socks/shoes/feet (if you are barefoot) do not slide. Usually, cotton socks work well. If you train outdoors, make sure that the mat is not wet.
- Wear appropriate clothing when exercising; do not wear loose clothing that could become caught in the Rebounder.
- People who are 50 years or older and people who have problems with their back, their joints or their feet and people who suffer from bad circulation, have heart problems or problems from injuries or accidents, should consult their doctor before using the Rebounder. Also - if after using the Rebounder - a deterioration of health is observed, a doctor should be consulted prior to continuing the use of the Rebounder.
- Adapt your training in intensity and difficulty to your own individual ability. Do not overwork yourself.
- Start with slow bouncing and slowly increase the intensity of the training. If you have problems keeping balanced, start rebounding while holding one hand on a wall or use a TheraBand.(See Safety Instructions for Theraband below). Later, if you have gained a good sense of balance you can bounce stronger. For a good workout you do not need to leave the mat more than two or three inches. A Rebounder is not a trampoline! And rebounding focuses on letting the weight of your body drop DOWN into the mat rather than jumping high out of the mat. So practice to bounce deep rather than high - pushing your heels slightly into the mat.
- During the first times of rebounding it can happen that you become dizzy as the body is not yet used to this movement. If you feel faint or dizzy, just make a break and continue later. If the feeling dizzy does not stop after three days, see a doctor.
- Rebounders, being rebounding devices, could propel the performer to unaccustomed height. Therefore: do not use your Rebounder for jumping on it and bounce not higher than four inches above the mat! The Rebounders are designed to give you a high elastic bounce. It is absolutely sufficient if you bounce in a way that your toes always stay in contact with the mat or leave the mat just a bit.
- Never attempt or do high jumping, somersaults or acrobatic maneuvers. Such activities can result in severe injuries or even in death.
- For the Bellicon bungee band Rebounders: The elastic bungee bands will wear out according to the intensity of your use. Check regularly, that the bungee bands are in good shape. Should you see that they fray, in a way that you will soon see the inner rubber kernel, please replace the set. Click here for more information of when and how to replace bungee bands.
- Before attempting to dismount the Rebounder, come to a standstill. To avoid sprains and broken bones, never jump down to the floor when dismounting the Rebounder, but step down with a soft step. Be careful to maintain your balance when mounting and dismounting the Rebounder.
- Do not allow more than one person on the Rebounder at the same time.
- Do not let anybody use your Rebounder unless he is thoroughly instructed in its use and aware of these Safety Instructions. Children must be closely supervised by an adult when they use the Rebounder Keep pets away from the Rebounder at all times.
- You can keep the Rebounder outside of the house. However we recommend bringing it inside at night and keeping it out of rain and snow.
If you rebound for the first time, you should not train for longer than two to five minutes at a time during the first week. After a week you can increase the training time to ten or even to twenty minutes at a time. You can train several times per day. However, if your body feels uncomfortable after your rebound session, then you might have overworked yourself: Reduce your training time and make sure that you bounce more gently.
After some weeks of rebounding, we recommend a daily use of twenty to thirty minutes, which is a sufficient training. You can split the training time so that you bounce several times a day for a shorter period of time. It is much healthier and much more beneficial for your body to practice a moderate yet regular training than training once in a week for an hour or longer! I
t may occur that when starting to use the Rebounder you experience muscle ache. This is due to using muscles which have not been trained before. Be gentle with yourself and reduce your bouncing time and the intensity of the bounce. We recommend stretching the leg muscles after each rebound session - as you would do after jogging.
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