Urban rebounding is a relatively new type of cardio-based workout that’s becoming popular with all ages and fitness levels. What is it exactly, you ask? A rebounder is a mini-trampoline, and urban rebounding is a fitness routine that incorporates the trampoline into a high-paced and fun workout. The individual-sized trampolines are set low to the ground and aren’t too bouncy, but you still get to have fun getting in touch with your inner child while getting fit. Using aerobic moves combined with jumping, urban rebounding gets your heart rate up and provides a full-body workout in just 45 minutes. In an urban rebounding class, you’ll gently work up from gentle, low-intensity jumps combined with moves like hamstring curls, abdominal work, squats, and more. As the intensity increases, so does the benefits; including working your muscles while slimming down. No matter what your fitness level, you can adapt to the class by slowing down or reducing the intensity of your jumps until your body adjusts.
Health Benefits of Rebounding
Besides cardio and slim muscles, you can expect the following benefits from regular urban rebounding classes:
- Increased metabolism: Rebounding helps to kick-start your metabolic system to burn more calories throughout the day.
- More energy: Regular rebounding helps to tone your glandular systems so your body can help restore energy levels.
- Healthier heart: The cardio provided by rebounding strengths the heart muscles for a healthier cardiovascular system.
- Better circulation: Rebounding classes helps the body create new blood vessels to ensure good blood flow to the muscles and tissues.
- Increased endurance: Through rebounding classes you’ll find that your endurance for other types of sports and activities increases as your muscles are able to store more fuel.
- Reduced stress on joints: Because rebounding is low-impact, it is a great workout for those who are looking to reduce joint pain while exercising.
Getting Started with Rebounding
Urban rebounding classes are often available at gyms and fitness centers. If you live in an area without urban rebounding classes, consider purchasing a rebounding trampoline yourself and find video or online workouts that you can follow. Once you have a routine down you can turn on your own music, crank it, and start jumping. When you get really adept at rebounding you can increase your intensity or lengthen your workout. If you’re bored with spinning, yoga, pilates, or weight training you may want to try urban rebounding to liven up your fitness routine. If anything, it’s fun to try out a trampoline again! Photo credit: Rebound-Air