The Rise, Fall & Resurrection of a Perfect Exercise
In Grand Rapids, Iowa in 1936, George Nissen invented the trampoline; a device originally intended for gymnasts to perform moves that couldn’t be done before. Little did George know his creation would decades later be responsible for a new Olympic event (He was 86 years old when trampolining was officially recognized at the 2000 Sydney Olympic games).
You can imagine George’s delight when his invention led to what many modern, enlightened physicians and fitness professionals call the perfect exercise: mini-trampoline rebounding.
The NASA Scientists Discovered Trampoline Exercise Was 2-4 Times More Efficient Than Treadmill Running!
What this means in plain English, is that when you jump on the very forgiving surface of a properly constructed trampoline, your entire body shares the G-force impact. This is the critical and unique benefit of rebounding, that the NASA study confirmed; When you rebound, the up and down movements to the cushioning surface, the forces of acceleration, deceleration and gravity are lined up in one plane of movement, all at the same time. This is quite a contrast from running- where your feet, ankles, and legs bear most of the force and fatigue.
In the NASA study, the G-force on the ankles was more than twice than on the back and forehead. NASA also found that the rate of oxygen consumption was twice as efficient as treadmill running! This is a very good thing because every cell of your entire body gets quality exercise stress to build strength- ¦without trauma to any one part of the body.
In other words- the intense, pounding trauma of running can cause injuries to the feet, legs, knees, hips and back- and this is ELIMINATED with rebounding.
To sum it up, their study revealed that bouncing on a trampoline was an extraordinarily efficient form of exercise- significantly better than running, to counteract some of the negative effects of space travel on astronauts. Their findings also helped us understand why rebounding is an outstanding exercise for the elderly and even some handicapped people: low impact, efficient, safe and great for building cellular strength.
No Pain… No Gain?
This is one of the biggest myths people believe when they begin an exercise program. Fitness gurus and sports coaches love to tell you, ‘No pain, No Gain.’ But once you begin a fast, easy and fun rebounding exercise program, you’ll know from firsthand experience that… It’s Dead Wrong!
There’s just no need for exercise to hurt. You’ve probably heard the term, ‘low-impact.’ Right? Well, there’s no better low-impact exercise solution than a properly constructed rebounderâ- But it is critical that your rebounder is well-built. Bouncing on a cheap rebounder will likely cause many of the same high-impact problems of running. If you do it right, your exercise efforts will energize you- and it will feel good to exercise!
Reference by Donald K. Liebell