Pros: Fun; inexpensive; has a stabilizer bar. Good price for a well made piece.
Cons: Safety concerns; not a complete workout.
I have seen Rebounders with screens around them for safety but I had the opportunity to use the Urban Rebounder which is a bit different.
What is a rebounder:
Put quite simply it is a small trampoline. Perhaps it is the memory of the broken leg sustained by a friend in gym class years ago that has made me frown upon them. However these have come a long way. I will state emphatically that I would not recommend any kind of rebounder that doesnt have some sort of handle or screen to prevent falling off or losing your balance.
The company claims that a group of Urban Rebounding trainers has tested other brands and found broken springs, rips and other safety problems. The company claims that they took this into consideration and the Urban is a superior product.
What you get:
The Urban Rebounder folds, has a stabilizing bar and comes with three DVDs with workouts that run about 30 minutes.
It will run you about $115.00.
The stabilizing bar is a bar that when standing comes up to about my waist. It has a padded top which I found comfortable to hold onto. However the company describes the bar as training wheels. In other words when you are comfortable bouncing on the Rebounder you wont have to hold on. As I said before I think this is an accident waiting to happen. I wont recommend it if you are planning on using it without holding on. I would suggest you buy a rebounder with netting around it.
It also comes with a carrying bag that the Rebounder fits into.
The Urban Rebounder has a one-year warranty.
A closer look:
The Urban Rebounder has a steel frame. It weighs only 35 pounds and is 40 inches in diameter and 10 inches high. It can hold up to 300 pounds. The legs are spring loaded with rubber tips.
The material that I jumped on is similar to something called Permatron but we are told it is less slippery when wet from sweat. Permatron is an industrial strength material made by Baycor Corporation. It is flexible and can be used outside. It is designed to provide a small bounce rather than a high jump. The feeling of a small bounce rather than a high jump made me feel a bit better.
In addition that soft bounce rather than a high jump occurs because the springs are cylinder-like in design, with individual spring mounting pins to help prevent frame wear. (From www.urbanrebounding.com)
Lets use it my experiences:
I went on this mini trampoline with a negative outlook but I was pleasantly surprised. The claim that it gives a small bounce is accurate. I never found myself jumping high in the air. I also also never let go of the bar though I must admit that after a few days I did let go to see what I thought.
I was a bit apprehensive since the Urban Rebounder was not on a mat. In spite of the rubber tips I thought it might slip. It never did and I used it for about 30 minutes the first time and about 15 minutes after that.
It was quiet. The Rebounder didnt move or seem to carry any reverberations. I couldnt test out the companies claim that it wont generate any noise in an upstairs apartment or bedroom. An experienced guess is that it might. Especially if you are heavy I think that in spite of the spring loaded legs, which certainly cut down on the noise, there may be some effect but I doubt it would be enough to have your downstairs neighbors pounding on your door.
I used it without shoes but it can be used with shoes if you prefer.
Some of the exercises I tried on the Rebounder include adductor (inner thigh) and abductor (outer thigh) work. This means that while holding on I lifted one leg out and then across the other while jumping. I found it a bit awkward but it can be done. Since I dont recommend letting go of the bar traditional jumping jacks are out but I did do one sided jumping jacks to work my arms a bit.
Jos final thoughts:
As a personal trainer I am super sensitive to injuries. My apprehension is safety especially because your children will want to use this. I think it will be fun for kids but I do hope they hold on. Then again it isnt far from the floor unlike the old ones so they wont have far to fall!
The claim that The Urban Rebounding system will help you build lean, long muscles and burn pounds of fat away just doesnt sit right with me. It will burn calories as will jump roping. The advantage to the Rebounder over jump roping is that it is very easy on the joints making it a great piece for older people who will hold on or those with disabilities with permission from their doctor.
It is a fun piece and a nice addition to your home gym to break up the boredom that you may at times feel. It isnt expensive and it can be returned within 30 days. I didnt work up a sweat on it. I did get my heart rate up but not enough for me to use it as a complete cardio workout daily. I certainly wouldnt suggest this as the only piece of equipment to buy unless you have special needs.
I hope this has helped but feel free to leave me a comment or question.
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