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How Do I Choose the Best Rebounder?

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  • Written By: Misty Amber Brighton
  • Edited By: Allegra J. Lingo
  • Last Modified Date: 15 April 2014
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A rebounder, or mini-trampoline, provides aerobic exercise and helps strengthen the lower body. Before you choose one, check to see if the manufacturer has had any recalls lately. You should also make sure you buy one with a steel frame, as this type is sturdier. Bounce lightly on the trampoline to see how much it gives while you are jumping. Look at the type of springs this equipment has because this can affect the amount of shock that is absorbed while you are jumping.

Contact the manufacturer of the mini-trampoline to see if there are any recalls on the item you are considering. You can often find this information on the company's website or by calling them directly. Avoid buying a product made by a company with a history of unsafe products.

Look at the equipment's frame. The best rebounder will be made of steel rather than aluminum or heavy plastic. This is because steel holds its shape and can withstand a great deal of weight and pressure. The frame should not have any sharp edges, nicks, or cracks in it.

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Check to see how much weight this equipment is designed to hold. Each trampoline is designed differently, so some may bear more weight than others may. The best rebounder will ideally hold at least 10 to 20 pounds (4.5 to 9 kg) more than you weigh. Even though a mini-trampoline might be able to accommodate up to 250 pounds (113 kg), two smaller people should not jump at the same time even if the weight limit is not exceeded.

The best rebounder will have springs that do not rub together when you bounce on it. Check to see that there is space between each set. Look at the construction of the springs so you have an idea of how much shock they will absorb. Avoid buying a mini-trampoline that has tubular springs, as these often wear out or give under intense pressure.

If you plan to take this equipment with you, look for one that folds up easily. Some models have legs that collapse so the mini-trampoline can be easily transported. If this is the case, make sure they completely lock in place when they are unfolded so the trampoline will not collapse on you while you are jumping.

Before you begin to use this equipment, you should first consult your physician. Always consider the manufacturer’s safety recommendations when using this product. By doing these things, you can increase your level of physical fitness and remain safe while doing so.

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