Don’t dismiss your kids’ trampoline as just another backyard toy. It’s actually also a brilliant piece of exercise equipment that we ‘big kids’ should also be embracing as members of a #fitfamily.
Many parents will have bought their kids a trampoline at some stage – it’s the perfect piece of play equipment to get the kids active, outdoors and enjoying the weather that our part of the world is blessed with. But parents shouldn’t be thinking their backyard trampoline is just for kids – it can also be a convenient, all-hours and (importantly) fun piece of exercise equipment for them too.
Springfree Trampoline, manufacturers of “the world’s safest trampoline” have partnered with Brisbane fitness expert Marina Perry-Kuhn to help parents get the most out of their trampoline.
“Did you know that 10 minutes of jumping on the trampoline is equivalent to 30 minutes of cardio? Now there’s a time saver we busy parents all need!” Marina says.
As well as owning several South-east Queensland fitness studios, Marina developed the Lean Mumma exercise and lifestyle program focused on giving mothers healthy new outlooks on life – and lean, healthy bodies to boot. Marina knows the positive effect jumping on a trampoline has on the body. Her ‘Pure Bounce’ class, performed on rebounders, was the first of its kind in Australia when launched and is still the most popular class on her innovative schedule today. So enthused by the trampoline is Marina that, back in 2009, she helped set a Guinness World Record for the “largest number of simultaneous trampoline jumpers”. She organised some 300 volunteers to jump on separate rebounders at the same time to beat the existing record of 250 jumpers!
While traditional bouncing is an obvious trampoline exercise, Marina says there are many other ways to workout with a trampoline by utilising the mat and also the exterior frame, for example. And keeping it fun and interesting in this way helps keep the motivation levels up which she says is of absolute importance.
“There are ways to workout around the trampoline while the kids play on it so you can be killing two birds with one stone by supervising the kids’ play and getting a few exercises in at the same time,” she says.
Marina has developed three main trampoline workouts for Springfree Trampoline consisting of a number of exercises each:
The Jumping Workout
The Jumping Workout is Marina’s favourite. She says it will have participants reverting to their childhood as they combine fitness with fun. In it, she includes the star jump, pike jump, tuck jump and the oblique tuck jump. While the number of reps and sets can be changed to suit participants’ fitness levels, this workout proves just how quickly a good old fashioned bounce can get the heart rate up.
The Ringside Workout
The Ringside Workout is perfect for parents who want to utilise their time to exercise while they also supervise their child on the trampoline. The Ringside Workout is performed outside the trampoline and participants can use the frame for incline push-ups and the trampoline step for tricep dips and squats.
The Total Body Workout
This workout is performed on the trampoline and utilises the mat as an unstable surface that, as Marina explains, is perfect in forcing the body to recruit different muscle groups. In this workout, Marina encourages sumo squats, push ups, planks, reverse curls and sit ups.
“Make sure you enjoy a good stretch at the end of any workout – the trampoline mat is the perfect place to do this,” she says. “Also, no one should workout where any dangers may exist so make sure you choose a quality trampoline with all the right safety features, like a Springfree.”
So, what do you think? Has Marina got you looking at your backyard trampoline somewhat differently now? Are you inspired to get out there and get active with the kids? Check out the Springfree Trampoline YouTube channel to view videos of Marina performing these three workouts and more.