Monday, July 2, 2012

JumpSport mini-trampoline rebounder review

I bought my JumpSport mini-trampoline about 4 months ago to use as something I could exercise with at home while watching TV.
JumpSport rebounder mini-trampoline

We had a big trampoline in my backyard when I was a kid and I spent a considerable chunk of my childhood jumping.

The first thing I noticed as an adult getting back on the trampoline after my decade-long hiatus is that jumping gives you a headache!  It takes a week or two to acclimate.

I've enjoyed using my JumpSport as a way to get a 10 minutes of cardio while watching TV or as a nice minute-long break from using the computer.

Watching David Hall's balance test was what convinced me to buy a mini-trampoline:

David Hall is the designer of the Cellerciser mini-trampoline, which is a great trampoline, but I prefer the JumpSport for several reasons:

Bounce:  I get far more tired bouncing on the JumpSport than on the Cellerciser! It's smooth but seems a little less bouncy, like it's giving me less help on the rebound.  I feel tired after only a minute or two of jumping continuously on the JumpSport and take breaks between jumping sessions while I had no problem doing 15-minute long continuous sessions on the Cellerciser. 

Cost: The Cellerciser is a great, high quality rebounder. It's also $330. The JumpSport is $200. This was a big deciding factor.

Out of the box: The JumpSport requires some assembly. It probably took me about 10-15 minutes to get it set up. All the tools you need are included. The Cellerciser has no assembly, you simply unfold it and jump!

Storage: This JumpSport does not fold in half for storage. The Cellerciser does. This is very nice for storage. The JumpSport is a couple of inches higher off the ground than the Cellerciser. It does not fit under my bed like the Cellerciser would,  even unfolded. You can unscrew the legs of the JumpSport if you wanted to make it easier to store it, but that's about it.  I've also stubbed my toes HARD on this sucker.

JumpSport side view

Noise: The JumpSport is MUCH, MUCH quieter than the Cellerciser. The Cellerciser uses metal springs while the JumpSport has elastic bands. This was a major plus to me because I like to jump while I'm watching TV. Also I live in an apartment complex so I try not to make unnecessary noise.

Look: The Cellerciser has a nice blue skirt to cover the springs which goes over the frame. The JumpSport cover only covers part of the elastic bands where it meets the mat. It doesn't stay flat on the trampoline like the Cellerciser's mat does. I have to stay fairly focused on when I'm jumping or I'll jump on the elastic bands. I did not have this problem with the Cellerciser.

Top view of JumpSport and elastic bands

Overall I'm very pleased with my purchase of the JumpSport over the Cellerciser. The noise and cost were the 2 biggest issues for me. If storage is your concern, then I would advise you to buy the Cellerciser.

In How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times the author advocates those who plan on "bugging-in" to arrange for a quiet form of exercise to stay sane and in shape.   I think the JumpSport is an excellent choice for quiet, fun cardio equipment,

Do you have a rebounder? What do you like about it? Any suggestions for using a rebounder more effectively?

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