What Is Urban Rebounding?

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Diet and exercise fads come and go. However, the director of recreational sports at the University of Minnesota proclaims Urban Rebounding as the "exercise of the future" in an article in reference to studies performed on Urban Rebounding by NASA.The Urban Rebounding system was first introduced to the public through infomercials, but has since been featured on television networks such as ABC, CNN and CBS.

The Basics

  • Although trampoline exercises have been around since the invention of the trampoline by George Nissen in 1934, Urban Rebounding as a workout system that uses trampolines as a centerpiece has been re-developed as a cardio workout for people of all ages. In Urban Rebounding, the exercisers uses the trampoline and the detachable stabilizing bar for strengthening the heart, reducing blood pressure, weight loss and improving circulation. It is designed for low-impact on joints. The majority of the exercises require bouncing on the trampoline, which takes away some of the shock to the joints and bones that exerciser would sustain from jumping up and down on the floor. Stair-step exercises, abdominal exercises using the support of the trampoline and flexibility exercises are taught on the workout videos. The workouts can be done inside the home without taking up a lot of space like treadmills or other exercise equipment. After use, the rebounder trampolines can be folded up and stored away.

Origins

  • JB Berns, creator of the Urban Rebounding system, has been a personal trainer and martial arts expert for more than 20 years. His background includes yoga and wellness training as well. He first tested the Urban Rebounding system on himself while recovering from a knee injury. That's why the workout was designed to be low-impact. According to his bio, "JB Berns is the author of the book; Do It or Age Quickly. He is also the creator of the Urban Rebounder: An Exercise for the New Millennium and has appeared on many television programs such as The Today Show, CNN, CBS, NBC, The View, and The Doctors."

Benefits

  • Urban Rebounding is supposed to battle fatigue and helps the body store fuel, which increases endurance. Bern, says Urban Rebounding strengthens heart muscles and improves circulation. NASA has tested and proven that rebounding, or bouncing on a trampoline, lowers cholesterol, improves coordination and enhances the digestion process. In the Journal of Applied Physiology, four scientists, A. Bhattacherya, E. P. McCutcheon, E. Shavartz, and J. E. Greenleaf, stated ". . . for similar levels of heart rate and oxygen consumption,the magnitude of the bio mechanical stimuli is greater with jumping on a trampoline than with running, a finding that might help identify acceleration parameters needed for the design of remedial procedures to avert deconditioning in persons exposed to weightlessness."

Disadvantages

  • The Urban Rebounding program, including a trampoline and instructional videos, can cost more than $160 when purchased directly from the manufacturer. People with physical limitations have been reported to have problems sustaining the workouts as directed. If the user has issues with balance, he will also need to buy a rebounder bar for support. People with weak bladders and weak pelvic floor muscles may have problems completing some of the floor exercises.

Getting the Program

  • People who are interested in low-impact exercises can find used mini-trampolines for sale on classified sites like Craigslist. Instead of paying full price for the work out videos, they can save money by purchasing used copies from sellers on Amazon or Ebay. Urban Rebounding workout programs for children are available. Workout videos for senior citizens are also sold.

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