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Can I Work My Abs on a Trampoline?

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author image Pamela Ellgen
Pamela Ellgen began writing in 2000 for "The Asian Reporter" newspaper. She is an award-winning journalist and writes on religion, culture, health and fitness. Ellgen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in writing from Washington State University and is a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Can I Work My Abs on a Trampoline?
Mini trampolines and full-size versions can challenge your core muscles. Photo Credit Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images

Jumping on a trampoline requires your body to constantly adjust its position to maintain balance. This proprioception recruits all of your muscles, including your abdominals, to maintain stability. Additionally, trampolines provide an excellent cardiovascular workout. Cardio burns fat from your midsection, particularly in short bursts of high-intensity. The trampoline also allows for numerous abdominal exercises that could not be performed on land.

Knees to Chest

Think of this as a standing crunch. Jump on the trampoline and bring both knees to your chest at the top of each bounce, wrapping your hands around your shins and contracting your abs.

Pike Position

Keeping your torso stable throughout the pike exercise develops core strength. Sit up straight on the trampoline with your legs straight out in front of you and reach forward gently with your arms. Generate a slight bounce in the trampoline while keeping your abs contracted. Alternately, stand and jump bringing your legs in front of you and trying to touch your toes for an airborne pike.

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Less Pressure

Many individuals find traditional ab exercises painful on hard surfaces like the floor or even a yoga mat. The trampoline takes all of the pressure off of your spine, allowing far more comfort during abdominal exercises such as crunches or leg raises.

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