Trampolining debuted as an Olympic sport at the Sydney games in 2000, with both men’s and women’s individual events. This sport involves jumping on a surface that rebounds your bodyweight and can include single and double leg jumps, gymnastic flips and other acrobatic movements. Like any sport that keeps you active, trampolining can lead to weight loss. Consult with your doctor when choosing a new exercise program.
Jumping at a moderate rate on a large trampoline burns about 150 calories per hour for a 150-lb. person, according to the FitDay website. You can triple this number -- burning up to 470 calories per hour for a 150-lb. person -- by switching to a mini trampoline and jumping at a more vigorous rate. Like any activity, if you weigh more, you burn more. A 200-lb. person can burn up to 610 per hour on the mini trampoline, while a 120-lb. person burns about 370 calories per hour.
Not all your body weight comes from muscle, fat or bones; some comes from lymph, a clear liquid that can cause bloating, edema and excess water weight. Jumping on a trampoline stimulates your lymphatic ducts to open and close, moving lymph more efficiently; trampoline jumping is a means of flushing out excess water weight.
Several styles of trampolines can accommodate different needs. Large, outdoor trampolines can take as much space as a car, while mini tramps or rebounders are about 3 feet in diameter and can store more easily. Several Pilates manufacturers offer a horizontal jumping option for the traditional Pilates reformer machine. The jump board or mini trampoline accessory attaches to the end of the reformer allowing users to perform cardiovascular or interval training routines. Check the weight limits for each style of trampoline when shopping.
Basic jumping up and down on a trampoline can get boring fast. Many health and fitness clubs now offer rebounding classes where you can learn different types of jumps that can boost your calorie burn, add resistance movements and keep you interested for a longer workout. You can also find DVDs and online workouts for trampoline, mini trampoline, rebounder or cardio reformer routines.