Entire television programmes such as “You’ve Been Framed” are dedicated to Trampoline mishaps which, if nothing else, demonstrate the sheer popularity of them. However, there is nothing to suggest that with the right supervision and care during use, they cannot be used as a fun and safe method of play and exercise for a huge variety of users.
Children and families
As has already been stated above, there are many family households throughout the UK who have trampolines as part of their household and garden furniture and the reason behind this are quite simple. Children love the outside and love to bounce. Given that they have a combination of still soft bones and no fear, children are able to play on trampolines for long periods of time and perform stunts which their parents and adult counterparts can only dream of. Therefore it is often seen to be the norm for a family garden to have a trampoline as an excellent method of getting the children out of the house, into the fresh air and keep them active whilst they have fun.
Gymnasts and Stunt Performers
Trampolines are seen as being the ideal base for a variety of gymnastics and stunts because they give the performer an additional piece of leverage. Whilst a performer might not be able to get the necessary buoyancy from simply standing still to be able to do a somersault or a high jump, the addition of a spring base gives them the extra push they need against gravity.
From the base of a trampoline, performers can get additional height, lift and much more in the way of speed than they would possibly have been able to get without the device to propel them.
The main problem for many people with gyms and traditional exercise classes is that they are considered to be dull and lifeless. People tend not to enjoy going to the gym and therefore any motivation they might have felt from the prospect of losing weight, becoming more fit and adding to their health, is soon removed by the fact that they do not enjoy the experience. However, many fitness coaches have seized upon these feelings and developed exercise classes based on having fun which have the additional benefit of fitness. One such method is trampolining. These classes often take place in a very large gym where an instructor has their own trampoline and each class participant has their own. They can then copy the actions of the instructor and enjoy a fun and effective exercise class.
SchoolsSchools often use trampolines as part of Physical Education classes in which students will take part in basic bouncing and increase the stunts and actions they can perform on the trampoline whilst being encouraged by classmates.