Some kids take to trampolines the instant they experience their first bounce, while others take a little bit of encouraging. Trampolines can be intimidating to younger children, and even to adults, but remember that there’s a hidden trampolinist in all of us!
We’ve talked before about ways to use your trampoline to get into shape
, and also about the benefits of trampolining for kids
. However, what if you’ve committed to a trampoline, but you or someone in your family is struggling to gain confidence on it? Today, we give you some tips on how to feel more comfortable on your Vuly
First time trampoline tips – Find your balance
Start by bouncing without your feet even leaving the mat. Trampolines can be disorientating for some kids, and for adults who’ve never stood on one before. You need to get your body used to the springiness, and to the shifts in gravity. You can do this with the 'stop bounce', the first skill that anyone who uses a trampoline should learn.
The 'stop bounce' will allow you to regain control by quickly stopping your movement. Practise it by attempting 3 low and controlled bounces. Stop your bouncing by bending your knees and hips when you land on the mat. Keep your feet on the mat, and absorb the rebound of the trampoline through your knees and waist.
First time trampoline tips – Keep your eye on the edge
Pick a point on the side
of the trampoline, and place a fluorescent sticker there, if you’d like. As long as you focus your gaze on the side of the trampoline, you’ll feel more steady and in control. This is ideal when you want to perform consistent and repeated exercises, and it's easy for kids to understand.
Your body likes to have a point of reference—give it one!
First time trampoline tips – Keep a ‘spotter’
When you’re weight training at the gym, you always ensure that you have a person acting as your ‘spotter’ to support you. They make sure that you don’t lift or push more than you are able. Try the same when you’re trampolining. Ask someone experienced in trampoline exercising to stand outside your Vuly
and give you advice on how you’re performing.
Calling yourself a ‘spotter’ when watching your children is also a great way to disguise that you’re really ‘supervising’ them!
First time trampoline tips – Practice your arm movements.
When you’re feeling confident enough in your balance and control, you should practice your finer body movements. Your arms are key to maintaining control when bouncing. Whenever you’re in the air, your arms should be too.
Raise your arms as you jump—to about shoulder height and width. Keep this position until you start falling, then lower your arms to slightly behind the hips. Re-lift them as you bounce again. People often think that trampolining is all about the legs, when really, it's your arms that do most of the work to stabilise you.
Bouncing on a Vuly
might seem simple, but many young children and older adults can feel very unsure of themselves when they’re on a trampoline for the very first time. Building confidence and honing your movements are the keys to easy bouncing.
Do you remember the first time that you were on a trampoline? Were you a born bouncer, or did you need a little guidance too?