This week – we are challenging the members of our Honey We’re Healthy Group to try a mini-trampoline workout! One of Megan’s friends has had great results with a trampoline workout and many people have been intrigued! Mini-trampoline (sometimes called a rebounder) workouts have even been made popular by some celebrity trainers such as Tracy Anderson and even some gyms and fitness studios offer these classes now. However, if you want to try a workout on your own at home – you can do that too! You can buy your own trampoline (they even have them at WalMart) for under $100. Or – another option is just to do some of the moves with a jumprope and also some extra plyometrics. Below is the sample workout that we are challenging our group to do this week. I’ve also included some extra alternative moves for beginner and advanced…
20 MINUTE MINI TRAMPOLINE WORKOUT
This workout is designed to be done on a mini trampoline. However, if you do not have access to a mini trampoline, you can still get the same benefits of jumping with doing the alternative (Alt) exercises below!Â
Overview: Jumping is a great workout because itâ€™s fun but also really gets your heart rate up and challenges your muscles, bones and core (from balancing)! Try to do each set 2-3 times!
Equipment: a mini trampoline (or a jumprope)
*Warmup for 5 minutes first by doing easy jumping, jumping jacks, etc.
Jump (2 minutes):
Trampoline: Do criss-cross jumps for 2 minutes alternating what foot crosses in front. Keep legs slightly bent.Â
Alternative: Jumprope with both feet or to make it harder try doing criss-cross feet.
Beginner: Jumping Jacks
Strength (1 minute):
Trampoline: Do 1 minute of standing squats on the trampoline.
Alternative: Do regular squats on the ground and hold 1-2 weights to make it harder.
Beginner: Same – do them on the ground but no weights.
Jump (1 minute):
Trampoline: Hold a low squat and jump feet in and out for 1 minute.
Alternative: Do this same move on the ground.
Beginner: Start in squat, then step feet in together (while staying low), then back out to wide squat. Keep alternating.
Trampoline: Do 15 decline pushups with feet on the trampoline and hands on ground.
Alternative: Place feet on step or bench (for decline) and do 15 pushups.
Beginner: Do 15 pushups on your knees on the ground, or do pushups on an incline (with hands on a bench).
Jump (1 minute):
Trampoine: Do high knees on the trampoline for 1 minute and pump arms like sprinting!
Alternative: Do high knees on the ground for 1 min and also pump arms!
Beginner: March in place for 1 minute.
Trampoline: Do 15 elevated lunges on each leg by placing one foot back behind you on trampoline.
Alternative: Do this same move using a step/bench and place one foot behind you. Make it harder by adding weights.Â
Beginner: Do 10 stationary lunges on each leg. Bend both legs at 90 degrees and come into a lunge, then slowly straighten legs and return to the top. Repeat for 10 on each leg.
Trampoline: 60 seconds â€œscissor feetâ€ jumping feet front and back. Try adding arm punches.
Alternative: Try jumping on the ground with scissor feet, or make it harder by doing this while jump-roping!
Beginner: Alternate tapping each foot out in front and add arm punches.
Strength (1 minute):
Trampoline: Seated knee tucks on trampoline (Sit on the middle of trampoline with knees bent and hands behind you. Extend legs out straight and then pull knees back in. Lean back slightly when you do this to work core.)
Alternative: Do these knee tucks on the ground.
Beginner: Keep feet on the ground. Bend knees and place hands behind you and slowly lean back to engage your core, then sit up tall. Repeat.
*Remember to check with your doctor before starting any new diet or exercise program. Be sure to check with your doctor also if you have any injuries to see if these workouts are safe for you.