Trampolines have come a long way since their inception. They have transformed from a sports prop into a sign of fun and recreation and as such a "must-have" of every home. However, in order to enjoy them fully, it is necesarry to know at least a few basic jumps that will provide an unforgettable sporty adventure.
Quality trampoline is also one of those sports props that contribute to the development of creativity. It is an open sports tool, which means that children and the whole family can create their own games and rules on it, and thus us it in a huge variety of ways to get the most out of family days out.
Let’s take a look at just a few trampoline fun ideas to spice up your trampoline jumping.
1. The Front Drop
Start by softly bouncing up and down a few times. Jump upwards and land with your hands and knees forward. Push yourself off with hands and jump back to the upright position. Repeat a few basic jumps on the trampoline mat and then perform the knee drop again. With a few exercises, you will soon master the art of jumping to the point that you will perform it without intermediate jumps one after the other.
2. Bottom Bounce
Start with a basic starting position. Jump up, aiming to the centre of the jumping mat. Land with your legs stretched in front of you, with hands on both side of your hips and keep your back straight. Push yourself up with your hands to rebound to the starting position. Beginners will need some practice for connected butt jumps, but don’t despair, as the ultimate pleasure when you succeed is so much greater!
3. The Jumping Jack
Start from a standing position with feet in shoulder width, head up and eyes on the trampoline mat. Swing your hands forward, above your head and back in a circular motion. Bring your feet together in mid-air and point your toes. Land back on the centre of the mat with your feet in shoulder width (the same as the starting position).
4. The Praying Mantis
Start with a low bounce. Land on your knees in shoulder width, keeping your back straight and keep your arms stretched out to maintain balance. Bounce back to the starting position by using the bounce momentum and swinging your arms upwards. To re-establish a stable position on the trampoline, continue with a gentle bounce and then repeat the jump back to your knees. You will quickly become a true master in jumping and perform the jumps connected one after the other with just a few exercises.
5. The Turtle Drop
Start with a soft upwards jump. Land on your back, keeping your chin close to your chest and your knees bent. Keep your chin towards your chest as you land. Kick your legs forward in order to jump up and land in the starting position. The turtle drop is certainly one of those jumps where fun is guaranteed, but you should pay particular attention to its proper execution.
6. The Flying Ballerina
Start with the sitting position. Jump and turn your head left or right and swing your hands in the same direction to turn in the air. Follow the motion with your hips to complete the turn. Land in the sitting position to complete the jump. This element requires quite a bit of practice, but we are confident you will master it quickly.
7. The Pancake Drop
Start off with a soft, low jump upwards. Let yourself fall on your front, placing your hands on the jumping mat in front of you. Push yourself up to the starting position. This element doesn't require a lot of practice but you should still pay a lot of attention on proper execution of it as you should stay in control always.
8. The Rolling Stone
Start from the front drop position and push to the left or right with your arms to start turning. Turn your head and shoulders in the direction that your body is turning. Keep your back parallel with the jumping mat and your head straight. Return to the lying position to finish the beginning.
Do not forget about safety!
No matter how much fun jumping on a trampoline is, you need to constantly take care of your safety. You can significantly increase it by using some accessories for you and accessories for trampolines, such as jumping socks, and of course, by following all safety precautions.
You should always begin with basic jumps where you can learn how to be in control over your jumping. Safe landings are crucial in preventing injuries, so it is important to keep in mind that balance is the basis of all jumps, and stopping technique is just as important as the jumps themselves.
However, you can reduce the risk of injury if you are careful not to overestimate your abilities and level of general fatigue so that family activities will remain fun and joy.