Germany in the trampoline rush! A few years ago, this sports device initially captured the gardens of the Republic. Meanwhile, whole Germany jumps around in gyms and trampoline halls.
The trampoline sports has its origin in tightrope artistry. During their performances at dizzying heights, the gymnasts were secured by elastic safety nets. At the and of their performances, they allowed themselves to fall into the safety nets and used the spring effect for somersaults and other tricks. The American gymnast George Nissen is regarded as the inventor of the present trampoline for he promoted the development of this sports device significantly in 1930s. The oldest trampoline competition, the Nissen Cup that has been taking place since 1958, was named after him.
Most trampolines consist of a metal frame, an elastic life net and springs. The life net is connected to the frame via the springs. In order for the life net to stretch properly, the frame either stands on massive support legs or lies over a jumping pit. Springless trampolines are regarded as particularly safe. The mini trampoline you might certainly know from the physical education class ranks among the most popular trampolines. It consists of a square metal frame where a nylon sheet is inserted with steel springs or elastic rope rings. Round mini trampolines are more and more used in gyms.
The garden trampoline is almost always round and has a diameter of up to 490 centimetres. The height of the jumping surface mostly varies between 80 and 100 centimetres. The jumping surface is surrounded by a high safety net which prevents the jumper from falling off the trampoline. The competition trampoline is what Mercedes is for cars. The jumping surface is twice as long as wide and measures up to 215x430 centimetres. These models let you jump up to nine metres high.
The trampoline is a fantastic fitness device. The various exercises and jumps on the highly elastic trampoline improve your stamina, strength, coordination and agility. The trampoline sports is suitable for all ages. 15 minutes on the trampoline each day exercise almost all muscle groups without overstraining the bones and joints. It is said that jumping on the big trampoline for ten minutes corresponds to half an hour of jogging. Apart from the sporty aspect, jumping seems to be extremely relaxing.
No trampoline on your own – no problem! In the past years, many trampoline halls have opened all over Germany and across Europe. These new recreational parks let you experience the whole world of trampolining. Many of those halls are located in old factory buildings or halls that have large areas. The trampolines mostly reach from one wall to the other. In addition to the traditional trampoline, there you can also play trampoline basketball with high jumps or just jump in huge foam cube pits. Big-time fun!