These days, I am constantly looking for tiny things to bring me joy. Season one of Schitt’s Creek. The s’mores my quarantine boyfriend makes me every night after dinner. And… my brand new trampoline. As social distancing practices have confined all of our workouts to our living rooms, we’ve all had to get creative with how we get in our cardio. While foldable treadmills and at-home HIIT workouts are great, both are far less fun than bouncing in place. So, I ordered the BCAN 40″ Foldable Mini Trampoline ($160), which requires minimal floor space, and can hide under your couch when it’s not in use.
There are a number of benefits associated with bouncing on a trampoline—or, as they call them in the biz “rebounders.” Trampolines offer low-impact cardio that’s easy on your joints, and force you to engage pretty much every muscle in your body, including your core, to keep from falling off. “Although the trampoline is inherently low impact and easy on your joints, bounce is not low intensity,” says Aly Giampalo, founder and movement director of The Ness NYC. “It’s designed to work the heart and challenge your endurance.”
Not only will jumping on a rebounder give you an A-plus workout, but you can also use it to amp up your strength training practices. “Doing your strength work on the rebounder—for example, with your legs on all fours—forces you to engage your core by preventing yourself from sinking down, much more than you would if you were doing the same exercise on the floor using a mat,” Lauren Kleban, founder of LEKFIT, previously told Well+Good.
The real reason why I’ve fallen so deeply in love with my daily trampoline workouts, though, is because it’s impossible to think about anything else while I’m doing them. As someone who struggles with anxiety, they’ve become my go-to way to turn off the noise of the world. Trying to bounce, follow along with choreography, and not fall flat on my face requires so much focus and concentration, that for 45 minutes they’re the only things my brain has space for. Keep scrolling for the best online trampoline workouts and where to buy your very own rebounder.
The best online trampoline workouts at home
The Ness: New York’s premier, invite-only trampoline studio (and a Gwyneth Paltrow go-to) recently brought its offerings online by way of The Ness Digital. For $40 a month, you can have access to 30-minute bounce and sculpt classes taught by top trainers. Be warned, though: this choreography is no joke, and you’ll be dripping in sweat long before the half hour is over.
Obé Fitness: Obé trainer Tiffani Robbins leads 28 and 45 minute bounce and bounce HIIT classes that integrate sculpting, cardio and a lot of choreography. There are also 10-minute “express” options, in which you can target specific areas like your arms or upper body.
LEKFit: Busy Phillips’ favorite workout, taught by Kleban, mixes trampoline sessions with sculpting and strength training on the floor. For $20 a month, the brand’s app allows you to try the studio experience anywhere…. though you sadly won’t run into any celebs when you’re doing it in the living room.
Body by Simone: Mix pilates and rebounding with Simone de la Rue’s signature app, where you’ll find full 30-minute workouts plus shorter, muscle-specific sessions chock full of sculpting Pilates moves.
Rebounders to try for trampoline workouts at home
This trampoline is my one true love. It can hold up to 330 pounds, and comes with a bar (which you can choose not to put on) for anyone who needs a little extra support.
This is the trampoline that you’ll find in any workout studio, and it’s about as pro-grade as it gets. While it doesn’t fold up, it will still only take up 39 inches of floorspace.
For something more affordable, this slightly smaller rebounder (it’s 38 inches as opposed to 39) comes equipped with bands to amp up your workout even further.