Bouncing up and down on a trampoline is tremendous fun, but let’s face it after a while it becomes boring. Like anything, you need to vary your routine to avoid becoming bored. Another reason to learn a variety of trampoline jumps is to increase your skills.
Watch an Olympic-level trampolinist and you’ll quickly see how many different types of trampoline jumps they include in their routine.
You don’t need to practice all these jumps immediately, especially if you are new to trampoline jumps. Once you have gained your confidence on the trampoline you can begin to practice the jumps we have outlined here.
Many beginners increase their confidence by simply bouncing and then landing on their posterior then bouncing back onto their feet.
If you are just in the process of buying a trampoline, then you need to consider such things as the trampoline’s maximum weight capacity. If you have a family, then choosing a trampoline with the highest maximum weight capacity will allow everyone in the family to enjoy the trampoline.
Eight Of The Best Trampoline Jumps To Learn.
1. The Bottom Bounce.
We already mentioned this one in our introduction but here is the correct method for doing this trampoline jump. Start in the center of the trampoline mat. Jump with your legs straight out in front of you. Keep your back straight to avoid rolling to the side. Keep your hands at the side of your hips. Push yourself back up with your hands to return to the starting position. The kids can practice this in a bounce house.
2. The Front Drop.
This is another great trampoline jump to gain your confidence as well as become used to the sensation of bouncing. Begin by gently bouncing up and down a few times, making sure you are in the center of the mat. Jump upwards and land with your hands and knees forward. Push yourself back into the upright position with your hands. Bounce a few more times and then repeat the front drop. After some practice, you will be able to use this jump continuously, without the need to revert to up and down bouncing to begin this jump.
3. The Pancake Drop.
This trampoline jump can seem a little scary at first, that’s because we all have an inbuilt fear of falling forward. When this happens, we instinctively put our hands in front of us to protect ourselves. This jump takes that instinct but turns it into a fun trampoline jump. Start with a few low bounces. Allow yourself to fall forward, putting your hands in front of you and using them to push yourself back up to the starting position.
4. The Flying Ballerina.
This trampoline jump may take you more time to master, but it’s worth your time. Start in a sitting position. Make sure you are in the center of the trampoline mat. Jump and turn your head to the left or right. Swing your arms in the same direction. While in midair, swing your hips in the direction of your turn to complete the jump. Land back in the sitting position. One of the problems that beginners have in mastering this jump is not swinging their hips enough. This results in only achieving a partial turn and not a full 360-degree rotation.
5. The Praying Mantis.
Start with a low bounce. Drop to your knees making sure they are at shoulder width. Keep your arms outstretched to maintain your balance. Bounce back to the starting position and swing your arms upward to regain your stability on the trampoline. After some practice, you will be able to continue the praying mantis jump in quick succession.
6. The Jumping Jack.
Begin from a standing position with your shoulder width. Keep your head up and your eyes focused on the trampoline mate. Swing your hands forward, then above your head, and finally back to the original position in a circular motion. Bring your feet together while in mid-air and point your toes forward. Land back in the starting position with your feet at shoulder width position, just like your starting position.
7. The Rolling Stone.
Begin this trampoline jump by lying face down on the trampoline mat. Push off to the left or right with your arms. Turn your head and shoulders in the direction your body is turning. Keep your head straight and your back parallel with the trampoline mat. Return to the lying position to finish the jump. Think of this jump as simply rolling over in bed but more fun.
8. The Turtle Drop.
Start with a soft jump. Land on your back, making sure to keep your chin close to your chest. Ensure your knees are bent. Make sure to keep your chin tucked in close to your chest when you land. Kick your legs forward to jump up and land back up in the starting position.
Remember, Safety First.
Trampoline safety begins well before you or your family get on the mat. Let’s assume you have purchased the correct size and type of trampoline based on the size of your family and needs. You know that it must be set up on a flat and stable surface. You need to ensure that you have assembled your trampoline correctly. Assembling a trampoline is a straightforward process but if you doubt you have the skills, don’t take any chances. In many cases, you can arrange for the company you purchased the trampoline from to have it installed for you for a reasonable additional charge. You may be keen on getting a trampoline but don’t want it to become abandoned by the kids after a few months. Consider weighing up the benefits of renting a trampoline first.
Make sure your trampoline comes with nets and pads, if not consider purchasing a model which includes these safety features. You can purchase trampoline anchors which work similarly to tent pegs, they keep the trampoline securely tethered to the ground.
Another safety measure worth considering is trampoline socks. These have been specifically designed to be worn when using a trampoline. Trampoline socks have small beads on the soles which help to avoid slipping. They provide more grip to the trampoline mat. Additionally, trampoline socks prevent injuries to toes.
They don’t just protect the wearer either, they also help to protect your trampoline mat. One of the reasons you should never go barefooted onto a trampoline is because the human foot exudes oils that create a black residue on the trampoline mat.
Trampoline socks not only help to protect the surface of your trampoline mat, using them is more hygienic. They can prevent the transmission of infections and germs. Almost every trampoline park in the United States will require you to wear trampoline socks. They are usually provided as part of your trampoline entrance fee.
Don’t Push yourself Beyond Your Comfort Zone.
You should never attempt a new trampoline jump until you feel comfortable. If you are completely new to the world of trampolining, you should practice your bouncing first. Get a feel for the mat first. Practicing your ability to maintain your balance will help you in the long term. Stability is a key component of trampolining fun.
Start by gently bouncing and learning how to stop. You will feel a little shaky the first few times. As we’ve previously mentioned, learning to land on your bottom is a good first trampoline jump. You don’t need to be able to bounce back onto your feet immediately. Bouncing back to a standing position is the basis for nearly all trampoline jumps.
You will feel a great sense of achievement when you bounce back onto your feet the first time.
Remember, although this is a very simple jump, the execution remains important. Always keep your back straight, and that applies to all trampoline jumps. Landing incorrectly can cause damage to your back or legs.
It is always best to start and finish your jumps in the center of the trampoline. You must consider the space required to move both your arms and legs. Attempting a jump such as the flying ballerina could involve you hitting the side of the trampoline.
Trampolining is a great, fun way to get fit and burn some calories at the same time. If you’ve chosen trampolining as a gentle way to lose some weight, improve your muscle tone and coordination then always respect your body’s limits.
Never continue trampolining if you are feeling dizzy or nauseous. Stop if you find yourself out of breath.
You should stop immediately if you suddenly develop any ache or muscle problem. Continuing trampolining may cause more damage.
Don’t practice in bad weather, extremely hot days may cause you to become dehydrated. Remember, trampolining is a physical activity just like any other sport.
For your comfort and safety always wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing and above all, have fun.