4 Myths About Trampolines
Trampolines are a staple of American family fun. The iconic image is a round, above-ground jumping apparatus found in backyards. However, this is an incomplete picture of all that the trampoline is. Here are four myths about trampoline products debunked.
1. All Trampolines Are Round
While the circular shape is most popular, trampolines can come in other shapes, too. Other common options are rectangles and squares. These shapes are usually found in gymnastics and trampoline parks, but they also work well for yards with limited space. Additionally, there are even octagonal shaped trampolines. These trampolines provide the benefit of the round ones with a large jumping area, with additional spring offered by more corners, similar to a rectangular trampolines.
2. Trampolines Are Just Meant for Recreation
Although most people use trampolines recreationally, whether at home or at facilities, trampolines also make great fitness equipment. Small, personal trampolines can be used indoors or outdoors to help you lose weight, tone and strengthen your muscles, and increase your stamina.
3. Trampolines Are for Land Only
Most trampoline products are used on land, but there are also trampolines made specifically for water. This type has a base that is inflated with air to allow it to float on water. It’s not the same as a water bouncer, however. A water trampoline has a steel-frame support that can hold a heavier weight and allows for a higher bounce.
4. All Trampolines are the Same – they just vary in price
Perhaps the most prominent myth people believe is that all trampolines are pretty much the same, they just vary in price. Why not go to a “big box” store and buy a trampoline for a few hundred dollars – it has to be just as good as the more expensive trampolines I see online, right? WRONG. Just as with other products, “You get what you pay for.” The differences as you would expect are in the quality of the materials, the durability of the product and the experience. Most “big box” trampolines are made of lighter steel and cheaper materials. Most are imported from countries where standards for production are lower than in the USA. And lastly, they are designed specifically to “ship cheaply” as this reduces their transportation cost from overseas. In order to do this, materials are kept as light as possible and they are designed to have more pieces to fit into a shipping box. For more information on what to look for when purchasing a trampoline, look here: http://www.trampolines.com/pages/compare-trampolines
TrampolinesSaftey.com also have a good video about issues with lower quality trampolines. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP7LuaIYF8Y