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Trampoline Buyers Guide & FAQs

The purpose of this Tramopline Guide is to help you with choosing the right trampoline for your family. Below you will find plenty of useful information in our FAQs section, advice on trampoline exercises and fitness.

Did you know that the first recorded form of trampoline play was enjoyed by the Eskimos? They would toss their friends in the air, using a simple device made from Walrus skin. It was not until 1935 that the first real trampoline would be created by George Nissen. From then on, the sale of trampolines has launched a worldwide interest in this engaging pastime. From Olympic gaming to hours of active fun in the sun, the trampoline is an outdoor toy that is here to stay.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I look for when buying a Trampoline?
What are the main safety precautions that should be taken when using the trampoline?
What trampoline accessories are available at Smyths Toys to increase the safety of the trampoline users?
Are your trampolines easy to assemble?
Do I need to pack my trampoline set away in the winter?
What weight will each trampoline take?
What are the physical benefits from using a trampoline?
Do your trampolines have safety certificates?
What warranty is included?
Do you sell spare parts?
What different trampoline sizes are available?

Trampoline Exercises

8ft Trampoline and Enclosure

Our 8ft Trampoline is perfect for helping you improve your fitness.

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What is trampoline fitness? If you were told that bouncing up and down on a trampoline was a better form of fitness than running, your brain would have a hard time accepting that concept. One of the best parts of trampolines is that fitness comes as an afterthought, as no one expects to ever discover an exercise as engaging as the trampoline. Before you embark on this new regime, always consult with your doctor to ascertain if this is the correct form of exercise for you. If you are a beginner to trampoline fitness, then a quick warm-up is required. Simply bounce up and down until your heart is beating at a moderate pace. For the purposes of our example exercises, a mini trampoline (also known as a rebounder) will be the required fitness equipment:

  1. Begin with a bounce: You can vary the degree of difficulty, in accordance with your fitness levels. Ensure that your feet remain on the trampoline and bounce up and down until you have found your natural balance.

  2. Walk or jog to raise your heart rate. Swing your arms as per normal. No not lift your toes off the trampoline.

  3. Another fantastic exercise to try is the standard jumping jack, only within the confines of the rebounding device. This is ideal for those who suffer joint pain during a normal jumping jack exercise routine.

  4. Once you have kicked up a real sweat, start an advanced workout such as the heel to toe bounce. Place yourself in the middle of the mini trampoline, feet together. As you begin to bounce, raise your left foot forward, ensuring that your heel touches the surface. As this happens, quickly lift your left arm in front of you when your heel touches the surface. Repeat for the right hand side.

The few simple routines that are outlined above are merely an inkling of what can be accomplished with a trampoline. Invest in a decent model and enjoy a lifelong obsession with one of the world's safest and most exciting devices. We would also recommend that you invest in knee pads or shoulder pads for safety's sake. Enjoy your trampoline exercises and get fit in the process!

Trampoline Buying Guide

8 and 10ft Trampoline Ladder

Ladders are very handy for getting up onto your new trampoline!

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When choosing a new trampoline, be it a 13ft trampoline, a mini-trampoline or anything in-between, your option should be swayed towards your plans for your trampoline. Are you looking for an exercise device, or a massive trampoline for the whole family? If this trampoline is for exercise, will it be portable, or are you looking for a model that can be installed in your garden? Whatever the issue, whatever the query, we have found some solutions for you. For a quick reference though, remember that the cheaper you buy, the more hazardous your trampoline experience could be. Always invest in the best you can afford to buy.

Trampoline quality exists in three forms, that of high-end, mid range and budget. The high-end trampolines are very strong, and have been engineered to produce masterful bouncing dynamics. There will also be padding that runs around the edges of the trampoline. A trampoline enclosure is generally fitted for extra safety. Mid-range incorporates a few features of the high-end trampolines, while still maintaining a price that is more acceptable for those looking to trade up from a budget model. The budget models have flooded the market and a savvy consumer should think twice before spending money on an option that seems too good to be true. A budget trampoline could even be a cause for concern, as the springs, material and connecting parts that are used in the production could fail at anytime. Set your sights on a mid-range model for peace of mind.

What is the most important part of the trampoline? We say, the spring. When you are searching for a fairly large trampoline, the springs should be of optimum thickness. It is not about the number of the springs that surround the material, but the quality of the springs themselves. Also ensure that you check the pads themselves that cover the springs. The pads should be filled with lightweight foam and coated in a sturdy vinyl material. The rest we leave up to you; pick a colour, select a size and ensure that your choice of trampoline matches what you have in mind – be it family fun or outdoor exercises.

Trampoline Safety

Trampoline Tie Down Kit

A tie-down kit anchors your trampoline to the ground for increased stability.

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Trampolines are loads of fun, a great way to exercise in the sunny outdoors and a group activity that all can enjoy. Sadly, accidents can happen. Therefore if you wish to truly enjoy this engaging activity, stick to our safety tips for maximum fun:

  1. More than two thirds of all trampoline accidents occur when two or more people are on the trampoline. Even if a child is very young, they should bounce on their own, with the parents or family assisting on the sidelines. Neck and head injuries can occur when the trampoline becomes too crowded.

  2. When you decide to purchase a trampoline, you will need to closely inspect the different models for their levels of safety, as indicated by quality stamps on the side (most models should have a stamp or insignia of some sorts), this is a sort of warranty on the parts and references of actions to avoid on your trampoline.

  3. All models that have safety pads that cover the frame, springs and hooks are more than ideal. If your trampoline does not contain these pads, then you need to purchase them and tie them over the exposed parts. Other models have inclusive safety nets that cover the exposed springs and such.

  4. Decide where your trampoline will be placed. The area that you have selected should be clear of all hazards. The degree of bounce may impact tall objects such as washing lines, fences, garden hedges, even telephone poles!

  5. The trampoline should be placed on a soft spot that easily absorbs energy; this is for above ground models. Your garden lawn, a sandpit or otherwise are perfect examples of energy absorbing spots. Avoid concrete, bricks and hard ground until you have placed safety netting around your trampoline. In cases such as this, there should always be a safe zone to fall in, so ensure that your safety zone is always kept clear, keeping toys away from the trampoline.

  6. Each and every time that you decide to use your trampoline, you should check it for damages. Inspect for holes, check the frame for rust and ensure that the braces are locked in place.

  7. You know the rules for safety, but younger children should be taught the dos and don'ts of the trampoline. Get some guidelines in place such as always bounce in the middle, do not jump high in order to bounce off, and do not use the trampoline with your friends. Create more rules to suit your specific situation.

  8. If it can scratch you, take it off. This includes jewellery, chains; watches and so on. These items could get caught in your hair or the springs of the trampoline.

  9. Other general rules include: no somersaulting (this is best left to the experts); no children under five - Smyths stocks trampolines for toddlers; always use a ladder to get into the trampoline and the number one rule – always ensure that there is only one person on the trampoline at a time.

Smyths would like to advocate the safe use of trampolines for bouncing enthusiast of all ages. Your safety is our first concern, which is why we only stock quality models that are suitable for all needs. Get to your local Smyths store today and select a trampoline for you and your family.

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