I’ve been using mini-trampolines, also called “rebounders,” since the late 1980s. These exercisers are remarkably versatile, portable and very low-impact. Fortunately, there is a new generation of this product on the market that is better and more economical than ever before.
The Stamina InStride mini-trampoline by Stamina Products, Inc., requires some assembly. You must remove two pins from the product, which comes folded in a box. Once you have unfolded the trampoline so that it is flat, you must reinsert the pins. Easily, screw the legs in place and the mini-trampoline is ready to be used.
Earlier mini-trampolines featured metal springs that would eventually snap after so many rebounds. But, the Stamina InStride employs elastic bands, instead. This change makes the mini-trampoline safer and increases the longevity of the product.
The Stamina InStride comes with a timer, a set of resistance bands and an exercise DVD. Old mini-trampolines used to cost around $100, but the InStride, available at Wal-mart, retails for only $28.84. This is a remarkable reduction in price, especially considering the improvements that have been made, plus the gadgets and the DVD you receive as a bonus.
The Stamina InStride is suitable for anyone weighing up to 250 pounds. Remarkably, the product weighs only 14 pounds shipped, so it is very portable. It is suitable for use at home, office or while traveling.
The Stamina InStride is 36″ in diameter. It is not made for somersaults or multiple users at the same time. It is important to maintain good balance while using the trampoline and to place it where you will not be injured in case you fall.
The mini-trampoline is a simple, but highly effective piece of exercise equipment. If you follow the advice given in the accompanying DVD, you will find that it allows you to exercise very small muscles that are otherwise very difficult to reach with weight training alone or with typical cardiovascular machines such as a stepper, treadmill or elliptical, which do not allow for the same range of movement.
More importantly, the Stamina InStride mini-trampoline is so much fun to use that you barely realize that an hour has passed. Once it has, you may find that you are having so much fun that you don’t want to stop exercising.
Forty-five minutes of even light cardiovascular exercise on the mini-trampoline can increase your metabolism, burn fat and help to build muscle. The action of jumping up and down helps to stimulate the lymphatic system, which increases your overall health. Using the mini-trampoline regularly can help to elevate your mood and boost your self-esteem.
The DVD that accompanies the Stamina InStride demonstrates how to use the mini-trampoline for people of all different levels of physical activity. This mini-trampoline could be a useful tool for physical rehabilitation.
I recommend this product above any other home cardio equipment I know. The Stamina InStride represents a remarkable improvement in this kind of product and an excellent value in home gym equipment.