If you’re looking to mix up your at-home exercise routine (or start one), fitness trampolines are the perfect option. You already know trampolines are a godsend when it comes to getting your kids’ energy out, but bouncing is also great for grown-up bods. Fitness trampolines are fun, easier on your body than the hard ground (especially for lower areas like hips, knees, ankles), and they get your heart pumping. Plus, jumping on a trampoline and releasing your inner bounce house-loving child doesn’t really feel all that much like exercise. And those are always the best workouts, right?
Is an exercise trampoline a good workout?
“We’ve found that whether you’re rebounding for cardio or using the trampoline as a tool for balance and strength work, the trampoline is an essential piece of equipment,” says Aly Giampolo, Founder and Method Director at the ness, a beat-based, low-impact, high-intensity trampoline cardio and sculpt workout. “Not only is bouncing three times more effective than running, the number of calories burned and increased endurance built in 30 minutes of running can be achieved in just ten minutes of bouncing. It’s also one of the best ways to activate your lymphatic system, which allows your body to clear out toxins as well as improving circulation and immunity.”
Another surprise benefit of trampoline workouts? “Although bounce is categorized as a cardio workout, the necessary act of stabilizing your body on an unstable surface throughout a bounce session is essential for pelvic floor maintenance and recovery,” Giampolo continues. “Staying low and pressing down into the trampoline through your heels while engaging your core to stay light on your feet allows you to find that elusive sensation of lift in your pelvic floor without doing a kegel.” Well, okay.
Which trampoline is best for exercise?
When it comes to shopping for fitness trampolines, the options are plentiful and it can be hard to know which pick is right for your purposes. There are mini trampolines that are perfect for smaller spaces, many of which fold up for easy storage. For those worried about durability and support, there are trampolines designed to support weights of over 400lbs. Some trampolines come with features like adjustable handles, and some are great for both indoor and outdoor use.
So which is the best fitness trampoline for you? We chatted with a variety of trainers and fitness experts to get their top picks for the best fitness trampolines. Ahead, shop favorites from Giampolo and more!
Best Fitness Trampolines
An investment for sure, this foldable trampoline has endurance tested for 800,000 smooth bounces so it is meant to go the distance — literally and figuratively. Giampolo describes it as “long lasting and good for travel or storage in small spaces.” With a springless design, a larger mat surface area, adjustable bounce tension for different weights and performance needs, as well as patented, wobble-free arched legs for extra stability, the 350F is thoughtfully designed. And it comes fully assembled! As one reviewer raved, “Love this! The sturdiness and bounce are just what I was hoping for!”
Giampolo likes this indoor mini trampoline both for its large mat and springless design. Accommodating weights up to 450 lbs, it’s made of heavy-duty steel and features a six-leg frame for extra sturdiness. Third generation bungees and ultra-strong tension reduce noise, so you can bounce quietly and get a workout in without waking any sleeping littles. “This product is great!” raved one reviewer. “It was the best purchase I got during the pandemic. My whole family enjoys working out on it.” Another noted, “I am a 350-pound woman and I feel well supported by this rebounder. The bungees are almost completely silent while I’m exercising.”
Ideal for both adults and kids, the Kensone fitness trampoline is made of heavy-duty steel and features an adjustable foam handlebar, anti-slip rubber-sleeved legs, and a waterproof bungee mat that’s fixed to the frame with steel springs to improve stability. “Because it can support up to 450 lbs, the majority of users don’t have to worry about breaking [this trampoline],” says Kyle Risley, competitive powerlifter and CEO of Lift Vault, a free online workout plan-finding service, who touts the trampoline as his top choice. “It folds down to one quarter of its original size making it ideal for people who live in apartments with minimal space.”
According to Tami Smith, certified personal trainer, and owner of Fithealthymomma.com, “JumpSport trampolines are kind of the gold standard for trampoline classes at studios. With extra durability and reinforcement, it gives users peace of mind that they’re jumping safely and securely. They also offer adjustments that can help you tailor your experience to best for your size and weight.” David McHugh, founder of fitness and wellness blog, My Mixify, adds, “One of the main features this trampoline boasts is its stability. When it comes to a fitness trampoline, you need it to be completely sturdy, motionless, and supportive as you complete whatever workout or routine you’re doing, and this model is perfect for that. It’s also made from high-quality materials that will make it last far longer than other trampolines on the market, which means it’s well worth the investment.”
“I like this option for a few reasons,” says Smith. “First, it’s very affordable and accessible for folks who want to work out from home without spending an arm and a leg. Second, it comes with resistance bands attached to the sides. The addition of the resistance bands opens up a whole new arsenal of workouts that you can perform with very limited equipment.” At 17 lbs, the lightweight factor means you can take your workout to go! Bonus: The steel springs are covered with an eco-friendly, washable fabric safety cover to prevent tiny hands from any pinching or injury.
“This option is great because it comes with a handle which adds to much versatility and stability to your workouts,” notes Smith. ” The handle adjusts based on your height, is comfortable to hold, and allows you to perform more advanced movements safely.” Other benefits: This trampoline folds up easily and is lightweight, making it ideal for smaller spaces or mamas who don’t want to leave it out in the middle of the living room. It’s also got non-slip rubber legs and comes with a set of resistance bands, and you can use it indoors or out.
“This one is a bit of a splurge, but it’s worth it if you plan on using it a lot,” recommends Smith. “It’s super durable and has plenty of springs to help lessen the impact of your jumps which helps prevent any joint issues.” The large-spring system allows for high intensity, low impact exercise that, in addition to improving joint stability, strengthens your core and helps improve posture. “I love how small and compact it is”, Smith adds. It’s got a non-slip surface and comes with a compilation DVD with three progressive workouts for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels including bonus core and stretch sections. More workouts are available with an online membership. It should be noted this fitness trampoline is meant for adult indoor use only, so just fold the legs flat and stow this away from the kids when you’re done working on your fitness.
“I love this option for those who want the versatility of being able to use their trampoline indoors and outdoors,” says Smith. “This trampoline folds up really easily (to less than ¼ of its original size) and can slide under a couch for storage or can easily be taken on the go in the car or outside for some fresh air workouts.” It also comes with an optional, adjustable handle bar that allows you to add more exercises and security to your workout and offers four levels, so both kids and adults can use it. This trampoline also has a maximum weight capacity of 330 lbs and features rubber slip proof legs and an easy-to-clean, waterproof mat. Plus, it boasts a near-perfect 4.5 review score from over 4,000(!) reviewers.
In addition to loving its budget-friendly price point, Smith notes, “I really like this trampoline for those who are a little heavier, as it can accommodate folks up to 330 lbs… Plus, it has a larger surface (jumping) area, so those who are new to trampoline workouts or who may feel a bit unstable tend to feel a little more secure when the surface area is larger.” The foldable design allows for easy storage and transport, and thickened anti-slip rubber pads both protect your floors and reduce noise (perfect for apartment living). Also worth noting: Reviewers frequently mention how easy it is to assemble this indoor/outdoor pick.
“The Stamina 36-inch folding trampoline is known for its ability to provide a great workout and its unique silent feature, unlike many other types of trampolines that squeak like crazy!” notes Jessica Mazzucco, certified fitness trainer and founder of The Glute Recruit. In addition to being ultra-quiet, the Stamina is just 36 inches in diameter and foldable, making it a convenient option for spaces of virtually any size. Access codes to three expert online workout videos are also included with the purchase of this fitness trampoline. Because it’s constructed with bands instead of chains, Mazzuco also touts the Stamina as “an extremely safe exercise tool” that, at under $50, “is also very cost-effective!”