If you’re like us, you may be thinking, “How much variation can there be between fitness trampolines? They’re small and bouncy.” The last rebounder I saw was 20 years ago; it was basically just bare metal springs and a tiny jump area precariously held off the floor by 4 less-than-stable legs.
Even as a risk-taking 7-year old, I thought that it looked unsafe. That’s what I was expecting when we unpacked the Model 250 from JumpSport and I don’t think I have ever been more wrong. (That’s a lie. I think the wrong-est I have ever been is either when I thought Mamma Mia was going to be a good movie or when I mistook sour cream for whipped cream and put it on my pie.)
So, let’s take a look at what makes the Model 250 such a great choice.
JumpSport is known for making trampolines that incorporate proprietary technology aimed at increasing the safety, comfort, quality of build, and comfort of their trampolines. This rebounder is no different.
Cords > Springs
One of the things that makes trampolines of any size so dangerous are the springs. People have been known to fall through the gaps in between the individual springs. Fingers, toes, and other various body parts get pinch or stuck in them and they’re not especially comfortable to fall on.
That’s why it’s so awesome that JumpSport has opted for a springless design that uses EnduroLife 2 cords, which provide several benefits to jumpers:
- Cords are safer and eliminate many of the problems caused by traditional spring designs, such as the pinching, which is especially important if you have children. (Because you can try to keep them off of it, but we have never met a child who can resist the idea of jumping on a trampoline indoors. One of our staffers has a kid who likes to sleep on hers.)
- Cords provide a smoother and more cushioned bounce. They’re much more flexible than springs, whose rigidity can make the bouncing feel harsh on the body. For people who require low-impact exercise, such as those that have feet, knee, or joint issues, this is a definite bonus.
- On a personal note—most of our staffers here tried out the Model 250, including those with various issues that make high-impact exercises an impossibility (For example, I’ve had two foot surgeries and have been banned from wearing heels and walking, running, or standing for long periods of time, so low impact is all I can do) and everyone agreed that the bounce on this rebounder was the most comfortable and enjoyable that they’ve had on a fitness trampoline.
If you remember, one of the problems with the 20-year old rebounder that I mentioned above was that its design, particularly its legs, did not exactly scream “Stability!” or even “Don’t worry, we won’t tip over.”
The Model 250 is designed with arched legs, which make it much more stable than rebounders that use straight legs. This means that you can bounce without worrying that the trampoline will move from underneath you while you’re airborne.
FlexBounce is actually a technology that JumpSport uses on some of its full-size, backyard models; they’ve just miniaturized it for this rebounder. FlexBounce is a feature that allows the user to adjust the tension and firmness of the bounce, letting you customize the jumping experience according to the jumper’s needs and experience level.
For instance, if you have a toddler, you can adjust the settings so that when your Mini-Me bounces, he/she doesn’t go flying into the air like some kind of baby-shaped experimental rocket.
Comes with a Free Fitness DVD
If you’re ready to get into shape and think that a trampoline is the right exercise equipment for you, but don’t really know how you’re supposed to use it, then the included fitness DVD can be a great help to you in reaching your fitness goals.
- Extremely safe due to the thick padding and use of cords rather than springs.
- Smooth, comfortable bounce.
- Allows for plenty of height.
- Extremely durable.
- Considering the quality of the build and its features, it is priced very reasonably.
- Sometimes the cords snap, but that usually requires months and months of repeated usage.
- Some have stated that the jump area is a little too small.
We have no major complaints (and very few minor ones, like the small-ish jumping area) about this trampoline, but we have found a lot to praise, as evidenced by our review. We wouldn’t recommend this trampoline to those who want to do exercises that require a large amount of area, such as jumping jacks, perhaps, but we would recommend it to those who are looking for a fitness trampoline with a quality bounce that is smooth and low-impact, that is safer than the average rebounder, and much more comfortable.
The JumpSport 250 is especially great for children and those concerned with the level of impact they inflict upon their bodies. Overall, we heartily recommend it.