It’s easy to find trampolines and rebounders in any sporting goods store. Similar in style and composition, both of these jumping mats are made with identical or similar materials, but they have a different function that differentiates the two.
Most people call rebounders mini-trampolines because that’s exactly what they look like.
And the truth is that this is how a rebounder is designed. These devices look and mimic a trampoline in function. The main difference is how they are used.
Function: Trampoline vs Rebounder
Trampolines can be used for exercise, and they’re very popular among gymnasts and cheerleaders. Multiple people can also jump on a traditional trampoline for fun with a partner or as part of group activities.
But this isn’t the case with a rebounder.
The rebounder is meant for:
- Single users.
Only one person can fit on a rebounder, and these devices do not have the same bounce as a trampoline. Instead, a rebounder is close to the ground, which allows for added safety in case a person loses balance during exercise.
A lower-to-the-ground design boosts overall stability, too.
Trampolines are often offered in larger sizes: 10’, 12’, 14’, 15,’ and so on. Smaller trampolines are available for younger children, too, but these are still different from a rebounder.
The traditional rebounder will have a radius of 4-feet or less.
The Goal of a Rebounder
Rebounders do allow people to jump and bounce, and this is the action that allows a person to reap the benefits of a rebounder (more on that soon). But a rebounder will not be used to perform gravity-defying jumps and tricks.
A rebounder is meant for light jumping and bouncing, which offers a slew of health benefits to the jumper.
- Drain the lymphatic system.
- Improve lung function.
- Low-impact exercise.
- Cardiovascular conditioning.
- Muscle conditioning.
Jumping on a rebounder has been shown to help a person drain their lymphatic system while also boosting lung capacity and function.
The key difference in the benefits experienced from a rebounder is how a person chooses to use their rebounder. A good example is a person jumping in place, or using resistance bands and working their hips on the rebounder. These moves will provide a muscle-strengthening and toning workout with little cardiovascular benefits.
Another person may perform jumping jacks or run in place while on the rebounder, which will increase the person’s cardiovascular health. The rigorous exercise will force more oxygen into the lungs and boost a person’s heart rate, too.
Ultimately, it’s how a person chooses to use a rebounder that determines which benefits are received.
A trampoline can have a lot of accessories added, such as an enclosure, basketball hoop and ladder. Rebounders will not have these accessories – they’re too small. The accessories available for a rebounder will be exercise-related.
Rebounder accessories may include:
- Stabilization bars.
- Replacement parts.
- PlyoFit accessories.
- Workout DVDs.
- Weight kits and packages.
These are the main differences between a trampoline and a rebounder. While both are great fun, adults mainly use rebounders, and they can be found in fitness classes and gyms – unlike trampolines.