Study shows rebounding burns fat and improves cardio better than running

International Journal of Sports Science 12.04.2016
A smiling woman with a bellicon® mini-trampoline next to a tired woman on a treadmill

A new study, published in the International Journal of Sports Science, has concluded that rebounding exercise is twice as effective at improving aerobic fitness and 50% more efficient at burning fat than running. It also showed that exercising on a mini-trampoline increased vertical jumping ability. 

The study was conducted over a period of 8 weeks with participants exercising three days a week and otherwise maintaining “their usual diet and lifestyle habits during the study period.” 

The participants’ cardiovascular improvements were determined by their “VO2 max,” which measures the processing of oxygen. As defined by the University of California, Davis, Health System, “VO2max is the ‘gold standard’ measure of overall fitness.” During the course of the study, the “VO2 max increased by 7.82% (4 ml/kg/min) in the trampoline group and by 3.05% in the running group,” showing more than twice as much aerobic improvement with rebounding than with running. 

The study also determined that rebounding was significantly more effective at reducing body fat, noting that “fat % decreased by 31.61% in the trampoline group and by 20.3% in the running group.” 

Reflecting on the dramatically different results, the researchers commented on the way our bodies react to bending, running and jumping on a mini-trampoline, saying that, “in contrast to the cyclical movements of running, there is increased energy expenditure with the use of these varied movements,” concluding that “trampoline training is a more effective training method than traditional running training to increase maximal oxygen consumption and reducing fat %. In addition, trampoline training had a significant effect on vertical jumping distance.” 

For more information, you can find this research study at the Scientific & Academic Publishing website:

A graphic comparing trampoline training and running with the data of change in body weight, body fat, oxygen consumption and jump distance in percent. Body weight change: 0.56% in the trampoline group; 0.18% in the running group. Body fat: 31.61% in the trampoline group; 20.30% in the running group. Oxygen consumotion VO2 max: 7.82% in the trampoline group, 3.05% in the running group. Jump distance: 13.55% in the trampoline group, 0.35% in the running group.
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