"I wouldn’t have classified bouncing on a jumping mat as the best sport for spinal disc patients. Now I’m reading on the internet that there is a rebounder that is supposed to be extremely gentle on the back – chosen by the “society for healthier backs” (AGR), a specialist committee. The device of my choice is called bellicon®, has a diameter of 112 cm and fits in my bedroom. I have a tendency for knee problems and therefore started carefully, only a few minutes to wake up.
The most important thing to know, and the reason even patients with arthritis can do the exercises, is...don’t jump, just swing! A friendly physiotherapist can show you how.
Despite a slow start and professional tips, I was convinced that my knee would start playing up as it always did after dancing or walking. But, it didn’t happen! It was as if my meniscus wasn’t damaged at all. This is because the bellicon® is incredibly flexible. The mat is sprung with highly elasticised rope rings; I sink into it deeply and am thus slowed down gently.
Even for the over 50’s who have circulation problems or who are overweight, the bellicon® is harmless. Bad devices on the contrary are sprung really hard, so the brake path is also shorter and one has to endure high impact levels to the joints and discs, as when jogging.
Conclusion: The bellicon® rebounder is suitable for all age groups, even when there is restricted movement."
"I ordered the bellicon® rebounder for my mother as she has had problems with her spinal discs for the last year. She had to undergo physical therapy for this, and was given different exercises with the same trampoline. As she noticed an obvious improvement in her back, she wanted exactly the same trampoline for at home.
Now it is not only my mother who exercises on it, but also my father. In short, this device is not only fun, it is something for the whole family. We are very satisfied."
December 2010 at age 55, I weighed 185 pounds at 5'6" tall. My knees hurt and I was out of breath when climbing the stairs to my third floor office in my home. I had strength trained since 2008, decreasing my back pain by 90%, and my knee pain by 20%, but hadn't lost one pound and still out of breath. My husband said I needed to add more cardio to my strength training, but my knees hurt every time I attempted. April 2011, when browsing DVDs on Amazon, I discovered Urban Rebounding Extreme Training DVD's. I researched and read about the benefits of rebounding and that it is gentle on the joints. I ordered the DVDs and dragged out a mini tramp my husband bought years ago..
I immediately began to loose weight, ordered more rebounding DVDs and a quality spring based rebounder. I rebounded six days a week and incorporated my strength training with the soft weights as demonstrated in many of the videos. I began a calendar rotating videos to keep my workouts diverse and exciting. I look forward to knowing I've scheduled African dance rebounding, ballet rebounding, kickboxing, etc. It keeps things fresh and I know I've worked every body part over the course of a week.
By October 2011, I had lost 25 pound and felt I deserved the reward of the best rebounder for my 56th birthday. I ordered my Bellicon Classic and absolutely love the bounce and the ease on my joints. By Spring 2012, I lost an additional 15 pounds and my knee pain improved by 90%. I believe it was a combination of the weight loss and strengthening of my calf and thigh muscles.
Today, January 2016 at age 60, I have maintained my 40 pound weight loss and this week lost one more pound. I now weigh 144 pounds and have a BMI of 23.2 My knee may twinge once a month or so. When this happens, I put on a cloth knee brace while rebounding and I'm fine in a couple days. The best thing is I'm in the best shape of my life. I was thin up to age 40, but had a very weak core and aching back. I now easily climb the stairs from by basement to third floor, can deadlift 100 pounds (my doctor said to cut back to 40, I compromised to 60 pounds), and I can do some terribly awkward looking chin ups.
Rebounding changed the quality of my life. Staying fit is not a chore, it is a lifestyle and a healthy hobby. I always look forward to new rebounding DVDs and workout wear as rewards. I just ordered my third set of bungees from Bellicon and can't wait for my new Bellicon DVDs to arrive in the mail.
I'm nearly 65 and have been dealing with a Vestibular (balance) disorder 24/7 for 19 years. bellicon is truly helping with my balance, energy, fitness and overall health. I am able to use this rebounder daily, despite arthritis, Morton's Neuroma on my left foot and a torn meniscus in my right knee! It is low impact and fun! Did I mention I'm a very firm size 4? I only wish I had known about it 20 years ago! Thank you, bellicon!
Hello, I bought my Bellicon two years ago - it was my birthday present to myself.
It has been the best present! I love it and use mostly with Faythe's videos. I just want to thank you as you gave me a discount for my birthday. I am turning 69 this year and intend to keep on rebounding with joy!
I have taken it to my weight watchers meeting and several of ladies tried and really liked it....then recently I gave a demonstration at the culmination of my Positive Psychology course at Kripalu - a yoga retreat center in Lenox MA. So I will keep on talking and showing it up! Without our health and well being life is tough.....
I would love to get it to my school and have some of the students get involved with some fun exercise....I am working on that....especially in the northeast.
Lots of thought and wanted to share my experiences with you and most of all thank YOU!
I'm 72, have had a balance problem since experiencing an inner ear issue in 2011. Because of asthma and mild COPD, I could only walked in the Spring and Fall due to higher heat and biting cold.
I decided to purchase a Bellicon rebounder with support bar knowing it could be returned it if it did not work out. It was the best gift that I have given myself to date. The results in only three months have been; more energy and stamina, improvement in balance and coordination and my massage therapist has noticed the difference in body tone.
Had routine check up last week with my primary doctor; numbers were all good, HDL (high density lipoprotein) was up ten points and I attribute that increase to using my rebounder. Life is good....
Had my routine check up today with my primary doctor; my numbers were all good, HDL ( high density lipoprotein) was up ten points and I attribute that increase to using my bellicon. So glad that I made the decision to be good to myself and make the purchase in December. Life just gets better at 72.
I'm 72, have had a balance problem since experiencing an inner ear issue in 2011. Because of asthma and mild COPD, I could only walked in the Spring and Fall due to higher heat and biting cold. I decided to purchase a Bellicon rebounder with support bar knowing it could be returned if it did not work out. It was the best gift that I have given myself to date. The results in only two months have been more energy, skin tone, stamina, improvement in balance and coordination. I highly recommend giving the Bellicon rebounder a try at any age; you will only benefit from its use.