Loving my my strong bungee 49" bellicon along with the be360 workouts - I am watching the shape of my body transform as the quality of my moving experience shift into new aspects of feeling well.
The 49" size allows for me to navigate new moves with more agility and experimentation as well as stability. I appreciate the fact that I get to workout at such high intensity barefoot, allowing my body to maximize its functional details - I experience the full body effects with more awareness and embodied fullness.
Because I had balance issues, I got the Bellicon with side stability rails. Since bouncing is fun, I've been able to easily and happily incorporate into my busy, daily routine. In the relatively short amount of time that I've been bouncing, I no longer need to use the stability rails. And even better, my overall balance as improved dramatically - I am so thrilled.
I visited a friend in Malibu last winter and had the pleasure of jumping on his Bellicon. I was blown away! It felt so good to be jumping on it. It literally made me feel light, happy and exuberant. I determined I had to have one. He told me the Bellicon was expensive but the best on the market. I returned to NYC and did my own research. I was convinced the Bellicon was the only one for me. I have no doubt I made the right choice. I bought the smaller model with the foldable legs. The workmanship is unbelievable. It's the most sturdy thing ever and no stability is lost in the folding model. I love the fact that it's easily transportable but I wouldn't mind having a little more mat space as well. If I travel for extended periods- it's going to have to go with me. I so love my Bellicon that I could certainly see myself selling these babies. I truly believe everyone needs one and espouse the Bellicon's virtues at every opportunity. I can jump forever and feel so good and toned. I foresee jumping the rest of my life. I will be the 95 year old rebounder guru. By the way, I should mention that many years ago I bought a cheap rebounder 1/10th the price. It had springs and squeaked at every bounce. I hated it and gave it away after ceasing use. That will never happen with this one. Well worth the lifetime investment. Thanks Bellicon!
I have had several injuries (back, feet) and physical issues (plantar fasciitis; surgeries on both feet) that make high impact exercise (jumping, running) a non-option for me. However, I also want to be very active and fit. That means that I have been creative and have hired creative personal trainers to modify routines for me that allow me to lose weight (I have lost over 100 pounds), gain muscle, and build core stability. Several weeks ago, my trainer asked me if I had considered rebounding. I immediately dismissed the idea because I remembered the tension of the little one we had when I was young (with springs). I knew that it would hurt my feet and other joints, but he still got me thinking. I did quite a bit of research on rebounders after that discussion with my personal trainer. It became obvious very quickly that Bellicon was not only very different from what I had known previously, but also that it was in a class of its own. I was nervous about the price and not knowing if I would even like it, but I really, really wanted to find more cardio options that I could do without much impact (the bike, the rower, and the torso sprint machines do get old!). I also loved a lot of what I read about the good that rebounding does for many aspects of health and wellness. I read testimonials, watched many YouTube videos, and tinkered around on the Bellicon site with colors, sizes, bungee strength, and other decisions.
I decided to go for it and ordered the Premium 49" one. Bibi from Chicago spoke with me at length by phone and was very helpful in guiding me through the process of decisions and ordering. I was so excited after ordering it that I watched videos every day of other people jumping. :) I was determined to follow the suggested guidelines and begin with just a few minutes per day. But then it arrived. I unpacked it and obediently got on for just a few minutes. Later in the day, I thought it couldn't hurt to try out the DVD that came with it. So I did the beginner's workout (20 or 25 minutes). And then I tried the 10-minute advanced workout. And then I did the stretching portion of the DVD. Apparently, I lost my willpower involving the "begin slowly" advice. I have used the Bellicon every day since I got it and have spent a long time on it! Sometimes, I have had my heart rate monitor strap and watch on because I intended to do a good cardio session; other times, I hopped on thinking that I would just stay for a few minutes but accidentally stayed for much longer and wished that I had "counted" it in my weekly burn. I leave my beautiful Bellicon (silver frame, silver bungees, black and pink mat....swoon, she's so cute) out in my living room so that any time I want to get on while watching TV or listening to music, I can. I even hold the remote while jumping sometimes so that I don't have to get off to fast forward through commercials on my DVR. :) It's kind of the reverse of the pan of brownies sitting out in the kitchen problem. It's just there and so convenient, so I keep helping myself to some jumping.
Okay, now for lessons learned. First of all, for someone with a VERY long history of feet pain, I am pleased that my feet will tolerate the jumping in any form. That being said, jumping with bare feet versus shoes is a tough call. I feel that I can do more with the shoes off, but yesterday I was on for about 40 minutes and now have "mat burn/blister" on a big toe. I will make an effort to alter my choices (e.g., bare feet for a bit, shoes for a bit, socks, etc.). Another lesson is that if possible, the biggest Bellicon possible is wise. I am SO glad that I got the 49" model. It sounded huge and splurgey (not a word), but I followed the advice of those who said if you have the space, get it. I can do some cool moves that take more space (okay, so I still almost fell off a couple of times, but that is because I got overly excited). Another lesson is that the Bellicon offers a healthy dose of humility for women. I read a number of things online from other women who have the same issue that I have...I CANNOT jump on the Bellicon unless I am wearing "lady protection" (i.e., a pad....I know, eww, but I am trying to help others who read this) because apparently there is a learning curve for the bladder for any of the really fun moves like tucking the knees in a jump or jumping pretty high. This is a bummer, but I do have my Bellicon positioned just a few feet from a restroom, so at least I can take care of things quickly. I am 38 and have never had children, so this is not an age or other issue. It is a bladder strength issue - and one that I really, really hope improves with continued use of the Bellicon. Another lesson is that it would be ideal for people to be able to try out the various bungee strengths in person somewhere before ordering a unit. I have felt some things in joints during and after jumping that make me wonder whether I might have been happy with medium instead of strong (I weigh 130). I still don't know about this, though, because I need some firmness to be able to do the fast running type moves. Finally, I learned that when jumping vigorously, I begin to have pain inside some organ on my left side of my abdomen. Sometimes when this happens, I just slow down and do different moves until it goes away. Other times I press against that part of my body with my hands while continuing to jump, which seems to help.
All of these "lessons" are just in case anyone wants to see if their issues seem normal. That being said, I have had a ton of fun on the Bellicon! I've got some moves like Jaggar...just kidding, but I have enjoyed the variety of random moves that occur to me (running in place, "skiing" side to side, jumping in circles, back and forth, side to side, knee tucks, jumping jacks, etc). So many of these moves simply would not be okay with my feet to do on land. So that is super exciting. My trainer now incorporates the Bellicon into our routines (I train at home 3x/week) at least twice per week (but not on TRX days because that is enough fun on its own). It's fun for both of us, plus it adds variety to the workouts. I am excited to see if I can build up bladder strength so that I can do limitless jumping moves without fear of "leaks." I am also excited that I can do cardio in my own home, which will save me time driving to and from the gym and make workouts more feasible even on long work days. I hope to see places in my body continue to "firm up" and tone after daily use.
I hope that the Bellicon will continue to be a source of fun and provide a good "burn" for years to come. I am grateful to Bibi for great phone conversations about the Bellicon and to all of those who posted reviews and videos that allowed me to get a glimpse into the rebounder before purchasing it. Despite my loquacious approach here (sorry!), I hope that something about this review helps someone out there who has lost some hope and needs to believe that there is a way to achieve wellness goals despite serious physical concerns.
Thanks for reading. :) Best wishes!
Sincerely, Calfornia Jumper Lady (JH)
My 55 year-old body has numerous health issues, including Severe Fibromyalgia, Brain Injuries and a form of club foot--Metatarsus Adductus. And whilst the Bellicon seemed like a form of exercise I might be able to do, I wasn't sure. Then I read the article on the Bellicon website about how Rebounding can improve a person's physical balance. (you could add a link to the article here.) After reading the article, I decided to purchase the Bellicon. Now, after using it VERY GENTLY for two and a half months, I feel more balance in my body. When gently bouncing, (it's just more of an up and down swaying) I keep my feet on the mat, because higher bouncing with feet off the mat made me too tired too quickly. So, my bouncing is soft and easy. I do this for about five to seven minutes. AND I do have something to hold on to for stability, if I feel the need. I THANK Bellicon for designing this with the quiet bungee straps, which are far superior to the straps of a less expensive rebounder I had found at a resale shop to try out. That one hurt my knees and back. So, I will continue to use this remarkable Bellicon, eager to see what other benefits manifest in my life, grateful to have more balance. Infinite Possibilities Are Everywhere. Sincerely, Gail M. in USA