Quick, fun, convenient cardio – it’s what everyone’s after. And rebounding on a bellicon® ticks all the boxes. It gets your heart and circulatory system firing on all cylinders in no time – plus, you’ll love every minute.
The specially designed, highly elastic bungees on a bellicon® provide just the right amount of tension to make your heart and muscles work without taxing your joints. Since the range and variation in low-impact bellicon® workouts is so great, you can also be sure you’ll never get bored
Rebounding is better exercise than jogging. For many people, this is as much of a surprise as it was to the NASA scientists who first proved it. Later studies have only confirmed that bouncing on a mini trampoline really is the better choice when it comes to reaching target heart rates, maximising oxygen consumption and working muscles. Although rebounding burns more energy, test subjects find it less tiring than jogging so they keep going for longer. And, of course, they’re avoiding the strain on the knees, joints and cartilage that runners experience. Given a choice, the volunteers voted with their feet – planting them firmly on the trampoline mat.
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Aerobic exercise (also known as cardio) is relatively low-intensity physical exercise that depends primarily on the aerobic energy-generating process. Aerobic literally means “living in air” and refers to the use of oxygen to adequately meet energy demands during exercise via aerobic metabolism. Where sufficiently supported by aerobic metabolism, light to moderate intensity activities can generally be performed for extended periods of time. The intensity should be between 60 and 85 percent of maximum heart rate.
Of course, we love professional athletes’ enthusiasm for the bellicon®. But for us, seeing people of all ages get excited about exercise is what it’s all about.
For everyone not going for gold, it’s precisely the moderate, regular physical activity that’s so much fun on a bellicon® that’s best for you. As a recent Duke University study shows, this kind of lower-intensity workout is just what the doctor ordered for getting into shape, lowering blood pressure and sugar levels as well as burning excess body fat and keeping cholesterol under control. So you don’t have to push yourself to the limits to reach your health goals. In fact, you don’t even need to take your pulse to check you’re not overdoing it – being able to hold a conversation is just as good an indicator.
These findings are right in line with the British and American Heart Associations’ recommended 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise, divided into sessions of at least ten minutes and ideally spread throughout the week.
This really comes down to what we at bellicon have always believed – exercising should be the happy part of your day.
How far can you take your training on a bellicon®? The answer is all the way. The UK’s Darren Barker did – and became the International Boxing Federation middleweight world champion. Since boxing is the definition of tough – pushing the limits of strength, agility, speed and endurance – no one can doubt the serious side to the light-hearted fun of rebounding on a bellicon®.
Watch the video to find out about the revolutionary training methods Darren’s coach Wayne Leal used to get him there.