Only bellicon offers you the ideal bounce. That’s because our custom-formulated bungees are designed to perfectly balance resistance with elasticity, giving you the most effective, most enjoyable performance of any exercise trampoline. Our bungees come in a variety of resistance levels to fit every body weight and training objective. Use the chart below to find the bungee strength that’s right for you.
The metal springs or knock-off bungees that other companies offer don’t come close to offering the bounce of the bellicon. Only bellicon has five different bungee strengths to guarantee you get the best possible bounce cycle…one that’s smooth, energizing and gets you fit from head to toe. That’s because our bungees are made with our own synthetic latex recipe, making them much more elastic than standard bungees. And since our bungees are easy to change, you can adjust your resistance level as your weight and workout style evolves.
Prefer the elegant look of silver bungees? Or does orange put you in a jumping mood? We have six vibrant colors for you to choose from, and all of them come in any of our five resistance strengths. So your bellicon will be customized to suit your style as well as your fitness goals.
This table will help you quickly determine your ideal bungee strength.
First, choose the type of workouts you plan on doing:
Now select your weight from the left hand column to find the correct bungee strength for you. If you're unsure which workout intensity is right for you, choose the “Health Bounce," which provides the deepest, smoothest bounce and offers the most benefits with the least impact.
DON’T WORRY: If, after receiving your bellicon, you think that you’d prefer a softer or stronger bungee strength, we’ll be glad to exchange them.
More information about the different workout intensities and other issues that may affect your choice of bungee strength can be found further down on this page.
We get this question a lot. If you find yourself in this situation, we have several recommendations, each depending on the weight differences of the intended users:
The softer the bungee strength, the deeper you travel into the mat and the longer the deceleration period. This puts less strain on your joints, back and vertebrae and engages your muscles for a longer period of time. This is why we tend to recommend a bungee strength that’s softer, so that you can take advantage of these benefits. With stronger bungees the deceleration phase is shorter and you tend to bounce higher above the mat. Though this increases the pressure on joints, it allows for faster-paced workouts. But do keep in mind that every exercise for the bellicon can be performed with any bungee strength. The following are brief descriptions of three common levels of exercise intensity.
“Health bouncing” is when you jump so that your feet never leave the mat, but press deeply into it, taking advantage of the bellicon's elasticity. It's a great way to gently exercise your whole body and boost your health with the least amount of stress, so almost anyone can enjoy it. It's a great way for beginners to become more comfortable with rebounding, or for more experienced users to warm up or cool down. It can even be performed by people with physical issues that make vigorous exercise difficult or painful.
If you prefer this type of workout intensity, please select your bungee strength from the «Health Bounce» column in the table above.
Stronger bungees create a faster bounce, which is preferred by people who enjoy fast-paced workouts or jogging. Though Jogging on a trampoline may seem unusual at first, it’s a extremely effective form of exercise. It not only offers significantly more physical engagement than running on solid ground (burning fat 50% more efficiently), but it’s also much gentler on your joints. Though it may take runners a little while to adapt to jogging on the bellicon, it’s well worth it.
If you prefer this type of workout intensity, please select your bungee strength from the «Intensive training» column in the table above.
Power Training is for athletes and people who prefer very fast-paced workouts. The use of a stronger bungee creates a more shallow bounce. Though this sacrifices some of the benefits of a longer bounce cycle, it allows much faster exercises to be performed. This type of workout is for those who wish to push their cardiovascular system to its limits and should only be chosen by experienced athletes and healthy people in good physical shape.
If you prefer a faster, more challenging workout, select your bungee strength from the «Power training» column above.
Some people have physical issues that may affect their choice of bungee strength…aside from their weight and preferred exercise intensity. Below is a list of conditions and our recommendations on how these issues should influence your bungee choice.
Rebounding on the bellicon is an excellent choice for certain types of health problems, but you want to be sure not to aggravate a pre-existing problem.
If you are primarily interested in “Health Bouncing” (gentle bouncing to simulate muscle and body functions where your feet never leave the mat) a softer bungee strength is recommended. If you have issues with your back, knees, joints, or any condition where the least amount of impact is preferred, we suggest that you choose a bungee strength one step softer than your optimal strength, or even two steps softer, depending on the severity of the issue.
If you have serious or chronic health issues, you should always get the advice of your doctor regarding the kind of exercise that is best for you.
Rebounding excels at building and maintaining bone density, and is considered by many to be the best exercise for people with osteopenia or osteoporosis. In fact, it was a government research project regarding bone density that made rebounding internationally popular. A study by NASA, published in 1980, found that bouncing on a trampoline was the best way for astronauts returning from zero-gravity to regain the bone density they had lost during prolonged space missions.
The bottom line is that the force of gravity is what keeps bones strong. The bouncing motion, which produces gravitational forces two to three times normal, increases the weight-bearing force on bones, infusing them with calcium. A clinical study in Germany found that 12-weeks of training with the bellicon can largely stop the progression of osteoporosis.
People with osteopenia or osteoporosis will benefit from any bungee strength, but if bone density is your primary concern, you should choose a bungee one or two strengths stronger than your optimal bungee strength. The added resistance will increase the weight-bearing force on the bones, encouraging them to rebuild, while the bellicon bungees will take the pressure off of your joints.
Most people adapt to the elastic surface and springing motion of rebounding almost immediately, but for people who might at times have difficulty balancing, we suggest getting bungees one category stronger than usual, which will increase the stability of the mat surface.
For those whose balance issues require additional safety and security, we offer optional support bars which can be attached or removed in minutes without tools, and are made of the same high-quality steel used in our frames, so you can be sure of their strength.
To learn more about our Hand Support Bars, visit this page: “Which accessories are right for me?”.
There are two main types of foot pronation problems: over-pronation (feet bending inward), and under-pronation or “supination,” (feet bending outward.) Of these, under-pronation is not an issue while rebounding. Both occur while walking and standing, but they tend to be more pronounced while running and exercising.
Many people have mild foot pronation, which shouldn’t effect your rebounding experience. Actually, one of the benefits of the bellicon is how it strengthens the muscles of the feet and ankles, especially when you use it in bare feet. However, if you have over-pronation to a degree that you’ve received treatment for it, or have needed to wear corrective footwear, then you might consider choosing a stronger bungee strength.
On a rebounder, the deeper you press into the mat, the more it curves and the more our feet compensate, stretching and strengthening them. However, for people with severe over-pronation, whose feet already bend inwardly, the added curvature may put more stress on the inner part of the foot than desired, leading to discomfort. In these cases we suggest a stronger bungee strength to reduce the amount of mat curvature and/or suggest wearing gym shoes while rebounding to distribute the pressure more evenly over the sole of the foot.
All of bellicon’s bungees are guaranteed for 1 year. Please contact us at email@example.com if your bungees seem to be wearing out during this period.
Our bungees have been designed to give you the best possible performance, however, just like running shoes and any other piece of latex-based exercise equipment, they will ultimately wear down and need to be replaced. With daily use, your bungees will continue to give you exceptional performance for approximately 1-2 years.
For more information information regarding bellicon's warranty, click here.
bellicon® bungees are also subject to particularly high wear forces by their great elasticity. A material that is constantly stretched in training to up to 250% of the original length must be able to withstand a lot of friction. For this purpose our bungees are well prepared, as only the highest quality materials are used both inside and outside. Nevertheless, it is - for example in the soles of your shoes or car tyres – inevitable that the bungees wear out eventually.
So you always have an evenly balanced and dynamic swing on your bellicon®, we recommend private users to exchange all the rope rings after about 18 to 24 months, depending on usage, but at the latest when the following signs of wear appear: the braid of the bungees is worn through or you swing down to the floor.
As the friction of the bungees is always highest at the support points of the frame and mat hooks, you can increase the durability of the bungees noticeable by slightly turning the ropes continuously every few weeks, so that other points come into contact with the contact points.
Do not leave your bellicon® too long time in the sun or in the rain. Both accelerate the ageing of the bungees unnecessarily. At temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius, the elasticity of the bungees decreases significantly and the wear increases.
To clean, wipe the bungees only with a damp cloth without the addition of detergents or chemicals. During your training, depending on the training intensity, signs of abrasion may occur on the frame. Such signs of abrasion should be removed periodically with a soft sponge and soapy water if necessary from the frame, so that the wear does not increase.