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How to Pick the Best Trampoline for Gymnastics & Tumbling

Dec 6, 2016

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There’s nothing quite like the joy of your child’s first gymnastics meet, or the look on their face when they land the stunt they’ve been practicing for weeks. As they chatter away about their dreams of being the next Simone Biles, you realize it is pretty amazing what they can accomplish with a little guidance and a lot of practice. Although it might not be feasible to turn your house into their very own gym (even if it seems that way already), it is possible to purchase the equipment you need without paying a costly price.

Trampolines are a perfect solution for practicing specific moves and routines, giving your kids the confidence they need before hitting the tumbling mat. But will a typical round trampoline do the trick? How much space will they really need? Below are a few guidelines to consider when buying a trampoline for your future athlete:

Why Rectangle is the Way to Go

Each trampoline shape is designed with a specific purpose in mind. Round trampolines are the most common, and are used mainly for recreational purposes. On round trampolines, the springs work at the same rate, giving a softer bounce while pulling the jumpers towards the center.

Rectangle trampolines, however, create a more even bounce as the springs work at their own, independent rate. As your child bounces on any part of the trampoline, they will be able to achieve a more powerful bounce followed by a stable landing. The rectangular shape also requires less strength to receive a higher bounce, making this shape ideal for younger gymnasts and tumblers.

What to Look for in Rectangle Trampolines

Most gymnasts actually use rectangular trampolines in their professional training and competitions in order to achieve flawless routines. When practicing at home, it’s essential to consider a few key features that will accommodate their acrobatic activities:

  • What’s the best size for my gymnast?

The best indicator of what size to purchase depends on the size of your child and the level of stunts they are performing. A helpful hint: Look at the jumping surface of rectangle trampolines. The jumping surface will give you a better indicator of the amount of space your child will be using.

For example, the Skywalker Trampolines Olympic-sized Trampoline has a total jumping space of 111 sq. ft. But if you’re looking for something for a smaller jumper, you might try the Skywalker Trampolines 14’ x 8’ Rectangle Trampoline, which has a total jumping space of 79 sq. ft.

  • Does the spring size matter?

The larger the rectangle trampoline, the thicker and longer the springs tend to be. The larger springs create a more powerful bounce, which should be taken into consideration when making a rectangle trampoline purchase. The springs on the Skywalker Trampolines Olympic-sized trampoline are over 50% larger than springs found on a typical 12’ round trampoline, creating the most powerful bounce.

  • How important is an enclosure net?

Although most trampolines found in gyms and recreational centers aren’t enclosed with a net, it’s important to consider an enclosure net on your trampoline at home. When your child is at gymnastics class, they are practicing with trained professionals who often help spot their stunts. An enclosure net fastened to your trampoline at home will help give you peace of mind as your little tumbler practices for their next competition.

You might want to consider one of the Skywalker Trampolines’ rectangle trampolines, as each trampoline comes with an enclosure net, which is connected directly to the jump mat using a patented no-gap system. This keep your child safe when landing!

If you have any additional questions about which trampoline is best for your little gymnast, feel free to give us a call at 866-603-5867 and let one of our knowledgeable customer service representatives help you make the right purchase!

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