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Trampoline gymnastics 101

Trampoline gymnastics 101

If you're feeling inspired by the Olympics and want to find a new way to workout, why not try trampoline gymnastics? Read on to find out more.

 

 

With the Olympic Games coming up in Rio this year, there's no better time than to get inspired and pick up a new sport to get fit. After all, how often will you be able to watch the best in the world for a bit of inspiration? 

 

With that in mind, why not pick something a bit more obscure than you're used to? Swimming and running are great ways to lose weight and stay in shape, but they aren't for everyone, unless you're in a small group class at SGAC Rooty Hill of course! If you're looking to push the boundaries a bit, give trampoline gymnastics a go. You'd be surprised how exhilarating it can be, and the sport is a tremendous way to shed a few kilograms and tone up. 

 

In this article we'll talk about the history of trampoline gymnastics, as well as how it can benefit your body. Read on to find out more. 

 

The history of trampoline gymnastics

Unlike some other Olympic sports, trampolining is still relatively young. At least comparatively, having not yet reached the tender age of 100. The sport was invented in 1936 by American George Nissen, a keen diver and gymnast who built the initial prototype in his Iowa garage. Nissen was heavily influenced by the trapeze acts that he would see at the circus, and sought to find a way to bring their incredible athleticism and ability into the more traditional world of professional gymnastics. Of course, as a keen diver, it was also a way that Nissen could recreate the experience of floating in the air without having to get wet! 

 

The invention took off immediately, and within a few years you could find a trampoline in almost every school and university gymnastics program in America. Following on from that, the sport made its way into the mainstream with regular world championships and competitions drawing a higher and higher calibre of athletes - along with bigger crowds. Since then, the technology behind the trampoline has evolved, with a shift gradually taking place from the old nylon sheets to the more modern nylon webbing. Eventually, trampolining was recognised as an Olympic Sport, first included in the Games right here in Sydney at the 2000 instalment. 

 

Why trampoline?

The first, and for many, most important reason why you might want to incorporate a spot of trampoline gymnastics into your training routine is the simple reason that's incredibly fun. Not many other workouts allow you to bounce 8 metres into the air. This can actually be really important when it comes to staying motivated. Running is easy to blow off, but it's a lot harder to turn down a trampoline exercise class! 

 

The activity is also a bit easier on your joints than other, high-impact activities. This means that there's a decreased risk of injury, and those with weaker joints can enjoy the fact that the springs will take some 80 per cent of the weight stress, according to Springfit.

 

In fact, there is even some evidence (although not conclusive), that trampoline gymnastics can actually get rid of more cellulite and fat than running. All of this is in addition to basic benefits like an increased metabolism, greater oxygen capacity and general fitness, as well as an increased sense of balance that comes from the aerial motions required to really get good at the spot. 

 

Ultimately, it doesn't really matter how you exercise, as long as you're getting fit and staying healthy. At the same time though, it's always great to try something new, especially while the Olympics are on and you're feeling inspired, so give trampolining a go today! Get in touch with SGAC Rooty Hill to find out more.

 

 

 

 

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