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Get Fit and Have Fun with the Urban Rebounder

Hi everyone!

I thought I’d let you know why I choose to work out on the Urban Rebounder.   If you’re looking to get jumping right away then just use the search box on the right and you’ll see all the rebounders that are available at Amazon.

Why am I writing this? Well, when I was thinking of buying a rebounder, there weren’t many real reviews around.

So, I thought I’d do a quick write-up to help any of you who are in the same position I was.

I’ll be going into the good and the bad points of the Urban Rebounder, cause every product has it’s good and bad points — right!

Getting fit with this rebounder is the most fun working out you’ll ever have!

I got my rebounder last year as a Christmas present(to myself!), I knew I needed some type of equipment that I could get a good cardio workout on… I’m not real fond of cardio work 🙂  I absolutely enjoy strength training on my Total Gym, but that just wasn’t enough to get rid of the weight I needed to lose.  All of the research I had done told me that I needed to do interval training for fat loss and doing that on the rebounder has some really impressive health benefits.  More on that in another post.

The rebounder is fabulous for a “no impact” workout, let me tell you… it would not be at all easy for me to do jumping jacks or jog on a hard surface.  But, on a rebounder it’s a snap!

I usually try to put in 15-25 minutes on the days I’m not working out on my Total Gym, that way I get my cardio and strength training… something we all need!  I’ve lost 25 pounds so far, I’ve got a few more to go, but no complaints because the weight is finally coming off easily.  That wasn’t always the case, I’ve been struggling with losing the weight ever since pregnancy — the kid’s 16 now… so I’ve been at it a LONG time!  I really think it’s the combination of the strength training and the rebounding that’s finally kicked my metabolism into high gear and if you check out the list of benefits you’ll see why I’m so thrilled with rebounding.

Here’s a short list of a rebounder’s rather impressive health benefits.

Overall Reduction in Body Fat:
Rebounding reduces body fat, improves body tone, improves your muscle tone, improves the body’s ability to burn carbs, lowers pulse rate and blood pressure.

Revs up Metabolism:
Rebounding helps you to better absorb the  nutrients from your food  and conditions all of the body’s systems to handle energy in a more efficient way.

Better Endurance:
Rebounding expands the body’s fuel storage capacity, resulting in more improved endurance.

Improves Cellular Function:
Rebounding helps the body attain absolute potential of the cells through chemical function.

Increases Respiration and Improves Oxygen Circulation:
Rebounding increases your body’s ability to circulate more oxygen to the tissues and where there is oxygen there cannot be disease.

Improves Your Muscle Tone:
Rebounding gives you a feeling of muscular vigor from increased muscle tone. Healthy muscles are important to your sense of well-being and energy.

Maintain Peak Brain Function No Matter Your Age:
Rebounding results in better mental performance, improving your ability to learn.

Improves Your Immune System: Rebounding  helps keep the entire body in tune reducing the number of colds, allergies and digestive issues.

Reduces Fatigue:
Rebounding restores your glandular system to increase the output of the thyroid, the pituitary and the adrenal glands- that will help to boost your energy level.

Lowers Blood Pressure:
Rebounding boosts muscle tone in the middle arterial muscles which will act as a buffer during high stress moments.

Strengthens Your Heart:
Rebounding strengthens the heart muscle. Increasing the G-force will create greater contraction. The muscles work harder and get stronger.

Relieves Muscle Pain:
Rebounding will give you relief from back and neck pain, from headaches and from other pains caused by the lack of exercise in the muscles and joints of the body.

Lowers Your Cholesterol:
Rebounding has been proven to help lower your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Helps Your Lymph System: Rebounding helps keep the lymph fluids circulating throughout your entire body-which acts as the body’s vacuum cleaner.

Promotes Body Growth:
Growth of the long bones is heightened by rebounding due to the stimulating effect on the pituitary gland, which produces  growth hormone.

Stops Premature Aging:
Rebounding has the ability to reverse, prevent, or diminish hardening of the arteries.  Your mind will remain alert, skin smooth, skeleton flexible, libido intact, kidneys functioning, and your liver detoxifying.

Betters Your Sleep:
Even very light, gentle rebounding will allow your body to relax and achieve a better nights sleep.

No piece of equipment is perfect, but I have very little that I don’t like about my rebounder.  I would like a little more surface area and maybe a different color scheme since it’s hanging out in my living room!  It comes with several workouts on a DVD and there were some scratches that made portions of the DVD unplayable.  I could have called the company and gotten it replaced, but I like watching tv while I’m rebounding so it was a non-issue for me.  I did watch the DVD’s and there are some really good workouts, but I just like doing my own thing(translation… I can goof off if I want to!).


Final Thoughts

I just love my rebounder.  I can’t think of any other piece of equipment where you can jog, do jumping jacks or dance an Irish jig and get in an incredible workout that has so many fabulous health benefits!  Oh… it’s a lot of fun too!

Liven Up Your Interval Training

Interval training is a great way to up the ante on your cardio routines.  But what happens when even your interval training is getting stale?  Is that possible?  Intervals can be quite intense anyway, but sure, it’s definitely possible to get bored even of HIIT (stands for “high intensity interval training”).

So, how do you crank up your intervals?  Or at least get some interval training in that doesn’t feel like the ‘same old, same old’.

Intervals don’t have to be limited to just running but if running is your sport of choice, you can incorporate different kinds of intervals into your training.  Try finding a big hill and doing hillsprints, or finding a sandy beach and doing your sprint training in the unstable sand or better yet, the resistance by adding waves.  Or you can find a big field and sprint to one end and do a slow jog back to the other side (and repeat ).

BUT, if you’re looking to liven it up with different kinds of intervals besides running, then there’s also lots you can do.  Intervals can be done with almost every kind of cardio exercise imaginable.

Hop on your mountain bike and find a good hilly trail to cycle.  Hills add intervals to your training naturally.  Every up hill is your work interval and every trip down is your rest interval.  You don’t even have to time it.  Just keep finding hills and giving it your all on every trip up.

I have a little trick when I’m short on time and need a quick interval workout without leaving home.  Luckily I live in a highrise building in the city with a huge stairwell, so I head to the bottom of the stairwell and climb 20 stories as my work interval, until I hit the top.  Then I punch the elevator button and take a quick ride to the bottom as my rest interval and hit that stairwell again for another work interval climbing to the top.  Eight times doing this takes me 45 minutes and it’s a heck of a great workout.  It works my glutes, hip flexors, quads, hamstrings, and calves thoroughly and gives my cardiovascular system a major boost in the process.

Another cool alternative for Interval Training is to SWIM it out!  Yes, you can do interval training swimming too.  And, believe it or not, there’s lots of ways to ‘time’ your intervals when you’re underwater.  A cool gadget that’s available now is an underwater mp3 player and there are lots of different brands making these now.  So you can either load in a timed interval mp3 and use that to time your swim intervals or just pick a few songs that have a definite ‘chorus’ and ‘non-chorus’ parts to the songs and swim hard for the chorus and swim easy for the non-chorus parts.

Or, if you don’t have the budget for a swimming mp3 player, just time your intervals by counting your strokes.  Swim hard for 50 strokes and easy for 50 strokes.  Or change your strokes.  Swim hard for 50 meters of front crawl and 50 meters of breast stroke at a slower pace.  This is easier to accomplish in a swimming pool where you hit the wall and turn around for the next 50 meters (for example).  If you’re in a lake or ocean you might try swimming from buoy to buoy.

Another great and extremely easy way to do intervals that you can also do pretty much anywhere is to make sure you’ve got a jump rope with you and just start jumping.  Jump at regular pace for your rest interval and double pace for your work interval.  Count turns of the rope to time it out.  100 fast jumps for the work interval, 50 slow jumps for rest interval.

There ya go.  Interval options to keep you interested and motivated with your interval training for weeks to come. Enjoy the benefits you’re sure to see from all your hard work.

And don’t forget to have fun.

Robert Martin