We here at Rebound for Life want you to have the most enjoyable and safe bouncing experience possible on your bellicon rebounder. Please read the following very carefully prior to using the rebounder.
Misuse and abuse of this rebounder is dangerous and can cause serious injuries. Use the rebounder only as described in these Safety Instructions.
The owner and supervisors of the rebounder are responsible to make all users aware of these Safety Instructions.
1. Ensure that the unit is assembled correctly. Screw legs in tightly, being careful not to cross thread. For folding legs, flip into position, making sure that hands are clear of the folding joint.
2. If you are using the rebounder with the T-bar, be aware that this is NOT a balance bar and full body weight should NOT be applied; do not lean forward onto the bar with your body weight. The bar is for holding with a light touch while in an upright position to enable more range of movement. Refrain FULL weight on your legs, using the T-bar for centring you movements.
3. A rebounder is not a trampoline! Rebounders, being rebounding devices, could propel the user to unaccustomed height and high bouncing can be dangerous. Therefore, do not use your rebounder for high jumping – low bouncing is safer and you will still get all the benefits with none of the risks. Never attempt or do high jumping, somersaults, twists or acrobatic maneouvres. Such activities can result in severe injuries or even in death.
4. The bellicon rebounders are designed to give you a highly elastic bounce. It is absolutely sufficient if you bounce in a way that your feet always stay in contact with the mat or only just leave the mat (5 – 10cm/2 -4 inches). bellicon rebounding focuses on letting the weight of your body drop DOWN into the mat rather than jumping high out of the mat. So practice bouncing down rather than high – pushing your feet slightly into the mat.
5. A bellicon rebounder is a fitness tool for adults and not for a child’s play trampoline. If children under 16 years will be using the rebounder, there must be direct supervision by an adult. Furthermore, the frame surround (frame cushion), available from our online shop, should be used. The size of the mat and the enthusiasm of children or teenagers to jump high could result in injury so appropriate safety measures and close supervision are required.
6. As with commencing any exercise routine, consult with your GP before using the rebounder. This, and any form of exercise that requires physical exertion, may carry risks – so have a discussion with your GP about this exercise regime. If you have any particular injuries or health concerns, consult the appropriate health professional prior to using the rebounder.
7. For your comfort and safety:
- Remain aware of your foot/ankle position; avoid pronation ensuring that you stand correctly on the mat (see link provided in order confirmation email)
- Do not bounce on a wet mat
- Do not wear clothing that may catch in the unit, either when bouncing or mounting/dismounting
- Never jump down to the floor when dismounting the rebounder – come to a standstill and step down with a steady step being careful to maintain your balance
- Allow only one person on the rebounder at a time
- If you are using the Thera-Band from our site, please read the separate safety instructions sent out with the theraband
- If you are using support bars, please read the separate safety instructions sent out with these bars
8. For placement of rebounder, ensure that:
- It is placed in an area that is an adequate distance from objects or furniture so as not to cause obstacles when mounting and dismounting from the unit
- there is more than adequate overhead clearance from ceilings, ceiling lights, ceiling fans, wires and tree limbs – failure to provide adequate head clearance can result in head or neck injury
- the rebounder is not placed on an elevated surface – the rebounder should be placed on a level surface before use; it should not glide; use the six anti-slip rubber tips to cover the feet of the rebounder
9. For the best results and to acclimatise your body to rebounding (remembering that all muscles, even involuntary muscles, will get a workout), follow these steps:
- Start with the correct stance on the mat. This is a very important aspect of effective bounding. Refer to http://qibounding.com/rebounding_training/Pronation.html to get a good understanding of the correct way to stand on the mat
- Start the bouncing very low on the mat. You only need to move off the mat up to 5 – 10cm to get the health and fitness benefits. Adapt your training in intensity to your own individual ability; do not overwork yoursel
- If you are rebounding for the first time or after having a break for a while, start very slowly, keeping your feet on the mat and exercise for a short period of a few minutes at a time during the first few weeks. When you feel ready, you can increase the training time. Listen to your body – if it’s tired or aching…stop and rest, reduce your training time and make sure that you bounce more gently
- After some weeks/months of gentle rebounding, we recommend regular use at level of intensity that suits you. You can split the training time so that you bounce several times a day for a shorter period of time. Be gentle with yourself and reduce your bouncing time and the intensity of the bounce as you see fit – you will still reap benefits. We recommend stretching the leg muscles after each rebound session
10. If you have problems with balance, we recommend you use one or two support bar/s.
11. You may experience some slight dizziness on your first attempts at rebounding, which is not unusual as your body acclimatises. It mostly disappears after the second or third time. If you feel dizzy, stop and have a break. Return to rebounding later and try again for a few moments. Remember, keep your feet on the mat and slowly built up intensity and duration. If your dizziness continues, consult with your doctor before rebounding again.
12. With use, the bungee bands and mats will eventually wear. This wearing is normal and to be expected. You will see that they fray in a way that you will soon see the inner rubber kernel – you will then need to replace the set. (Rotating the bands a couple of centimetres every few months to relieve the pressure points on the bands will prolong their life.) Ensure the entire rebounder is inspected for breakage or wear and tear before each use and replace all worn parts and, for rebounders with screw-on legs, make sure that the legs are screwed on firmly.
13. The rebounder is primarily an indoor exercise activity. However, you can use the rebounder outside of the house but not in harsh weather conditions. Do not store it in situations that encounter direct weather, such as rain and direct sun. Do not bounce on a wet mat.
14. Remember, if you find that this is not a suitable form of exercise for you, the rebounder can be returned as per our return policy.
If you have any questions please contact:
Rebound for Life(firstname.lastname@example.org). Happy bouncing!