I remember when I was young and always wanting to go on the trampolines, secretly I still do. They offer outside fun for people of all ages. They are an excellent form of outdoor exercise, and can be used for competitive sports (my favorite being slam-ball), and cross training. If you ever have a need to have your own personal trampoline you are going to need to know the different types that exist.
There are many types to choose from. The so called type mostly comes down to the shape, size, and the placement of the trampoline. All of these types are used by people with different interests, the biggest one being air time. We all love the feeling of jumping high with little effort. With all the types out there the most common is the round one.
This type appears in many sizes, most famous being the 8 feet one. It’s big enough to get some of your tricks in, and small enough to fit in most backyards. Of course there are smaller and bigger ones. Bigger going from 9-13 feet, where the 14+ feet are expensive and used mostly by professionals. They can even get as small as 2 feet. The placement of this type, and any other for that matter, can either be off the ground, or parallel to the ground. The in ground one can be dangerous if there is no sufficient padding added next to it. They are still safer than the others, because the distance from the ground is minimized.
- The shape of the trampoline. This shape adds to the bounciness, the most bouncy part being the center.
- No angles. With the lack of angles the jumper is steered towards the center.
- Cheap. Most of them are low cost.
- Numerous. They are easy to find.
Harder to control out of the center. The only con of this type is that you will get less bounce, and less control away from the center. Thus making it easy to lose balance and fall forward.
This type is usually found in the 4′ 6″ by 6′ range, or in the 10′ by 17′. The shape of this trampoline is regarded better (size wise), because of the way they are able to fit better in the space presented. This shape provides a bigger jumping area and more bounce, this one is mostly used by people who enjoy gymnastics. Personally for me this one is the most appealing. I love it when I can move around the given space, giving me the ability to fool around with friends. Most of the same pros apply to this shape, the difference being that they add more control.
This type ranges from 8′ square up to 15′ square. In many parts this type appears very similar to the rectangular type, the main difference being the bounciness. You get less air time with the square shape, other than that the same pros and cons apply.
These little guys don’t give you so much air, but they do save a lot of space. You can store them anywhere you like, some of the you can even fold, and place them into a bag. This makes them portable. So if you like to travel a lot, this is the best type for you. You can just place them anywhere you like and use them. These usually range in the 32″ mark to the 50″ mark, with the most common one being 40 inches.
So let’s get through quickly what was covered in this article.
We covered the most common trampoline shapes (Round. Square, and Rectangular), keep in mind that there can be as many shapes as there are angles.
We covered the different sizes depending on the shape that was given and how they can save us space. The most convenient one being the mini, sufficient and portable.
It was said that the placement is really important. You can either make them ground level or off the ground. The main difference between them is the chance of injury.
That’s pretty much it, I hope this has helped you make a difference between the types, and help you in your decision of getting one, either for you or for somebody you know. Stay safe and have fun.