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Should you get an inground trampoline this year?

New Year’s is the time to think about “how can I change my lifestyle and maybe even get healthier?” If you’re thinking those thoughts you may be wondering, should you get an inground trampoline this year? If you’ve heard about the benefits of rebounding — and there are many — you may want to do some research on this fun way to get in shape!

If you ever jumped on a trampoline, chances are you remember that wonderful feeling of being weightless and soaring above the ground for a few moments. It was exciting, right? Well, it can still be exciting — and will be — but now you know it’s a great way to get in shape without damaging your muscles and joints and it’s a win-win!

Rebounding — jumping — on an inground trampoline is fun for people of all ages. An inground trampoline also offers safety above and beyond an above-ground trampoline AND it’s more aesthetically appealing!

Should you get an inground trampoline this year?

Before you make a decision on an inground trampoline maybe you’re wondering what IS an in-ground trampoline? Here is some insight:

  1. The inground trampoline has its frame and surface underground. The inground trampoline’s frame fits into a hole that’s been excavated for that purpose, alone. It is what supports the springs and jump mat.
  2. Inground trampolines are considered safer than above-ground models because they are lower to the ground than when you jump on an above-ground model. Although above-ground models are safer than they used to be because of enhancements to safety equipment.
  3. An inground trampoline will not detract from the aesthetics of your backyard and its landscaping.

If your children have been asking you for a trampoline, check out our in-ground trampoline site and begin the research process today! Contact us for questions about in-ground trampolines.

Give us a call and we can answer any other questions you have about a trampoline purchase — inground or above ground.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

 

 

How many people can be on the trampoline at once?

This may sound like a trick question but how many people can be on the trampoline at once is something we get asked all the time. The responsible and safe answer is: one person at a time. However, we know that sometimes you will have children, of similar weights on the trampoline at the same time. Adults who are of similar weights may also be able to safely jump on the trampoline together.

Whether you’re on an inground or an above ground trampoline, the rule of thumb should be: one person at a time on the trampoline for safety sake.

We understand the world has changed and we also understand that it is more fun to be on a trampoline with someone than it is to have to sit and watch someone on the trampoline while you wait your turn. No child wants to do that, right?

How many people can be on the trampoline at once?

The answer isn’t as simple as it seems, for many trampoline owners. Round trampolines are considered “safer” for more than one person to be on at a time. Rectangle trampolines appear to be the highest risk of a collision accident if more than one person is on it — even if they are of similar weights.

There are trampolines that are of a high enough quality that the jump mats, the frames and the springs make it possible for more than one person at a time to safely use the trampoline.

Here is a checklist to see if your inground or above ground trampoline may be able to have more than one bouncer on at a time.

  1. Ask the retailer from whom you buy the trampoline what his or her advice is and what the trampoline manufacturer recommends
  2. Read the paperwork that comes with a trampoline
  3. Err on the side of caution and if you allow more than one bouncer at a time, make certain they are of similar weights. The only exception to that rule is if an adult is acting as the “steadying force” for a jumping child.

If possible, try to adhere to a one person jumping at a time as that is certainly the safest course of action.

Give us a call and we can answer any other questions you have about a trampoline purchase — inground or above ground.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

Is it time to replace the trampoline springs?

Is your trampoline just not as bouncy as it once was? If you’ve noticed you and your trampoline have lost its bounce you may be wondering, “is it time to replace the trampoline springs?” The answer could be, “yes.”

In addition to replacing the trampoline springs, you will also want to give the trampoline mat a once over to assure that is still safe and still has some bounce left in it! When you’re looking for replacement springs, look for as high a quality as you can and also get materials that will withstand the weather — stainless or galvanized steel are best.

The most common reason you will need to replace the springs on the trampoline is because they have stretched out. When they get stretched, they lose their strength and that means you just won’t rebound as high as you’re accustomed to.

Overstretching of the strings is a newer issue with mass produced trampolines. When you buy a trampoline look for one that has high quality springs. Close placement of springs, and a higher number of them, compared to a lower number will also increase bounce and reduce the frequency with which you need to replace them.

Is it time to replace the trampoline springs?

When you’re buying trampoline springs, it is best to buy enough to replace all of them rather than replacing random springs around the trampoline. When you replace springs, here and there, you run the risk of not replacing all of those that require it. Another issue with replacing only individual springs is that your trampoline will have uneven jumping capacity.

Ask us which trampoline springs are best suited to the type, size and style of trampoline you own. Buy springs that fit your unique above ground or inground trampoline so you have the best jump experience.

It’s best to replace springs with the same length, but you can add no more than one inch in length and still safely jump. Keep in mind that the longer the spring, the more chance you run of touching the ground because the trampoline height was designed with the original length springs in mind.

How can you tell if the springs need to be replaced?

Remove the springs from the above ground or inground trampoline and:

  1. Clench the spring in your fist and grab one end. Shake the spring and see how tight it is.
  2. When you’ve removed the spring if they don’t recoil tightly into their natural relaxed state, they are overstretched.

Test at least one dozen of the springs to get a good test batch to see if they are safe. If you’ve never done this before you will likely not have an easy time determining whether a spring is tight or overstretched. We recommend asking a trampoline professional and/or replacing the springs on a regular schedule.

Give us a call and we can answer any other questions you have about a trampoline purchase — inground or above ground.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

 

 

Is An Inground Trampoline Safe?

When you were in school did you jump on a trampoline? If you did you can probably remember that feeling of weightlessness and how fun it was, right? Is an inground trampoline safe? That might be a question you’re asking yourself, especially if your children have been using trampolines and now want one of their own.

Trampoline — inground and above ground — is not only a great thing to have fun on, but it’s a great way to get in shape. When you’re rebounding you have the momentary feeling of flying and it is exhilarating. Trampolines are fun for children and adults so if your children are asking for one, don’t discount how much you will enjoy it!

Is An Inground Trampoline Safe?

Inground trampolines are generally considered safer than above ground simply because they are lower to the ground and there is a smaller chance of falling off from a high height like you could on an above ground model.

An inground trampoline has its frame set into a hold that’s been excavated into the ground. The frame sits in the hole and the jump mat is flush with the ground.

The benefits of an inground trampoline?

Safety: When you’re on an inground you run a smaller risk of falling off of it — although it can still happen. As with an above ground trampoline, you may want to have a safety fence surrounding it to prevent falls from the jump mat to the ground.

Looks: Inground trampolines are considered more aesthetically pleasing because they blend in with the surroundings because they are flush with the ground. You can remove the safety net when the trampoline isn’t in use and that adds to its beauty and its blending in with your landscaping.

The in-ground trampoline will be delivered to your home and you construct the frame and place it into the excavated area.  Many DIYers dig the hole themselves although some will hire someone to come and run heavy equipment to dig the hole for them.

Surprise your children with their own inground trampoline this year.

Give us a call and we can answer any other questions you have about a trampoline purchase — inground or above ground.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

 

 

 

How To Get Healthy In 2020

With a new year fast approaching and with the delicious foods and treats available during the holidays many people take time to plan how to get healthy in 2020. It’s great to indulge. It’s even better to be healthy, happy and to live a long life full of great health, right?

The weather may play a role in your ability to use your inground or above ground trampoline to get fit and kick off 2020 right. If the weather cooperates and if you’re blessed with living in an area of the country that allows for outdoor activity year-round, here are some ways to get healthy in the new year.

How To Get Healthy In 2020

  1. Eat whole, minimally processed foods. Fruits and vegetables and lean proteins are a better bet than fast food and packaged meals. Fill your plate with fruits and veggies first then add some lean protein.
  2. Get up and get moving. Even if it’s cold and snowy where you live — put on some snowshoes or go cross country skiing. Add crampons to the bottom of your boots so you don’t slip on any ice and take a walk around the neighborhood.
  3. Walk indoors. Many schools and malls welcome walkers. Put on your sneakers, grab a friend or your iPod and listen to a podcast while you’re walking. If there is no where close to walk, use a treadmill or simply walk around your house. Do some jumping jacks. Just get moving.
  4. Limit soda and alcohol intake. These are empty calories that you just don’t need. Sure, a glass of wine or soda on occasion won’t harm, but go for water instead.
  5. Make a commitment to yourself and your family that 2020 will be the year you devote to good health.

Once the winter is over, clear off your trampoline — inground or above ground and start a rebounding exercise. Your health will thank you!

Give us a call and we can answer any other questions you have about a trampoline purchase — inground or above ground.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

 

Inground & Above Ground Trampoline Buying Tips

If you’re going to buy your children that inground or above ground trampoline they have been asking for you will want to do your research. We have inground & above ground trampoline buying tips for first time trampoline owners.

One of the main pieces of advice is to buy a trampoline from a reputable source — not a big box store that isn’t likely selling quality equipment.

Inground & Above Ground Trampoline Buying Tips

Here is a short checklist of items to consider and research before you buy a trampoline.

  1. Will it really get used? You may be surprised how often your children use the trampoline and you may be using it yourself even more than you imagined.
  2. Is a circular or a rectangle trampoline best?  Size and personal preference are factors. Circular trampolines seem to be most popular as inground styles and garden setting trampolines. Circular trampolines are considered safer for children because the style will propel children toward the center, rather than toward an edge on a rectangular trampoline.
  3. Choose a size that will accommodate the use you want. Remember, though, you should only allow one person at a time on the trampoline. If you have two people, who are of disparate weights, someone could get injured.
  4. Ask about warranties and guarantees and ask how long a trampoline will potentially last. Remember, the care you take of the trampoline will help extend its life.
  5. Choose a reputable trampoline dealer for your purchase.
  6. Consider galvanized steel frame as it won’t rust. Look for safety nets and other safety features like pads to cover the springs. Look for a jump mat that can accommodate the weight of the heaviest person who will be using it.

Give us a call and we can answer any other questions you have about a trampoline purchase — inground or above ground.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

Aesthetic benefits for inground trampolines

Trampolines are becoming THE items for health and fun activity for families but many potential trampoline owners don’t want to lose the beauty and aesthetic appeal they have worked so hard for in their beautiful backyard. What is a potential trampoline owner to do? Consider the aesthetic benefits for inground trampolines and how they blend seamlessly into a yard, no matter how beautifully landscaped.

An inground trampoline is virtually unable to be distinguished in your landscaping (unless you have a safety enclosure and some families opt for one). An inground trampoline is buried into the yard and when you use it you’re bouncing at ground level.

Aesthetic benefits for inground trampolines

Here are some items to consider when getting an inground trampoline and why they are so popular for those who want to keep their beautifully landscaped yard space.

  1. Choose your site carefully. You will want a site for the inground trampoline that is level and has good drainage — you don’t want your inground trampoline above a pit filled with water. Choose a site that has no overhead obstructions or hazards — tree branches, the overhang on the house, etc.
  2. Can you dig the hole by hand or will you need to bring in heavy equipment? If you need to have equipment brought in, is your yard large enough for it to maneuver through?
  3. Air movement is crucial beneath the trampoline as a large volume of air is displaced when you’re jumping on the trampoline. It may be necessary to leave a small gap — two inches — to allow air to escape. Insufficient air flow will impede rebounding ability.

These are three of the items you will want to think about when considering an inground trampoline. You already know you want one, you just need to know where it will fit into your landscaping.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

7 Things To Look For When Buying A Trampoline

As with anything you are going to purchase for your family, you need to do your research, homework and talk with friends and family to find out their thoughts on their trampoline purchase. We have put together a list of 7 things to look for when buying a trampoline. These items should be considered whether you’re buying an inground or an above-ground trampoline.

  • Know how much weight the trampoline is rated for. Even though only one user should be on a trampoline at a time, knowing the weight load is important.
  • Buy an enclosure at the same time you buy your trampoline. A trampoline enclosure should be considered a necessity, not a luxury purchase
  •  Make certain you have enough space in your yard for the trampoline. Measure the area where you want to place the trampoline — whether inground or above ground. The reason you need to find an ideal space for the trampoline is to ensure there are no overhead obstructions — trees, roof overhangs, etc.

 7 Things To Look For When Buying A Trampoline

  • Research the company from whom you’re buying the trampoline and research the particular model of the trampoline you’re purchasing.
  • Check on the warranty. There will likely be warranties for the mat, the springs, the frame and more. Each warranty may be different and have specific exclusions — make sure you understand what they are.
  • Buy a trampoline for which replacement parts are readily available for purchase if you need them.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

Should You Get A Trampoline? Pros & Cons

Your children have been asking for a trampoline for some time now. You’re beginning to research and are finding that trampolines — inground or above ground — are not such a bad idea! Should you get a trampoline? Pros & cons need to be researched and you need to be vigilant in supervision when anyone is on the trampoline, but we think they are a great and fun form of exercise!

Chances are you have heard that a child, or an adult, can get injured on an in-ground or an above ground trampoline and you want to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Should You Get A Trampoline? Pros & Cons

Here is our round-up of the advantages and disadvantages of using a trampoline.

The advantages:

  1. They’re fun
  2. Bouncing on a trampoline increases bone mass and strengthens your skeleton
  3. You will have better posture if you rebound
  4. Your cardiovascular health will be improved.
  5. Your children can jump on a trampoline and their legs and feet won’t suffer any stress because it is a low-impact workout.
  6. You may find that rebounding helps combat the symptoms of anxiety and stress because jumping on a trampoline increases the amount of endorphins released
  7. With a trampoline you may not need to nag your kids to get out of the house!
  8. You may see improved coordination and balance (this is ideal as we age)

Some of the cons of owning a trampoline:

  1. Your homeowner’s insurance may not cover you in the event of an accident. Talk with your insurance company before you get one so you know your risks
  2. You will need to constantly supervise your children so they use the trampoline safely
  3. Your kids will want to jump with their friends, but it’s safest to jump with only one person at a time so no in air or on the trampoline mat collisions occurs.
  4. You need to inspect the trampoline mat and springs to assure they are safe and secure. Not a big deal, just something you need to remember to do.

As long as you buy your trampoline from a responsible trampoline dealer and have safety measures in place, jumping on your own in ground or above ground trampoline can be fun for the entire family.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

How To Restore A Trampoline

For many inground and above ground trampoline owners, the season for rebounding has past. If you’re looking at your trampoline and wondering if it will serve you another season, you may be wondering how to restore a trampoline and we have tips.

Don’t think you have to completely toss away your inground or above ground trampoline because some of the components need some tender loving care.

How To Restore A Trampoline

  • Check the trampoline frame. This is the component that is most responsible for the trampoline being safe to use. Check the frame for corrosion or any weak spots and give your trampoline retailer a call to find out about replacing damaged or worn parts.
  • Inspect the jump mat. You’re looking for pilling on the surface, any worn areas around the springs and any portion where it looks worn on the mat itself. You can replace the jump mat and breath new life into the entire trampoline.  Being diligent in the use of a jump mat cover will help extend the life of the jump mat and protect it from the elements and from the damaging rays of the sun.
  • The springs on the trampoline can wear out, stretch or corrode over time. Look at the springs when they are at rest and measure the length of the spring from the mat to the frame. Do they appear stretched out? Are they in fact stretched out from their original length? If so, give us a call and let’s get them replaced before your next trampoline season comes around.
  • Is the safety enclosure intact? Have winds damaged the supports of the enclosure? Are there any rips or tears in the enclosure? If the answer is yes, you will want to replace them before anyone uses it again.

Depending on where you live, it might make sense to disassemble the trampoline and store it safety away so it isn’t damaged by harsh weather conditions.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

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