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REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/25/12 10:06 P

When I can't get to the gym
a set of dumbbells, a ball, a mat, and resistance cables are what I use.. I also have length of broom and several buckets I can add weight to -to get the barbell effect.. I had a exercise bike but they wear out and it is only once in a blue moon I don't get to the gym aka public holidays..
I found DVD's a waste of time because I have concret floor under carpet and it is a huge no no to jump around on it.. I when I do cardio exercise on a dirt track around my area, the local boarding school has a 5 and 10km track I can follow and the routines as are colour coded..

So I don't invest in large equipment anymore..

Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 4/25/2012 (22:10)
4/25/12 9:04 P reply was not meant to suggest that other exercises do not have similar benefits. You can actually google the scientific research on rebound exercise to find that my statement (concerning calories burned) is actually documented information. I happen to be a certified personal trainer (National Acad. Sports Medicine), pilates instructor and reboundologist :) I enjoy it and I said that it was fun because I know my clients actually look forward to bouncing more than any other cardio exercise. To each his own..hope you find something you enjoy and can stay with. For me, rebound exercise has been the key to my shape and vitality. P.S. It's great for the joints as well as it absorbs much of the shock. I honestly don't see a better exercise mechanism with this many benefits...but again..keep up the treadmill exercise if that's your thing!

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4/25/12 5:50 P

Anything that gets you moving is a good idea. :) I'm not familiar with this particular thing, but I would be wary of claims like the previous poster that state an exercise "cleanses your lymphatic system" - It's just like any other exercise, and won't provide particular "cleansing" benefits that other exercises don't.

I'd also be careful about wild claims like "three times the workout" of another cardio machine. The numbers will be the judge of that. :) It's a workout like any other cardio workout... it works major muscle groups. If it's fun for you, great! (it sounds pretty fun to me!) Don't expect miracles, anymore than you would with any particular exercise... It's all about the effort you put into it. I can scorch quite a bit on a treadmill using interval training... whereas if you walk a steady 2 MPH, you might only burn a couple hundred calories an hour!

Basically, if it's something you enjoy, and will stick with, go for it, but remember that you only get out of a workout what you put into it... and you need to be sure you don't end up wasting money on another place to put your clothes. ;) (How many treadmill clothes hangers are there out there?)

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 4/25/2012 (17:56)
4/25/12 5:16 P

I've been rebounding for over a decade and I can attest to the wonders it can do for not only your physique but overall health! It really makes a difference what brand you use. Do NOT just go and pick up one of the cheapies at the sports good store. You're going to spend some money but it's the best investment you can make in your health. Rebounding cleanses your lymphatic system and gives you 3x the workout you would get in terms of calories burned from things like a treadmill or other cardio machine. Best of all, it's fun! I'm a walking commercial for rebound exercise so please message me if you'd like a list of the best brands to use. I have 3 companies I totally recommend and you will expect to pay just around $200 or more for a good rebounder that should last you for life...totally worth it!

4/25/12 4:49 P

I work odd hours and have trouble getting to the gym, so I'm looking at some workout equipment for the home. This is where I stumbled onto rebounders. Has anyone had any success with it, or is it just a waste of money? I like that it helps you jump around without disturbing downstairs neighbors, but other than that... really?

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