Rebound more is better. The more you bounce, the better your results will be, and while I suppose each of us may have some upper limit on how much is safe and how much is too much, by and large, it’s better to bounce more often than less. (There are other things to say here, too, about how sometimes if you’re sick you shouldn’t bounce more, or tired, or if you have already been bouncing for a while and quieted down, it might not make a lot of sense to “power up” again.) For me, “more” means about 45 minutes a day, up to 2 hours maximum. The only time I’ll go beyond that is if set a purposeful rebounding marathon or I’m recording (or bouncing to a Giants game, which can go on for a few hours, but it’s not very focused).
Now, while “Rebound More” is a great starting maxim, “Rebound Less” is important too, because it stands for ways of rebounding with Less than the optimal rebounding equipment, all the up to completely rebounder-less rebounding. The optimal equipment is easy to define: it is a full-sized bungee-based German-made rebounder, undoubtedly the state of the art for right now. (That might change, and things might get even better, with optimal equipment being affordable to all.) If you happen to have a German built bungee-based rebounder, then congratulations at having the optimal equipment at your disposal. But if you have something else, have no fear, because we are going to put forth a Guide with Video Lessons for how to best work with older and less-optimal equipment (as well as with no rebounder at all).
The genesis of this project started when a few Amish folks called me on the phone to ask me about my rebounding guide, the book I had with lessons. I said I didn’t really have one yet, but I could make one, but they could look at such and such including some beginning video lessons and the big book I wrote in .pdf format. “We don’t have the Internet,” they simply responded. Of course, I was talking on the phone to people who only make one phone call a week, so I should have known that.
In any case, we now believe there are quite a few Amish who want to stay healthy, and who have old-style, 1980′s, spring-based rebounders in their barns or garages. I want those folks to be able to experience the wonders of rebounding, the magic of bouncing, and that’s one good reason to have a Guide for those without the optimal equipment.
Also, a lot of us, when we travel, just can’t bring our rebounders with us, optimal or not. So, there is also going to be a focus on certain equipment that is smaller and costs a lot than a full-sized high-quality rebounder yet gives one some of the feelings and impressions, and the opportunity for the same or at least similar kind of work, as does a full-sized rebounder. Such equipment might include:
- the big Swedish balls that you see in gyms that you can sit on and give yourself a bouncing like experience on
- the full-sized 1-2 sphere Bosu ball, that you can stand on and bounce
- the small-sized Bosu balls; you need two for this, and put one foot on each of them to give yourself a patterned rhytmic, up and down motion
- beds…well…not such a good idea, maybe, but if you stay on your knees, or bounce on the edge, it’s still better than absolutely nothing
- full-sized trampolines — difficult to control, but obviously, with careful attention placed on what you are doing, you can keep yourself safe
There may be other types of equipment too that would work. It is, of course, possible to transfer a small amount of the Basics of Bouncing to just regular feet on a regular floor, that is, no elastic element at all to amplify your intention and energy as a rebounder tends to, but it’s hard to do this and is usually not very much fun.
As for fun, the Bosu balls and the Swedish balls can all be a lot of fun. First you can use small weights and bands that you bring with you if you are traveling. Second, you can do breath work. Third, you can do upper body mobility exercises (like arm circles and 360′ Vitruvean Coverage work) without any problem.
So, I think this will be one of the first three Guides that is written. Love to hear your feedback and other ideas.