Trampolines and other rebounders are a pretty commonplace sight in more households in the country. Trampolines have been around for the better part of a century, ever since circus acrobats were seen performing their aerial stunts and landing on the springy safety of their safety-nets.
Trampolines basically work on the mechanical power provided by an extending spring. These springs will store energy as potential elastic energy as they are stretched out and will then release the energy by snapping back into their neutral position and pulling back on the bouncing tarp that they are attached to.
Although the jumping surface of the modern trampoline isn’t springy enough to provide the jumper with any altitude it does have enough give to keep it from becoming disfigured or ruined during repeated bounces. All the energy supplied by the jumper is stored and released by the springs that attach the jumping surface to a necessarily solid steel frame.
Trampolining, or the act and sport of jumping on a trampoline, has become more than just a hobby for kids after school. In the year 2000 trampolining became an Olympic sport with rigid guidelines for its various aerial maneuvers.
If you want to have fun on your home trampoline you might want to try teaching yourself some tricks. You should do all of this with extreme caution since a miss-jump or a fall can lead to serious injury and potentially even death.
You might do well to have a more experienced jumper along to help you. As you try new tricks you will always be taking some kinds of risks but you can keep these risks to a minimum by not performing beyond your own abilities and by not showing off for members of the opposite sex.
One of the most basic maneuvers that will actually be well worth your time to learn is just a straight jump. Even if you have been jumping on a trampoline for years with your little brother it will still take a concentrated effort to get a straight, high jump without having your arms and legs flailing out during your flight.
Once you have this down you should work up to something of a routine in your jumping. All of your jumps should be evenly high and should be done in a controlled manner so that you land in as near as possible to the same place with every jump.
Different maneuvers that you can work into your routine are trucks, pikes and combinations of these moves with half turns or full turns. Even if these exercises seem lame it will probably take you a ridiculously long amount of time to be able to perform them one after the other with clean, straight bounces in-between.