What to expect
Trampolining is all about jumping and bouncing on a trampoline, which acts like a springboard to push the jumper higher into the air. It’s great fun, and also a workout – it’ll take all your energy to keep up with the excitement.
Trampolines come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and you’ll find them in all sorts of places. You could try trampolining with a qualified coach or head to a local jump park. Jump parks are popping up all around the UK, with wall-to-wall trampolines creating the perfect space to practise your bouncing. Have a look at our partner GRAVITY’s page to see if they have a park near you.
What you’ll learn
You’ll need to warm up and get ready to be active for this adventure – trampolining’s definitely a high-energy way to spend time. You’ll also need to be ready to face your fears and take on a challenge.
- Hannah Bolger holds the record for the most straddle jumps on a trampoline in one minute. She managed an impressive 56 in December 2016.
- In the Olympics, trampoline jumpers can reach up to eight meters in the air while performing their tricks and twists.
- Grab some extra hair bobbles. People with long hair will probably need to tie it back. Take a few extra hair ties, just in case anyone forgets.
- Dress for the occasion. Different centres will have different rules, so make sure you check what you’ll need and pass the information on. Some may expect you to wear certain types of clothes, or remove jewellery, for example.
- Stay hydrated. Make sure everyone has access to a drink – and that they remember to take a break do they don’t get dehydrated. Trampolining is loads of fun, but it’s also thirsty work.
Trampolining was a chance to get active and have fun with friends. Was anyone surprised at how energetic and tiring trampolining was? People could raise their hands to show they agree, so they don’t all talk at once. How did people have to move their bodies to bounce on the trampoline? How could they tell that their body was using lots of energy? It was really important to stay hydrated during the session – how did people remember to take care of themselves in the middle of the activity?
Trampolining was also a chance to face fears and overcome worries. Even in a safe environment, people need to be brave to throw themselves in and trust their bodies (and the equipment). Bravery looks different for everyone – for some people it may have been giving it a go at all, while others may have challenged themselves to the biggest jumps or trickiest challenges. Did anyone surprise themselves with how brave they were? Did people find their comfort zone – a way to get stuck in and challenge themselves but still have fun?