What makes the bellicon so special?
- Due to their bungee cord technology, bellicons are very gentle bounce that give a kind of "massage to the spine" together with the "flying feeling".
- The fact that bellicons are customized to the weight of the customer guarantees the best possible workout efficiency and comfort for each user. No matter if your weight is under 100 or over 350 lbs, a bellicon has the right bungee cord strengths for you.
- The bellicon is the most versatile rebounder. It is so gentle in bounce that everybody can use it. Our oldest clients are over 90 years old, the youngest are just beginning to walk. The gentleness of a bellicon is produced by the bungee suspension which absorbs 85% of the impact on spine and joints. This allows a bounce from extremely soft - our oldest clients are over 90 years old - to a heavy duty workout.
- The fact that the Rebounder is 4 inches higher than a traditional spring based rebounder, allows a higher/deeper bounce and with that a bellicon provides a higher G-Force than a spring based Rebounder. As a result of that, you'll get a more intense workout in less time.
Which is the best rebounder size for you?
All three rebounder sizes provide the same high quality of even bounce. It is not the size of the rebounder that determines the depth of the bounce; this is determined by the strength of the bungee cords.
The bellicon 39 - the "travel rebounder" - has a bouncing area of 27". Ideally they are for people of under 5'7". Taller people do better on a larger rebounder.
If you are under 5'7", you can always choose a larger rebounder. However, if you are 5'9" and taller, the bouncing area of a bellicon 39 is very limiting. The advantage of the bellicon 39 is that is is very portable and if you travel a lot, this is a great choice.
The bellicon 44 - the "Mini Gym" - is the most popular bellicon.
With it's bouncing area of 32 inches, it suits most people. The 44 is great for everybody up to 6'2. If you are taller, you will prefer the bellicon 49.
The bellicon 49 - the "spacious rebounder" provides a great workout space of 37 inches. Everybody who is 6" and taller will prefer this size of a bellicon. But you don't need to be tall to enjoy the wide bouncing area which allows a large variety of workout moves and dancing on your bellicon.
Folding legs versus screw-on legs
bellicon makes the best folding leg mechanism which we know of. However there are some points to take into consideration before ordering a bellicon with folding legs:
1. If you ever want to travel in an airplane, we very much recommend to hold off folding legs as the leg mechanism could be damaged during transport.
2. As a rebounding trainer, I want you to use your bellicon as often as possible. Therefore I recommend to have it standing in the middle of your room and to not store it away after every use. That of course does not work for everybody - specially if you have not a lot of space. If you have space, consider the fact that you will most probably use your bellicon more often - and with that get better results - when you do not store it away after usage. Therefore, you might not need folding legs.
As for stability, you can trust the excellent craftsmanship of bellicon. Their folding leg models are as stable as their screw-on leg ones.
Short legs for low ceilings - which height do you need?
The minimum required ceiling height for a bellicon rebounder is your height when standing on the floor plus two feet. If you have lower ceilings,you can purchase the shorter Rebounder legs (they are 8" instead of the normal 12"). You might need stronger bungee bands then you would usually take to make sure that you are not touching the floor on the down-bounce. The upside: You can use a bungee band Rebounder in a place with lower ceilings. The downside: As you would need stronger bungee bands than you would normally do (with 12 inch legs), the bounce will not be as "bouncy".
How do I clean my bellicon?
Use hydrogen peroxide. It should not affect the mat material. For general cleaning, using a towel with warm water and a small amount soap is also ok, some customers even purchase tea tree oil, mix that with water, and use that to clean it. It has a nice scent and also gives it a little shine.
Which strength of bungee cords do you need?
Which strength to choose. Click here.
How often do you need to replace bungee cords?
Bungee bands are wear out items and need to be replaced after a certain time.
Their life span varies depending on
- the strength of bungee bands (soft, medium, strong, x-strong, ultra)
- the weight of the person(s) using the Rebounder
- the length of time used (how many minutes per day),
- the intensity of usage (how strong the persons are bouncing on the Rebounder - how high are they jumping)
Our clients are using a set for a duration from 9 months to up to 6 years. Most of them exchange them after 1 1/2 years.It is a bit like with a tennis shoe: If you run a Marathon every second day, you 'll need to replace the shoes quicker as if you'd just walk a bit every once in a while.
How do you know that you have to replace the bungee bands?
It is very obvious when you have to replace the bungee bands. They fray out over many months, little by little. Just before they are "through", that means: Just before you see the rubber interior of the bungee bands, you need to exchange them. Don't wait too long as you don't want to have them snap. You exchange a full set at a time.
How to exchange bungee cords?
It is very easy to replace the bungee bands as each bungee band is on a separate hook. You just unhook the old bungee and replace it with a new. Than you do the next one and so forth. It takes about 10 minutes to replace the full set. The easiest is to put the Rebounder upside down on a table. That gives you a good access to the bungee bands.
What is Pronation?
All about Pronation - click here.
A rebounder does never make you pronate. You either pronate or you don't. And if you pronate, you do this in your normal life. The Rebounder acts here like a magnifying glass and shows you a habit that you have. It is very helpful to change this habit as it is not healthy to pronate in daily life. It is your muscles in the feet that hold your feet in the correct position. If these muscles are weak, you can train them. In most cases you just have to consciously put your feet in a 90% angle towards the floor (or the Rebounder mat) and this is all it needs
Rebounding with or without shoes?
Shoes, sneakers, sox or barefoot - what is the best way to rebound? Like so often, the answer is "it depends". It depends on the physical strength of your ankles. Let's start with 95% of the people whoes ankles are fine, that means stable. To those 95% of all people we recommend to bounce barefoot, in socks or even better in anti slip socks.
The reason why bouncing without shoes or sneakers is preferable, is because you would loose part of the benefits of Rebounding when you wear shoes/sneakers. You would loose the stimulation of the proprioceptors, sensatory receptors, on the sole of our feet. Proprioception is the sense that indicates whether the body is moving with required effort, as well as where the various parts of the body are located in relation to each other. Proprioceptors are highly stimulated by moving on uneven surface. If you were shoes, the surface of your soles becomes even again.
It is important however that we are not slipping on the Rebounder. Therfeore, do not wear slippery sock like woolen socks. Rather take cotton socks or best, anti slip socks. . Barefoot is fine, unless it is too cold or unless your feet are very dry and become slippery.
Now let's speak about the other 5% who have ankles that are not so strong. Some of them need more stabilization and in this case, it is recommended to wear shoes/sneakers which stabilize the ankle.
Stabilization bar versus Theraband
Most certainly you do NOT need a stabilization bar and you will be better off with the "flexible holding bar", a Theraband.
In the video below we show you how to use it. You can order a 10 feet Theraband from QiBounding.
Most probably not. Holding bars or Stabilization bars are wonderful to help people with extreme balance problems, people who are handicapped, people who have had already a stroke or might get a stroke and people over 75 years old.
For most of all other people, we suggest to use a "flexible holding bar, a "Theraband". A Theraband is a rubber band (we cut them into 10 feet length) which you can put under the Rebounder so that the ends come up left and right in between the bungee bands. You will hold each end of the Theraband in your hands and the Theraband will bounce with you when you exercise on the Rebounder. This gives you a wonderful stability.
At a later point in time - when your body is already adapted to the workout on an uneven surface - you can use the Theraband to train your upper body when bouncing on the Rebounder. You simply pull the band upwards with your arms stretched out on your sides. You can even pull the Theraband up over your head, if you are strong enough.
Can you do more exercises with a Stabilization Bar?
Some companies automatically include a stabilization bar in their package deal. Their suggestion is that you can do more exercises when you have a stabilization bar. QiBounding says: "Yes you can do some exercises when you have a stabilization bar that you cannot do without one. However there are numerous exercises that you cannot do when you have a stabilization bar just because of the fact that this bar is in your way." Therefore QiBounding recommends a Stabilization bar only, if you really need it.
How do you get best results through rebounding?
If you want to make sure you are not hurting yourself through rebounding, if you want individualized health coaching and a shortcut to excellent results, we highly recommend you to sign up to our Rebounding Online Classes. They take place six time per year. As they are Online, you can do them from the comfort of your home.
Are there contra-indications for rebounding?
One contra indication is, if your doctor tells you not to rebound. If you have health problem, you need to see your doctor first, before beginning to rebound.
The other contra indication is if you have an acute illness or injury. During that time, you should not rebound. If you are pregnant, we also ask you not to rebound unless you get green light from your doctor.
Does rebonding help with incontinence?
It depends. In fact it depends on two factors:
1. The degree of Incontinence
2. The gentleness of your rebounder.
3. Your technique and the way you are bouncing. (You learn the correct technique in our Rebounding Online Classes)
Learn more about incontinence and pelvic floor by clicking here.
What are the rebounding health benefits?
|There are endless health benefits through rebounding. The most known are:|
Find a list of experienced health benefits here.