The Bellicons - Rebounders based on bungee band technology
What makes the Bellicon Bungee band Rebounders so special?
- Their extremely soft bounce that give a kind of "massage to the spine" together with the "flying feeling".
The fact that the Rebounder is 4 inches higher than a spring based Rebounder, allows a higher/deeper bounce and with that provides a higher G-Force than a spring based Rebounder. As a result of this, you get an intense workout in less time.
Which Size of Rebounder Do I need: 39, 44 or 49?
All three rebounders have the same high quality of even bounce and the choice of bungee
cords determines if the bounce is firmer or softer.
The bellicon 39 have a bouncing area of 27". Ideally they are for people of up to 5'7". Taller people prefer a larger rebounder.
People under 5'7" can always choose a larger Rebounder, but if you are 5'9" and taller, 27 inches of bouncing space is not a lot. 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 is the most sold Rebounder, because most people enjoy the bouncing area of 32 inches. The 44 is great for everybody up to 6'2. If you are taller, you would prefer the bellicon 49 with 37 inches of bouncing space.
What is the minimum required Ceiling Height for a bungee ban Rebounder?
The minimum required ceiling height for a bungee band Rebounder is your height when standing on the floor plus 20 inches.
If you have lower ceilings, there might be the possibility to use shorter Rebounder legs
(8" instead of the normal 12") combined with stronger bungee bands then you would usually take. 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 "bouncie".
Also, when you bounce strongly, you might still slightly touch the floor - which is not a problem. But you should know about this possibility. At some point in 2009, Bellicon will bring ultra strong bungee bands on the market which would make it very easy to use shorter legs. However, as said before, you would loose part of the typical "bouncieness" of a bungee band Rebounder.
Does a bellicon make me pronate?
A Rebounder cannot 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. Get more information about Pronating.
Since when are the Bellicon bungee band Rebounders on the market?
bellicons have been build since 2004 and are available in the US since 2006.
There is one company that sells spring based Rebounders in the US. They seem to be a bit uncomfortable with the fact that bellicon is on the US market now, too. They tell customers that they own a bungeee band Rebounder and that its quality is really bad and that the bungee bands are leaking a white powder when bouncing on the Rebounder. That might be correct. However, be assured, that this company does not speak about a bellicon. They say that they own their bungee band Rebounder since the Seventies. At this time, bellicon where not yet invented. So they must have and speak about another brand.
The Bungee Bands
Which strength of Bungee Bands do I need? Questions? Call 800-658-1290
One fits all: The typical family rebounder which works well for the entire family is the bellicon 44 with x-strong bungee bands.
General rule for bungee cord strength:
Detailed rule for bungee cord strength:
up to 120 lbs: medium
up to 170 lbs: strong
up to 300 lbs: x-strong
300-400 lbs: ultra
If more than one person will use the Rebounder, the bungee cord strength is determined by the heaviest user.
Replacing the Bungee Bands
Bungee bands are wear out items and need to be replaced after a certain time. Their life span varies depending on
There is not really an average use.
- the strength of bungee bands (medium, strong, x-strong)
- 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 from 9 months to 6 years. Most of them have them for around 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 do you replace the bungee bands?
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.Do the bungee bands emit a white powder when bouncing?
The Bellicon bungee bands don't emit anything when you bounce on them.
Now there seems to be another bungee band model in the US that does produce a white powder when you bounce on it. At least this is what a Rebounder selling company tells people when they ask for the Bellicon. They tell customers that they own a bungeee band Rebounder and that its quality is really bad and that the bungee bands are leaking a white powder when bouncing on the Rebounder. That might be correct. However, be assured, that this company does not speak about the BELLICON bungee band Rebounder. They say that they own their bungee band Rebounder since the Seventies. At this time, the Bellicon Rebounder did not yet exist.
Are the bungee bands of a toxic material?
When you buy a Bellicon Rebounder, you invest in quality. The higher price you pay, allows Bellicon to use only the best material available. German quality control is very strict and Bellicon has even certified their bungee bands according to the European Union Oeko Tex Standard class1. This is for baby articles and means that a baby can put such an article in his mouth. It is certified that the bungee bands do not contain any toxins.
Do I need Stabilization bars?
Most probably not. Holding 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 I 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. (see paragraph above).