SOURCE: American Council on Exercise

American Council on Exercise

September 21, 2016 12:11 ET

ACE® Study Finds Mini-Trampoline Workouts as Effective as Running, yet Perceived as Easier and More Fun

Research Validates Short and Long-Term Health Benefits of Trampoline Exercise Trend

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - September 21, 2016) - Ever since NASA research found trampoline workouts to be as effective as running for exercise in 1980, people around the world sprung into trampoline fitness programs, leading to a surge in mini-trampoline based exercise classes. However, recent studies have found conflicting evidence on the ability of trampolines to elicit an effective workout. American Council on Exercise (ACE), the world's largest health and fitness nonprofit certification organization, decided to let science have the final say with a peer-reviewed research study measuring how many calories a standard trampoline workout burns and what effect it has on cardiorespiratory endurance.

The ACE-sponsored study recruited 24 recreationally active and apparently healthy college students. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse measured the fitness levels of the participants -- in the form of maximal heart rate and oxygen uptake -- on a treadmill before the study began. Participants then completed a 19-minute full-body trampoline workout designed by JumpSport. Participants reported perceived levels of exertion every five minutes during the trampoline workout, while heart rate and oxygen uptake were collected every minute. Caloric expenditure was calculated from this data.

"This research found that mini-trampoline exercise enables a workout sufficient to improve endurance and expend calories," said American Council on Exercise Chief Science Officer Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D. "We also saw that participants consistently thought the workout was easier than the measured heart rates and oxygen uptake levels, which should likely have a positive impact on long-term exercise adherence."

During the workout, men burned an average of 11.0 calories/minute, while women burned 8.3 calories/minute -- a level of energy expenditure similar to running at a pace of six miles per hour on flat ground, biking at 14 miles per hour or playing American football, basketball or ultimate Frisbee. According to fitness industry guidelines, exercise intensities seen during this research approach moderate to vigorous intensity levels.

"When people perform other types of exercise within this intensity range, they usually report their perceived exertion as being significantly higher. This may be due in part to the fact that trampolines are a unique form of exercise and participants felt comfortable on them very quickly," says Bryant. "We must not undervalue the 'enjoyment factor' -- it's the key to long-term fitness commitments and helping people sustain healthy life choices for the long term."

To view the study, please visit: https://www.acefitness.org/prosourcearticle/6081/ace-sponsored-research-putting-mini/

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The nonprofit organization American Council on Exercise (ACE) educates, certifies and represents more than 60,000 currently certified fitness professionals, health coaches and other allied health professionals. ACE advocates for a new intersection of fitness and healthcare, bringing the highly qualified professionals ACE represents into the healthcare continuum so they can contribute to the national solution to physical inactivity and obesity. ACE is the largest certifier in its space and all four of its primary certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the gold standard in the United States for accreditation of certifications that assess professional competence. ACE also plays an important public-service role, conducting and providing science-based research and resources on safe and effective physical activity and sustainable behavior change. For more information, call 800-825-3636 or visit ACEfitness.org. AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE, ACE and ACE logos are Registered Trademarks of the American Council on Exercise.

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