Total Gym® introduces New Trampoline Squat Stand – the Perfect Tool to Train for Winter Sports

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Jump around, jump up, jump up and get down! With over 440,000 people treated in U.S. hospitals for winter sports-related injuries in 2010* the new Total Gym® Trampoline Squat Stand not only provides an amazing cardio workout, it helps strengthen the lower body with minimal impact to hit the slopes injury-free.

New Total Gym Trampoline Squat Stand

Rebounding is a unique exercise in that an individual may achieve a weightless state at the top of each jump then land with twice the force of gravity on each bounce, said Rob Glick, international fitness presenter and Total Gym GRAVITY Master Trainer.

Winter sports enthusiasts chomp at the bit for the cooler months to arrive so they can get outside and enjoy doing the snow-related activities they love. But are their bodies prepared? Given the record warm conditions across the country, snow seekers have some extra time to condition their bodies to swoosh down the slopes with control, strength, confidence and less risk of injury. A natural and effective way to have a more exhilarating and injury-free experience is with bodyweight rebounding on the new Total Gym® Trampoline Squat Stand.

Rebounding strengthens the musculoskeletal system by providing an increased gravitational load without the impact on the joints that running, jogging or aerobics usually generates, according to the American Council on Exercise website. Now, individuals can jump around and feel like a kid again with Total Gym rebounding to minimize risk of winter sports-related muscle fatigue, soreness or worse, a sprain, strain, fracture or dislocation. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) reports that a majority of these injuries can easily be prevented if participants prepare for their sport by staying in good physical condition.

The Trampoline Squat Stand attaches to the base of the Total Gym XLS® and offers low impact, joint-friendly trampoline rebounding to increase stamina and strengthen muscles and bones. An individual can use the trampoline to replicate jumping moguls and to strengthen the ankles and joints around the knee, while burning calories and improving coordination, balance and spatial awareness. Studies show approximately 20 percent more calories are burned when rebounding on a trampoline than jogging at 5 mph.

Combining rebounding on the Trampoline Squat Stand with the benefits of bodyweight resistance training on the Total Gym XLS delivers the safest, most effective way to condition the body. The result is an incredible functional exercise tool for every age and fitness level.

“Rebounding is a unique exercise in that an individual may achieve a weightless state at the top of each jump then land with twice the force of gravity on each bounce,” said Rob Glick, international fitness presenter and Total Gym GRAVITY Master Trainer. “This twice-gravity bounce positively affects every muscle and cell of the body.”

One of the primary functions of the lower body and core muscles is to decelerate the body as it makes impact with the ground, adds Glick.

“When using the Total Gym Trampoline Stand, it is important to control the impact into the trampoline so that rather than bouncing off of the trampoline, one demonstrates greater control when coming in contact with it. This in fact trains the lower body to decelerate properly for winter sports training.”

In addition to shaping up before hitting the slopes, the AAOS recommends the following to help prevent injury during winter activities:

  •     Never participate alone in a winter sport.
  •     Warm up thoroughly before playing or participating. Cold muscles, tendons, and ligaments are vulnerable to injury.
  •     Wear appropriate protective gear, including goggles, helmets, gloves and padding.
  •     Check that equipment is working properly prior to use.
  •     Wear several layers of light, loose and water- and wind-resistant clothing for warmth and protection. Layering allows you to accommodate the body's constantly changing temperature. Wear proper footwear that provides warmth and dryness, as well as ample ankle support.
  •     Drink plenty of water before, during, and after activities.
  •     Avoid participating in sports when in pain or exhausted.

Enthusiasts can now hit the slopes with a stronger, leaner and more agile body – and maybe get a few extra runs in – with rebounding on Total Gym.

  • Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

About Total Gym® Direct
The Total Gym® is the ultimate workout machine utilizing an individual’s own bodyweight as resistance to perform more than 80 total-body functional exercises. Total Gym uniquely incorporates the use of multiple muscle groups together in all planes of movement, the most efficient way to exercise and see results. Total Gym, rooted in the physical therapy market since 1986, entered the consumer “home fitness” market in 1996 with the airing of its first television infomercial featuring long-time user Chuck Norris and co-host Christie Brinkley. The Total Gym infomercial is one of the industry’s longest-running and most successful; broadcast to 85 countries and credited with sales of over four million units worldwide. For more information visit http://www.TotalGymDirect.com or call (877) TOTAL - GYM.

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